Last week I announced a format change to The Sacred Land Saga. Instead of the lengthy 100,000 word novels I decided to write them as 50,000 word novels to accommodate Kindle Unlimited. Since Kindle Unlimited, the number of "borrows" has increased so dramatically that it warranted the change in format. Basically, the change ensures that I make about the same amount of money for my work that I did before Kindle Unlimited. I am not trying to glean more money from readers, I just don't want to lose money because of Kindle Unlimited. That being said, I do plan to release a "Book 3" in the same 100000K format as before so my current fans do not have to deal with the format change if they don't want to. I will release part 5 and part 6 as they are completed but if you want to wait a little longer, you can buy the book (cover at the side) as book 3, just as you could do with book 1 and book 2.
In the next few weeks, I will be releasing Book One of the Lady Shey trilogy, Wielder: Apprentice. It has always been in the 50,000 word format and each book in the trilogy will be a complete short novel with an ending to the main conflict of the book. I have thought about adding content to each of the short Sacred Land novels so that each 50000K novel has a clear resolution to the main conflict but I hesitate to do this because of the thousands of readers who like it the way it is. It would force readers who have already read the first books to buy new books for the new content and I don't want to do that unnecessarily.
I invite your thoughts, send me a message through the contact form above if you think I should add more content to the short Sacred Land novels "Defenders, Vindicators, Saviors, and Exiles" to give them clear endings and give away a few more answers to the questions in the plot, or should I just leave them alone. I am good either way.
Interviewer: How is your latest book coming along?
Tyson: Well, I am actually writing two titles right now, the Wielder: Apprentice updated, full length novel, and Interlude: Homecoming, the latest installment of the Sacred Land Saga. They are both coming along. However, Apprentice is going to be done a few weeks ahead of Interlude. I had to do it that way because of continuity issues.
Interviewer: You mean continuity issues for us readers?
Tyson: No, not all all. It's for me to keep everything straight in both series since they are set in the same world at different times. Both works give out major secrets and I want to make sure that they don't give away everything in the series or I may as well just end the Sacred Land Saga with book 3.
Interviewer: They give away that much!
Tyson: Okay, I exaggerated a bit. Let me clarify. Wielder: Apprentice gives away a major, major, spoiler to the Sacred Land Saga, about Lady Shey, which may shock a few people. I don't think anyone has guessed this particular piece of information yet to my knowledge. It is a spoiler in the sense that it may color the way readers see a few of the characters in the Sacred Land Saga if they read Wielder and then go back to the Sacred Land Saga. It is not a spoiler to the story of the Sacred Land Saga just a Lady Shey secret. I don't know, maybe the information will help in some way. I was trying to figure out a way I could reveal this tidbit without giving too much of it away so that a reader could start reading either series first when they are complete and still enjoy all the reveals as they come in each series. I just don't think I can do it with all the reveals (this one included. once you read it and know, you can't unread it!) But at least this reveal is just pertaining to Lady Shey so it's okay.
Interviewer: How long until we can get our hands on Wielder?
Tyson: Oh no, I am not falling into that trap. My editor would kill me if I said it was about to come out and it was too soon for her to go over it well enough. I am almost done with the writing and I will send it to the editor in the next week or so. We are very close to release but I don't want to promise it and not deliver on time.
Interviewer: We understand. Too soon and both the editor and readers will be mad at you if you have to push the date back.
Tyson: Precisely. That is exactly what happened to me with book 2, Exiles from the Sacred Land.
Interviewer: Let me switch gears here. I here you are extremely approachable by fans. Is that true? And if it is true, do you talk with them often?
Tyson: Yes, it's true. I get all excited when I am contacted by a fan. I have interacted with a few but my fans are pretty quiet. Reviewers often comment that I leave a lot of subplots open yet no one asks me questions about anything in the books. Either I am doing something really right or they are just patient to see where I am going with the next book. In fact, I added the map to world to my website based on the suggestion of a fan who wanted a better way to see it than how it shows up on the kindle (or other E reader) I except emails at email@example.com and you can use the contact page on my website http://marktyson.weebly.com. It is actually me writing back to fans. No one does it for me.
Interviewer: What do you plan to write after the Wielder Cycle and Sacred Land Saga?
Tyson: I have outlined the next series and I had to put it away because it made me so excited I was afraid I wouldn't finish my current projects to get to it. It has nothing to do with anything I am currently writing, it's completely new and I don't want to say too much about it yet because it's still in development. I do have many more works to come in the future!
Interviewer: Thanks for sitting down and taking the time to answer some questions.
Tyson: My pleasure!
Interviewer: Fans, if there are any questions you want me to ask Mr. Tyson please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the contact page located on his website. Thank You!
I should read my own blog! Much of what I said in my last post was repeat. I just didn't realize I had previously said it! I have already talked about why I am re-working the first book of the Wielder series etc. I just gave a little more detail. So, let me give a report that is more along the lines of what my last (progress report) entry should have been.
Nothing is on hold. I am working on The Sacred Land Saga and the Wielder Cycle at the same time. I also have been plotting out a series that I plan to write after I complete the other two. Sacred Land Saga has top priority. I want to get it completed ASAP.
The Sacred Land Saga: I have been debating with myself whether of not to keep the Novelette/Novella book. I could attach it to Protectors (book 3 ) as the first half of the book. However, it is a rather complete story on it's own and it might make book 3 read a little strange. Right now, I still plan to go ahead with it as a Novella but later on (after publication) it may end up as part 1 of book 3. Progress: About half done.
The Wielder Cycle: I am nearing completion of the new Wielder: Apprentice. The plan is to release book #1 and wait until after the Sacred Land Saga is done to release book 2 and 3 (they are planned but not yet written) The chief reason for this is that the Wielder Cycle is about Lady Shey and there is potential for spoilers of elements in the Sacred Land Saga about Lady Shey if I complete it first or at the same time. I am currently trying to make it where you can read either series first and it won't matter but that is pretty difficult to do. At least the spoilers will be centered around Lady Shey's storyline and will not spoil other story lines in the Sacred Land Saga. Progress: About another week of principal writing then it will have to go to the editor etc. No ETA on final completion yet. I will let you all know when it's closer.
A few words about my writing style: I have read hints about my writing style being a little different and I have seen some reviews that hint around it. Let me say a few words to make it clear what I am doing.
My stories are more action/character driven meaning my stories are dialog driven. Teaching high school English, I taught a few books here and there and I watched as my students eye glazed over when reading (I even tried the Hobbit) It seems that the trend is to write heavy metaphors and exposition rather than story. I can write that way but I don't want to, I don't like it. Here is an example:
The steely-eyed FBI agent pulled his weapon from his holster like a roman soldier unsheathing his short sword. He aimed meticulously at the paper target ahead like a lion stalking his prey. He fired his weapon with the precision of a well-oiled machine, clean and cool. etc.
Now the way I would write it:
The FBI agent took his handgun out of his shoulder holster and fired off a few rounds into the paper target across the practice fireing range. He slapped the button at the side of the booth and brought the paper target in closer, two precise rounds to the head and three directly into the chest.
The way I see it is that I said a lot more with plain language than I did with flowery metaphor and simile. Instead of writing more words, I like to make my words count. Yes, it's simpler writing but it's more direct and to the point. As a reader, I find myself skimming a lot of exposition for some action. So, I write for me and the way I want and I invite you to come along with me. I like to build my world through the eyes of my characters as opposed to pages of boring explanation. It's not what some people are used to reading. Some think that a good book needs those clever similes and metaphors to be a good book. To me, that's like saying a kick-started motorcycle is more of a motorcycle than an electronic ignition motorcycle. It seems like a lot of work on the readers side to sludge through all that fluff to me. I hope that gives you some insight. I like clarity in my writing.
There is a lot to cover today so let me get right to it.
First, I want to point out a few new features here on my webpage. A fan contacted me and asked if I would put up the map of the Sacred Land Saga. I said Absolutely! I thought it was a great idea. It's difficult to see in print after Amazon and the formatting gods put the books together. So, from the home page you can go to the pull down menu and find the map. I tried and tried but I could not make the map bigger on my webpage so I uploaded the map to my Flikr account and put the link to it under the map on the map page. Simply cut and paste it into your browser and it will take you to the photo page to view the bigger map.
Second, I encourage everyone who is interested to go to my *home* page on this website and subscribe to get notifications of my next release(s). It's easy, it only takes a second, and I don't spam!
Third, Let me tell you a short story: Back in 2007, while I was writing the first book in the Sacred Land Saga, I wrote a cute little back story for Lady Shey called Wielder: Apprentice. (If you don't know who Lady Shay is go get my books!) My daughter, Kylie and I fell in love with her. So, as an experiment, I released a short novella of the entire back story. No editing, slapped together, it's embarrassing really. Years later, when I was getting ready to publish Defenders of the Sacred Land I made every effort to remove it from sale from any online store still carrying it. Well, that turned out to be nearly impossible and it still shows up occasionally. It is on my Goodreads page and someone gave it a 5 star review! Now that the Sacred land Saga is doing so well, people are actively seeking out my writing and any other of my tiles titles and are finding "GASP" that old version of Wielder: Apprentice! Since about 2011, I have been reworking Wielder: Apprentice as the first novel-length book in a new trilogy I call The Wielder Cycle. I had every intention of releasing it AFTER I finished the Sacred Land Saga. Well, now that people are finding that old, crappy Wielder:Apprentice I decided that I needed to release the new version to replace it. My next two releases will be close to one another. Wielder: Apprentice (Wielder Cycle) and Interlude: Homecoming (Sacred Land) I am not sure which will come first (Probably Wielder). I will work on finishing Interlude while Wielder is with the editor. As an exclusive to you fans who visit my webpage, I am revealing the covers for the new series (although I do not plan to release book two and three of the Wielder Cycle until after I finish the Sacred Land Saga) And I am including the new back cover blurbs. The Wielder Cycle is the story of Lady Shey from the time she was about 14 until she became a master wielder. This series is written a little differently than the Sacred Land Saga because each book is about Lady Shey at different ages and stages in her life. Each book will advance us closer toward (and the series ends with) the War of the Oracle (The war that created the Sacred Land) However, each book's main conflict is resolved before a new story about Lady Shey's development starts up in the next book. To see the new series covers and back cover blurbs go to the menu at the top of this web page select the more... tab and then click on the Books tab.
Mark E Tyson