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Clarifying the Situation re: Inception Point

ARead Inception Point for FREE on Wattpadfter the mass of questions and complaints I’ve received over the past couple of weeks, I feel I should clarify the situation with Astronomicon: Inception Point and Astronomicon: The Beginning.

 

I believe the simplest way I can put it is: “Inception Point” is a completely new book, written to directly replace “The Beginning” as the first book in the Astronomicon series. It has not yet replaced it as it is not finished.

 

To make this totally clear, here is a list of things that are NOT the case:

  • You do not have to decide whether to read “The Beginning” or “Inception Point” first. They fill the same slot in the series and “The Beginning” will be retiring completely soon.
  • You cannot read the first 10 chapters of “The Beginning” then jump to chapter 11 of “Inception Point”. They are different books with hugely varying stories. Chapters in them are NOT interchangeable.
  • There’s no point complaining when reading “Inception Point” that things are different from how you remember them in “The Beginning”. They are DIFFERENT books, with different stories.
  • “Inception Point” is NOT an edited/enhanced version of “The Beginning”. It’s a new book.
  • I will NOT keep BOTH novels on Amazon as that would be hugely confusing for readers.
  • If you’ve already purchased “The Beginning” (which was and IS free BTW), then you can’t have Inception Point for free. It’s a different book and it’s NOT free (Although 99p is pretty cheap!).
  • No, I will not rewrite “Inception Point” to include your favourite scene from “The Beginning” – that would not make any sense.
  • No, I am not writing “Behemoth”. That is on hold until I finish “Inception Point”. I will announce when work begins again there.
  • No, the characters in “Inception Point” don’t all have the same names as “The Beginning”, nor are they all the same characters. Some have been removed, some replaced. It’s a different book!

I’m still posting a chapter per day on Wattpad, so it won’t be long before the entire “Inception Point” novel is complete.


Don’t tell me how good I am!

StarsIt’s SO hard to write this article without sounding ungrateful, so I want to stress, right from the beginning, that I am extremely grateful for all the support and positive feedback from my readers. It keeps me going and encourages me to write more.

Almost every day I get messages from readers praising my writing, telling me how much they enjoyed reading my work and, usually, urging me to write the next book, reveal the next chapter or let them know how the story will go in future. It’s lovely, and great for my ego, but fundamentally they are telling the wrong person!

Most authors feel like they are shouting into the void. We announce new works and hardly anyone reads them. We ask for feedback and only a tiny (but hugely valuable!) percentage reply. We want to be read but there are SO many other authors expecting the same that we just get lost in the crowd. It’s hard for readers to pick out the works worth reading when the good stuff is buried amongst the stuff that still needs work.

If every compliment that arrived in my inbox was, instead, a recommendation sent to a friend, a review posted on Amazon or a positive comment posted on social media, I would be able to spend a lot less time promoting my work and more time actually writing.

If you want to see more Astronomicon books, if you want to see the next one launched sooner rather than later, then don’t tell me about it – Tell everyone else!


35,000 Words into Astronomicon #1

Whilst I didn’t finish the NaNoWriMo challenge this year, it did get me 35,000 words on the way to completing the rewrite of the first Astronomicon novel. That’s not bad progress. It’s shown me that it’s entirely possible to squeeze in 500-1000 words per day most days of the week, so I can keep some momentum going until the book is finished.

Unlike the original, this new one will not be perma-free. There are SO many free books out there these days that most people equate free with poor quality. I’ll be pricing it at Amazon’s minimum of 99p (99c) but running a bunch of free days immediately after launch so people who already have the original version but want to see the new one, don’t have to pay.

I’m most pleased with the pacing of the new version. The original had some patches which were too slow and not particularly interesting. This one is structured very differently and makes it a drastically more exciting ride for the reader. This left me with some problems with character development. I have had to be someone covert with the character development, weaving it discretely into the action and brief conversations as the long, evening conversations of the original just don’t happen in this one.

With things getting busier the closer we get to Christmas, I’m most unlikely to finish it this year, but I’m hoping to be posting chapters on Wattpad before the end of January 2020. I’ll post updates here and do a big announcement as soon as the new version launches. The Amazon release will follow a few weeks later.


#NaNoWriMo2019

Latest design of the ElysianWell, I didn’t finish my planning before the beginning of November, but that’s okay – I’ll plough on into writing it anyway. I’ll just have to fill in the holes in my planning as I go along. It’s hard to predict how long the book will be but the original was 125,500 words but I expect this one to be a little shorter, maybe more like 90-100,000 words. The challenge will be hitting that during November! I’ll need to average over 3300 words per day, every day, without fail. That’s going to be tough!

I must also come up with a new cover to match the new Elysian design. I’ve built a 3D model of the new ship but with nowhere near enough detail to render up for a book cover. My 3D design skills are not good enough for that job, so I need to come up with an alternative plan for that. There won’t be a cover reveal until I’ve sort that one.

The new ship design is a coup for me. The original Elysian in the first edition of “The Beginning” was more akin to a miniature Battlestar Galactica than anything realistic. The new version (shown in the illustration here) is very nearly within our construction capabilities now. It’s over 20 years since I wrote the original novel and I expected our space technology to have moved on somewhat further than it has by now. Clearly, the original Elysian will not be possible in 2037 but this new design should be creatable within the next 18 years. Sadly, I see no intention by any country to populate other star systems. Everyone seems set to just continue in worsening pollution and poverty until we are strangled by our own uncontrolled overpopulation.

On a lighter note, there’s a new title for the book too. I’m keeping that secret for now as it might yet change. With the extra workload, I’m not going to be posting or tweeting much this month, but don’t worry, I haven’t given up. I’ll try to post occasional updates on my progress to compensate. If you’d like to support me on Patreon while I achieve this project, please click here for more information.