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The System Apocalypse Arcs

Had a few questions and comments about the System Apocalypse after Book 2 was released.  One comment I’ve seen is that Book 2 was more of a ‘filler’ book, which seems strange to me. I guess what people are looking for is somewhat different than what I envision(ed). Here’s roughly what I’m working on:

Arc 1 (First Trilogy)

Introduction of the System to Earth and basically takes place in 1 year.

Book 1 basically sets the scene and deals with John’s response to it.  Book 2 is a coming of age for John and a realisation of what he is and what he needs to do. It also continues to play out the changes including the Dungeons and Swarms.

Book 3 has the world shaping up to what it will eventually be with high level zones established, big nasty monsters running around and the conclusion of the Whitehorse arc.

Arc 2 (Second Trilogy)

By the way, everything from this point on is nebulous. I’m a panster not a plotter, so everything I have here is rough ideas.

The three books (and this might easily be more!) in this arc cover Earth. I tenatively have Canada & North America to be dealt with in Book 1 (it might be book 2 for the US actually) so there’ll be timeskips and time compression galore

Book 2 or 3 will cover a wider range of areas and continents. We’ll definitely see what happens in Europe & Asia, and we might see a big timeskip as Earth slowly redefines itself along with humanity.

Arc 3 (Third Trilogy)

This arc basically takes us out of Earth and into the wider Galactic scene. We finally see some of the other worlds that have been hinted at and will basically conclude John’s journey.

A word of caution

Now, I call them trilogy’s because I like writing in 3’s. These arcs are also a bit more malleable since I expect I’ll be time skipping a lot more in Arcs 2 and 3.

Tentatively, what I’ll probably do is write the entire series as best I can in the above arcs and then fill in the blanks later.,   Part of it is that writing the same thing for each city will get repetitive, and if there’s an interesting plot for a city, it might take up a whole book.  Rather than derail the overall arcs, I might hold off on writing that and skip pass to write that plot as an individual ‘stand alone’ book later.

That being said – ‘pantser’. I might have an overall idea of what each scenario / book / theme is going for, but the eventual book is often different from what I planned. Often better too.

Now, before anyone asks.  Book 3 is being written right now. I’m about 15% done. It is VERY unlikely to be out before end of the year since my day job gets very busy during this period.  Expect it maybe February?

Paperback released!

I have just uploaded the paperback version of Life in the North: An Apocalyptic LitRPG.

There won’t be a paperback version of A Healer’s Gift or An Adventurer’s Heart but once I am able to create a box set for that, I’ll create a paperback version.  Since each of those books are only 40-50k each, I figure a full paperback of all 3 would make sense.

The other thing is the cost of producing paperbacks.  Just to get the backcover images, it cost an additional $100.  Now, knowing that each 1,000 eBooks I sell, I (might) sell a single paperback copy, you can see how it would take a VERY long time for covers to be paid back.

Thus, only producing for the System Apocalypse series for now.

An Adventurer’s Heart on Sale and Pre-Orders

Adventurer’s Heart Coverstly,

An Adventurer’s Heart is now on Sale on Amazon and should show up for sale on iBooks, Google Books, Kobo Readers and more very soon.

Read about the continuing adventures of Daniel & Asin as they travel t he lands of Brad as they work to complete a Quest.

 

 

 

 

 

Redeemer of the DeadPre-orders for Redeemer of the Dead is now available on Amazon.

The books is slated to release on November 1, 2017 and will be available for reading on Kindle Unlimited as well.

Redeemer of the Dead Update

Just sent the book out to a few beta readers.  Actually, I think I need at least two or three more who will get me proper feedback.  Here’s what I just sent to the beta readers I chose earlier.

Hi there;

Thank you for agreeing to Beta Read Book 2 of the System Apocaypse – Redeemer of the Dead.
Please find attached the book and the Beta Reading worksheet.  Please read through the worksheet before you start reading.  – it’ll help you understand the kind of questions I have.  There’s no need to fill up all the questions but detailed feedback is extremely useful.
As always, the sooner the better on getting feedback to me.  However, I need feedback by the 25th of September latest if I am to hit the Nov 1 release data as the end of the month is when I’m booked for my editor.
If you have any questions, please do contact me.
Regards,
Tao
 
(Have now gotten all the Beta Readers I need for this round.  Thanks everybody!)

The System Apocalypse Book 2 Update

Finished first draft, currently editing book 2.  About half done with expected completion by end of next week at the rate I’m going.  Though I haven’t hit the parts that I know where I have to add scenes (just put notes on it) so that might make it slower.  Hopefully not.

After that, it’s out to beta readers and then the proofreader.  Depending on feedback of course, there might be a ton of changes or very little.

Current working title is Redeemer of the Dead.

Cover for Adventurer’s Gift

Adventurer's Heart Cover
Adventurer’s Heart Cover

I am scheduled to receive the proofread copy of Adventurer’s Heart for Adventures on Brad this week.  I actually received some great feedback from a beta reader so I actually will be editing it after I fix the errors the editor has found which isn’t great but I’d rather do that than leave the errors there.  So release date for the book should be in mid-September.

Book 2 of the System Apocalypse is nearly finished first draft.  I still have to add a bunch of scenes that I realised I needed so it’s nowhere done but we should be good for November release.

 

Quick Update

Tales on Brad Book 2 – Adventurer’s Gift is with the proofreader currently. Once that is complete, I am just waiting on the cover (which hopefully will be complete end of this week) and it should be ready for posting.

The System Apocalypse Book 2 is nearly done first draft.  I’ve got the last major scene and sort of epilogue to finish and then draft 1 is done.  However, I have large notes of things to improve / add including entire chapters and scenes so I expect the editing process will take longer than normal.  I’ve been struggling with finishing the book since I’ve been plagued with doubts.  And illness.

Overall, timeline for November release should be good.

I’m going on holiday for a few weeks though so no real writing is going to be done.