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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

This week I’m featuring the Free Fantasy and Sci-Fi Short Stories ebook giveaway!

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If you prefer fantasy and sci-fi on the shorter side, don’t miss these free short stories:

Free Fantasy and Sci-Fi Short Stories Ebook Giveaway

(Note: The giveaway above is hosted through BookFunnel. Authors will usually ask for your email address, and in many cases, the author will collect these addresses for their newsletters.)

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

This week I’m featuring the Fantasy Escape permafree ebook giveaway!

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Looking for free fantasy ebooks that are available at multiple retailers?

Fantasy Escape Permafree Ebook Giveaway

(Note: Though all books should be free, some stores revert prices without the author knowing. Check price before buying.)

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

Today I’m featuring the Magic is Real fantasy ebook giveaway!

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For a selection of free fantasy ebooks, check out this giveaway:

Magic is Real Fantasy Ebook Giveaway

(Note: The giveaway above is hosted through BookFunnel. Authors will usually ask for your email address, and in many cases, the author will collect these addresses for their newsletters.)

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

Welcome to July! There was a lot of traveling last month in addition to other odds and ends (like getting email backed up and centralized), so I didn’t get as much writing done, though I did get quite a bit done in regards to marketing and admin projects. Here is this month’s Infinitas Publishing Status Report. πŸ™‚

I’ve highlighted the projects that had changes in blue.

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). I need to finish inputting proofreading notes into the manuscript and then format the print edition.

Changing Tides: (Book 4 of the Distant Horizon series). On hold while working on Deceived 2.

The Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Goal is to create a new cover and print edition for the complete collection edition. (On hold).

Deceived #2Β – (Distant Horizon spin-off series): I need to finish inputting proofreading notes into the manuscript and examine a couple scenes where I found pacing issues.

My next step is to give this to Isaac for developmental edits, create a book cover for Deceived #2, and continue revisions on Deceived #3.

Future Goals: Add Isaac’s notes from Deceived #5 (formerly #4) into the manuscript, revise Deceived #5, and revise #6 (formerly #5) before handing it to Isaac for his feedback.

Lily’s Story: (Distant Horizon series spin-off/prequel novel) On hold. (Has outline).

Sky Runner:Β (Multiverse novel). On hold. (Has outline)

The Multiverse Chronicles: On hold. (Needs edits).

Little One: On hold. (Needs revisions).

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). Needs rough draft written. Needs updated outline. On hold.

Runes and Ravens (Stone and String 3): Needs outlining and revision. On hold.

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold. Needs the rest of Isaac’s notes input into the manuscript.

Wishing Blade Prequel (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade): On hold. My next step is to write the rough draft of the new scenes and begin revising the original scenes to match the updated outline.

Once complete, this is intended to be a newsletter-exclusive story.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: On hiatus.

The Dark Forest of Aneth (“Ro’nor (“The Restless Sands of Neel”) & Zynia (“The Dragons of the Mist”) cross-over / A Legends of Cirena short novel): On hold.

Goals: Rough draft needs completed via the Collaborative Adventure Facebook group, and there are a couple scenes I’d like to add earlier in the story. I already have a book cover concept, which still needs to be completed.

The Wind Mage and the Wolf (“Livena (The Wind Mage of Maijev”) & Nuaka (“The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear”) cross-over / A Legends of Cirena short novel) : The Joran short story project is on hold.

Legends of Cirena Epic: Outlining on hold. Map of Litkanston on hold. This is intended to be a back-burner project.Β 

“MOG”:Β On hold. (Needs revisions)

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Print edition on hold. Needs back matter and front matter adjusted.

Huntress 3: I’m currently reviewing the 25k words I’d already written for this and I’m creating an updated outline. Once the outline is finished, I plan on revising it and writing the rest of the outline for Camp NaNoWriMo.

My goal for NaNo is less about keeping up with a daily word count, as I’ve done in the past, and more about writing at least one sentence every day.

In order to keep up with that goal, I’ve been pantsing/discovery writing a possible prequel to the series (currently 2,400 words) as a loosely-structured Sleeping Beauty retelling.

Game Design: On hold.

Future plans in game design involve: possibly preparing a print-and-play version of Battle Decks, polishing the elemental game card art and testing mechanics, and looking into options for feasibly producing Phalanx.

Space Adventure Comic: On hold.

Villain Problems: (WIP panels viewable on my Instagram). On hold.

Emberverse (Working Title):Β  Revisions on hold. Needs title. Needs outline for “Season 2.”

Marketing: I’ve started the process of cleaning both the Wishing Blade Universe and Distant Horizon Universe mailing lists, in order to remove inactive subscribers. I’ve started updating the onboarding sequence for both lists (at least figuring out what needs to be in those sequences) and understanding more about how automations work.

SBibb - Initiated Cover WIPThis is an ongoing project, and one of the next steps is to update the promos to include Initiated as the new newsletter cookie for the Distant Horizon Universe newsletter.

Again, no paid ads this month aside from a couple Amazon drip ads. I participated in a couple BookFunnel Promos, and had a bit more success in doing my daily Twitter posts. I even started occasionally posting on our Infinitas Publishing Twitter account.

I’ve already scheduled this month’s weekly BookFunnel promo highlights (almost weekly, there are three this month).

I also finished reading DIY MFA and rereading Newsletter Ninja. My goal was to take notes, then review those notes to determine actionable steps I can take to improve my writing craft and/or marketing skills. I’ve reviewed the Newsletter Ninja notes for my mailing list, and after that’s complete I need to review the DIY MFA notes to determine which action steps I want to take. I have a few ideas, but I need to solidify them.

I’ve been trying to do more reading, both fiction and non-fiction, in order to improve my writing and my knowledge of the books in the various genres I’m interested in.

Last week I taught a three-day (two hours each) youth writing class at the Copper Country Community Arts Center about creating an outline for a short story/novel. I’m hoping the students enjoyed themselves. I repurposed material from a class Isaac and I taught previously, as well as created a new worksheet for the new material. I’d like to go back and make adjustments to the worksheets to make them more useful in future classes.

Other future marketing goals: Add a progress tracker somewhere for the different books. Test Draft2Digital for wide print distribution, test mailing list automations, revise Amazon ads, link to my Pinterest account on the Infinitas Publishing website, overhaul book categories and keywords, and do the usual business ledger upkeep.

LitRPG / GameLit Story:Β On hold. (Needs revisions and restructuring).

Other Stories:Β The YA SciFi Alien Invasion/Dystopian Conspiracy short story revisions are on hold. Comic script (“If I Had Asked”) on hold.

Untitled Fantasy Story: On hold. Next step is to review and adjust the first book’s outline, and then adjust book two’s outline.

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration:Β Future Goals: Update the Infinitas Publishing website banner. Figure out a schedule for uploading general art projects.

Daz PA: I finalized the pose set that I can’t talk about the details for yet, and that’s been approved and has a release date.

I also finalized my surprise/fear-themed pose set, and I’m currently waiting for a release date.

I have a few ideas for the next set, but I haven’t made an official decision about it just yet.

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

This week I’m featuring the Free SciFi Fantasy and Horror permafree ebook giveaway!

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These fantasy, sci-fi, and horror ebooks are available at multiple retailers for free, no email signup necessary:

Free SciFi Fantasy and Horror Permafree Ebook Giveaway

(Note: Though all books should be free, some stores revert prices without the author knowing. Check price before buying.)

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I hope you find a good book! πŸ˜€

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

Today I’m featuring the Queer & Trans Fantasy for Pride ebook fair!

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Looking for LGBTQIA+ books to read?

This ebook fair features science fiction and fantasy books with queer characters! πŸ˜€

Queer and Trans Fantasy Books for Pride Month Ebook Fair

(Note: Prices vary and retailer availability may vary from book to book.)

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I hope you find a good book! πŸ˜€

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

We just got back from traveling, and it occurred to me that June is here and I haven’t yet posted the next Infinitas Publishing Status Report. So here it is! πŸ™‚

I’ve highlighted the projects that had changes in blue.

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). I need to finish inputting proofreading notes into the manuscript and then format the print edition.

Changing Tides: (Book 4 of the Distant Horizon series). On hold while working on Deceived 2.

The Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Goal is to create a new cover and print edition for the complete collection edition. (On hold).

Deceived #2Β (Distant Horizon spin-off series): I’ve input most of my proofreading notes into the manuscript, and still need to examine a couple scenes where I found pacing issues. After that I’ll hand it to Isaac, but there may be a little while before he’ll have time to look at this, since he’s busy preparing his dissertation.

I still need to announce the title for Deceived #2, and create the book cover.

After this, my next step is to continue revisions on Deceived #3.

Future Goals: Add Isaac’s notes from Deceived #5 (formerly #4) into the manuscript, revise Deceived #5, and revise #6 (formerly #5) before handing it to Isaac for his feedback.

SBibb - Initiated Cover WIPInitiated (Erin’s Story – a Deceived prequel): I’ve input the beta-reader’s feedback, did the read-aloud with Isaac, and finalized the formatting.

Initiated has been sent to newsletter subscribers! πŸ˜€

Next up I’m going to be updating all the mailing list info to use Initiated as the magnet instead of Deceived, including on the websites, as well as on the front and back matter of related books.

It’s currently a newsletter exclusive, but I did create a Goodreads page for it for anyone who wanted to mark it as read or to-read.

Lily’s Story: (Distant Horizon series spin-off/prequel novel) On hold. (Has outline).

Sky Runner:Β (Multiverse novel). On hold. (Has outline)

The Multiverse Chronicles: On hold. (Needs edits).

Little One: On hold. (Needs revisions).

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). Needs rough draft written. Needs updated outline. On hold.

Runes and Ravens (Stone and String 3): Needs outlining and revision. On hold.

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold. Needs the rest of Isaac’s notes input into the manuscript.

Wishing Blade Prequel (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade): On hold while working on Initiated. My next step is to write the rough draft of the new scenes and begin revising the original scenes to match the updated outline.

Once complete, this is intended to be a newsletter-exclusive story.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: On hiatus.

The Dark Forest of Aneth (“Ro’nor (“The Restless Sands of Neel”) & Zynia (“The Dragons of the Mist”) cross-over / A Legends of Cirena short novel): On hold.

Goals: Rough draft needs completed via the Collaborative Adventure Facebook group, and there are a couple scenes I’d like to add earlier in the story. I already have a book cover concept, which still needs to be completed.

The Wind Mage and the Wolf (“Livena (The Wind Mage of Maijev”) & Nuaka (“The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear”) cross-over / A Legends of Cirena short novel) : The Joran short story project is on hold.

Legends of Cirena Epic: Outlining on hold. Map of Litkanston on hold. This is intended to be a back-burner project.Β 

“MOG”:Β On hold. (Needs revisions)

SBibb - Huntress Book CoverHuntress: (Huntress #1) I listed this as 99 cents the month of June as part of Pride month. πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ˜

Also, if you’re looking for more queer fantasy and scifi ebooks, check out this ebook fair (prices and retailer-availability vary).Β 

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Print edition on hold. Needs back matter and front matter adjusted.

Huntress 3: Needs rough draft completed. (Currently at 25,000 words) On hold.

Game Design: On hold.

Future plans in game design involve: possibly preparing a print-and-play version of Battle Decks, polishing the elemental game card art and testing mechanics, and looking into options for feasibly producing Phalanx.

Space Adventure Comic: On hold.

Villain Problems: (WIP panels viewable on my Instagram). On hold.

Emberverse (Working Title):Β  Revisions on hold. Needs title. Needs outline for “Season 2.”

Marketing: No paid ads this month aside from a couple Amazon drip ads, though I did get a free boost in one of the newsletters (that was a nice surprise). I participated in a couple BookFunnel Promos, but I fell behind on the daily Twitter post due to traveling and preparing to travel.

I still need to schedule this month’s (bi)weekly promo highlights.

Other future marketing goals: Add a progress tracker somewhere for the different books. Test Draft2Digital for wide print distribution, test mailing list automations, revise Amazon ads, link to my pinterest account on the Infinitas Publishing website, overhaul book categories and keywords, and do the usual business ledger upkeep.

LitRPG / GameLit Story:Β On hold. (Needs revisions and restructuring).

Other Stories:Β The YA SciFi Alien Invasion/Dystopian Conspiracy short story revisions are on hold. Comic script (“If I Had Asked”) on hold.

Untitled Fantasy Story: On hold. Next step is to review and adjust the first book’s outline, and then adjust book two’s outline.

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration:Β Future Goals: Update the Infinitas Publishing website banner. Figure out a schedule for uploading general art projects.

Daz PA: My SBibb Magic at Their Fingertips Props and Poses set has finally released! 😁

SBibb Magic at Their Fingertips Promo Image

This one took a while to finalize due to issues switching between Daz Studio 4.15 and Daz Studio 4.20, as well as adding the wispiness to the ribbons, but I’m really happy with the results. Β 

My current project is a pose set I’m getting ready to finalize (that I can’t talk about the details for yet), and my next step is finalizing my surprise/fear-themed pose set (polishing the art promos, creating the clay render promos, and setting up the submission page).

After that, I’m debating making an illuminated geoshell makeup set, or creating another Diverse World character head morphs set.

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

Today I’m featuring the Tropical Magics ebook giveaway!

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If you’re looking for fantasy ebooks set in a tropical setting, this is the promo for you!

Tropical Magic Ebook Giveaway

(Note: The giveaway above is hosted through BookFunnel. Authors will usually ask for your email address, and in many cases, the author will collect these addresses for their newsletters.)

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

Today I’m featuring the Portal to Fantasy ebook giveaway!

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You’ll find a huge selection of fantasy ebooks in this giveaway:

Portal to Fantasy Ebook Giveaway

(Note: The giveaway above is hosted through BookFunnel. Authors will usually ask for your email address, and in many cases, the author will collect these addresses for their newsletters.)

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

Now that April has swung by and May is here, it’s time for another Infinitas Publishing Status Report! πŸ˜€

I’ve highlighted the projects that had changes in blue.

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). I need to finish inputting proofreading notes into the manuscript and then format the print edition.

Changing Tides: (Book 4 of the Distant Horizon series). On hold while working on Deceived 2.

The Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Goal is to create a new cover and print edition for the complete collection edition. (On hold).

Deceived #2Β (Distant Horizon spin-off series): I’ve done a small run of Deceived #2 through ProWritingAid, and printed it out for proofing and pacing. I’ve finished my initial proofreading notes, and I’m now in the process of inputting those notes into the manuscript. I found a few pacing issues I want to correct before handing it back to Isaac. I also updated the Amazon categories for the series, but still need to check the categories on other retailers.

I do have a title for this, but it hasn’t been announced yet. (Keep an eye out for that announcement!)

After this, my next step is to create the cover for this book, then continue revisions on Deceived #3.

Future Goals: Add Isaac’s notes from Deceived #5 (formerly #4) into the manuscript, revise Deceived #5, and revise #6 (formerly #5) before handing it to Isaac for his feedback.

Initiated (Erin’s Story – a Deceived prequel): Isaac has finished reading through Initiated, I’ve applied those edits, printed it out for proofreading and pacing, input those notes, and sent it out to beta-readers! I’ve recently gotten their feedback back, so I need to gather that and begin making any edits.

Next step will be to do a read-aloud, and any final formatting tweaks.

Then it will be time to release it to newsletter subscribers (Distant Horizon Universe newsletter)! πŸ˜€

After that I’ll be updating any information relating to the newsletter freebie for joining the newsletter (website, book back matter, etc).

In the meantime, I’ve created a cover for Initiated (there may still be a few small tweaks):

SBibb - Initiated Cover WIP

Lily’s Story: (Distant Horizon series spin-off/prequel novel) On hold. (Has outline).

Sky Runner:Β (Multiverse novel). On hold. (Has outline)

The Multiverse Chronicles: On hold. (Needs edits).

Little One: On hold. (Needs revisions).

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). Needs rough draft written. Needs updated outline. On hold.

Runes and Ravens (Stone and String 3): Needs outlining and revision. On hold.

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold. Needs the rest of Isaac’s notes input into the manuscript.

Wishing Blade Prequel (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade): I currently have 12,000 words written. I completed my initial draft, but wasn’t satisfied with the conflict. I ended up writing the scenes onto index cards, shuffling them around, dropping one scene, and adding in several others. My next step is to write the rough draft of the new scenes and begin revising the original scenes to match the updated outline.

Once complete, this is intended to be a newsletter-exclusive story.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: On hiatus.

The Dark Forest of Aneth (“Ro’nor (“The Restless Sands of Neel”) & Zynia (“The Dragons of the Mist”) cross-over / A Legends of Cirena short novel): On hold.

Goals: Rough draft needs completed via the Collaborative Adventure Facebook group, and there are a couple scenes I’d like to add earlier in the story. I already have a book cover concept, which still needs to be completed.

The Wind Mage and the Wolf (“Livena (The Wind Mage of Maijev”) & Nuaka (“The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear”) cross-over / A Legends of Cirena short novel) : The Joran short story project is on hold.

Legends of Cirena Epic: I started jotting down a short story idea for a Litkanston character. Not sure if this will go anywhere or not.

Outlining on hold. Map of Litkanston on hold. This is intended to be a back-burner project.Β 

“MOG”:Β On hold. (Needs revisions)

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Print edition on hold. Needs back matter and front matter adjusted.

Huntress 3: Needs rough draft completed. (Currently at 25,000 words) On hold.

Game Design: On hold.

Future plans in game design involve: possibly preparing a print-and-play version of Battle Decks, polishing the elemental game card art and testing mechanics, and looking into options for feasibly producing Phalanx.

Space Adventure Comic: On hold.

Villain Problems: (WIP panels viewable on my Instagram). On hold.

Emberverse (Working Title):Β  Revisions on hold. Needs title. Needs outline for “Season 2.”

Marketing: Again, no paid ads this month aside from a couple Amazon drip ads. I did participate in a couple BookFunnel Promos, and mostly kept up with having a daily Twitter post.

I did get last month’s Weekly Promo Highlights scheduled, and got the ones for this month scheduled.

Isaac and I also participated in two book signings at the local comic book shop, Black Ice Comics & Books, for Independent Bookstore Day and Free Comic Book Day. We stuck to showcasing our books this time, and for the latter we created a mini zine with a few behind the scenes notes and art for the Wishing Blade Universe. These were based on images we’ve showcased in the newsletter.

Independent Bookstore Day:

Isaac and Stephanie at Black Ice Comics Book Signing

Free Comic Book Day:

Isaac and Stephanie at Black Ice Comics Book Signing

Stephanie and Gray at Black Ice Comics Book Signing

We shared a table with Aleksi (Gray) for Free Comic Book Day. If you enjoy queer fantasy comics and coloring books, check out their work: https://linktr.ee/alakotila Fell Swoop is a sweet queer romance that has an absolutely adorable giant jumping spider I happen to adore, and I love their Enchanted coloring book. The art make me happy. πŸ˜€

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Other future marketing goals: Test Draft2Digital for wide print distribution, test mailing list automations, revise Amazon ads, link to my pinterest account on the Infinitas Publishing website, overhaul book categories and keywords, and do the usual business ledger upkeep.

LitRPG / GameLit Story:Β On hold. (Needs revisions and restructuring).

Other Stories:Β The YA SciFi Alien Invasion/Dystopian Conspiracy short story revisions are on hold. Comic script (“If I Had Asked”) on hold.

Untitled Fantasy Story: On hold. Next step is to review and adjust the first book’s outline, and then adjust book two’s outline.

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration:Β Future Goals: Update the Infinitas Publishing website banner. Figure out a schedule for uploading general art projects.

Daz PA: This was largely on hold while I worked on the Newsletter Ninja Cookie Challenge, but I did finally get it updated. I ran into a snag on my current project due to changes in how luminosity is handled between Daz Studio 4.15 and Daz Studio 4.20, which, in combination with a mistake in how I saved the previous prop file, meant that I needed to rerun the renders (that I had already rerun to include the new wisps aspect). It has now been resubmitted, accepted, and waiting for a release date. πŸ˜€

The next step is finalizing my surprise/fear-themed pose set (polishing the art promos, creating the clay render promos, and setting up the submission page).

After that, I’m working on a separate pose project that I can’t release details about just yet, and then I’m debating making an illuminated geoshell makeup set, or creating another Diverse World character head morphs set.

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