The last chapter of Conviction was released on JukePop Serials a couple of days ago.
I’m very pleased to have finished the serialisation of Iliya’s story. It’s a great feeling to complete a project like this. I’m hoping for a few more readers to catch up because while the judges don’t just look at votes, it definitely will help me a lot in the contest.
I am really grateful for the support and feedback I’ve been getting and happy that I got to be on THTW podcast. And of course I would love for Conviction to be picked for paperback publication, it would be amazing, but I know I am up against a lot of talented writers who have also worked hard on creating their stories, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Now, something cool happened recently. Fellow JukePop author Aden Ng (who writes some really great serials, by the way. Just saying) invited me over to be the first writer for a series of interviews on his blog. Now, before you start thinking that you’ve heard me rant enough recently, just wait till you hear this: I’m not alone on that interview. I brought two guys with me that you know if you’ve read my serials. Yes, that’s right. Hector Rothenberg and Iliya Radov joined me to answer Aden’s questions, and we get to se if Iliya is capable of cracking a joke and hear what Hector really thinks of Royer. So here is it: Aden’s interview with Hector, Iliya and me.
Anyway … I think that’s about it in the news department.
I’m all out of serial now that Conviction is done. It feels odd. I’ve been so absorbed in editing over the summer that I only poked my head up a little while ago and began to consider what to do next. I have a few works in progress to choose from, but I think that discussion calls for a separate blog post.
Jon-Barrett Ingles over at Black Hill Press/1888 Center is interviewing the writers of the novellas who were in top 10 of the Summer Writing Project at the beginning of August. And I’m one of them!
It’s my first audio interview as a writer, so it was really exciting, a little scary and a lot of fun. If you want to hear me talk about Conviction and serial fiction, you should totally head on over to The How The Why. While you’re there, you may enjoy some of the other podcasts/interviews as well.
Oh, and I don’t think I mentioned it here, but Conviction was also featured on C.M. Skiera’s blog recently. It was fun and a great opportunity as well.
It’s been a while, but I’ve been up to here (insert hand gesture at neck/ear height) in writing and revising lately. Here’s everything you never wanted to hear about my serial adventures so far.
So … Aconitum ended in June. I’ve said it before, but I really enjoyed running it as a serial. At the time of writing this, the novel has 2,393 votes in total and is the 17th most bookshelved serial on JukePop. I’m very, very satisfied with that. I really had no idea what would happen when I submitted it last August, but there’s a bunch of amazing people on the site, writers as well as readers, who have been very supportive and helped spreading the word.
Also, I have enjoyed and am enjoying reading a lot of serials on JukePop as well, and I hope I’m able to support them too.
For now Hector & co are waiting for me to put back on my editing hat and go through one more round of revisions before I seek another platform for the novel. But that will be a little while yet. Because at the moment, all my editing energy goes into Conviction, my serial novella.
I posted the seventh chapter (out of thirteen) last Thursday. So far the reception has been everything I could have hoped for. I must admit that posting weekly chapters and waiting to see what regular readers think of the twists and turns of the story is quite addictive. How the serial will do in Black Hill Press’ Summer Writing Project, I have no idea, but just being part of it is really great. If you need something cool to read for the summer, I wholeheartedly recommend taking a look at some of the titles there. I am devouring a number of them every time there’s a new update.
Oh, I almost forgot. – I said I’d been writing too. I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo again this month. I’ve set a really low wordcount goal for myself because I really just wanted to play around with a few ideas and see where they took me, and I’ve had fun writing with no plan whatsoever. Some of it may end up as new serial, but it’s really nice to let loose when the rest of my story time is spent editing without making too many solid plans.
Have you read some good books this summer? Or written one, maybe?
Now that Aconitum is complete, it’s time to tell you about my next serial. First, here’s the cover:
I decided to go for something very different from my last one for this and feature the main character on the cover instead of something simple and symbolic.
Conviction takes place in the same fantasy world as a few of my other stories. In fact, one of the characters in it is the protagonist of a story I wrote ten years ago, and he has popped up in two other novels since then. None of them have been published, but perhaps I will get back to working on his story after Conviction.
In any case, Conviction is a complete work in itself, so even though it’s set in the same world as other stories, it’s entirely independent (and I hope that if I someday publish the others, the crossover characters will be little easter eggs for readers to enjoy if they notice).
I wrote the first draft of Conviction in the autumn of 2013. That’s a year after Aconitum, and between them I wrote a middle grade fantasy story (which I’m still working on). I’ve hoped to publish Conviction since its main character showed up in my head, but my main concern was that it was too short. At around 30K words, I felt it was fairly complete, but that’s nowhere near novel length (in comparision, Aconitum is just over 90K words).
Well, then something happened a little while ago. I learnt that the publisher Black Hill Press has teamed up with JukePop for a novella competition, and I realised that Conviction is actually a novella. It has more scope than a short story (and is a lot longer), but its focus is on only a few characters, and the timespan of it is short compared to most novels. So I’ve been working hard those past few weeks to get the first chapters ready for serialisation. The first one went live only a few minutes ago.
So what’s it actually about? Well, have a blurb:
In a world where wizardry is an integrated part of warfare, some kinds of magic are considered too dark and destructive to be acceptable even for military use.
Iliya Radov awaits his sentence for war crimes, and it soon turns out that his fate is in the hands of one of the continent’s most influential men who insists on hearing Iliya’s side of the story before the trial.
Conviction is a tale of courage and carnage. It is a universal story of poverty, education and ambition, of scars on the human soul and of decisions of life and death that no one wants to make.
Three winners will be picked for paperback publishing and the judges will look closely at the novellas’ analytics. In other words; if you are just a tiny bit curious, I would be super happy if you headed on over to take a look at Conviction. It’s 100% free and If you like it, you can support the novella and help me a great deal by voting for it (you can vote once for each chapter).
It’s not as ominous as it sounds, I promise. But to me, this is a pretty big deal.
You see, there is only one chapter and an epilogue left of Aconitum to be posted on JukePop (on June 4th and June 6th respectively). The whole novel will stay online, at least for a while, but if you’re interested, it would be super awesome if you headed on over to read or catch up. Aconitum has been in Top 30 every month since September last year, and I would absolutely love to stay there for June as well (because then I get to keep the nifty little banner forever.)
“So what happens now?” you ask, excitedly. I don’t know if you really do, but for the sake of this post, I’m going to pretend that you do. And I for one think it’s a pretty good question.
To be honest, I’m not entirely sure. But I’m excited. It’s been an amazing ride. When I submitted the first chapter to JukePop, I didn’t know if it would be accepted, and I certainly did not expect to get so many people checking it out, voting for it, following it every week and giving feedback. Knowing that readers are waiting for the next chapter has been very encouraging, and seeing people’s reactions to the events of the novel as they unfold has been extremely valuable to me as a writer. Because of that, I do know two things: 1) It’s not going to be the end of Aconitum. And 2) It’s not the last time I serialise a story.
I have not made up my mind as to what happens to Aconitum next, but I would love to see it on paper. As of now, I’m leaning towards submitting it to international or Danish publishing companies whose profiles are a good fit. But first I will go through another round of editing and add some chapters that are not in the serial.
I’m also planning on treating my readers to an extra short story or two at some point. And Hector just may appear in a joint venture I’m brewing up with another writer. Whether there will be an actual sequel to Aconitum is too early to say, but I’m not ruling out the possibility.
As for my next serial … Remember I spent April writing the first draft of a MG or YA fantasy novel? I had a lot of fun with it, and I really thought that was going to be the next story I wanted to share, maybe after a few months’ break from serialising. But then something else happened.
JukePop and Black Hill Press are teaming up for a novella competition over the summer. The winners will have professional covers and be published as paperbacks. When I read about the competition, it occurred to me that I actually have a complete first draft of a novella that I’ve wanted to work on and eventually publish. So why not give it a try? That’s going to be my next serial. It will be published on JukePop between the end of June and August in weekly installments, but since I have a lot to say about it, all that will go in a different post.
So … those are my plans for the near future. How about you? Do you have any publications coming up or exciting new projects to work on?