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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

A new year, and it’s time to reflect on the past month with a status report! 😀

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). On hold for revisions while finishing Deceived drafts.

Changing Tides: (Book 4 of the Distant Horizon series). On hold with a rough draft at 50,000 words.

The Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): I’d eventually like to create a new cover for the complete collection as well as a print edition for it. Might be a while before we see this, though.

Galina’s Saga (Deceived) – (Distant Horizon spin-off series): The rough draft for Deceived #5 is currently at 25,600 words. (Previously 6,200 words). Managed 19,400 words last month. Progress on this was slower due to working on other projects, holidays, and needing to work out some plot issues.

Once the rough draft is complete, it’ll be time for revisions of the entirety of the series (except book one, which is already released). I’m debating whether or not to change the cover design of the series before I get started on the next one.

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

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

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

Little One: Needs Isaac’s notes added to manuscript, and then revised.

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

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

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: Ro’nor-Zynia cross-over is on hold.

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 story): On hold while finishing the rough draft of Deceived #5, but will be the next major project so I can get it ready for release in late February.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs formatting for print.

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

Game Design: On hold. We need product shots of updated Phalanx board for The Game Crafter.

Space Adventure Comic: Due to me doing a lot of work with a Daz project, Isaac didn’t get as much access to the computer to work on this. He did however, manage to get a little work in on choosing character outfits for a couple of the main characters, and he also managed to get the computer away from me long enough to set up a scene which should include several different panel shots for the first chapter/episode.

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

Marketing: BookFunnel promos have been submitted to, though I still need to set up the weekly promo highlights for the blog. Most of the paid newsletter promos for January have been set up, as well as a few for February (yay for end of the year coupons!).

I still need to revise Amazon Ads for the UK and Germany. I also need to check book categories and keywords, and I still need to cull the Wishing Blade Universe newsletter for inactive subscribers.

Last month I continued running paid newsletter promos for Whispers in the Code as well as The Wind Mage of Maijev. We might be starting to see some sell-through, but it’s too early to tell for certain.

I’m also trying to do a lot more reading of the genres I write in,  as well as non-fiction related to writing and marketing, and reading for-fun genres I don’t usually write to improve writing craft. (Plus it’s nice to be reading again. Seemed like I hadn’t been doing that as much lately).

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

Other Stories: I still want to revise my YA SciFi Alien Invasion/Dystopian Conspiracy short story. But it’s currently on hold.

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: I still need to update the imagery on this blog and the Infinitas Publishing website banner.

I’d like to create a general plan for what I want to write/release/create for Daz next year to start off as a general blueprint.

Daz PA: The holiday kitten morph and poses set I created for the DAZ House Cat was sent out and seems to have been nicely received. 🙂 It was one of the PA Holiday freebies that was free for a few days in December. Not sure if it’ll have any more free days or not. I’ve also finished the main pose project I’d been working on last month, with the exception of if there are any issues during testing.

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

Another month has passed, and so the author recounts the previous month’s accomplishments and her plans for the next month…

Time for another status report! 😀

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). On hold for revisions while working on NaNoWriMo projects.

Changing Tides: (Book 4 of the Distant Horizon series). Rough draft on hold at 50,000 words. Current plan is to revise Starless Night before returning to this, that way I can make sure the time line is on track.

The Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): I’m thinking of creating a print edition of the three books combined, possibly with a new cover. Might be a while before that happens, though.

Galina’s Saga (Deceived) – Part Two and Three(Distant Horizon spin-off series): So… last time I posted a report the plan was two write two novellas for NaNoWriMo, thus completing the main ARC of Galina’s story.

Does anyone even want to guess how that went?

Anyone?

*Sigh.*

I’m absolutely thrilled to say it went a lot better than expected, and here’s where it landed (off in “Stephanie writes more than she plans and Isaac keeps giving her more plot points” land):

Deceived #2 (Tentatively titled Exposed) – Rough draft complete at 50,000 words (my NaNo Rebel novella ending up actually being a novel).

Deceived #3 – Rough draft complete at 22,000 words. Ended up being a plot that was not in my outline because Isaac wanted to see them have a little more trouble getting back to the Community, and saw the perfect opportunity for cameos of side characters we see briefly in Distant Horizon. Sounded like fun and made a lot of sense for the story, so I ran with it, and dropped my original outline. I have a few more scenes I’d like to add to this during revisions.

Deceived #4 – Rough Draft complete at 25,000 words. It felt complete before I actually reached the end, though, so cue another book in the sequence

Deceived #5: NaNoWriMo rough draft ended at 3,000 words, incomplete. I’m still working on this one, and it’s currently at 6,200 words. I expect this one to be somewhere in the 20,000-word range.
 
I think #5 should wrap up Galina’s primary arc, though there may be a stand alone #6 because I really want to see how they handle helping the Community when Legion shows up.

So yeah… the next step is finishing the rough draft of #5 and then revising all the rough drafts.

Good news is that this project showed me just how helpful 20 minute and 40 minute sprints can be to my writing productivity.

That… and 100,000 words in a month! 😀

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

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

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

Little One: Needs Isaac’s notes added to manuscript, and then revised.

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

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

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: Ro’nor-Zynia cross-over is still on hold. Waiting to finish current projects before I revise what’s already written, and then continue the next section.

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 story): Revisions on hold for NaNoWriMo. But as soon as I finish the rough draft for Deceived #5, this is next big project I want to focus on so I can get it out to beta-readers.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs formatting for print.

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

Game Design: On hold. We need product shots of updated Phalanx board for The Game Crafter.

Space Adventure Comic: I finally converted the “avian” aliens to Genesis 3 and 8 to make it easier for Isaac to work with them. Not a whole lot of new progress here (unless you count a brief flurry of reading web comics to start getting a feel for how they’re structured).

Emberverse (Working Title): Currently on hold while working on other projects. Still needs actual title. Next step will be revising what’s currently written so I know where to take “season two.”

Marketing: I’ve scheduled most paid promos for December and need to finish setting up the scheduled weekly book promo highlights. I still need to revise the Amazon Ads for the UK and Germany. I also need to check book categories and keywords, though Legends of Cirena and Whispers in the Code has had some updates in that regard. I also still need to cull the Wishing Blade Universe newsletter for inactive subscribers.

I’ve begun running paid newsletter promos for Whispers in the Code as well as The Wind Mage of Maijev.

Sent out copies of Distant Horizon to the contest winners of the YA Science Fiction and Fantasy BookSweeps giveaway. I also created a longer on-boarding sequence for the subscribers who signed up for my newsletter through that method. I did have a couple sales of the Distant Horizon books during that week, but I’m not sure if it was a result of the on-boarding sequence or of the paid newsletters.

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

Other Stories: I wrote a 5000 word short story (science fiction) and submitted it to an anthology. Got a rejection, but that’s okay, because I’ve got ideas of how I’d like to flesh out the story a bit more and try to improve the twists so it’s not so predictable. (YA SciFi Alien Invasion/Dystopian Conspiracy). Not sure if I’ll try submitting it to a couple other science fiction magazines I used to enjoy reading once I finish revisions or go ahead and self-publish it.

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: I still need to update the imagery on the blog (and I should probably update the images on the Infinitas Publishing web site banner, while I’m at it). I also want to weed through the side bar links.

In other news, this blog now has a new domain name! Since I mostly focus on books now, the domain is now stephanieflintbooks.com . You can still reach the blog through sbibb.wordpress.com , however. 🙂

Also, I finally updated the Contact page. It had, um, apparently been a while since I’d done so. I removed the links specifically for my book cover design business since I’m no longer actively advertising that, and I updated it with the various author links.

That said, I still have my original SBibbPhoto domain, and I’ve been debating if there might be something I could do with that for my Daz artwork.

Daz PA: I accidentally corrupted my document with notes and how much time I was spending on each project, but at least it’s not a huge loss and was for my own personal use.

Started a new one.

(Reminder… don’t forget back-ups or periodically saving under a new file name!)

No new releases since last time, but I did finish up the holiday freebie I wanted to submit, so that should show up eventually, and I made progress on another pose set.

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

Time for the Infinitas Publishing monthly status report! 😀

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Outline needs review.

SBibb - Whispers in the Code - New Trial CoverThe Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): We’re temporarily testing a new cover for the series, starting with Whispers in the Code. If sales do better, then I’ll swap out the rest of the covers in the series. If not, then I’ll switch back to the original for the time being.

Also, Whispers in the Code is free from Oct 30th to Nov 3rd.

Afterward, it will be 99 cents throughout November.

If you haven’t already got a copy, now’s the time to grab it. 🙂

Galina’s Saga – Part Two (Distant Horizon spin-off series): With Deceived now published, it’s on to book two!

We’re expecting two or three more books in this series, and possibly a brief crossover between this series and Distant Horizon #3.

At the moment, we have a rough outline of book two, but the outline needs revision before we begin the rough draft.

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

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

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

Little One: I’ve managed to input a few more of Isaac’s notes into the manuscript between projects, though there are more to go.

Magebane: (Book Three of The Wishing Blade series) The print edition has been finalized! Click here to order the paperback!

Next up, writing book four.

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). The first chapter has been revised from Isaac’s notes and I have an idea of where additional revisions need to be remade for the next couple of chapters. Then I’ll need to continue writing the rough draft.

Runes and Ravens (Stone and String 3): I’ve got an idea for how this story is going to go, but I need to revise a few scenes and continue the rough draft. At the moment, I’m expecting this will be the final story in the series, but we’ll see.

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: Recently finished the story of the Anethian priestess of Harethn, the god of travel, in the Darden Isles… though she might have gotten to travel a bit further than she expected.

Getting ready to start a new series. A cross-over has been voted on, so now we need to decide which characters will show up. 🙂

Ro’nor’s Story (A Legends of Cirena short story): I’ve almost finished revisions. Just a couple small polishing tweaks still need to be made, and then I’ll be sending it out to beta-readers. 🙂

I’m hoping to finish revisions on the next couple LoCCA stories before the end of the year, that way I can put them up for pre-order early next year.

I also have an idea of what the covers will look like, and I have a proof cover created for Ro’nor’s story.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs to be formatted for print.

Huntress 3: Now has an outline! Still needs a bit more detail, but there’s enough there that I can start the rough draft. I’m planning to write this in November for NaNoWriMo.

This one will focus on the fairy tale of Rumplestiltskin. 🙂

I also have ideas for book four, though it still needs an outline.

Game Design: Currently on hold now that Isaac’s classes have started back up.

Space Adventure Comic: I’ve begun rendering scenes for the comic, though it’s been a bit slow going since the scenes are fairly large.

Add having to send the new laptop in for repair earlier in the month, and progress has been slow.

However, there has been progress, so that’s a plus. 🙂

SBibb - Space Adventure Web Comic Sneak Peek

Marketing: In mid-September we had a booth at Geek U.P. in Houghton, MI. This was a blast, and we had a lot of fun. We had our books and games available for sale, played several rounds of Phalanx with con-goers, and I also offered a few of my Daz-creation prints for sale.

A friend snapped this photo for us while everyone was on dinner break, which is why you don’t see many people walking around behind us (and it was one of the few times we were free). There were several really awesome cosplays there, too. 😀

Geek UP 2019

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

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: Finished blurb work for one author and I’m now in the progress of proofreading a manuscript for another author.

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

I managed to miss a monthly Infinitas Publishing status report last month, so I’ll be covering both July and August (and about half of September) this time around. Lot’s to report! 😀

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Outline still needs review.

The Glitch Saga CollectionThe Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Now available in Kindle Unlimited!

The series is no longer wide at multiple retailers, but this is a test run to see how it does in KU. If there don’t appear to be results, then I’ll probably move it back to multiple retailers.

In the meantime, if you’re a subscriber to Kindle Unlimited, you can read Tim’s story at no additional cost.

Deceived - Book CoverDeceived: Galina’s Saga – Part One (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Since I made The Glitch Saga exclusive to Amazon, that meant I needed a new newsletter reader magnet. I was hoping to have this done last month, but the order of projects meant that I just now put it up for pre-order.

That said, the outline has been written, rough draft written and revised and handed to Isaac while on a trip, edited, and then sent to beta-readers, read-aloud, proofread and now up for pre-order! It’s been sent out to Distant Horizon Universe newsletter subscribers, who received it for free as a thanks for being a subscriber.

I plan to release it to the public on September 22nd. I’m releasing it at 99 cents until October 1st, when I plan to raise it to $2.99 later.

This is a novella (23,000 words), and is the first in a series of novellas following the character of Galina (who is mentioned in Distant Horizon). The cover is complete and title chosen (“Deceived”).

It’s now available for pre-order at most major online retailers. 😀

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

Lady Black’s Story: Isaac and I brainstormed ideas for this story… but for now, we’re realizing that we don’t have a good way to tell her backstory within the scope of the current universe for the cover we originally planned to use for this.

So her story is being put on hold. Not to say that it won’t ever be told, but it’s going to need a lot more refinement and a different cover if we do tell it.

That being said, we’re tinkering with other ideas for a story to use the cover we originally picked up for her story. Nothing set in stone, but we’re considering going a bit further back and focusing on Patricia Black’s story (thus making it a Multiverse novel instead).

Still a lot in the air on that one, though.

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

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

Little One: Needs Isaac’s notes input into manuscript, and then revisions.

Magebane: (Book Three of The Wishing Blade series) The paperback edition has been formatted, and the proof copy came in a few days ago! I’m currently in the process of reading the print edition to look for any sneaky typos that slipped through my previous round of proofreading.

That said, the print edition is technically available on Amazon right now, but I would advise not ordering a copy until I officially announce that the proofing is complete.

(It would be really nice if KDP Print would let us order author copies without publishing first.)

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). I still need to revise the first few chapters from Isaac’s notes, and then adjust the outline.

Also, I have a bit more plotting for the series that will come after The Wishing Blade is completed… though there’s still two more books to go before we reach that point.

Stone and String 3: Figured out a new plot… wrote about 10,000 words… realized there were some major plot holes on the character side of things with that plot after talking to Isaac.

Made new plans, need to revise the current draft and then proceed from there.

On the bright side, I think we have a title: “Runes and Ravens!”

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold… though I have some adjusted plotting in mind for it thanks to working on the adjusted plot of Stone and String 3.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: We completed the “Militant Merchant” story arc in July, and I took a hiatus during August to try to get other projects done while on break. (I was hoping to complete a rough draft for SAS #3 and/or TWB #4, but ended up working on the print formatting of Magebane and polishing Galina’s story/Deceived instead).

However, we have now started a new story line following an Anethian priestess on a mission from the god of travel to find his missing patron in the Darden Isles… a land where dragons once flew.

The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear - Cover“The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear” (A Legends of Cirena short story): Published! Got the revisions made, did the read-aloud and proof-reading, and finished the cover.

Ro’nor’s Story (A Legends of Cirena short story): This is the next Legends of Cirena story I’ll be editing and polishing. No release date as of yet, though I have an idea of what the cover will look like. It still needs a title (though I have a few ideas for that, too). Unlike the first two stories in the series, this one is a novella.

Once this one is complete, I’m considering making an ebook “box set” of the the first three stories, along with a print edition collection. I’d like to have it ready in time for the holiday season, but we’ll see how things go.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

SBibb - Huntress Book CoverHuntress: The print edition has finally been proofread and typos corrected! That means it is finally ready for ordering. 😀

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs to be formatted for print.

Huntress 3: Took a while to finally hit on which fairy tales I want to use for this plot, but I think I now have it figured out (after switching plans a couple times). I’ll do a bit more research to be sure, and then start the outline. I’m hoping to write the rough draft during this year’s November NaNoWriMo.

(Plus, I have an idea for two spin-off stories that could show up in this universe, one being based on Beauty and the Beast, and the other based on a Rumpelstiltskin/Tam Lin crossover).

Game Design: While we haven’t made much progress in beta-testing our WIP games, we did make progress in updating the Phalanx game board that will be sold online through Game Crafter. Took a couple shots to get a box and board (in this case, we’re testing a game mat) we liked after they phased out the previous box edition we had been using, but we’re both fairly satisfied with the final results. (Now if we could just get the base cost down).

Plus, we ordered trial run tokens for that game we haven’t officially announced yet and is still in progress.

SBibb - Space Adventure Comic Preview

Space Adventure Comic: As of a couple weeks ago, all the characters for the first episode have now been finalized.

Next step… setting up the scenes to render. (That, and making a few edits to the script to fix a couple plot holes we found).

Then we need to figure out where to host the comic.

Marketing: I did a paid promo for the free books Fussy Librarian newsletter with Huntress. There was definitely a spike in downloads on the day it went live, though I stacked the promo on the days around it with free newsletter swaps so it wouldn’t be quite such a stark jump. Since then I’ve seen a minor increase in KU reads, and a few extra sales, but I’m not sure if they’re attributed to the Fussy Librarian promo or general sales. No new reviews yet.

However, it’s only been three weeks since the promo, so I’m not sure how long it might take for readers who are interested to pick up the free book they downloaded.

Thus far, general newsletter swaps seem to have been some of the best way to get word about the books out there.

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

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