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Author of the Saga of Ukumog discusses the challenges of being an author, the tools and processes he uses while writing, and sometimes posts something completely unrelated. This blog is the author exposed.

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Shadow of a Pyramid

Louis Puster

Right.

So, the Shadow of a Pyramid story got a little longer than I expected. My goal was a short story, and as Morgan, my editor, pointed out, "Once you cross 20,000 words it is technically a novella."

I had planned on putting the story up on this site as a something people could come and read here, but now it seems a little long for this format. A narrowly formatted page on this site might not be a great way to read it. Instead I have decided to release it in eBook and paperback.

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Poll: Wait or no?

Louis Puster

Hey Folks, You may or may not know that Book 2 is actually at the publisher as of me typing this, and that I am working on a new edition of  Book 1: Wracked.

Book 2: Desecrated actually has a proof headed my way, and as soon as I approve it, it will become available.  Digital versions might be delayed slightly behind the paperback versions, sorry Kindle, Nook, and iPad folks.

Book 1, however, is still on my laptop waiting for me to finish editing and making the changes for the new edition.  The problem is that I keep adding more words!

My original idea was to wait until they were both done, and release them on the same day.  I thought that would be a great thing to have the new art done by the talented Chandler Kennedy, the new help with words by my good friend Morgan A McLaughlin McFarland, and even the new maps in the front cover for both books available at the same time - but I am eager to let you folks see the book.

So, I'm torn.  Do I wait until they are both ready, or do I let the second book hit the shelves a few weeks before the new first one?  What do you think?

Frustrations and accomplishments

Louis Puster

Hi folks! It has been quite some time since I updated the blog here.  Those of you who follow me on other social media or twitter might have gotten an inking of what is happening with the books.  So let me put it all officially here.

Book 2 is complete, for the most part.  It is not yet available because I decided to do two things:

  1. Create a map for the world setting
  2. Have my new editor go over Wracked and re-release it along with Book 2

Item 2 also has had a great deal of progress.  It is merely waiting for me to do the final pass over the edits and then layout the book.

The first item is where my frustration lies.

Over the past few months, I have been working with both Illustrator and Photoshop to create a vast map of the entire world.  My goal was to use vector images to give me the freedom of putting pieces of the map in books instead of the whole thing.  The reason for this is simple:  Each book is part of the great puzzle of the story, and so too should the maps be.  In theory my goal was something very doable, reasonable even.  In practice I have learned a lot about the way these programs and image types work together.  Unfortunately this has led to hours upon hours of work that have turned out half useless.

So, now I am shaking off the disappointment of my failures and soon I will move forward with the maps to give the books, and their readers, the content they richly deserve.

I only ask that you bear with me as I try to bring more of the dark world that hums in my thoughts to life.