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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

It’s that time again! (And this time, the report’s on time). πŸ˜‰

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Starless Night CoverStarless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). New cover (after several iterations), a blurb, and it’s now on pre-order!

Next step: Revisions. Lots of revisions…

Changing Tides: (Book 4 of the Distant Horizon series). The rough draft is currently 50,000 words. About 16,000 more words than last time. Not a huge change, and writing went a bit slowly (though I made sure to write at least a sentence each day… and that helped to get at least some progress in).

I’ve put this rough draft on hold during NaNoWriMo, and I’m focusing on writing a different project. I’m hoping to use November to finish a few rough drafts and revision projects that have been on hold for a while, and maybe start revising Starless Night depending on how those other projects go.

SBibb - Whispers in the Code - New CoverThe Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): The Glitch saga is out of Kindle Unlimited!

Which means you can now find it not only on Amazon, but also Apple Books, Kobo, BN.com, and Smashwords.

AND I’ve gotten it added to Google Play, too. πŸ˜€

(First series in Google Play. I plan to start uploading the others as I get time).

Last month I went through the process of updating the back matter, updating blurbs, fixing some early formatting issues that should make for a smoother table of contents, and re-uploading the books back to the various distributors. All three books (and the Glitch Saga: Complete Collection) are now available!

Side note… Whispers in the Code is free on all retailers. πŸ˜‰

Galina’s Saga (Deceived) – Part Two (Distant Horizon spin-off series): This year’s NaNoWriMo project! πŸ˜€

I’m currently 14,000 words into the rough draft. I took the first day to discuss plot points with Isaac and get an outline made, and then started writing the rough draft.

Since these are novellas, my goal is to get books two and three complete for NaNoWriMo. Once I finish the rough draft for book two, I’ll outline and start drafting part three.

We might even have the title for book two… but we’ll see.

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. At this point in time I have removed links to the Facebook group from the Legends of Cirena stories. Ultimately I still want to finish the Ro’nor-Zynia cross-over there, if anyone is still interested, and I’ll make the Legends stories available for free to everyone who participated in the voting process for choosing characters and their decisions. Beyond that, though, I haven’t decided how to proceed.

SBibb - The Wind Mage and the Wolf Cover

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): This is still in the process of being revised, and then I need to go back and thread Nuaka’s point of view into the story.

Good news is that the book cover and blurb have been completed!

Better news?

The Wind Mage and the Wolf is up for pre-order! πŸ˜€

I’ve scheduled it for February 21st. I was hoping to release it in mid-November, but didn’t account for the amount of time it’d take to set up Starless Night for pre-order and get the Glitch saga back up and running wide.

Now that it’s NaNoWriMo and the holidays are coming up… I figured I’d play it safe and schedule it a bit further out.

Next step will be finishing revisions and sending it out to beta-readers.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

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

Huntress 3: Needs rough draft completed. I’m about halfway through. (25,000 words) On hold.

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

Space Adventure Comic: Isaac has been organizing our Daz assets, kitbashing character outfits, kitbashing ship designs, and figuring out general scene settings for the project. There’s a few alien characters (the “orcs” and “avians…” which are more like feathered bat people?) left to organize, which I need to move from the Michael 4 generation up to Genesis 3 or 8 for the convenience of using more poses and outfits with them.

But he’s gotten quite a bit done in terms of making sure all the “elf” characters are in place and have outfits/uniforms to fit their particular culture, along with the ships.

Emberverse (Working Title): I was thinking of writing season two for NaNoWriMo, but decided on Deceived #2 and #3 since that series has already been made live.

As for Emberverse, I still need to create outlines for each of the short stories, which may require revising the season one stories to know what needs to come next. (Though I’m hoping looking at the original outlines for the first season will serve as a good reminder of what had been going on, despite changes).

Also… I need a new working title/series title. Apparently Emberverse is already in use.

Marketing: November’s weekly promo highlight posts have been schedules. Amazon US ads have all been converted to low-cost drip ads. I still need to revise the Amazon Ads for the UK and Germany.

Eventually, I want to re-evaluate categories and keywords of the various series, but that will be later.

I have been running paid newsletter promos for “The Wind Mage of Maijev.” So far it hasn’t done particularly well for paying back the cost (though I’ve stuck with low cost promos), but it’s also early in the test run, so we’ll see.

Now that Whispers in the Code is also perma-free, I’ve started scheduling promos on that one as well.

I did go ahead and create a Story Origin account (free) so I can test their group promotions. Took me a bit to figure out their set-up, but over all I do like it, and it does have some advantages over Book Funnel (particularly in the form of newsletter swaps). But I still am quite fond of Book Funnel, so for now, I plan to use both.

I’ve set up a focused group newsletter builder promo (YA Sci-Fi with a Side of Powers) on BookFunnel to run in December. I’m hoping that the banner will interest readers of YA sci-fi and be more likely to get more clicks, particularly those of readers who would like the Distant Horizon Universe.

I also put out a call for ARC reviewers on my Wishing Blade newsletter list soon, and sometime soon I’ll probably start the process of culling inactive subscribers.

And I created an ARC giveaway on BookSprout for the Glitch saga.

Are you a reviewer who uses BookSprout to find ARCs? Do you enjoy YA Dystopian Sci-Fi with super powers? There are the ones I currently have available:

https://booksprout.co/arc/50493/whispers-in-the-code
https://booksprout.co/arc/50494/ghost-of-a-memory
https://booksprout.co/arc/50495/spirits-of-a-glitch

I also participated in a large BookSweeps giveaway. The goal was to bring in new subscribers to the Distant Horizon Universe newsletter, while still offering something of value to my own readers. That contest has ended, so now I’m waiting for the next step. (Sending out prizes to the winners and integrating new subscribers into the mailing list).

I also did a “medium launch” for relaunching the Glitch saga wide, combined with the pre-order of Starless Night. For this, I warned the subscribers they’d be seeing more emails from me in this period, and then I emailed each day with something different and focused (rather than long with multiple sections like my usual newsletters). I hinted about what was coming in the P.S. section so there would always be something to look forward to. Though it did take more work on my part, it seemed to go over well. Combining the relaunch with the Starless Night pre-order had the advantage of giving me more to talk about. I’ll probably consider doing something like this again for some of my future book launches.

Also… I finally snagged a WordPress paid plan for the blog. I was hoping to get a sale, but the ads were driving me nuts.

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

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: I’ve removed the formatting and cover design pages from this blog. At this point, I’m only doing those services for previous clients, and that will depend on what other projects are currently happening.

I’m also considering overhauling the imagery on the blog, since I haven’t updated it since I first created it in college (2011). I also plan to start weeding through the side bar links as well.

Daz PA: Organized an older set that I hadn’t gotten around to completing and made quite a bit of progress on another pose set. Neither are finished yet, though.

However, I did recently release the SBibb Egyptian Ankh Makeup Set


SBibb - Daz - Ankh Makeup Set

https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-egyptian-ankh-makeup-set-for-genesis-8-female

It’s for Genesis 8 Females. I kind of had a heyday with emission and metal flakes options. My first version was initially rejected, but after getting feedback and making tweaks (and adding glowy arm makeup options), it made it’s way through. πŸ™‚

Even has a displacement option on the forehead to give the forehead ankh a bit of an upraised look… (which might have been inspired by Stargate SG-1… one of my favorite shows in high school).

I’ve also made a little more progress in learning how to use Hexagon to model my own 3D object and clothes, and how to use Substance Painter more effectively.

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Happy writing and reading (Or 3D rendering if you’re into Daz)! πŸ™‚

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

Wow, what a summer. The last time I did an Infinitas Publishing Status Report was… *checks blog* April?

O.o

Apparently I need to catch up on posting stuff.

The good news is, it’s that time again! I may have been scatter-shot active in posting on the blog, but things have been happening. πŸ˜€

Without further ado… the updates!

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Back in April I was only at 8,500 words. I managed 50,000 words by the end of April, through Camp NaNoWriMo, and then I slowed down again for a couple months. I made a point to at least write a sentence every night before bed to make sure I kept up with at least some progress.

I made another push in July’s Camp NaNo, and as of July 31, I completed the rough draft at 119,000 words. πŸ˜€

It will likely require extensive revisions (especially since I need to figure out the time frame to make sure I got the seasonal plants and weather correct), but it’s sitting aside while I work on the rough draft of book 4.

Also… I’m planning on listing a year-long pre-order soon, so there’s a semi-hard deadline of completing the book by mid-October of 2021. That said, I’m hoping to have it done sooner, but a year gives more time for unexpected delays.

Changing Tides: (Book 4 of the Distant Horizon series). As soon as I completed the rough draft of Starless Night I moved straight into writing the rough draft of Changing Tides.

Originally I was going to make them into a single book, but realized I had enough material for two, and that Starless Night had a good ending point based on Jenna’s goal. So I went ahead and split them back into two books.

Writing for Changing Tides has been going in spurts and slow segments, but the rough draft is currently sitting at 34,000 words.

I have a rough storyboard pinned to a cork board, but some sections of the plot may still need to be ironed out before I get much further. (Isaac and I have the beginning and end, and here-and-theres of the middle).

My goal is to get the rough draft finished before moving on to other major projects.

SBibb - Whispers in the Code - New CoverThe Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): After going back and forth on cover design, and discovering the magic of Photoshop brushes, I finally made one more cover design choice and completely redid all three covers.

I’ll probably make a blog post showcasing all of the new covers, and I need to update them on the main Infinitas Publishing website, but you can see them now on Amazon. πŸ™‚

On that note… The Glitch saga is coming out of Kindle Unlimited!

Once it’s three-month term ends in mid-October, I’ll be moving it wide across multiple retailers once again. It never really took to KU.

Expect to see it at most major online retailers in early November. πŸ˜€

Galina’s Saga – Part TwoΒ (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Outline needs revision. (That said, once I finish the Distant Horizon drafts and revise them, I’ll want to work on this soon after to make sure everything coincides properly).

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: Needs Isaac’s notes added to manuscript, and then revised. Like Galina’s saga, this is one I’ll probably want to work on before releasing Distant Horizon 3 and/or 4, as there may be references to events that occur.

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

Runes and Ravens (Stone and String 3): Needs revision and the rest of rough draft written. I’m itching to work on this because I’ve got ideas for it, but I want to finish the Distant Horizon draft (and the Legends of Cirena revisions) first.

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. I’ve stopped advertising the Facebook group since I haven’t had time to maintain it. I’m not sure if I’ll try to revive it once I get everything back on track or call it good after I finish the Ro’nor-Zynia cross-over.

That said, it was definitely fun while it lasted. πŸ™‚

Since the last Infinitas Publishing Status Report I’ve published The Scars of Her Past and The Dragons of the Mist.Β That completes the single-character arcs. The next arc, currently in the process of being edited, will return to Livena with cross-over appearances from Nuaka.

Title and release date to be determined.

SBibb - The Scars of Her PastThe Scars of Her Past (Alia’s Story / A Legends of Cirena short story): Sent to beta-readers and published in late May.

If you like fantasy thrillers, check this out. Tone-wise, it’s similar to The Cursed Halls of Kalecen, with a bit darker of a story than most of the others in this series.

SBibb - The Dragons of the Mist CoverThe Dragons of the Mist (Zynia’s Story / A Legends of Cirena short story): Revised, sent out to beta-readers, and then published in mid-July.

This returns to a more light-hearted tone, with a look at the dragons of the Darden Isles.

“MOG”:Β On hold. (Needs revisions)

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

Huntress 3: Needs rough draft completed. I’m about halfway through. (25,000 words) On hold.

Game Design: On hold. We need product shots of updated Phalanx board for The Game Crafter. On the bright side, thanks to doing some online Cirena role-play games with friends, we’ve been getting a few ideas for flavor tweaks to make to our Cirena board game we’ve been working on in the background.

Space Adventure Comic: We’ve been making slow progress on this, but there’s definitely been progress. We’ve created a loose storyboard for the first episode, and Isaac is in the process of organizing and updating the characters and ships we’ve decided on thus far.

We’re going to completely redo the first scenes, no longer worrying about the original renders I made. (We’ll call those concept art). But Isaac has a lotΒ of plotting for where the story could go past the first episode (and even the first season, which he has an end for), so we know where it’s heading. We just need to start piecing the first panels together. In the meantime, I’ve been using a mix of Daz and Substance Painter to design the elves’ home planet.

Emberverse (Working Title): Sort-of on-hold? The first episode has been revised because, since the Writers of Warrensburg moved their critique group online, I was able to attend again. (Woot!) I’ve been bringing pieces of the story there for their feedback. With the first episode having finished being critiqued during the last meet, I now need to go back through the feedback and make revisions, none of which looks too difficult. πŸ˜€

That said, I now need to start revising the next episode, which might take a bit longer since I think it’s Jekk’s, and his is one of two that need major revisions.

This has been a side project, and I’m kind of hoping to write season two during NaNoWriMo this year, but it depends on how the other projects go.

Regardless, I don’t plan to start releasing any of these until the majority of it is finished, and I want to focus on finishing a few of the currently open series (Distant Horizon (two more novels), The Wishing Blade (two more novels?), Stone and String (one more novella?), Legends of Cirena (three more novellas), and Huntress (one more novel) before releasing a new series.

Marketing: Um… I finally remembered to post new weekly book promo highlight posts. I’ve got the next month already scheduled since I was proactive and actually scheduled newsletter promos in the middle of the month. If I can devote 30 minutes to an hour toward marketing each day, that ought to help a lot.

I’ve also been weeding out my Amazon ads, and I’m trying to focus on keywords that have gotten clicks before, with an emphasis on very low bids (maximum of 5 cents per click). “Drip” ads, rather than high-spending ads. At this point, all of the US ads have been revised, and my next step will be to update UK and other international territory ads.

Instead of ads, which I haven’t really been maintaining well and thus have been losing money on, I’m testing paid newsletter promos (ex. Fussy Librarian) on perma-free books. Right now, my only perma-free story is “The Wind Mage of Maijev,” but I’m planning on making Whispers in the Code perma-free once I pull it out of Kindle Unlimited.

I finally culled the Distant Horizon Universe mailing list of inactive subscribers, taking it down by almost half (but being quite happy that about 30 of the “inactive” subscribers opted to stay when I sent out the email asking who wanted to stick around–I know the past few months have been hectic and not all emails register as open). So it’s back to being around 900 subscribers but the open rate is looking decent again.

Soon I’ll need to cull the Wishing Blade Universe mailing list.

Eventually I should probably run another BookFunnel promo. I’ve done a couple GameLit/LitRPG themed ones in conjunction with another author over the past few months, but since I don’t have a GameLit story out at this point, I’d like to also do a promo focused on the genres/themes from my books.

I’m thinking about picking up a WordPress paid plan for this blog (no ads!), so I’m going to start watching for sales.

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

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration:Β Both formatting projects complete. At the moment there are no new cover design or formatting projects. I will likely remove the cover design and formatting pages from this blog sometime over the next month.

Daz PA: Making progress in getting sets done. I had a nice burst of speed on these for the first couple months, but the last couple months slowed down a bit. I just finished revising and resubmitting a previously declined product, as well as making an adjustment to an earlier pose set now that I know more about how the poses work. I’ve recently started a new pose product, and then I have a character to revise and resubmit.

In the meantime, if you’re curious to see what I’ve released thus far:

Wonder and Curiosity Poses: https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-wonder-and-curiosity-poses-and-expressions-for-genesis-8

SBibb - Dreadful Pirate Captain Promo PicDreadful Pirate Captain Poses and Expressions: https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-dreadful-pirate-captain-poses-and-expressions-for-genesis-8

Secret Reflections Poses and Expressions: https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-secret-reflections-poses-and-expressions-for-daisy-8

Flower Family for Daisy 8: https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-flower-family-for-daisy-8

Temple Brethren for Ashan 8: https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-temple-brethren-for-ashan-8

Insulting the Dragon Poses: https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-insulting-the-dragon-poses-for-angharad-8-and-dragon-3

Frog Prince Poses: https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-frog-prince-poses-for-bullwarg-hd-and-genesis-8

Rukodzi for Celani 8: https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-rukodzi-for-celani-8

Natilda for Honni 8: https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-natilda-for-honni-8

SBibb Natilda for Honni 8 - Promo Pic

Also, I’ve begun learning how to use Substance Painter. (Handy when trying to re-texture things or make my own textures).

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Happy writing and reading (Or 3D rendering if you’re into Daz)! πŸ™‚

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