A Week of Hearts, Horror, & Hiccups

I’ll get the big thing out of the way since that got most of the attention last weekend.  Went to the cardiologist and had an EKG, which never goes well.  I have a blip that will always be picked up, but doesn’t appear to be a big deal.  Still, this resulted in a stress test and I have to do another once insurance makes up its mind on what to do.  So that’s the end of that until it starts up again.

I began writing ‘Raven’s Game’ for October and didn’t get as far as I would have liked.  I enjoy writing most of the scenes, especially when Dawn Addison is involved or I get to do creepy stuff.  I think I slowed up when I began a short run that had more set up and less action.  Realized that doing constant eerie tension would weaken the effect.  This story is becoming more violent and graphic than the previous one because Dawn and Corvus are basically unleashed.  I’m hoping to finish it by next weekend.

After that project is done . . . I have no idea.  Honestly, a big chunk of 2016 has been breaks.  Somewhere in the next week or two, I’ll be releasing Tribe of the Snow Tiger and I hope to see it rise up the category ranks.  It’s going to be hard to focus on other things since this year has been so rough that I’m not sure what’s going to happen with a new release.  I figure I can’t go by Crossing Bedlam since that was a new series and aimed at a different audience than usual.  Feels like so much is up in the air and out of my control these days.  Makes me wonder if that heart blip is stress induced, which wouldn’t surprise me.

I probably should step back into the Windemere series once I finish this project.  One of the concerns I have is that I’m faltering there.  The Spirit Well came out the way I wanted, but Ritual of the Lost Lamb has me worried.  A lot of group splitting and I think I missed a few beats.  So part of me thinks I should edit that one before I move on with the series.  Put some demons at ease and avoid repeating mistakes.  Then again, the next book focuses on something else and kind of goes back to a more comfortable format before the finale.  The issue with ‘Ritual’ was that it happens right after the champions are thrown into chaos, so all of the characters are off their center.  It was really rough to write them like that because old emotions came up, fights happened, and there was an all-around sense of dread in most of them.  Makes me wonder if my own depression got into the mix.  The reason for vagueness is that I can’t explain this without revealing the end of The Spirit Well.

Plan for the week?

  1. Continue writing Raven’s Game.
  2. Biking.
  3. Cooking for dinner.
  4. Keeping up with the special day events for the kid.
  5. Prepare Tribe of the Snow Tiger for publishing.
  6. Make another volunteer request post.
  7. Contact new cover artist.

Actually, I’m not sure how #6 would go.  The traffic to the blog has been rather minimal for the last couple of weeks.  I have the list of people who volunteered for the last release and said they would help with the next.  Makes me wonder how effective a blog tour is in the first place.  Just feels like so much of what I’m doing isn’t working, which is getting frustrating.  Doesn’t help that I’m occasionally reminded that this is the year I’m supposed to make or break.  Annoying that it’s this year and everything that could go wrong beyond my control is going wrong.

To end on a good note, I have another teaser cover.  Same image with more details:

Cover art by Jason Pedersen

Cover art by Jason Pedersen

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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18 Responses to A Week of Hearts, Horror, & Hiccups

  1. Oloriel says:

    The cover is looking so gorgeous, I think it will be my favourite, but it might be the character bias! 🙂
    Hang in there, Charles!

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  2. Great cover. I have the same feeling that everything is going wrong. Maybe it is the water. Hope next week is a good one (for both of us)

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  3. Love the artwork. My year hasn’t been stellar on the sales front either. I’m almost constantly seeking a new audience. I have built a few fans who’ve read everything though. We’re on very different paths trying to do the same thing. I would feel better if one of us were killing it this year. I could attempt a series if that seemed to be the best way. My blog tours have never sold gobs of books. They bring awareness, and I believe produce sales later. I also believe getting beyond our circle works. This means a paid blog tour. We reach new people when new blogs host us. My best one was a paid tour for Wisp at the same time as I had friends host the tour for Notebook. I may try something similar come fall. I could have a book of short stories ready and push Playground at the same time.

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    • I know what you mean about wishing to see somebody killing it. The big successes I’m seeing are cheap and massive bundles, erotica, and basically giving the entire farm for free. In some ways, it’s more about reputation and stats than sales. The blog tours do have the effect of giving more sites to show up during a Google search. That depends a lot on volunteers using a lot of keywords. Might look into a paid blog tour if I save up enough extra money.

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      • I have a theory that I’m missing out on the graphic novel front. It’s going to take over a thousand dollars in gambling to find out though. Don’t know if I have the guts for that.

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      • Think I mentioned before that I was considering it. Still graphic novels have been around for a long time. They were big in 90’s for comic compilations, which helped people catch up on storylines. Not sure how well it mixes with the ebook stuff, but that probably depends on the reader that a person is using. A weekly webcomic might work. Then again, those aren’t as popular as they once were.

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      • In my case it would have to be a graphic novel. I think a couple of mine might relate well. I’m just afraid to gamble that much. It’s the same thing with audio books. Wisp would probably make a good audio book with its first person point of view.

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      • That combination does sound like it would work. I guess it all comes down to weighing the risk with the reward. If you decide to do it then I’d use one book and see what happens. Graphic novels do seem easier when you’re working with an artist that you’re in synch with. That tends to be a sticking point.

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      • A few too many expenses around here this year. There is always the idea of writing my next book and building my catalog. That’s the slower method, but seems to work.

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      • Same here. I’m trying to write enough that I can handle a rough 2017. Build up enough in the back catalog, I guess.

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      • I think you win that game. I can manage about three every two years.

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  4. Ellespeth says:

    Love that cover, Charles! Really, really love it!
    Difficult year, I know – going back 12 months – for both of us,
    I hope to return to your Raven’s story in June…Come June we’ll just be watching little ones three mornings a week instead of five…
    Ellespeth

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    • Thanks and I hope your year gets easier too. I’m trying to finish up the Raven sequel by the weekend, but not looking very good. Main reason is because I want to edit one of the Windemere books while I have more privacy around here. Not enough time to write a new book, but I can fix another one. Have a fun week.

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