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Sep 15, 2020

Written By J David Baxter



Two months have come and gone since my first blog entry, and wow have they been busy. We moved from a rental house in the city out to my in-laws property in the country, and we’re currently living in their barn while our house is being built. (At some point we plan to create a youtube channel about the building of the new homestead - stay tuned for that). Meanwhile, two adults and three tiny humans in a 16 x 24 space is a challenge. Despite that, I’ve been progressing well on writing book two in the Greymantle Chronicles series. It should be complete before the end of the month and ready for editing.


I did participate in #PITMAD a couple weeks ago for fun to see if any traditional publishers might be interested in picking up my book, and while I didn’t get offered a ‘deal I couldn’t refuse’, I did have a number of people retweet my story blurb, and it got a good response.


Work on the cover for book one should be starting any day now, with the fabulous Jeff Brown, of Jeff Brown Graphics. Once that is complete, book one will be ready for launch. I should be putting book two up for pre-sale at the same time and releasing it a month or two after book one. If all goes well, I’m hoping to move the launch date up from the beginning of November, to mid October, or even earlier depending on the cover design process.

I did participate in #PITMAD a couple weeks ago for fun to see if any traditional publishers might be interested in picking up my book, and while I didn’t get offered a ‘deal I couldn’t refuse’, I did have a number of people retweet my story blurb, and it got a good response. Feel free to let me know what you think, since writing the blurb is one of the three biggest factors for success in publishing these days, so I am always open to suggestions on improving the hook. Here is what I entered:

College student, Nate Keller, is transported to another world where he becomes the target of deadly zealots who serve powerful malevolent gods. He will need to overcome his fears and learn new skills to stop a plot that could plunge an entire world into war. #PITMAD #NA #A #F #AD #PitMad is the original twitter pitch event, where writers tweet a 280-character pitch for their completed, polished, unpublished manuscripts. It happens several times a year. The translation of the hashtags for those who aren’t familiar with the event: NA=New Adult, A=Adult, F=Fiction, AD=Adventure.


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