December 2019 Updates
November proved to be a fantastic month, largely in part to the wonderful support I received!
The month was a flurry of action: two book signings for The Alterator’s Light and NaNoWriMo. In case you don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month—it is a month set aside for authors to write 50,000 words. For more information on that cool process, check it out at https://nanowrimo.org/. I didn’t quite make it to the 50,000-word goal, but I made serious headway into the second book of The Rune Cycle.
Throughout November, I wrote just over 25,000 words for The Blighter’s Shadow. The word count total for the first draft is currently pushing 80,000. As a reference, The Alterator’s Light ended at around 155,000 words, so there will be even more story to dive into for The Blighter’s Shadow. For a comparison, many epic fantasy novels hit 200,000 words and sometimes well over 300,000.
The Sample Chapter Podcast posted my interview regarding The Alterator's Light, too. Thanks to Jason Meuschke for the great discussion. You can find the link at http://samplechapterpodcast.com/dan-brigman-the-alterators-light.
I researched audio book options for The Alterator’s Light. It is still too early to give you news on that prospect but stay tuned for additional info! I researched information to flesh out The Blighter’s Shadow of The Rune Cycle.
This month, I also discussed The Blighter’s Shadow cover art with Jessica Sommerkamp, who did the fine artwork for The Alterator’s Light. She will be doing the second book's cover, as well as interior artwork.
Most importantly, I spent time with family during Thanksgiving, which offered a fun time to relax and to refresh.
The reader question for this month:
Will The Alterator’s Light be part of a series or trilogy?
The Alterator’s Light is the first book of The Rune Cycle trilogy. This was always meant to be a trilogy. There may be additional books, either standalones or trilogies, following this trilogy. Any follow-up books will be set in the same universe, but I’ve always wanted readers to have a clear idea in mind when they start my work, so they know what to expect.
This method will also give me time to work on other stories, such as Adalaj, which will focus on a cool sci-fi project. That project already has several chapters and will offer an exciting place for readers. The Adalaj series’ novels will be shorter, likely around 100,000 words each.
Finally, as this newsletter is reaching you while you are thinking about gift ideas for friends and loved ones, perhaps you’ll think about a copy (e-book or softcover). Click here for the link to the books.
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Thanks, again, for your support. I hope your holidays are enjoyable, and I’ll see you in 2020!
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