Publishing

And here it is. The first Volume of The Wandering Inn…

Is still underway. Sorry! I’m working on it, but I’m slow. Very slow. I barely manage to get the lastest chapter out, let alone anything else. So I’m creating this page so you can see how far I am along, and maybe help me out on some things. I have a rough checklist of things to do, which I’ll write out below. Once they’re nearly done, you can expect Volume 1 to hit…stores…on the internet…or something. It’s all a work in progress!

 

To Do:

  1. Typo-fix and plot-fix the rest of the Volume 1 chapters.

I keep meaning to do the rest of this. The biggest standouts are removing the lovely song lyrics from 1.38. I still think it’s not entirely safe to keep them in without seeking permission and I don’t want to delay even further and do that.

Also, a lot of plot errors are scattered among the latest chapters, so I might have to search there. A good collection of errors for me: http://the-wandering-inn.wikia.com/wiki/Inconsistencies

 

2. Finish book cover.

The cover’s done! I just need to get a lovely font on it. I have a person in mind who works with the artist I commissioned — Shaun King of http://www.stkkreations.com/. But I’ll hold off until I have…

 

3. A decent blurb for the book.

Blurb seems good! Will tweak a bit, but mostly done!

 

4. REWRITE THE FIRST CHAPTERS.

Forever on my list! I just can’t do it. I don’t know why. I’m bad at rewriting, and I need to capture the same elements of plot while making it actually entertaining.

 

5. Prepare marketing strategy for release day and where to sell.

Currently thinking Amazon and doing self-promo across multiple outlets, but perhaps I need to invest in actual paid promotions? Will consult with experienced authors when I am closer.

 

So there you have it. Currently my estimates are that the typesetting of the cover would take the longest set amount of time, once I finish the blurb. That’s highest on my list so I can begin the process of hiring someone to work on that…and the typos and rewriting are next. Hopefully this page gives me the motivation to work harder in between chapters. Poke me, suggest things to me, or leave me notes below. Thanks for waiting! I’ll add my own comments with work as I do it.

 

PS: The remaining Guestbook entries for about 2-3 months are also on my list. I think I have…a hundred? Two hundred? Lots. But I’ll finish Volume 1 first. So much to do, so little pirateaba!

14 thoughts on “Publishing

  1. “No killing Goblins.”

    So reads the sign outside of The Wandering Inn, a small building run by a young woman named Erin Solstice. She serves pasta with sausage, blue fruit juice, and dead acid flies on request. And she comes from another world. Ours.

    It’s a bad day when Erin finds herself transported to a fantastical world and nearly gets eaten by a Dragon. She doesn’t belong in a place where monster attacks are a fact of life, and where Humans are one species among many. But she must adapt to her new life. Or die.

    In a dangerous world where magic is real and people can level up and gain classes, Erin Solstice must battle hordes of somewhat evil Goblins, deadly Rock Crabs, and hungry [Necromancers]. She is no warrior, no mage. She doesn’t even like killing. Erin Solstice runs an inn. She’s an [Innkeeper].

    • “No killing Goblins.”

      So reads the sign outside of The Wandering Inn, a small building run by a young woman named Erin Solstice. She serves pasta with sausage, blue fruit juice, and dead acid flies on request. And she comes from another world. Ours.

      I’d delete all of the above. It’s full of spoilers. You want people to actually read your book don’t you?

      The remaining two paragraphs stand well on their own.

      • I personally don’t mind the first sections. “No killing Goblins” is an attention grabbing phrase. It instantly conveys that this a fantasy setting, but makes you wonder why you wouldn’t kill Goblins. The remainder is spoilery, though in such a way that makes you wonder how this comes to be.

  2. Comment-typos done to Chapter 1.12 R…
    Reviewing new blurb and seeking commentary…
    Thinking how to redo 1.00 and 1.01. The worst offenders…
    More plot inconsistencies done. Changed Ryoka wait from 2 to 4 days. Might square with what Discord chat debated over. Will check the logs if they exist.
    To Do: Add centralized Volume 1 typo list, since didn’t have any typo comment boxes for entire Volume. Such a problem…

  3. I think it’d be better if you had a quote or three from Erin.

    e.g. “Um. Is it three bars of iron and two sticks to make a pickaxe? Or can I make a wood sword by punching trees?” Erin, a chess champ back home, asked herself this as she sat in an abandoned inn she now called her own, in a world far bigger than home. An [Innkeeper] in a world of classes as real as a job in hers.

  4. In Ch 4.10 regarding the Stone Spears Tribe, Zel said, “More than I could with an army. The rest of the tribe went down fighting. Every last one of them.” But in Ch 2.29, ‘Zel seized a child, and saw his soldiers saving the rest. The adults were dead.’ Does this mean that the Children don’t count in Zel statement of “The rest of the tribe went down fighting. Every last one of them” or as survivor members of the Stone Spears Tribe?

    • Also, Ressa reprted to Lady Magnolia in Interlude – 3 “The [Scouts] and [Assassins] reported a higher number of Gnolls travelling with Zel’s army—they may have been saved.”

  5. If you publish on Amazon, you also have the opportunity to publish on Kindle Unlimited. This allows many of your already curren readers to pick it up in Amazon read it to see the changes then return it at no cost. The down side to this is that if you publish on Amazon Kindle Unlimited, you have to remove 90%+ of Volume 1 from as it must be exclusively located there. Kindle Unlimited pays authors per page read by person. I.e. If someone reads half the book you get paid for what they read. Many self published authors find it quite simple to publish with them.

    As for actual publisher houses I’m not very certain of good ones. May I suggest researching publishers and sending them a quick email that you’re very excited to publish this web novel, have a significant level of interest already and would like to seek their expertise?

  6. You know, I was seriously thinking about arranging and cleanings as many chapters as I can to have it printed as a book for myself.
    I prefer books over ebooks and love your story so much I want to have it in my hands with this delicious odor of fresh paper.
    Also I didn’t look into it properly but while I was looking for a printer to print only one book I found that amazon does it with its KDP program where they can print on demand + Ebook format for kindle.
    If you do it and it can be shipped to my country I will definitely buy it!!
    I wish a lot of luck, happiness and hardship to Erin & co! Difficulties makes good thing even better.

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