First Draft Complete

Happy news today: the first draft of Book Three is complete! We finished the initial composition a few weeks ago, and have been attending to an initial round of revisions. Most of these were small things that changed along the way, so we had to go back and make the beginning of the book consistent with the changes. With these revisions, and a few more additions, we are ready to call it a complete draft.

For perspective: books 1 and 2 were each around 165,000 words in length. In first draft form, book 3 is now over 248,000 words! This will get trimmed down during revisions and edits, but it is definitely a significantly longer volume.

At this point, Buk Tri is headed off to alpha readers. Their initial impressions will shape the direction the book takes, before it moves on to beta readers and rounds of revisions to come. We are excited to jump into this next stage, and soon, to share the story with you!



Update + Camp NaNo

Book Three is coming along at a nice clip! I’ve just updated our progress bar to 75% completion of our first draft.

Up until last week, I was happily able to report that I had written every day since the first of November. NaNoWriMo gave me great momentum, and we’ve been quite steady in our progress.

This past week, my entire family was sick. My baby vomited for 9 days straight, if you can believe it, and my older son is still fighting off the tail end of this nasty virus. Needless to say, I had a few days last week where I was unable to work on the book.

But I’m happy to say that we’re mostly better, and I’ve resumed work. Sam and I are very happy with where the book is at right now, and we’re eager to complete the first draft.

On that score, I wanted to announce that I am planning to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo, which is taking place in April. I really enjoy Camp! It is much like National Novel Writing Month (run by the same organization, naturally) with a few differences–participants are not limited to novels. Any type of writing is welcome. And there is no specific word count requirement. In fact, this time around, you can set goals in hours, pages, or lines, in addition to words.

My goal is to complete our first draft during Camp NaNoWriMo. It feels totally doable, and I’m determined! I hope that you will cheer us on. The best way to check in, if you’re interested in how it’s going, is with me on Twitter, @mamavalerius. Hopefully we will have big news before long!


Life, the Universe & Everything

We are excited to be appearing again this year at Life, the Universe & Everything. This science fiction & fantasy symposium is one of our favorite events of the year. If you are a SF/F fan or aspiring writer and you’ll be in the Provo area next weekend, you should definitely come check it out. Some of our favorite authors will be there, including Brandon Sanderson, Orson Scott Card, and others. We will be on several panels, including one on how to make up martial arts, how to write action sequences, and co-authoring do’s and don’ts. We will also be participating in the mass book signing on Friday evening, where you’ll be able to purchase or bring copies of our books to be signed.

Hope to see you there!

Holiday eBook Giveaway!

In the spirit of the holidays, we are giving a gift to all our Facebook fans: a free eBook copy of The Tale of Telsharu!

Simply visit our Facebook page, The Tales of the Seventh Empire (‘like’ the page while you’re there!) to get the download code and instructions. Hurry, though, the giveaway only lasts until Friday the 13th!

Feel free to spread the holiday cheer, this gift is for one and all!

Orem Book Signing

Join us this Wednesday, December 4th from 7:30-8:30pm at the Orem Public Library for a book signing and release party for The Scourge of Narak. We are excited to share Book Two with you! A limited number of copies of both The Tale of Telsharu and The Scourge of Narak will be available for sale; you can also bring your own copies to be signed. We look forward to seeing you there!

Pictures from this week


Goodreads Giveaway

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Two copies of The Tale of Telsharu are up for grabs in a Goodreads Giveaway! The giveaway lasts until December 18th, and is a random draw made by Goodreads. If you would like to try your luck, click here!

PS: Goodreads members, have you posted a review of Telsharu? If not, now is the time!