I held off on releasing the books singly and instead decided on getting three book fully written before releasing them altogether. After my experience with my first series, The Last Paladin, and the time it took get both books out, I thought it best to make sure fans didn’t have to wait a year and a half before they were able to read the next book in the series. From a marketing perspective, I quickly discovered that it was hard to draw readers back into the series after waiting for so long for the next book.
I hope that everyone enjoys the new series and the online interactions between my friends and the game. Even now as I make corrections, I find myself being pulled into the storyline. Hopefully that means it’s good and you’ll enjoy the books, but I won’t know for sure until the reviews start coming in.
That’s one of the hardest things about being an author. Writing can be an odd and solo hobby at times. One that’s hard to share with others until the novel is completed. Even if you have friends who enjoy reading Sci-Fi and Fantasy, the genre you decide to write can limit the friends you have available to test-read your work and offer feedback. Living like I do as an American in Germany and being married to a Polish woman, it’s hard to find people who understand enough English to be able to read my novels, are interested in the genre and are able to offer feedback.
The first two books I actually finished writing in probably a six month time period which was surprising to me. At the time my wife was very sick and was in the hospital for almost four of those six months with three different surgeries. Writing the stories helped to calm my nerves and brought a certain level of mental peace, but once my wife came home and was going through recovery it was difficult for me to complete the third book. It ended up taking a year and a half for me to complete book three. Most of that was due to a slew of emergencies that came up between my wife’s health, having our house robbed and our dogs passing away. Finally though, I was able to get my focus back and finish the last hundred pages of book three.
On a positive note, Aleron Kong of The Land Series https://www.amazon.com/Aleron-Kong/e/B0176S6G6A/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1536251354&sr=8-1 and one of my favorite authors, who just happens to be considered the Father of LitRPG and has an LitRPG group on facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitRPGGroup/?ref=bookmarks to help promote his and other LitRPG writers’ works, said I should be able to post my series on his website. Hopefully that will expand my visibility as an author and allow new readers to enjoy my writing, which is a godsend for me since I absolutely suck at marketing in general.
Anyway, the books should be out soon for your enjoyment. They would have already been out if I hadn’t run into that author name issue with Amazon that forced me to redo the whole publishing process of all three books. I’ll keep updates coming out for any additional weird self-publishing issues that pop up. For those that are interested in the new series, I’ll list the covers below: