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Kal’s March 2017 Forecast

March is here… wow.  It’s kind of a shock to say that.  I’ve been busy.  Really, really busy.  Between work, and moving (did I mention I was moving?  Yeah, I’m moving, surprise!), writing, editing, and raising a very active two-and-a-half-year-old… yeah, 2017 is flying by.

I’m mostly done with Ghost Star, the sixth book of the Shadow Space Chronicles.  However, with the sort-of-unexpected move, it’s going to be delayed, unfortunately.  I hope to publish it in May, which is further out than I’d like, but I don’t think I’ll be able to get it completely done, edited, and sent out to beta readers before the end of the month.

In other news, I’m hoping that the move will increase my writing productivity, with (hopefully) an hour less of my day spent in traffic.  I’ve also done the rough outline for the third book of the Fenris/Rising Wolf series.  I’d planned to write it this month, but I’ll fit it in somewhere.

After that, I’m going to write the second book of my YA series: Valor’s Children.  The first book is going to be a big release in June and I’m planning on doing a release party at Liberty Con.  My goal for the series is to have most of the books written so that I can stage their release over a few months.

I’ve also been bitten by the zombie bug.  No details for readers or an expected publication date just yet, but I’ve got around twenty thousand words of <title redacted> written, which is just over a quarter of the book.  Considering I wrote all of that in just three days, it tells you that I’m excited about it.

In other news, I’ll be doing some revisions to the mailing list.  I hope to have those revisions done after I move.  There’s been a delay in the newsletter as a result, but it should be up in April and going full-steam in May.


Valor’s Child Kindle Scout Campaign Final Countdown!

Valor's Child by Kal Spriggs
Valor’s Child by Kal Spriggs

We’re getting into the last three days for the Kindle Scout campaign for Valor’s Child.  What does that mean for you?  Well, this is an opportunity to both help me to get a publishing contract and a chance to get a free book in the process.

For those of you who haven’t seen one of my posts, Valor’s Child is the first book of my new Young Adult series.  I like to describe it as a cross between Ender’s Game and Starship Troopers.

Jiden’s parents barely scrape out a living on the dry, dusty world of Century. Jiden wants more for herself and she is ready to step into a bright future, one which may lead her far from the frontier world of her birth. She’s just got one obstacle: five months of military school. She’ll be away from her friends, subjected to long hours and a crushing work load. Yet as the challenges mount, she finds that there may be more to life besides comfort and security… things like duty and service.

You can find the Kindle Scout campaign here.  All you need is an Amazon account to vote.  As a secondary note, if the campaign doesn’t get selected, I’ll explore some other options as far as publishing/self-publishing.

Valor’s Child on Kindle Scout!

Valor's Child by Kal Spriggs
Valor’s Child by Kal Spriggs

Hello everyone!  Valor’s Child is now on Kindle Scout.  The excerpt there contains the first five thousand words.  Those of you who nominate it (if it gets selected for publishing), will then receive the entire novel for free.

The planet Century lies at the very verge of human space.  It is a frontier world, where hard work is not only essential to survival, it is a way of life.  Jiden knows all about hard work, and she’s ready to buckle down and fulfill her dreams, to rise above her parent’s modest background and to stake her claim and be successful on her own merit. 

Yet there’s one hurdle she has to face, her grandmother insists she attend the Century Military Academy’s Prep School.  She plans to keep her head down, to get past this last obstacle, and then to pursue her dreams.  Yet nothing goes to plan: she becomes the center of controversy, she finds herself drawn into infighting among the other candidates, and worst of all… she finds a resonance within her heart at the ideals of duty and service. 

Remember: your support is what will get this book published.  Please take the time to go to Kindle Scout and nominate it.  Here is the direct link: Valor’s Child on Kindle Scout

Valor’s Child Coming Soon to Kindle Scout

Hello everyone!  I’m happy to announce that Valor’s Child, my military science fiction/space opera young adult novel is coming to Kindle Scout.  I’m really excited about this book, I’ve had some great feedback on it and I hope it will appeal to a broad audience.  The general theme of this series is going to be a cross of Ender’s Game and Starship Troopers.

So what is Kindle Scout?  I’m glad you asked!  Kindle Scout is a publishing service within the umbrella of Kindle.  Basically, Kindle has stepped up things and created their own in-house publisher.  The way it works is actually quite novel: Authors upload their manuscripts to Kindle Scout, where anyone with an Amazon account can view their work.  Those who like it can vote for it (you get up to three votes at a time).  The best part for readers is that if the book they voted for gets selected for publishing, then they’ll receive a free copy when it is published.  That’s right, just for participating you get a free copy.  Pretty cool, huh?

In this way, Kindle Scout is crowd-sourcing books.  What they provide for me as a writer is that they have all the assets of a publisher: they pay for copy-editing and they help to promote the book.

This is something of an experiment to me, so we’ll see how it works.  Hopefully a lot of my readers will check it out.  I’ll post the link on Friday when it goes live. (Edit: It will go live on Saturday 13 Feb)

Edit #2: here’s the link   https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1O90BJY4NZ797

Kal’s February 2016 Forecast

Snow, snow, and more snow…  Oh, wait, that’s the weather channel.

February is here and I’m pleased to say that my YA novel, Valor’s Child, will soon be available on Kindle Scout.  I’ve had great feedback from beta readers on this one and I can’t wait to see what the rest of you think about it.  I’ll be posting on Kindle Scout mid-month and it’ll run a 30 day campaign.  What does that mean for you, dear reader?  Well, it means you have a chance to read a big chunk of the book, to vote for it there on Kindle Scout, and if they pick up the book for publishing, you’ll receive a free copy from Kindle.  I’ll post more about that later, but who doesn’t like free books, right?

In other news, I’m continuing work on Renegades: Origins and I’m beginning work on two additional projects which will be submitted to publishers upon completion.  One of them is a steampunk novel (I did some worldbuilding for it here) and the other is an origin story on some of the most powerful psychics in the Shadow Space Universe.  As soon as I finish off this Renegades novel, those are next on the plate.

Speaking of Renegades, I’m also considering doing an anthology for the universe with collected short stories from a variety of authors.  I’ll post more about that at a later date, but right now it’s a strong possibility.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading!