New Book Announcement!!!

 

So… a lot’s been going on. Following the completion of Drakin: The Story of Raiya, I dove right into the sequel. This… is admittedly kind of rare as I usually take time off between books… however, I got a really good idea going and decided to just keep chugging along since I was on a roll!

I usually do these announcements independent of the previous books’ release, but I know I gave pretty clear signals that there would be a sequel. So everyone should consider this full confirmation… yes, there will be a sequel to Drakin: The Story of Raiya.

So let’s run through a quick list of questions that people typically ask me when a new release is announced. See below for the FAQ:

Do you have a title?

Yes. It took me a while and I admit that I had the book mostly done before I landed on one. The title of the next book in the series will be “Drakin: The Orphans of Haven”.

Do you have a release date? 

… no, not yet. We literally just finished the 3rd draft and it has gone to the editor. Likely they’ll be ripping it apart for a few weeks before we can move on to the final draft.

Okay… any rough idea?

We’re hoping for late-fall. Maybe October, but who knows? We might be able to get it out sooner. *Fingers crossed*

Are we going to be reading more about the adventures of Raiya?

I honestly cannot say. While some characters from the previous novel will appear and have an impact on the story, they are not the main characters here. Their appearances will be strictly cameo.

Where will I be able to get a copy?

Barnes and Noble, Amazon, local booksellers should have it or at least be able to order it.

Where/when will the story take place?

After the events of The Story of Raiya. So this will be set after the end of the Red War.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email or leave a comment!

Thanks all!



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Note:
If you have read my books, PLEASE log into Amazon and post a review. I really love to hear everyone’s thoughts and constructive criticisms. Reviews help get my book attention and word of mouth is everything in this business!

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

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Calling it Quits

Hi Jim,

 

I have about three books in publication and… honestly, I have some ideas for other stories that I think about do well, but I spend so much time writing that I’m starting to feel like it’s consumed my life. I don’t want to let some really good ideas go down the drain, but there are other things I want to do and I have a family that I want to spend more time with. Have you ever thought about calling it quits or is there a time when you think you’ll retire the keyboard?

Thanks,
Ned


Hi Ned,

Spending time with and taking care of your family is the most important thing you could do. It should never take back burner to anything, even your writing. If you believe that your writing is interfering with your life, then indeed, it may be time to hang it up.

I ran into this issue a while back and decided that the best time to write would be when I was on break at my other job, or after everyone else goes to sleep. That way it doesn’t affect family time. I will say that devoting your time to writing can and will take a toll on your health as well.

I’ve honestly thought about calling it quits many times, but I don’t know that I ever will. I am planning on taking a much-needed long break after the next one is published. Perhaps that might be a good compromise? If you’re worried about missing some inspiration for a good story, then keep a small notebook with you and jot down a few notes to remind yourself.

In any case, I think it’s unrealistic to expect to be able to give up your art altogether. A prolonged break is not unreasonable. I hope this helps and I hope you can get everything on track. If you need any more guidance, feel free to email me.

Readers, what do you think? How do you handle thoughts of literary retirement?

Thanks,
Jim



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Note:
If you have read my books, PLEASE log into Amazon and post a review. I really love to hear everyone’s thoughts and constructive criticisms. Reviews help get my book attention and word of mouth is everything in this business!

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Private vs. Public Profile

Hi Jim,

 

So I’m published and like you, I have a blog with a fairly decent following. Over the past few months, I’ve gotten a number of friend requests to my personal facebook page. I’ve ignored them, but they keep coming and I don’t want to seem unprofessional. Do you have any advice on how to handle this?

Thanks,
Lindsey


Hi Lindsey,

I think it’s absolutely important to keep your personal and Professional space separate. I don’t think you’ve done anything wrong by rejecting or ignoring these requests. My advice to you would be to create a separate account of author’s page on Facebook. You can take a look at mine on the left, for reference if you like.

I would link it to your WordPress and other social media accounts. Once done, I would lock your private Facebook page with the highest security settings and then make adjust your page so that you’re unsearchable. It’s not perfect, but it’s a lot more secure that way. I’ve had the same issue from time to time and it’s really the best way to handle it. I love interacting with my readers and fans, it’s what I really enjoy about releasing books.

However, my Facebook page has personal interactions with close friends and family and I prefer to keep that separate.

So anything you want to keep out of the public eye, you need to secure as best you can. It won’t be perfect, but that’s really the best thing you can do.

I hope this helps. Authors and readers, how do you handle issues like this? Do you interact with the people who send you friends requests?

Thanks,
Jim



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Note:
If you have read my books, PLEASE log into Amazon and post a review. I really love to hear everyone’s thoughts and constructive criticisms. Reviews help get my book attention and word of mouth is everything in this business!

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

From My Writing Playlist

To be honest… I’m not always a huge fan of metalized versions of classics. I actually love Bonnie Tyler’s music. That said when its done nicely and respectful to the original material.

When to Listen: General playlist. I actually like to play this back to back with the original one.



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Note:
If you have read my books, PLEASE log into Amazon and post a review. I really love to hear everyone’s thoughts and constructive criticisms. Reviews help get my book attention and word of mouth is everything in this business!

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

From My Writing Playlist

I really have grown to love these guys. They have no physical CDs to buy, only MP3’s, but I guess that’s okay. They seem to specialize in cover songs, but even their own original music is great!

When to Listen: Heavy metal always has a bit of flavor to it that really works best in high-intensity scenes; fight scenes, scenes of high stress, etc. This song is no exception to that.



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Note:
If you have read my books, PLEASE log into Amazon and post a review. I really love to hear everyone’s thoughts and constructive criticisms. Reviews help get my book attention and word of mouth is everything in this business!

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim