“Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels” Release News

256x256-Wolf-MoonThere are some very exciting things coming up between now and the end of 2018. I’m in the process of planning three releases.

Upcoming Release Schedule

  • 26th June 2018 – Re-release of “Under A Hunter’s Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #1)”, and coincidentally my birthday.
    • This 2nd Edition release will include a new cover, which will be revealed in the coming weeks.
    • I’ve made some minor edits to fix a couple of spelling and punctuation errors, as well as updated the author bio, acknowledgements and copyright information.
  • August 2018 – Release of “The Lupine’s Call (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #2)”
    • I’ll provide news on the release schedule nearer the time.
    • In the meantime, anyone picking up a copy of “Under A Hunter’s Moon” will get a free preview of the first chapter.
  • October 2018 – Release of “Wolves In The Desert (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #3)”
    • I’m currently seeking the advice of beta readers on this story.
    • There are some aspects of this story that I want to be sure are handled correctly, and that might mean re-writes of certain portions of the story.
    • Depending on the feedback I get, I might choose to delay the release.

Extended Release Plans

Ever since I started releasing my own stories in eBook form I’ve had them exclusively available on the Amazon Kindle Direct program. That has allowed for them to be listed as available for free to Kindle Unlimited members.

However, even though I have seen sales of the stories, I’ve never seen any page reads from Kindle Unlimited (KU).

So, I’m taking a big step. In mid-June “Under A Hunter’s Moon” would be up for renewal on the KU program, and I’ve decided to not let it roll over for yet another three months.

Instead I’m going to work with a distribution service to make it available on a wider selection of eBook stores, including Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Scribd to name a few. I’m currently in the process of deciding which service to use, and making the appropriate changes to my formatting for “Under A Hunter’s Moon”, so expect news on this soon.

Here’s Where You Come In

Ahead of each story’s release, I’m going to be posting more information about what I plan to do as part of the build-up. I’ll also be putting together graphics and a full press-kit for each story.

If you have a blog, or newsletter and would like to volunteer to help with passing along the release news or doing a review, I’m very interested in hearing from you.

I’m open to doing author/character interviews, posts about the stories themselves, backgrounds on the characters, or pretty much anything that you think your readers would love to see.

How To Reach Me

Drop me a line at timothy.bateson.author@gmail.com and I’ll do whatever I can to make sure I meet any reasonable deadlines.

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B2BCyCon2018 – Fantasy Events Indexes

Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo 2018This post appears as part of the “Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo Fantasy Blog Tour”…

Running from April 6th through April 8th, 2018 this online book event brings readers and authors together for a weekend of books, and book-related events.

I have the pleasure of being part of this event for the fourth year running. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been getting some great events set up for readers and authors alike.

Learn more about the Cyber Convention.

Be sure to scroll through the entire post, because there are a lot of events happening this weekend in the Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo.

I’ve linked to all of the Fantasy Genre events to make them easy to locate…

Blog Tour #1 – Why I Write Fantasy

For this tour I asked the participating authors to write about why they write fantasy fiction, and what inspired them.
Each of the authors has very different reasons for what they write, and very different inspirations.
Enjoy getting an insight into what makes these great fantasy authors tick.
B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Tom Fallwell B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Mary R. Woldering B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Ashley Capes
B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Connie Cockrell B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Shakyra Dunn B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Dove Winters

Blog Tour #2 – What Elements Define Fantasy For Me

B2B Fantasy Blog Tour #2 - HeaderThis tour was more challenging for the participating authors.
I asked each of them what elements they expected to see in fantasy stories, or what differentiated the fantasy genre from other genres.
Not all of us agree on what defines the fantasy genre, so I’m sure you’ll find their answers very interesting.
 B2B Fantasy Blog Tour2 - Assaph Mehr  B2B Fantasy Blog Tour2 - Renee Scattergood  B2B Fantasy Blog Tour2 - A.F. Stewart
 B2B Fantasy Blog Tour2 - Sarah Kennedy  B2B Fantasy Blog Tour2 - Tiffany Apan  B2B Fantasy Blog Tour2 - Angela B. Chrysler

Other Events That Are Happening In The Fantasy Genre:

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Author Showcase

Come take a look at the GoodReads Author Showcase. Discover some great Fantasy authors, and learn more about them and their work.

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Character Tournaments

Eight authors have come together to pit their characters against each other in a free-for-all fight. Each author has provided images representing their characters, as well as written examples of their characters in combat. This is a no-holds-barred, no-spells-forbidden knock-down fight.

Each round starts at 12:30am EDT and ends at 11:30pm EDT

Each competitor will fight for entry to the next round and a chance to be crowned Fantasy Character Tournament Champion 2018

The tournament starts: Apr 6th, 12:30 am EDT

Vote in every round to put your chosen combatant in the Champion’s Arena!

28277251_10156339822541522_950759962388064035_nCover Wars

Sixteen authors have come together to pit their book covers against each other in a free-for-all fight. Each author has provided their cover images with the goal of becoming Fantasy Cover Wars Champion 2018.

Each round starts at 12:30am EDT and ends at 11:30pm EDT

Each competitor will fight for entry to the next round and a chance to be crowned Fantasy Character Tournament Champion 2018

The tournament started: Apr 5th, 12:30 am EDT

Vote in every round to put your chosen cover in the Champion’s Arena!

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Daisy Chain Story

This is what happens when you get a number of authors together, lock them in a chat group and tell them to write a story with the following rules:

  1. The event host posts an opening story segment
  2. Any participating author may post the next story segment
  3. No-one may change events that have already been written but may portray them from another perspective (if relevant)

Read the story as it develops

28168124_10156339822641522_4505188515169272936_nPanel Discussions

The fantasy genre authors will be taking part in three discussion panels over the course of the weekend.
Each panel will be recorded and posted over the course of the weekend.

  • Subject To Be Determined – 6th April @ 8pm GMT
  • World Building For Fantasy Settings – 7th April @ 8pm GMT
  • Mixing Fantasy With History/Other Genres – 8th April @ Midnight GMT

28467747_10156339822691522_5352823701347136053_nStory Time

This is a wonderful event, where authors submit samples of their work to be read aloud.

I had the pleasure of being asked to read from “Murder in Absentia” by Assaph Mehr. Please forgive me for any stumbles or mispronunciation.

It’s like getting an audiobook sample for free.

Listen To “Murder In Absentia” by Assaph Mehr

An Exciting Time Is Coming

Amazing things can happen when writers and artists get together, and I’m very excited to have started discussions with a cover artist for a wide-ranging project.

I’m going to keep this post short, because there are details I don’t want to go into right now.

But I will say this. The cover artist and I have discussed plans to create covers for the entire “Shadows In Seattle” series, both novels and short stories. Right now we’re working on covers for the first three short stories:

  1. A re-release of “Under A Hunter’s Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #1)”
  2. “The Lupine’s Call (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #2)”
  3. “Wolves In The Desert (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #3)”

I’m very excited with the work we’re doing, and can’t wait to show it off, when the time is right.

AuthorBitz.Com – A Meeting Place For Readers & Authors – Why I’m Excited

AuthorBitz.Com - A Meeting Place For Readers & Authors - Why I'm Excited

I know you’ve probably been hearing a lot about Author Bitz lately, especially if you follow my Facebook or Twitter feeds. But there’s some really great reasons for all the attention I’ve been giving it.

What’s All The Fuss About?

I leave the explanation of the plans for the site it’s creator, Lucinda Moebius.

Imagine a social media site designed for authors.

It will be a foundation for authors to showcase their work.

In addition, there will be a place for readers and author supporters.

How Can You Help?

Here’s how the setup costs break down…

First year budget:

Software license $500

Network Fees: $1000

Equipment costs: $500

All donations to the GoFundMe campaign go directly into covering the costs of setting up and developing the site.

Get A Lifetime Level 3 Membership

If you donate $20 (or more), BEFORE MARCH 15th, you get:

Level 3 Membership FOR LIFE

That’s a savings of $24 a year.

Click here to donate

Here’s How The Membership Plans Break Down

There will be three kinds of membership, and each member will decide which user profile suits them best (Reader, Author, or Author Support).

Each type of membership will have three levels, ranging from free to $3.99 per month, and your membership level will determine how much access you have to certain features of the site.

AuthorBitz Membership Plans

Where Do Things Stand?

Funding Goal: $2,000 by June 1st 2018

Money Raised: $1,440 by 28 donators

Money To Go Until Fully Funded: $560

Current Site Status: In Beta Testing

Check Out The Site @ http://www.authorbitz.com/

Help Reach The Goal Now!!!

Want Level 3 Membership FOR LIFE?

Donate $20 (or more), BEFORE MARCH 15th

Click here to donate

Celebrating 1000+ Pinterest Followers

What You'll Find In My Pinterest FeedIn November, I posted that my Pinterest account had passed 500 followers, and in just three months, that number has doubled.

Even more stunning is that Pinterest reports that I’m getting over 212,900 views EVERY MONTH!

I’ll admit, I’m stunned at how rapidly my following has increased. It’s something I love doing every day, but I don’t always give a lot of thought to what I’m pinning.

I pin an item if:

  1. If it looks interesting,
  2. I want to follow up on it
  3. I think my followers might find it interesting
  4. There are potential stories behind the item

I’ve now got 55 boards, covering everything from topics I’m researching for my stories, to my personal interests. I’ve even started to split some of those boards down into topics, so don’t be surprised when you find my “Character Creation” board has a “Character Bank” topic (where I pin ideas/images that might become characters at some point).

With over 24,100 individual pins my followers can find everything from writing advice to writing prompts; from images of Seattle and the surrounding area to owls and wolves; from different kinds of magic to codes and languages.

You’ll even find a lot of my blog post images on there too, with links back to the original posts.

Here’s a sample of my top boards.

  • Birds of Prey (4,470+ pins) – For those who know how much I love falconry, and getting up close with raptors, or love these amazing creatures themselves.
  • Writing Prompts (5,470+ pins) – Looking for a story starter, or something to kick-start a scene? This is where you want to be looking.
  • English Language (640+ pins) – Everything from spelling and grammar through to sayings and alternative words.
  • Big Cats (1,120+ pins) – Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Cougars… If they’re larger than a house cat, they’re here…
  • Bullet Journalling (1,570+ pins) – If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve seen how I use my Bullet Journal to stay organized. This board covers everything from starting your own bullet journal to hacks that can help you really personalize it.
  • Character Naming (170+ pins) – This covers everything from explanations behind people’s names to what names were popular in given years.
  • Story Inspirations – Fantasy Art (990+ pins) – They say “a picture paints a thousand words”, and some of the images pinned to this board could inspire even more.
  • Wolves (660+ pins) – Getting up close to wolves was an experience I’ll never forget. And as a writer who loves wolf-shifters, I’d be remiss in not giving these glorious creatures their own board.
  • Creatures (200+ pins) – Creatures urban myth through to ancient gods and legendary beasts.
  • All Things Writing (970+ pins) -Yeah, actually not sure how I ended up with multiple boards for writing tips…

 

Not only will you learn something about me personally, but you’ll be getting an insight into the kinds of research that I do for my stories… Who knows, you might just find clues to an upcoming plotline…

Check out my Pinterest Boards Today!

It’s Possible I’ve Gone Crazy!

It's Possible I've Gone CrazyIt’s true, there is a chance that I might have gone completely crazy!

There are a number of people who believe that this already happened, and many of them work with me in my retail job.

So, that’s actually the crux of the matter. I’m working semi-full time, and taking on a number very interesting projects.

1) Organizing the Fantasy Genre events for the Brain to Books Cyber Convention

2) A complete overhaul of my website design

3) Designing a chatbot for Messenger

4) Editing “Evaline Transcendent” based on reader feedback

5) Working on the second draft of my first full novel

6) Helping promote and test a potential social media site for authors & readers

Blog Header - Readers & Authors, Join Me At The 4th Annual Brain To Books Cyber Convention

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll already have seen my recent post about this amazing event.

In short, it’s a full weekend of online events centered around books.

The event will be coming to you from April 6th-8th, and I’m heading up the Fantasy Genre events.

There will be more information on what we have planned, as myself and the other authors get everything organized.

Blog Header - Website Overhaul

As an author, I’m not one of the most organized people at times.

I was recently going through existing my author website, and planning to update some of the pages, with the most recent information.

Unfortunately, I rapidly came to the conclusion that the site needed a complete overhaul.

  • A lot of the key information about me and my books was hard to locate
  • Some of the pages were seriously out-of-date
  • But most importantly, I really wasn’t happy with how inconsistent the page designs were.

Enter my test site, where I’m trying out some new page layout ideas, along with a cleaner look to the page design.

Enter you, my readers. I’d love to get some feedback on what you like or dislike about both sites.

So, it’s Existing Site vs Test Site – Let me know what you think

Blog Header - Designing a Chatbot for Messenger

Back in December, I wrote a blog post looking at Messenger bots, which are basically an extension of the chat service.

These bots are built to provide a combination of live chat, and “pre-recorded” information. I’m in the process of creating an introduction series that will:

  • Help potential readers learn a little more about me
  • Introduce me to bloggers who might be interested in doing/hosting guest posts
  • Allow fellow authors to learn about my blog, and the services I offer

Check out the chatbot here (Under Development)

Blog Header - Editing _Evaline Transcendent_

A few months ago, I started getting feedback from people about my science fiction short story, “Evaline Transcendent”. There were some interesting questions raised, and a few suggestions for things that could be made a little clearer.

So, with that in mind, I’ve set about going through the entire story with those notes in hand, and making a few edits.

Thankfully, there is nothing in the feedback that I’ve received that requires major changes to the story itself. But, there will be a couple of changes to how I present aspects of the story.

Primarily, I’ll be re-writing the opening of the story, to better present some of the backstory behind the Miranda Two’s mission.

Blog Header - Writing The 2nd Draft of _Of Wolves & Men_

I’ve recently finished reading through the first draft of “Of Wolves & Men (Shadows Over Seattle #1)”, my first attempt at writing a full novel. Along the way I made a lot of notes about things that needed changing, didn’t make sense, or just had to go.

So, I’m now working on the opening scenes of the book, while going through my notes and trying to plot ahead. It’s my aim to have this second draft completed before the end of the summer. Hopefully at that point, I’ll have a solid enough plot that I can go back through and work on editing.

Blog Header - Helping Promote & Test The _Author Bitz_ Social Media Site

A couple of weeks back, I posts about an author who was in the process of raising money to build a new social media site for authors and readers to connect.

So, if you find GoodReads too difficult to navigate, and find Facebook too full of spam posts and fake news, go check out my article about the site. And if it’s something you think is a great idea, consider heading over to the GoFundMe campaign and dropping a few dollars toward hosting and development costs.

Blog Header - What Does That All Mean At The Moment_

Honestly? It means that I’m going to be very busy over the coming weeks.

But there is nothing more important to me than my readers, so please drop me a line, and let me know:

  • Which of these projects are you excited about?
  • Have you checked out my chatbot? If so, what did you think?
  • Have you read “Evaline Transcendent”? Is there anything you’d want to know more about from a revised edition?
  • Are you going to attend the 4th Annual Brain to Books Cyber Convention, either as a reader, or writer?
  • How do you like the potential changes to my website design, based on comparing the old and new sites?

Fundraiser Spotlight – Book Bitz Author/Reader Social Media Site

If you’re a reader, author, or in the author support market, you’ve no-doubt heard of GoodReads. You may even have tried it out.

I personally have been on GoodReads for a few years now, as a writer, and reader. But, I’ve found it very clunky, under-developed and believe that it falls short of it’s goal of uniting readers and writers.

Blog Header - Is There A Solution

Well, at the moment, the simple answer is NO!

But, there is hope on the horizon.

I’m a member of several writing groups over on Facebook, and I try to pay attention to things that could potentially shake up the marketing of books.

So, it was with interest that I started reading a proposal from Lucinda Moebius in one of the Facebook groups.

Blog Header - Here's The Proposal

  • Imagine a social media site designed for authors.
  • It will be a foundation for authors to showcase their work.
  • In addition, there will be a place for readers and author supporters.
  • All those FB pages, blogs, websites designed to help authors would be easy to locate and search through.

Blog Header - But there is More

Here’s what Lucinda has in mind for the project, and I find the prospect very exciting.

For Readers For Authors For Author Services
1. A place to connect with their favorite authors
2. A place to find new authors
3. A place to review books
4. A place to discuss books
5. A place to connect with other readers
1. A place to connect with authors and support staff
2. A place to promote their work
3. A place to post their work and get feedback
4. A social media platform designed specifically for THEM
5. A place to build readership
6. A place to get reviews
7. A place to learn from experts and each other
1. A place to promote their services
2. A place to obtain reviews
3. A place to connect with authors

Does An Online Book Club Community Sound Good?

Would you like to learn more about what Lucinda Moebius has planned?

Click Here To Visit The GoFundMe Page

About Lucinda Moebius

Where To Find Lucinda Hawks Moebius

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