I posted this on my main site, but should have posted this here as well. Thanks for the person who commented that reminded me. For those who don’t recall, I’m making a VERY limited edition print run of Rhune at essentially the “beta read” stage. I did some giveaways for people to get these and here are the winners:
- Beta readers drawing (1 of 44) – Michael Coward
- Goodreads Giveaway (2 of 6,475) – Tammie Venne & Gary Vanicek
- Dark Room Members (1 of 943) – Dawn from Oceanside NY
- First Empire Mailing List sign-up – David Quist
If you would like to be eligible for future such giveaways, here are some links you can use to sign up.
- Request to join the Dark Room (a secret – private Goodreads group – just send me a message via email or from within Goodreads.
- Sign up for release notification, pre-release specials, and giveaways for books in The First Empire, click here. NOTE: If you are already on the mailing list – you are automatically entered for future drawings.
Originally I was going to print up the book in the same state as the first beta, but I now want to get the changes in and then print THAT version. I’ve incorporated all the beta edit changes, and Robin is giving it a copy-edit. These versions should be going on the presses in Early January.
that the next version of the book is finished. Again, the beta readers did a fabulous job, and I can’t say thank you enough to all the people who helped to make this book better. I’m on the last chapter, then the book will go over to Robin for copy edits. Once that is done I’ll make the limited edition print copies for those that won the various giveaways.
This of course won’t be the “final” book released. There are many things in the road between here and “published.” We have another beta read starting in January. If the book is picked up by a traditional publisher, then they will have their own team of editors (both structural and copy editors) go over it. But we have taken another step closer and that’s a good thing.
As for what’s next for me now that I’m done with beta changes…I need to get back into book #4. Yes, it’s written but I have to go over it again before anyone else (even Robin) can see it. My hope was to get it to her for a Christmas present. We’ll see if I’m able to make that deadline or not. Lots more to do – but a lot done as well.
This actually happened a while ago, but I totally forgot to “announce” it until I got a message from a friend on goodreads about it. So here goes….
Yes, the books of the First Empire are on goodreads and people are already adding them to their shelves. In fact, Rhune (Book #1) is sitting on almost 5,000 shelves! If you are on goodreads, and want to add the books to your own “to be read piles” here are some links to help make it easy: Rhune | Dherg | Rhist | Fhrey | Untitled (Book #5).
Please note, we are still in the VERY early stages of the development of this series so the covers above are placeholders only and they most certainly will changed by the release date. Also, the titles of the book themselves are only “working titles” and what is released may be quite different than what is shown here.
I hope you are interested in the new series, and if you are, then please add the books to your shelf and Goodreads will let you know when they are published.
So, the first beta is over (and Robin did a fabulous job running it, as I knew she would). The feedback has been spectacular and it confirmed a lot of the things I suspected and gave me some new things to consider. I’m in the process of making the changes and the feedback will definitely improve the final book. So thanks to all the beta people for all your hard work. Here is some “stats” data from Michael about the beta read.
- 558 people expressed an interest in being involved with the beta
- 479 people did the “initial survey” to get considered for the list
- 44 people selected for beta #1
- 55% finished in the time allotted
- 7 failed to start the beta
- 13 didn’t finish in time
No idea at this point how long before the reworks are done…but I’ve decided before I print the “limited edition” copies I’m going to get the changes made. Which reminds me I still have some drawing to do – which I will forthwith – and report on my main site.