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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

December has flown by (like all the other months?) and now it’s time for the monthly Infinitas Publishing Status Report!

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

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). I’m currently in the process of proofreading Starless Night one more time before setting up the print edition. I’ve printed out the manuscript to sort of resemble a print book as a way to get a fresh take on it.

Additionally, I waited a little over a week before starting to work on this again after finishing NaNoWriMo with Changing Tides, and plan to focus on finishing this in January.

Changing Tides: (Book 4 of the Distant Horizon series). On hold until Starless Night proofreading for print edition is complete.

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

Galina’s Saga (Deceived) (Distant Horizon spin-off series): I’ve begun editing notes on Deceived #2. I plan to finish a round of revisions by the end of January.

Future Goals: Add Isaac’s notes from Deceived #4 into the manuscript and revise #5 before handing it to Isaac for his feedback. Additionally, I still need to finish updating the book cover and decide on a series title.

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: 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.

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): Not a big update, but I did add another few hundred words to the next episode.

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’ve added several plot points into Scrivener and started figuring out who the main characters are likely to be. I’ve also outlined (in summary format) about seven to nine chapters. This is all still very tentative in how I’m going to present the story, but I am very much enjoying using Scrivener to organize this. It’s been quite useful for jotting down notes that might make it into the story later.

I think one of my next steps will be creating a map of Litkanston and figuring out what the different tribes will be. While I’m not sure that we’ll see any scenes specifically from within Litkanston, it’ll be helpful in figuring out the different character motives and their cultures.

Mainly, though, this is a backburner project that I’ll be plotting and adding to while working on other projects.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

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

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). This is a for-fun project. I’ve finally had a chance to render a few more panels and start organizing another page, though I haven’t posted any updates yet.

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

Marketing: I didn’t run any paid ads in December, however I have scheduled the weekly promo highlights for this month. (Apparently scheduling promos works really well while waiting for loads of laundry to finish– it’s a task that doesn’t require a super amount of concentration, but can get done pretty easily between rounds. Nice to finally figure that out.)

Future goals: 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. Look over my notes from the 20Booksto50K online conference and determine what plan of action I’d like to take for the next few months.

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

Other Stories: I’d like to submit a short 2-8 page comic script to an anthology that has open submissions right now. We’ll see if I can get something put together by the due date. Since I haven’t really done comic scripts before, I don’t expect it to be accepted, but I think it might be a fun experience.

Also, Isaac and I are plotting an untitled fantasy story using Scrivner (unrelated to Cirena). More on that later, once more details are in place.

The YA SciFi Alien Invasion/Dystopian Conspiracy short story revisions are on hold.

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: The cover, basic ebook formatting, and print formatting for the indie press I’m working with is now in proof stage! I had hoped to be further along by this point, but the next step is waiting to see how the proofs come out.

Future Goals: Update the Infinitas Publishing website banner. Figure out a schedule for uploading general art projects.

Daz PA: My holiday freebie, SBibb Snowball Fight Props and Poses released at the end of December. I haven’t yet started the next project, though I hope to complete another one by the end of the month. It will likely be a case of polishing a partially completed project from earlier.

 

SBibb Snowball Fight Props and Poses Promo

 

(No link since it was a holiday freebie and no longer available in the store).

 

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Revisiting the Goals of 2021 – Infinitas Publishing

At the beginning of the 2021 year I created a tentative goals list for the year. A very tentative goals list.

(As in… a lot of things changed).

But now that the year’s almost over, I thought it might be interesting to take a look and see what happened, what didn’t, and what slipped in that wasn’t planned. 🙂

What’s in red is the original plan…

What’s in black is what actually happened:

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Distant Horizon Universe

 

  • Release Distant Horizon #3 (Starless Night)

This one is on pre-order for late October. Still needs revisions, but the rough draft is written. (Full length novel)

–> We released Starless Night in November. Though delayed, the ebook was completed! 😀

 

  • Finish rough draft of Distant Horizon #4 (Changing Tides)

I’m currently halfway through the rough draft (full length novel), though it will likely need fairly major revisions to update the timeline after book three.

–> Scrapped the aforementioned draft of Changing Tides due to changes in Starless Night, and wrote a new 50,000 words. This draft is not yet complete.

 

  • Release books #2-5 of Galina’s Saga (Deceived)

The rough draft of all four unpublished books (ranging between 20k to 50k words in length) is complete, and they’re ready for revision. The goal is to have all books completed and to rapid release them, probably a month apart from each other. If I can have these ready to go by late spring/early summer, that would be awesome. But depending on how many changes are necessary, it may be later in the year before they’re released.

–> Well… this didn’t happen. #5 needs major revisions (and there might be a #6, not sure yet?). Isaac did get a chance to read through #2-4 and leave notes.

 

  • Unplanned Additions

–> We started releasing a themed image for each newsletter, so we’ve managed to build a mini back-catalogue of themed images.

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The Wishing Blade Universe

 

  • Write rough drafts for books #4 and #5 of The Wishing Blade series.

Had a couple false starts with book four, so I’ll probably start that one again from scratch. I expect these both to be full length novels.

–> *Attempts to whistle sheepishly before realizing she’s not particularly good at whistling.*

Um… no progress made here.

 

  • Release The Wind Mage and the Wolf

Currently revising this one for release in late February. (Around 30,000 words)

–> The Wind Mage and the Wolf was published in February. 😀

 

  • Release Legends of Cirena #8 and #9

Book eight needs revisions, and book nine needs it’s rough draft completed. Also, I need to determine where this series is going to go following book nine. (I think these are both around 30,000 words?)

–> The Trial of Bells and Blood (LoC #8) was released in July. 😀

–> LoC #9 (The Dark Forest of Aneth) was named and a cover concept started, but the rough draft still needs completed.

 

  • Unplanned Additions

–> We started releasing a themed image for each newsletter. Since it’s a monthly newsletter, not a whole lot of images have been made yet, but the catalogue is slowly growing.

–> I’ve begun outlining what comes next in the Legends of Cirena era. My hope is that ironing out those details will help solidify a few details meant to appear in the last couple Wishing Blade books, as well as helping determine how The Dark Forest of Aneth should end.

 

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Huntress Universe

 

  • Release Book #3 of the Huntress series.

The rough draft is currently halfway written. (I’m expecting it to be a short novel). Though I’m currently planning to initially release book three in Kindle Unlimited, like the previous two books, ultimately, I want to take this series wide.

–> No progress on Huntress #3, though I did take the series wide.

 

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Space Adventure Comic

 

  • Finish a complete episode.

Since comics are new to us, I expect quite a few hiccups along the way. Still, with Isaac making progress on organizing scenes, I’m hoping we can have the first episode complete by the end of June.

–> So… we haven’t completed a finished episode. We did storyboard it, and Isaac made a lot of progress on character creation and even scene creation/organization, but rendering those images and putting them together on a page hasn’t happened yet.

 

  • Unplanned Additions

–> I started working on my Villain Problems comic, which does have a few renders complete and a couple pages roughly drafted. This is a for-fun project.

–> Isaac started work on another comic idea and has several scenes in place, which still needs polished and rendered. This is a for-fun project. 

 

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Daz PA

 

  • Release a product a month… or at least 12 products before the end of the year.

I’d like to get at least one product out each month, or the equivalent (since sometimes products don’t come out when expected. I already have a few planned (some even partially completed) that could work for the first few months. I’d also like to better learn Hexagon and Substance Painter, that way I can start creating outfits.

–> I ran into a few hang-ups that slowed me down on these projects. Switching a couple in-progress projects from Genesis 8 to Genesis 8.1, redoing part of a project to make the characters look more realistic and improve promos, and learning how to use Hexagon for modeling props (Taiko and Snowball Fight). Still, I ended up with a total of 9 completed projects (one of those being a collaboration). Not quite one a month, but still, a pretty good number of releases.

January – Hearing Aid Poses and Expressions for Genesis 8 and 8.1

March – SBibb Charismatic Bard Poses and Expressions for Torment 8.1

April – SBibb Diverse World Morphs for 200 Plus for Genesis 8 Male

July – SBibb Cursed Merman Poses and Expressions for Zale 8.1;  SBibb Seafarer Expressions for Wolfgang 8.1

August – SBibb Buccaneer Expressions for Jinx Jones 8.1; SBibb Taiko Props and Poses for Genesis 8 and 8.1

October – SBibb Diverse World Vol 2 for 200 Plus for Genesis 8 Female

December – SBibb Snowball Fight Props and Poses for Genesis 8 and 8.1

 

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One thing I’ve decided to test changing is that last year I attempted to do a daily, hourly schedule. When it worked, it was awesome. And I loved the idea of it. Unfortunately, it was difficult to stick to, and eventually got entirely tossed out the window because of trying to also work around Isaac’s school schedule.

So, for 2022, I’m testing a new method. This version involves marking a calendar with deadlines for when I’d like to have things done, but without saying it needs to be done on a specific day. More like monthly goals, broken down into easier to manage chunks. Plus, I’ve set myself a goal of writing/editing 50,000 words a month. Anything beyond that is tracked to the next month, that way if I have a month that I know might be hectic, I still have a chance to get ahead.

There may be a few things I’ve missed in this round-up, and for monthly progress I have the Infinitas Publishing Status Reports.

Now I just need to create a round-up of goals for 2022. 🙂

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

And November is a wrap! Time for the next Infinitas Publishing Status Report!

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

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Starless Night CoverStarless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Published! 😀

For release week we did a launch party via the Distant Horizon Universe newsletter, with a giveaway of The Glitch Saga, a temporary price drop of Distant Horizon to 99 cents (along with a few paid ads), and made several themed renders based on Starless Night.

The next step for Starless Night will be setting up the print edition, though I’d like to do one more read-through for typos before that.

Changing Tides: (Book 4 of the Distant Horizon series). NaNoWriMo concluded with this draft at 57,000 words. I’m expecting the final draft to be around 150,000 words, but I’m temporarily putting the drafting process on hold since I want to revise what’s already there to make sure the story is on track before writing further. The break will likely last between a week to a month, in order to give me a fresh perspective during revisions. I don’t want to wait much longer than that, however, since I don’t want to run into the issue of forgetting plot details again, which caused a major slowdown for the drafting of Starlight Night.

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

Galina’s Saga (Deceived) (Distant Horizon spin-off series): On hold. I still need to add Isaac’s notes from Deceived #4 into the manuscript and then make edits to #2-4 before revising #5 and handing it off to him for his feedback.

I still need to finish updating the book cover and decide on a series title.

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: 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.

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): 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. 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 novel) : The Joran short story project is on hold.

Legends of Cirena Epic: I have discovered the usefulness of Scrivener for outlining. This is my current project while giving the Changing Tides draft a chance to breathe. My goal is to flesh out more details for this story and start stringing together the different plot points. The idea behind this is that there have been several overarching plot points references throughout the Legends of Cirena story, and I want to cover those and wrap them up. I’m not 100% sure how I will present this, but I’m thinking it may be in novel form as a fantasy epic. I’m not sure if it would be a stand-alone book or a series. That I’ll determine once I finish outlining/plotting.

Right now, my goal is to plot this arc and get the notes figured out. I’m not sure if I’ll try writing any of it before switching back to drafting Changing Tides, but I’m using it as a breather project. (Bonus: it’ll help be figure out a couple plot points necessary to completing The Dark Forest of Aneth and Runes and Ravens).

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

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

Huntress: The ebook edition has mostly reverted back to paid.

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

Game Design: Isaac made a few updates to our Legends of Cirena tabletop game, though it’s otherwise on hold.

Game design is otherwise 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). This is a for-fun project. Currently on hold, though I hope to get a few more panels rendered once I finish my current Daz project.

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

Marketing: No new paid ads have been planned as of yet, however the newsletter giveaway promos have been chosen and the weekly promo highlights have all been scheduled for this month. 😀

Future goals: 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. Look over my notes from the 20Booksto50K online conference and determine what plan of action I’d like to take for the next few months.

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

Other Stories: I’d like to submit a short 2-8 page comic script to an anthology that has open submissions this month. We’ll see if I can get something put together by the due date. Since I haven’t really done comic scripts before, I don’t expect it to be accepted, but I think it might be a fun experience.

The YA SciFi Alien Invasion/Dystopian Conspiracy short story revisions are on hold (though I have ideas for a couple plot changes).

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: The Cover proof and basic ebook formatting has mostly been completed for the indie press I have a project from. I had hoped to be a little further along by this point, but the next step is print formatting and polishing the cover image.

Future Goals: Update the Infinitas Publishing website banner. Figure out a schedule for uploading general art projects.

Daz PA: No new releases this month, but I finally finished my holiday freebie and submitted it. I have a couple ideas for what the next project might be, but I plan to finish the cover/formatting project for the indie press, first.

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Distant Horizon is 99 cents – Limited Time!

For the release of Starless Night (now available!), we’ve made Distant Horizon 99 cents across all retailers. 😀

Grab it today!

Distant Horizon

(Distant Horizon #1)

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | Apple Books | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | Kobo | Smashwords

Distant Horizon - New Book Cover

Eighteen-year-old Jenna has always believed the Community is safe. So when a man claiming to be her dead grandfather warns her that she’s going to fail the mandatory Health Scan because she has powers, she thinks he’s crazy. But when plants start acting strangely around her, she uncovers the terrible secret regarding those who fail the scan.

Only 99 cents for a limited time:

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | Apple Books | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | Kobo | Smashwords

Enjoy! 😀

(Prices reverts on November 19th)

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

I’m a little behind in posting the Infinitas Publishing Status Report, but that’s because I’ve been busy getting everything ready for the launch of Starless Night. 😀

In the meantime, here’s everything that’s been going on during the last month and a half.

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

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Starless Night CoverStarless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Editing is complete! 😀

All pre-orders are now ready for release! Finished a round of revisions based on Isaac’s notes and got it sent out to beta-readers. Got a couple readers who were able to respond on super short notice (thank you!), and I’ve input their notes. Isaac and I did one-final read-aloud as the notes came back and, due to the length of the manuscript and wanting to save my voice, we chose the online version of NaturalReader to read it aloud to us. (A little stilted and weird, but we got used to it after a while.)

I then finished formatting the ebook edition and got it uploaded. ARC copies have been sent out, and I’ve been working on the newsletter launch party. For it, Isaac and I will be doing a handful of Starless Night themed renders that give sneak peeks into the upcoming story. 😀

Release date is November 17th! (Tomorrow!)

Changing Tides: (Book 4 of the Distant Horizon series). This is my current project, now that Starless Night is complete. I’m aiming to progress the rough draft using NaNoWriMo. (It’s currently at almost 29,000 words). While I did have a rough draft written earlier, most of it needed to be scrapped after changes made to Starless Night. After evaluating the draft to decide what could be saved or reworked, I decided to put the entire thing into the editing graveyard. (I don’t actually like deleting anything that’s been written, so stuff that doesn’t work yet goes to the editing graveyard. It might get revived later for some other project…) But it will be simpler to rewrite it than to try cobbling together the pieces that still make sense.

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

Galina’s Saga (Deceived) (Distant Horizon spin-off series): On hold. I still need to add Isaac’s notes from Deceived #4 into the manuscript and then make edits to #2-4 before revising #5 and handing it off to him for his feedback.

I still need to finish updating the book cover and decide on a series title.

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: 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.

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): 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. On hold while finishing Starless Night. 

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.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

SBibb - Huntress Book CoverChangeling: (Huntress #2) Needs formatting for print. On hold.

Huntress: The ebook edition of Huntress will continue being free through November. After that, I plan to revert it back to paid.

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

Game Design: Managed to get in a couple more testing sessions of our Legends of Cirena tabletop game. Found a couple ways to make it smoother, though it’s still a long way from publication.

Game design is otherwise 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… Isaac ended up switching to a different comic idea for the short comic, of which a pretty good chunk of the first episode has been story-boarded and partially set up in Daz. Needs polishing and rendered. I’ve continued work on my “Villain Problems” comic, though it got put on hold the last couple weeks while finalizing Starless Night. I think I’ll mostly work on this as a for-fun project, but you can see my work-in-progress images (and one test page) on my Instagram.

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

Marketing: Ebook promos for the month have been chosen, though I need to schedule the weekly promo highlights for the blog. I’ve chosen a few paid newsletter ads to promote Distant Horizon while it’s 99 cents for the release of Starless Night. I dropped the prices of Distant Horizon for a few days across all retailers as a way to promote the latest book in the series.

Unfortunately my Facebook ads eventually fell short of actually getting sales. I still got clicks, but even when I ran a copy of the same ad that had produced a few sales, it no longer saw any sales. I need to review the data to see if there’s anything unusual that sticks out as to why they might have stopped performing, even under similar conditions.

Also, Isaac and I were invited to have a booth at local pop-up artist market that supported queer artists as part of MTU’s film festival. Had a lot of fun, did reasonably well selling books, and even a couple small art prints, and we discovered that Square really does seem to work well as a card reader option. Plus, we might have ended up buying an absurd number of plushies from our favorite crochet plushie maker…

SBibb - Popup Artist Market - 11-6-2021

Additionally, I’ve been updating the blurb for Starless Night and the other books in the Distant Horizon series to make it a little more consistent across the different retailers and test different options.

In other news, I went to online version of the 20BooksTo50K conference, and that was super informative and a lot of fun. Took up three of my working days, but well-worth it, and there’s plenty of panels I plan to go back and watch that I didn’t get to see live.

Future goals: 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: On hold. (Needs revisions and restructuring).

Other Stories: The YA SciFi Alien Invasion/Dystopian Conspiracy short story revisions are on hold (though I have ideas for a couple plot changes). “Villain Problems” got switched to a comic project. (See Space Adventure Comic section)

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: I finally got a chance to start work on the book cover design/formatting project for an indie press. Goal is to finish the majority of it by the end of this month.

Future Goals: Update the Infinitas Publishing website banner.

Daz PA:

The Diverse World morphs for Genesis 8 Female(s) has now been released! 😀

My next project will likely be the holiday freebie, if I can get something done in time. I’ve been focused on finishing Starless Night, but now that that’s done, I can start switching gears to other projects.

SBibb Diverse World Vol 2 for 200 Plus for Genesis 8 Female

SBibb - Diverse World Vol 2 Promo Image

 

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

September feels like it went by super fast, and now it’s time for another Infinitas Publishing Status Report!

I think this was the first month in a while that we didn’t travel outside of the Upper Peninsula. At least, not that I remember…

The month sort of blurred together.

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

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Starless Night CoverStarless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). This continued to be my primary writing project. I finally finished the reading round of revisions. Took longer than I expected since I was making revisions based on Isaac’s suggestions. (Which meant rewriting a few scenes and adding a new subplot that wasn’t originally there).

I’m now adding in a few remaining scenes that still need written, and reviewing everything for revision smudge one more time before sending it out to beta-readers.

I also pushed the release date out a month, so it will now release on November 17th instead of in October. That will give me time to finish polishing it.

Changing Tides: (Book 4 of the Distant Horizon series). I’m planning on jumping directly into revisions and further drafting once Starless Night is complete. That way I’ll still have the plot details from Starless Night fresh on my mind. On hold with a rough draft at 50,000 words.

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

Galina’s Saga (Deceived) (Distant Horizon spin-off series): I need to add Isaac’s notes from Deceived #4 into the manuscript and then make edits to #2-4 before revising #5 and handing it off to him for his feedback. This series is on hold while I finished Starless Night (and likely Changing Tides).

I still need to finish updating the book cover and decide on a series title.

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: 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.

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): 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. On hold while finishing Starless Night. 

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.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

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

Huntress: I’m planning to keep Huntress free at least through October, and possibly November. Then I intend to revert it back to paid.

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

Game Design: Got a test round in of the Legends of Cirena tabletop game. Looked into getting Phalanx back onto The Game Crafter website, and realized that there are a few component issues that complicates releasing it. For now this one is on hold until we can evaluate a better way to produce it.

Elemental game needs final card art polished, as well as further testing of game mechanics.

Future plans in game design involve possibly preparing a print-and-play version of Battle Decks.

Space Adventure Comic: On hold… though Isaac and I joined up with a small group of other comic book artists, so we’ve started experimenting with ideas that could help us make progress on the Space Adventure comic. He’s been working on a for-fun short story comic detailing some of the background stories of one of the cultures.

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

Marketing: I’ve selected the ebook promos for this month, but still need to schedule most of them for the blog’s weekly promo highlights. Did one testing of BookFunnel’s new “author swap” option, which I liked (though was somewhat limited for options to start with. It may become more useful once more authors gravitate toward that option). I had one paid newsletter promo at the beginning of last month for Huntress.

After reading Theodore Taylor’s Seven Figure Fiction book regarding universal fantasies, I decided to give ad writing another shot and started testing Facebook ads again. I also read Mal Cooper’s Help! My Facebook Ads Suck book for understanding how to set them up. I’ve tested six ads so far, changing one element with each ad. While they haven’t broken even, I have seen some results and collected data, so I plan to continue exploring this.

I also tinkered with Amazon ads and updated paperback prices.

Also, Isaac and I did a book signing at Black Ice Comics, a local comic/book shop. Sold a few books and had a lot of fun. 🙂

SBibb - Black Ice Comics Signing Sept 2021

SBibb - Black Ice Comics Signing Sept 2021

Future goals: 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: On hold. (Needs revisions and restructuring).

Other Stories: The YA SciFi Alien Invasion/Dystopian Conspiracy short story revisions are on hold (though I have ideas for a couple plot changes).

I originally planned on my necromancer/villain problems concept being a short story, but Isaac and I are considering making it into a short comic instead. Could be fun… and I’ve got the first episode story board sketched out with some character creation complete.

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: I still need to finish the book cover design/formatting project for an indie press. With a couple projects getting delayed last month (and a computer crash where I usually do my formatting), I haven’t made nearly as much progress as I had hoped.

In the meantime, Isaac and I have started working on story-related images for our newsletters. We’re thinking about making them available to download at full-size for newsletter subscribers, once we figure out where to post those.

Future Goals: Update the Infinitas Publishing website banner.

Daz PA:

After revamping the female Diverse Worlds head morphs set and redoing the promos, I’ve resubmitted it. It’s now through the testing process and waiting for its release. 😀

I have a few ideas for upcoming projects (likely finishing a few partially completed sets), but haven’t decided what my next one will be.

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

This week I’m featuring the The End of the World as We Know It ebook giveaway!

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This giveaway features dystopian and post-apocalyptic ebooks:

The End of the World as We Know It 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 August has flown out and it’s September (yay fall weather!), which means it’s time for another Infinitas Publishing Status Report.

August was a busy month. Had a trip to Nebraska for Isaac’s internship, and then (in the beginning of September, which is why I forgot to post this until now) we made a drive to Kansas City to visit friends from college.

Needless to say, I’m traveled out after the summer. But, as far as I know, that’s the extent of traveling for a little while. Time to get back to a more familiar schedule. 🙂

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

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Starless Night CoverStarless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). This was my main writing project in August. I finished one full round of revisions (including adding scenes that were previously missing), and I am in the process of one more read-through before sending it out to beta-readers. I have about 40,000 words left to read, plus a few scenes to add and tweak per Isaac’s input. (He was reading through the manuscript during our drive to KC).

I’m fairly certain at this point that I’m going to need to delay the pre-order by a month in order to give beta-readers time to look through the manuscript, but we’ll see how this revision goes.

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): Goal is to eventually create a new cover and print edition for the complete collection edition. (On hold).

Galina’s Saga (Deceived) (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Isaac finished reading the current draft of Deceived #4 during our drive to Nebraska, so I have the rest of his feedback. I still need to add those notes into the manuscript and make the suggested revisions. The general plot is going to stay the same, but the scenes need to be restructured.

I’m planning to make updates to the draft of Deceived #5 before handing it to Isaac for feedback, since quite a few plot points need updated for consistency.

I’ve created a rough outline for Deceived #6. Still not sure if I’m going to write it or end the series with #5, but it gave me a good idea of what happened with Galina’s group during the events of Starless Night.

I still need to finish updating the book cover and decide on a series title.

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: 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.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: Pretty sure the title of the next Legends of Cirena episode is going to be The Dark Forest of Aneth. Rough draft needs completed via the Collaborative Adventure Facebook group, and there’s 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.

Originally I hoped to complete the rough draft in September, but due to delays with Starless Night, this 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 novel) : The Joran short story project is on hold.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

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

SBibb - Huntress Book CoverHuntress / Changeling: Huntress and Changling are now available wide across multiple retailers! Huntress is free for the time being, though I may revert it to paid after another month or two.

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

Game Design: On hold. Elemental game needs final card art polished, as well as further testing of game mechanics.

Future plans in game design involve taking product shots of the updated Phalanx board for The Game Crafter, and possibly preparing a print-and-play version of Battle Decks.

Space Adventure Comic: I made a teensy inkling of progress here, and sketched out the first couple pages for concept. (Got a How to Webcomic book by Starlia Prichard from Kickstarter that distracted me briefly from Starless Night revisions). Idea was to smooth out our current story board and actually figure out placement and dialogue. Four pages, so not much, but I like how it looks, so I figure making more of these pages will be the next step into finalizing panels for episode one. Otherwise on hold.

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

Marketing: Ebook promos have been selected for this month, though I need to schedule the rest of the blog’s weekly promo highlights. I started testing BookFunnel’s new “author swap” option. Had a couple paid promos last month, but haven’t scheduled any for this month.

I’d like to try a cover comparison click test on Facebook once I have the next Deceived cover finalized. If that works well to determine which cover works best, I may try it with some of the other series. But that’s a back burner project for the moment.

In the meantime, Isaac and I are planning to do a book signing this month at Black Ice Comics, a local comic/book shop. 😀

Future goals: 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: On hold. (Needs revisions and restructuring).

Other Stories: The YA SciFi Alien Invasion/Dystopian Conspiracy short story revisions are on hold (though I have ideas for a couple plot changes). Also have a necromancer/villain problems short story I want to write at some point.

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: I have a book cover design/formatting project I need to complete for an indie press I’ve worked with before. Had hoped to get that started last month, but didn’t get Starless Night revisions done in time. That’s high priority this month once those revisions are complete.

Future Goals: Update the Infinitas Publishing website banner.

Daz PA: Last month my SBibb Taiko Props and Poses for Genesis 8 and 8.1 set released. This is the set I’ve been working on for a while, and I’m proud of how the props came out. That said, I’ve learned that UV mapping rope in Hexagon is a pain. *Side-eyes the shime daiko.* It was a learning curve, but I’m looking forward to modeling more props in the future.

In the meantime, I also released the SBibb Buccaneer Expressions for Jinx Jones 8.1

I finished working on the female variant of the Diverse Worlds head morphs set, but that one has been initially declined. I’m currently in the process of revising it to resubmit.

SBibb Taiko Props and Poses for Genesis 8 and 8.1

SBibb Taiko Props and Poses for Genesis 8 and 8.1 Cover

 

SBibb Buccaneer Expressions for Jinx Jones 8.1

SBibb Buccaneer Expressions for Jinx Jones 8.1 Cover

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

This week I’m featuring the Other Worlds SciFi and Dystopian Teen Reads ebook fair!

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This ebook fair has science fiction and dystopian YA ebooks:

Other Worlds SciFi and Dystopian Ebook Fair

(Note: Prices vary, so check before buying. Some may be available at multiple retailers and some may only be available on Amazon.)

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

August has flown in, which means it’s time for another Infinitas Publishing Status Report!

And wow, July was busy. Between finishing several Daz projects, a trip to San Diego, and releasing The Trial of Bells and Blood, there’s a lot to talk about.

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

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Starless Night CoverStarless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). This was on hold while finishing The Trial of Bells and Blood and various Daz projects. I did get a few small revisions made, and started working on converting a penciled map to digital for continuity reference.

Revising this is my main writing project for August.

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): Goal is to eventually create a new cover and print edition for the complete collection edition. (On hold).

Galina’s Saga (Deceived) (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Though I’d hoped to make revisions to Deceived #2 in July, that didn’t go as planned. I did edit the first chapter and input Isaac’s notes into the manuscript. On the bright side, Isaac read Deceived #3 and part of #4 while on vacation, so I have more of his feedback. Some big changes to the climax of #3, but should be pretty easy to implement. I’ve added his notes into the manuscript, so that one is ready for revision.

I still need to finish updating the book cover, deciding on a series title, and outlining Deceived #6.

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: Finally got the rest of Isaac’s notes added into the manuscript. Otherwise 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.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: I read through the current draft of the Ro’nor-Zynia cross-over and made minor revisions. It was in better shape than I expected, though there’s a couple small scenes I’m considering adding earlier in the story.

Due to focusing on Starless Night next month, I don’t anticipate continuing the rough draft for this one until September.

In other news, I do have a tentative title, and a basic concept for the book 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 novel) : The Joran short story project is on hold.

SBibb - The Trial of Bells and Blood CoverThe Trial of Bells and Blood (Hahven (The Cursed Halls of Kalecen) & Alia (The Scars of Her Past) cross-over / A Legends of Cirena novella): Released!

I finished applying beta-reader feedback, printed it out for proofreading, and then uploaded the final version to retailers. It released July 20th. 😀

Since I was traveling during launch week, I did a pre-launch party the week before launch for The Wishing Blade Universe newsletter.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

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

Huntress / Changeling: I’ve removed Changeling from Kindle Unlimited, and Huntress will be leaving KU once its term ends in late August. I plan to take the series wide after that, and to make Huntress free, at least temporarily, as a way to boost awareness in other stores.

Huntress 3: Needs rough draft completed. (Currently at 25,000 words) On hold. I was originally hoping to start looking over the current draft in July, but that didn’t happen. It’s looking like revisions may happen in September at the earliest, unless Starless Night revisions go super smoothly.

Game Design: On hold. Elemental games needs final card art polished, as well as further testing of game mechanics.

Future plans in game design involve taking product shots of the updated Phalanx board for The Game Crafter, and possibly preparing a print-and-play version of Battle Decks.

Space Adventure Comic: On hold until both of us have time to sit down at the same time and finalize panels for episode one.

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

Marketing: The ebook promos for this month’s newsletter have been selected, though I still need to set up the weekly promo highlights for this blog. Last month I went ahead and upped my promotions to four. Seems like the number of shares they each received from my newsletters dropped or remained about the same, though I showcased them in multiple newsletters like the previous month. I decided to try limiting the promos to three again for this month.

Last month I didn’t do any paid promos until the very last day, and sales remained low, with a slight rise this month compared to the previous month because of the new release (The Trial of Bells and Blood). I’ve updated the previously run paid promos to see number of downloads and the number of related sales in the week after. Then I decided which ones to try again because they seem to either earn back their cost or make a profit, and which ones have the most potential to earn out. I have a few scheduled for next month to see what happens.

Also… I now have a Pinterest account! https://www.pinterest.com/stephanieflintauthor/

Not sure how much I’ll put up there, but feel free to follow it if you’re interested. 🙂

Future goals: I plan to revise the Amazon Ads I use, which will probably involve shutting off most of the ads that are still running. The new ad I tested with Huntress never really started showing impressions. I plan to retest that ad once I have Huntress out of KU.

I still want to overhaul the book categories and keywords for the different series, and do the usual business ledger upkeep.

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

Other Stories: The YA SciFi Alien Invasion/Dystopian Conspiracy short story revisions are on hold. Also have a necromancer/villain problems short story I want to write at some point.

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: Had some ideas for putting together a pre-recorded webinar of sorts on various writing topics. Things like “showing versus telling” as differences in writing style, more in-detail looks at world building, converting a role-playing game to a story (Isaac’s idea). No immediate plans for making this happen, just an idea that’s brewing on the back burner for now.

Future Goals: Update the Infinitas Publishing website banner.

Daz PA: Finished making tweaks to the prop and pose set and finalizing adjustments to the promos. It has now been submitted. I also submitted a pose set, which came out recently: SBibb Cursed Merman Poses and Expressions for Zale 8.1. And I submitted an expression set, which also came out recently: SBibb Seafarer Expressions for Wolfgang 8.1. Additionally, I submitted a second expression set, which is waiting to be assigned a release date. Progress!

Next up I’m working on the female variant of the Diverse Worlds head morphs set, and then I might work on a pose set I’ve been tinkering with off and on for a while. Then I’m thinking I may work on another 3D modeling project so I can keep those skills fresh.

 

SBibb Cursed Merman Poses and Expressions for Zale 8.1

SBibb Cursed Merman Poses Promo

 

SBibb Seafarer Expressions for Wolfgang 8.1

SBibb Seafarer Expressions Promo

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