It's been about seven months since my last progress report (Slippin' I know) so here's the update. My current manuscript AOTB is moving along pretty well. Developing a new world with interesting characters and a storyline with good pacing is much easier said than done, so I'm taking it slow and steady. Some of you may have noticed that I've been working on this one for about fifteen months now. That's a lot of time to spend on one book and yet it will most likely take me another year before this one is ready for beta-reading and professional editing.
The good news is that there's no lack of content here. Expect a strong opening, diverse/well developed characters, plenty of tension and a story and place you haven't read about before. There's so much going on that there will most likely be an appendix full of characters and places to reference as needed. Game of Thrones style if you know what I mean. You'll also get a new map for those of you interested in that kind of thing.
During the publication of The Veronian Archives books, I tried to give you a behind the scenes look at some of the world building. Some of you might recall my rough sketch of the map and how it was taken to another level by Juliana. This time around you'll get to see more of that process. Might even include some of the cover art collaborations and even the editing process.
In keeping with that process I'm going to give you guys a little something most authors wouldn't let see the light of day at this stage. But hell, it's my story so have a look. Below you'll see the world map as I've built it thus far. Granted this is mostly for notes purposes. I'm not an artist after all, just a guy who likes to tell a few stories. You also get a few screen shots of my Scrivener manuscript. Mind you everything is subject to change.
Anyways, that's all I have for now. Back to writing I go.
I'm well into the 2nd Draft of my new book and at this point I'm pleased with the progress. At this stage I haven't released the title yet, but I'm fairly certain the acronym for it will be AOTB. That sounds a lot better than repeating "my new book" all the time. Anyways let's get into the progress report. I wrote approximately 40,000 words in the first draft and decided I wanted to go a different route in the middle so I basically scraped it and started over in the 2nd Draft. I'm not going to lie. Writing 40k words and then realizing this isn't where you intended to go is a bit discouraging but such is life.
According to George R. R. Martin there are essentially two types or writers. Architects who plan everything out and know exactly which scene goes where, similar to a blue print. And gardeners who have a general idea of what is going on and they plant seeds along the way to see how it grows. Mind you, I paraphrased that but you get the idea.
My 1st Draft of AOTB consisted of a rudimentary outline and a lot of gardening. I didn't like where some of those seeds led so I scrapped it, but not before learning a lot of great things about the characters, what stories they had to tell and how I could ratchet up the tension in several places. I then grabbed my hammer and chisel and returned to the drawing board where I made several improvements in areas such as world building, character arc, pacing, point of view, and voice. And that my friends is why I love rewriting so much.
Now my outline is much stronger for it and I can visualize every scene. For example, my outline consists of twelve chapters with four scenes each. The outline alone is well over 5k words and that doesn't even factor in the notes I've compiled in Scrivener for each character, place, and world building which is another 5k words if you're keeping count. I said that to say this, AOTB is on pace to weigh in at approximately 90,000 words, whereas my first two books averaged 75,000 words a piece.
I wouldn't put too much stock in word count though. I'd much rather wait another five years for Patrick Rothfuss to finish Doors of Stone and it be awesome, rather than he simply meet a word count or deadline for his publisher.
Anyways, I'm always asked about my writing process so hopefully that will give you some insight as to how it's going right now. Due to my jobs, I typically only write on the weekends knowing all too well that if I stay the course, little by little, I'll have a complete manuscript. Were I writing full time, I have no doubt I could produce two full length novels a year. If you really want to write, you'll find time to put your butt in the chair and write. It's hard work, few people will buy your books, fewer still will review your work on Amazon, but if you're passionate about telling stories then tell the stories only you can tell. Do that and someone, somewhere out there will appreciate your art whether they mention it or not.
Talk to you next quarter
It's been a while since my last progress report so here's the latest news. The second edition of MBK was published last week and the second edition of TOB will be published next week. For those of you who like to collect first editions (I know I do) your time is running out.
After the release of MBK, I've had a few people ask whether or not they've read the last installment of the Veronian Archives. Without spoiling it for those of you who have yet to read it, the short answer is "maybe". If you've seen the book trailer, you'll see that all will give some and some will give all. Such is the life of soldiers in battle strewn countries like Veronia. While I don't anticipate writing a third full length novel, I may return to Veronia at a later date to write a novella or two.
If you've been following my next project along on the home page of my website and you're wondering what exactly it is that I'm working, I can tell you this. My third book is a planned standalone, historical fiction novel. You must realize that without completing the first draft, a writer never knows if the story will work, or if it needs some time to develop on the sidelines for a while. This book has taken a great deal of research to develop an alternate continent, new cultures, and a cast of characters I hope you'll hold dear as I do. All that being said, this story is well developed now and the characters are doing most of the writing for me. It's a beautiful thing when a writer gets snagged somewhere along the storyline and the characters bail the wordsmith out with action or voice. If a murderous inquisition, hell-bent on advancing the ideologies of their kingdom, while rooting out those who threaten their way of life intrigues you then you might want to stay tuned for this one. Follow along and you'll be sure to laugh, hold back a few tears, cheer on the most fickle of characters and well after turning the last page and the wool's been pulled from your eyes you might be left questioning the agendas of many things past and present.
Until next time, keep reading
To show my appreciation for all the fans out there, I'm offering a FREE signed copy of TEARS OF BLOOD and MY BROTHER'S KEEPER + a signed TOB bookmark.
Contest Rules- All you have to do is comment on this post with a number in the reply section below. Example= First reply 1, Second reply 2, Third reply 3, etc. Just add a post with the number in sequence. You can post as many times as you like, as long as the numbers remain in order. Next Saturday (February 11th) I will enter the numbers into a random number generator and select the winner.
Note: This is the first signed copy of MBK, so whoever wins this contest will have the earliest signature date for this novel. Also this is a Facebook giveaway so you'll have to go to my FB Author page to enter the contest (Link on the homepage). Good luck to all, and thanks again for your continued support.
Daniel L Welch
We're less than two weeks away from the release of MY BROTHER'S KEEPER! The official book trailer is undergoing its final revisions and I'm excited to share it with you guys leading up to the official release date which is January 27th if you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks. I'm not judging though. There are some nice rocks out there. I've also been working on updating the website and added a countdown timer for the new book which you're more than welcome to share with the rest of the world or your cave dwelling companions.
I've also started working on my next novel. It's a planned stand alone, in a new alternate world. After MY BROTHER'S KEEPER releases I'll share some of the details of the new project. For now, that's all I got. Hope you all enjoy watching the Cowboys win the Superbowl. I know I will.
Check out the cover for MY BROTHER'S KEEPER (THE VERONIAN ARCHIVES Book 2)
The wait is almost over! In fact, January 27th we'll pick up right where we left off in TEARS OF BLOOD. Follow the author, Daniel L Welch on Facebook for pre-order details.
Hey Guys. So if you've been wondering what the status is on MY BROTHER'S KEEPER, I've got some exciting news. The editing portion is done and we've moved onto the cover art so we should have a cover reveal in the coming weeks. If everything goes as planned, MY BROTHER'S KEEPER will be released on January 27th! Here's a look at the Editorial Review.
"Author Daniel L Welch follows TEARS OF BLOOD—his epic, 5-star-rated debut—with a tale as chilling as it is inspiring, illustrating honor, courage, and the horrors of war with a stroke of his pen. Purposed and now practiced, Welch spins yarn into gold that grips readers—from tense first chapter to terror-fueled finale.
The second installment of “The Veronian Archives” series, MY BROTHER’S KEEPER returns readers to the nearly wrecked land of Veronia, where Captain Leo Rosewood “The Bloody Rose” stands with his army to defend Tamore against a strong and ruthless enemy. With friends held captive, the powerful Ring of Solomon stolen, and Tamore precariously occupied with women, children, and the elderly, Leo is determined and focused as ever. Refusing both surrender and sacrifice, war ensues, and when the might of their swords wears thin, the battle turns supernatural.
Like its predecessor, MY BROTHER’S KEEPER is honest and sometimes graphic in its depiction of war, and though it remains as fierce and imaginative as the best in tower defense and sword-and-sorcery style Historical Fantasy, the poignant human element is what sets it apart—and what keeps readers turning the page. Daniel L Welch describes a war not only fought on the earthly battlefield and that which plays out among the stars, but on the high-stakes battlefield within. The one we fight and sometimes lose."-Michelle Josette
Hey guys, it's Progress Report time and I've got some exciting updates. My Brother's Keeper (The Veronian Archives) was completed on schedule and it will be sent to my lovely editor Michelle Josette (www.fictionedit.com) in November. It took me about two years to write Tears of Blood. I could give you a long list of reasons why that was but I'll spare you the excuses. You're welcome. I set a goal to become a prolific writer and in keeping with that ambition, My Brother's Keeper was written just shy of thirteen months which I'm extremely proud of. In the coming weeks I'll be teaming up with talented artist Juliana Xavier again for the cover art which means that My Brother's Keeper could be published as early as January, 2017.
I'd like to thank all of you guys who've read and or supported me thus far. Currently Tears of Blood has 18 customer reviews on Amazon which is pretty awesome for a debut novel from a self-published author. I'd love to see that number grow to 50 but I guess I won't twist any arms to do so. I will say that if you enjoy someone's art, share and review it. The term "Starving Artist" is a real thing.
Get off the internet and read something.
Even though a thunderstorm wiped out power in half of Claremore and wind gusts threatened to sweep pedestrians away, I enjoyed the book signing. I won't go as far as blaming Robert Scott (Author of Gauchos Cannot Sing Sopranos) for all the rain, but he did however confide in me that the last three or more of his signings ended up getting rained out. I'd share more pics with you but Lisa H might cut my brake lines, as she's pictured in most of them soaking wet and cursing the clouds. At least she kept my book dry though. Also I'd like to thank Boarding House Books and their friendly staff for hosting us. I'll see you at the next one.
Come out and join me on August 25 at the Boarding House Books Store where I'll be signing copies of Tears of Blood as part of Claremore's Late Shopping Night and Author Signing Event. The Book Signings are from 6pm-9pm at Boarding House Books which is located within Claremore at 300 W Will Rogers Blvd.
Additionally, I'll be releasing the title of the concluding volume in The Veronian Archives Book Series (Duology) which I anticipate to be published in December, 2016. I look forward to seeing you there!