Unfortunately I will no longer be uploading new material for free on Wattpad. What is there will remain there, but I won’t be adding King of Blades or any other future works to the site.
It isn’t just because everyone wants to read the books for free and are not interested in purchasing the polished versions. Yes, that does make things difficult as I am publishing the books I write so I have a bit of extra money to pay those pesky bills that go along with being a human in today’s society. But I also write in other genres under other names, so I wasn’t completely concerned.
The main issue is Amazon. While working on updating and re-releasing a more finely edited version of For the Love of a King, Amazon accused me of stealing my own work twice. Because the story was “freely available online” they pulled Love from the production process both during paperback production on Createspace and ebook publication on Kindle Direct Publishing. I was sent emails both times telling me I needed to follow a series of steps to prove I had the right to publish the title.
Now, I understand why Amazon is doing this. They have clearly been dealing with issues of stolen works because their self-publishing system is so simple. This causes them headaches because authors start to distrust their platform for letting so much plagiarism through the gates. So they are trying to avoid those problems by vetting book uploads against internet-combing bots. It does make me feel better as a writer.
However, it is a major waste of my time when I have to submit a book two or three times and explain that I am indeed the same person as the one who posted the story online for free. Quite honestly, I’m already tired of it, and I haven’t even gotten to that stage with Curse of Blades yet.
So, unfortunately, it’s time to stop with Wattpad. My apologies to those who follow me there and were hoping for King of Blades to be uploaded. Amazon ruins everything.
Anyway, here’s a writing song of mine.
I am now planning to have Curse republished by June, and King to finally be published by November. This will allow me to have no projects over me for NaNoWriMo this year.
I also have now set up Patreon and Ko-fi accounts for those who would like to support me and my writing. Thank you to anyone who contributes!
And here’s a new favorite song of mine!
You can now buy the third part of Curse of Blades on Amazon.
Description: Life has changed drastically for Coulta, Anil, and Myri. They have all been brought to Ryal, the capital of Phelin, in the service of Crown Prince Wildas. Anil has started working in the royal stables while Myri works with the castle healers. Coulta is now the prince’s personal protector, charged with keeping Wildas safe from all harm. And now things are bound to change even more as they all prepare to become Wildas’s spouses.
But their happily ever after will have to wait. War threatens to tear the country apart and a shadow looms over the castle itself. When the storm finally breaks it will leave them and the country deeply wounded. They all must be prepared to take up their new roles – before something worse appears on the horizon.
So what’s next?
This completes the Curse of Blades serial, but the story isn’t over. The sequel, King of Blades, will also be published in serial, beginning in October. There will also be a Books 1-3 version for each serial in the future. That will also be when they are released in paperback. Along with this, there will be updated and corrected editions published in place of the first editions of all parts of the story and For the Love of a King.
I wanted to let everyone know that I have been working hard on getting the next book ready for publication. Unfortunately I also have been working at a new full time job, so I only have so many hours a week to write or edit.
I’m shooting for a mid-December release, but I’ll have a more firm date in the next week or so.
Also, For the Love of a King will be available in more places than Amazon soon. I went for the KDP Select distribution for starters to see how that worked. Once the 90 days runs out, I’ll be able to publish it everywhere else. I also plan on a paperback edition!
Back when I started writing, eleven years ago now, when I was just starting to write some really terrible fantasy “books” I had some writing music that was very different than what I love now. I’m feeling a little nostalgic, so here’s some of my old favorites.
The old (and some would argue the best, but I have liked all the singers) Nightwish.
And with a totally different feel, Here’s Mediaevel Baebes:
That’s enough sharing for now, but maybe I’ll make this a periodic thing.