So we are pretty much epic failures this year – I have to give a big fat apology to all you fans. The last post was in May of 2013 and that is simply unacceptable. Allow me to tell you all what’s going on.
First, some major changes are going on with my life. I started my own law practice with my brother just in the last couple of the weeks which will hopefully allow me more time to write. I’ve been working 60 to 70 hour weeks for the last two years. I am starting my own business so that hopefully I have more time for family, friends and of course, writing. I am re-committing myself to the storytelling craft with providing regular updates, tweeting, Facebooking and stories. Your patience will be rewarded I promise. I’ve got a lot of stuff left in me and hopefully when it finally drops you will love reading it as much as I love writing it.
Here is the break down of what is happening in the creative world.
House of Grey Volume 7- I am about 70% done with the first draft of the House of Grey Volume 7 - I am going to try to push through and get it done by the end of May and spend june editing with maybe a July release. This is my goal hopefully you can cheer me on in this endeavor.
House of Grey AUDIO production – Chris has been really in demand in the last year. Many authors with many a book that have paid him a lot of money to associate with his craft. I know that many of you want an audio version of the House of Grey to come out. All I can say is it is coming (I encourage you to simply bug Chris. Ha! He is going to love me for that)
Harmonics – the fourth book in the Harmonics series is proving more complicated then Chris and I originally anticipated which has resulted in delay. However, we’ve reinvigorated our efforts on this one. Chris is doing a bang up job. Really putting out some words per minute. I am hoping we have the next book done by the end of the year.
Daniel Knight – This story is really blowing up. The mythologies, the magic system, the long term theory of the world are all down on paper. This series is quickly becoming one of my most exciting projects. I’ve already got 4 chapters written so stay tuned.
Again, we are re-focuing our effort on getting content to you. Please stay tuned and check back because in no uncertain terms I am back at it and hopefully I will be better than ever.
Wow Balticon is already here – crazy – simply crazy. So there are going to be some differences this year. First ,I am not working the anime people (Not a good experience me for me last year) and Mr. Nick Taylor is not going to be there. (Of course which makes me sad) Some positives though this year. Chris and I are getting out to Baltimore early this year. We are flying out early Wednesday and will be around until late on Monday. Our good friend Mr. Patrick Griffin is also going to be join us. He is a Balticon newbie so this will be a righteous experience for him. So here is the schedule for right now:
This could be updated as the literary track becomes available:
Friday – May 24, 2013
5 pm NM-32 Professionalism and the Emergent Writer with KT Bryski, AL Davroe, John Mierau, and Mur Lafferty
6 pm NM-4 Balticon Indie Spirit and What Makes Us Tick with PG Holyfield, James Durham, Alicia Goranson, and Patrick Scaffido
Saturday - May 25, 2013
10 am ePublishing with Chris Snelgrove, Paul Cooley, John Mierau, and Nobilis Reed
2 pm NM-30 Writing Real Children with Gail Z Martin, KT Bryski, and Allison Gamblin
5 pm NM-39 Put Together the Total Package with Starla Huchton and Allison Gamblin
Sunday May 26, 2013
10 am NM-28 Business of Being An Author with Gail Z Martin, AL Davroe, John Miearau, PC Haring, Allison Gamblin, Myke Cole, and Stephanie Burke.
2 pm NM-41 Jake Bible We Hardly Knew Ye: The Current State of Podcast Fiction with John Mierau, Alicia Gorason, Jay Smith, Mur Lafferty, and Nobilis Reed
3 pm NM-52 Steps to Successful Self Publishing with Jennifer Zyren Smith, Cecilia Tan, Betsy Riley, and Allison Gamblin
5 pm NM-42 Social Media Promotion with Pamela Gay, John Mierau, and Randy Chertkow
8 pm NM-29 From Page to Pod with KT Bryski, Alicia Goranson, Chris Lester, Paul Cooley, and PC Haring
Monday May 27, 2013
10 am NM-31 Introvert’s Guide To Social Media with KT Bryski, Renee Chambliss, Hugh O’Donnell, Allison Gamblin, and Zan Rosin
11 am NM-50 Branding your work for success with Allison Gamblin
Please if any of you out there have an inclination to speak to little old me. Please feel free. Always up for meeting new people.
Just real quick – the House of Grey and Harmonics are going through ANOTHER edit, this one by a separate line editor. After re-reading the third volume of the HOG and Harmonics: Revelations, it is totally needed. So you will be seeing that here. Remember to tell a friend about the books. (Thought I would throw that in for good measure)
So this is quite the occasion for Chris and Iâ€¦the final volume of The House of Grey is in edits as we speak.Â The editor is finishing up edits and the cover art is already complete. The book should be back to Chris and I by the 27th of November and an omnibus version of The House of Grey Arc 1: The Coren University Arc, should be out shortly after. So after 8 years of messing around with this first part of The House of Grey story, we are finally going to put it to bed, get a bit of closure before the next part of the story and you will finally find out what happens to Monson. Still a lot of story left to tell, but for myself especially, I am feeling the accomplishment and am thankful I have made it this far with all of your support.
So on to the reason behind this post. We are doing some celebrating in the form of an ebook, audiobook and paperback give away. We are also going to follow up with a blog tour set for next month. Some super exciting stuff for us to celebrate the coming of the new year and you can help and win some sweet stuff in the mean time.
NEWSLETTER-GIVE-AWAY â€“ this is the easiest give away to win. Everyone who enters wins! Period. All you have to do is have your name on the Newsletter list and you do that by going to www.CollinEarl.com and look for the â€œContact Collinâ€ boxâ€“ put in your email and your name and BAM! â€“ you are entered and you WILL win. Your prize is a free omnibus version of The House of Grey valued at $18. It can’t get any easier than that.
GOODREADS GIVE AWAY â€“ this is a chance to win one of five paper back copies of The House of Grey. I am only doing five and the only way to get in on this action is to be part of GOODREADS. I will update with a post when it is complete.
Facebook Super Fan â€“ the winner of this book gets the only House of Grey Arc 1 HARDBACK Book in existence signed by me with a video with a personal thank you from me.Â You will also receive a dedication on the front of The House of Grey Omnibus ebook and paperback, plus a CD with every one of Collin Earl and Chris Snelgrove’s books to date, plus be a beta reader and receive an e- version for the rest of Collinâ€™s career. All you have to do is show me what a super fan would do. It can be a blog post, a video, anything that shows your love for The House of Grey. Submit your super fan event, item, poem or the like to Collin@houseofgreybook.com and I will pick the winner! Simple.
Lastly, thank you to everyone that has read and listened to the book. We could not have done this without you.
Collin J. Earl.
Author of The House of Grey
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