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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 07, 2019, 06:42:18 PM »
I'm currently working on four books. I've been making a concerted effort to read more and more indie titles. It started as a desire to see what's doing well in self-published fantasy to help with my own efforts. The surprising part is how much I'm enjoying most of them. Many of them don't quite have the polish of trade-published titles, but there's a lot of great storytelling out there.

Dragon Bond by D.K. Holmberg. This is the fourth book in a series that I'm really enjoying.

Storm Glass by Jeff Wheeler. I'm only a little bit into it so far, and I'm not exactly sure where the story is going, but it's pretty good.

Valley of Embers by Steven Kelliher. I'm enjoying this one as well. I'm not very far yet, so I can't pass much of a judgment.

Child of the Daystar by Bryce O'Connor. It started out slow, but I'm just getting to the part where I think the story is really going to take off.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Retconning
« on: March 04, 2019, 01:21:29 AM »
As a writer, this is one of my biggest fears. I don't want to turn into one of those writers who does this. That's part of the reason that I write an entire series before publishing any of it. That way, I can iron out these continuity issues before publishing anything.

5 books in February

The Heartstone Blade by D.K. Holmberg. Another short and fun read from Holmberg. His stories are the kind of comfort read fantasy I love. 8.5/10

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. It took me longer than usual to warm to the story, but I loved it in the end. 9/10

Dragon Blessed by D.K. Holmberg. This series is, in my opinion, his best work. It's action-packed and a lot of fun to read. 9/10

Unsouled by Will Wight. I liked his Traveler's Gate books better (the 2 that I've read). This one was good, but it felt like setup for the rest of the series. 8/10

Dragon Rise by D.K. Holmberg. See above. 9.5/10

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 04, 2019, 01:15:27 AM »
I just finished The Infernal Battalion by Django Wexler. Overall, I thought it was a satisfying conclusion to the series, and it left me in a good mood.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 04, 2019, 01:13:46 AM »
Reckoners is like an action movie on paper. I loved the series too. :)

I'd love to see a movie version of those books. It would be a lot of fun.

Writers' Corner / Re: What's Bigger than a Series?
« on: February 28, 2019, 08:29:35 PM »
I'm also a fan of cycle. Saga would work as well.

This kind of thing can grow exhausting after a while, especially if you really like the character and want to see them find at least a little happiness. I'll also admit that I can be guilty of it as a writer. I'm so horrible to one character in one of my series, that I actually begin to poke fun at it later in the series.

The key to this kind of thing is that you need to balance out the horrible things with a few good things for your characters.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: New Tropes and Cliches
« on: February 28, 2019, 08:26:21 PM »
Maybe it would be someone not completely subverting the tropes, just twisting them in a different way. But even that isn't really new. That's pretty much what Sanderson does in most of his books. Similarly, I think John Gwynne's Faithful and the Fallen series is a nice twist on the Chosen One trope (and a great read in general).

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 28, 2019, 08:24:03 PM »
I'm hoping I can get back to reading more soon. I've got a three-day weekend (no work, no school), so I should hopefully have some time to read (assuming I'm not distracted by video games, or by my own books that I should be writing or editing, or by the test I should study for).

Life is nothing but distractions.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Book Bargains
« on: February 04, 2019, 09:44:45 PM »
Dragon Wing, the first book of The Death Gate Cycle by Weis and Hickmann is on sale for $0.99 today. It is far superior to Dragonlance in my opinion, and one of the more creative series I've read.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 04, 2019, 09:43:37 PM »
I started Skyfarer by Joseph Brassey over the weekend!

YES! I promote Brassey's books whenever I can. I adored Skyfarer and it's sequel, Dragon Road. Hoping you dig them as much as I did. :)

I need to read the sequel. I really enjoyed the first one. It kind of felt like reading Final Fantasy XII, and that's not a bad thing.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 03, 2019, 06:28:49 AM »
Currently, I'm working on:

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. I'm enjoying it, but it's not gripping me the way Sanderson's books usually do. Maybe it's the fact that I don't like science fiction as much as fantasy.

The Heartstone Blade by D.K. Holmberg. I read the first in this series a while back and really enjoyed it, so I decided to pick this one up. It's good but not amazing.

Unsouled by Will Wight. I've loved the first two books of his Traveler's Gate trilogy (still need to read the third). This one's good, but I'm not far enough into it yet for a final verdict.

Child of the Daystar by Bryce O'Connor. This one's taking a while to capture my attention. I enjoy the author's style, but the story's a bit slow so far.

Writers' Corner / Re: How to Write Epic Style Novels
« on: February 03, 2019, 06:25:22 AM »
For me, the approach depends on how interconnected the stories are. When the characters are completely separate, I will often write their stories separately until the stories come together. Most of the time, however, the stories intertwine, so I write sequentially.

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: What are your thoughts on pricing ebooks?
« on: February 03, 2019, 06:23:35 AM »
I go with either $2.99 or $3.99 for my books. If I ever start to take off, I might bump that up to $4.99. Once I have multiple books out in a series, I'll drop the first book to $0.99. I'm in Kindle Unlimited, so I can't do permafree, but I can run periodic free promotions. I'll do the first book free and then discount later books in the series.

I'm also working on a boxset for all four books in my first published series. It's list price will be $9.99, but I will probably run $2.99 sales for the entire series from time to time.

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Is it worth using Goodreads?
« on: February 03, 2019, 06:20:57 AM »
I wish I had the time to engage more in the Goodreads community, but there's only so much I can do without taking too much time away from my writing.

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