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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Legend of the Gate Keeper "update"

Hey guys! So I've told you all a bit about myself, and also made a few posts for those of you who are inspiring authors. Now I think it's time to get to the series you've all been following. As I write this, book 5 is in the hands of my editor http://indieeditingservices.blogspot.com/ and she should be done in a day or two. So what have I been doing with myself? Funny you should ask.

Yes, I've started on book 6 in the series. But this has been surprisingly hard for me. Let me explain... I always try to make sure there are no "filler" books in the series. In other words, the story should always take large steps forward, and the characters should each go through some pretty big changes. And book five is no exception. But here is where I'm struggling.

I generally take a quick break after I've released a new one in the series. I sit back and down a few beer - uh - mineral waters, and see how people are liking the latest installment. But since my editor got so busy, there has been a pretty serious delay in releasing book 5. Now I have to be honest. It's been really hard to push forward without having any idea what everyone thinks of the latest book. I tend to read reviews and get a good idea if the current direction of the series is working or not.

So, I am still writing every day, but not at my usual pace. Things will pick up once I'm able to get a little more feedback. I know I'm unusual in that way. Most authors just barrel forward, understanding that some will like where the story is going and others will not. I guess I just don't want to get 3/4 done with the next one, only to find out that I should have been taking the story in another direction. After all, when the fans speak, I listen.  :)

That's it for today guys! :)