Another 20,000 words edited today.
The first 20,000 words are edited and the prologue is done.
Now that all of the versions of Goetic Justice on the various stores and websites are up to parity, and I’ve had a bit of a rest, I’m beginning editing work on the Autumn War. I’m aiming for a schedule of 20,000 words a day, with an ETA of 26 days, but due to the extreme length of the story, I will likely need to take rest days here and there to prevent burnout. As such, it will almost certainly end up a little longer than that estimate.
The Goetic Justice audiobook has passed quality control and is currently being distributed to retailers. I don’t mean to keep teasing you guys, I just have no control over the process once the files have been sent off to the distributor. As soon as it goes live and is available for purchase, it’ll be in your hands and inside your ears. I will of course need to take a day off editing to handle the launch.
Just an FYI, since the Autumn War is being restructured into four volumes (and four separate pages on the site), I will be removing the draft story from the website at some point. If you’re still reading through the draft version or you want to keep it for any reason, I would recommend downloading it or saving it pretty soon.
For the time being, you’ll be able to follow the editing progress here: https://snekguy.com/stories/pinwheel/the-autumn-war/
The featured artwork is by SickJoe: https://www.deviantart.com/sickjoe
Here’s another collection of fanart pieces that readers have submitted recently. I always love seeing this stuff, so keep them coming!
The first one we have today is a really impressive Jump Freighter made from Lego, which was submitted by DapperTrapinch. He included a little animation of the ship being constructed, as well as a more detailed render with lighting effects, which you can see below:
The use of those little bricks to make the shipping containers is really creative, and I think it’s an awesome little project.
Next up we have a portrait of Mizi from The Rask Rebellion, depicted beside her trusty Timberwolf in the Dune Sea. It’s cool to see some artwork of this character, and I like the big wheel behind her (as well as the oversized wrench!)
This is another submission by Quake-1, and you can check out more of their content over here (NSFW): https://www.furaffinity.net/user/quake-1/
The updated version of Goetic Justice has been posted on the site, and the new ebooks are available for purchase (also available at the Broker tier via the Patreon). If you already bought a copy on Amazon or Smashwords, it will update to the new version automatically. You can check it out and find the relevant links over here:
If you do happen to buy a copy, please leave a review! Those algorithms are all engagement-based, so it helps my visibility immensely.
The audiobook has been uploaded to the distributor and is waiting to go through quality control. Once that’s done, I can officially launch it. The new MEGA file repository is also ready to go, as is the updated version of the ebook with the rewrite and the new cover. I uploaded the new version to Amazon and Smashwords, so if you own a copy on there, it should be updated automatically within 72 hours. I’ll upload the new version to the Patreon and the site tomorrow, as it’s pretty late now. I’ll probably launch the MEGA tomorrow too.
After a full year in the making, The Autumn War is finally finished! It clocks in at an eye-watering 514,414 words. I estimate that it will take approximately 26 days to edit, so we’re on the final stretch. If you’ve been patient thus far, I recommend waiting just a little longer before jumping in so that you can read the most polished version.
I never really intended for the story to get this large, I just did what felt right and gave the characters all of the development that I thought they needed. It’ll go through some small changes in editing, and I’m sure there will be some trimming here and there, but I’m very happy with how it turned out overall. Needless to say, I do not intend to make a habit of writing stories this large. I’m looking forward to the next project being mercifully small and simple.
So, what’s next?
Before I start editing, I need to get the Goetic Justice audiobook published and into your hands. It’s uploaded and ready to go on the new MEGA account that I set up, I just need to go through the process of uploading it to my distributor before I can officially release it. It’ll be available to all Broker patrons day one, DRM-free, and it will start going live on various storefronts over the following weeks. Amazon are dicks about uploading stuff to Audible, so I have no ETA and no control over when it goes live on that platform, but I will alert you as soon as it’s available there. I expect it will take me two days at the most to get all of that done.
After that, editing, which should take about a month. My plan is to edit the whole story in one go, then to release it in four volumes of roughly 130,000 words each, give or take. When Autumn War is finalized, I have half a dozen other stories that have been waiting months for editing so they can be made into retail ebooks, so I’ll be doing all of those. That should also take about a month, so we’re looking at a good two months of editing. For that reason, I will be releasing the Autumn War volumes one week apart over the course of a month, which should ensure that the content drought isn’t too painful and that you all have plenty to read while I take care of the rest of the editing. There will be more retail releases and updated stories during that period as I work through my queue, too.
In the future, I will be prioritizing retail ebooks regardless of what else I’m working on to avoid having them stack up like this again.
When all of the boring stuff is over with, I can start the next project! The next story in the pipeline is Savannah Heat, which takes place in a new urban fantasy setting that I’ve developed. It features mythical creatures such as Werewolves, Dragons, and Oni living side-by-side with humans in a contemporary, modern world that has adapted to their presence. Harpies perch on traffic lights, Fauns do yoga in the park, and Centaurs clog the bike lanes. The story will follow a human who lands himself a Werewolf roommate with a bad attitude and a love of grunge bands. As much as they argue and fight, the full moon brings unexpected changes to their relationship.
There’s a lot more cool shit coming this year, so I hope you’ll stay tuned!
Final update, new content at “You already got me off again, if you were too distracted to notice.”
2000 word update, new content at “I bet I could see my reflection in that thing,”
Almost done, tomorrow’s update will be the last one.
2000 word update, new content at “You’re so smooth,”