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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Zaldizko Book Trailer





Been a long time since I created a book trailer. I think this one will do the trick for now. I know can go fancier, but for limited time and technology I'm happy with this creation.

Also, Zaldizko got featured at Webnovel.com today.  Feeling the warm and fuzzies from the support.


It was a nice change to see.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

♥ ゚*。 Happy Zaldizko Day ゚*。♥


Zaldizko goes live on sale tomorrow with all prices set and ready.  
I have had some last minute corrections applied that will be updated within 72 hours. I'm not expecting a rush of sales, so all good.
There is so much history that backs this story, dating all the way to 2006.  I began the Seriphyn Knight journey as a way to cope with the stresses and boredom of life.  It eventuated into a series. The highlight for this story is the encouraging comment I had received from the late Louise Cooper in her forums. Her words continue to motivate my writing. 
I do have to apologise for taking 13 years to complete an actual volume of the series.  I could have revised and finished off Neven's portion as I had originally intended with the reborn reboot. Given the time lapse, I felt it was better to go way back to the beginning where the story was a risk, challenge and niche.  
A gay protagonist is a risk to write even in this day and age.  There have been one or two times where I've been called out to tone down the gay/romantic scenes.  I thank Webnovel for sensitive-beta readers who has helped me form a version that most people can sit through.
The other risk is being LGBTQ, the readership remains female.  I haven't drawn in a lot of male interest despite being an action-adventure story.  As such, I'm still trying to adjust the marketing mix to suit. I'll get there eventually. 
I'm happy with the product I've put on shelves, knowing I've given my all and the best of my current capabilities. 
The next challenge is writing on book two. Sequels are always harder since you're expected to given more depth and challenging situations to the characters.  
Better get to it.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

New Look I'm Kita Duran


I've finished doing a complete revision of I'm Kita Duran due to Createspace's merger with Amazon KDP. 

It was an opportunity to fix up the dodgy grammar and add in some supporting scenes that I thought up after the fact.  One addition was more of Saski's observation on Duran, when he was deciding whether our protagonist was a bad guy or not (falling in love in the process).  I may have became more automated toward the last chapter.  I think I've fixed up a lot of the grammar issues that people had noted in

With any reboot is a revised cover.  Here is the paperback cover going live in the next few days.   I've also added my Webnovel & Wattpad handles, since my work is likely to turn up to those sites first.  Just have to remember not to change my handle later on.

Hope it picks up interest this time around.  It's motivated me to kick off book number two and revise the plot.  I've decided to add a return character to the book a lot sooner.

Feeling pumped!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

1K Blessings For Honest Readers

Thanks to a brave and honest reader, I was able to correct my content rating mistake for Zaldizko. I also made some revisions to some of the graphic scenes in the book, hopefully reducing their impact and impressions.

Luckily, I was able to resubmit the revised manuscript before release date 15/02/2019. It wouldn't be nice to realise after the fact that I had done such a boo-boo. That is why beta readers are very important before proper publications.

On Webnovel and Wattpad, I've now attached a content rating label to the cover, letting readers know upfront the maturity of the story.  There is also a preface disclaimer so the reader doesn't feel like they have been ambushed when they reach the saucy scenes.


As online writers we sometimes forget that readers actually read our stuff.  Regardless, it's up to us to set the correct expectations.  I was fortunately reminded in time before actual book release.  It's not my intention to ambush readers with shock horrors at all.  I do slip up since I'm human and have been an undiscovered writer for too long that I've been out of touch.