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Deathsworn Arc 4: Rise of the Archmage

It’s definitely a WIP now!

My editor is reading through the first draft. These are the draft cover sketches so far:-

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The good things I like about the book:-

More conflict with Melchiot and the church

Exploration of ‘The Children of Avanti’ another Torean religion.

Exploration of more of Vashni’s, Elden Roth’s and Brael’s past.

My new character Vexis Zaelwarch – former Low Priestess to Avanti.

Things I don’t know about:-

Because there’s so much new stuff going on – I don’t know if there’s enough of the old stuff. Some of the characters seem a bit side-lined in this book and it worries me.

Also the ending feels a little anti-climatic. But then maybe it should given the circumstances?

Deathsworn Arc 4: Rise of the Archmage – Progress report!

Well, it’s closer – it’s a LOT closer.

I’ve written nearly 70,000 words and started the process of self-editing. I’ve also commissioned a cover from my illustrator Isis Sousa. Here are her early sketches:-

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So what now? What is the rest of my process for making it ‘ready’ ?

Well, I use software to help edit for localisation. I use the same software to edit for consistency, word-overuse, writing style, grammar and spelling.

Once I’ve done all that and I’m happy with it – I read the whole thing out-loud and listen to a computer text-to-speech of it to pick up problems I’ve missed.

Then, it goes to a beta-reader / Draft editor, then if goes to a proof-reader.

After I’ve implemented all their suggested changes I agree with I go back and start again. I repeat the process several times until I’m happy with it.

I also still need to write out two major events. However I want to start the polishing process now so there’s less of a mountain of editing to do at the end.

Interestingly I’ve recently read a few interesting articles on writing fantasy and thought I’d share.

If you want to write fantasy, these are all worth a read. On self-publishing, I don’t agree that you SHOULDN’T self-publish, but that if you do you should put as much effort as a publishing house into perfecting your book! I wish I’d done this when I started out. I published far too early and paid a price in having to release updated versions! Be 100% sure it’s as good as you can get it before you release and DO NOT rely on self-editing alone!

3 things to avoid when writing fantasy

Writing Combat in Fantasy

Why self-publishing might not be a good idea