July/August Update

I can’t believe it’s August already. The past few months have passed in a blur of editing and excessive chocolate consumption, but I’ve finally finished The Gloaming!

The release date will be announced very, very soon, and the cover reveal will take place at the same time. Pre-orders will also go up at that time, so if you’re really keen, you can get in ahead of the game and have it automatically delivered to your e-reading device on release day. I’ll post the link as soon as it’s available.

Blurb Writing

I’ve been working on the blurb for The Gloaming over the past month or so, and I’m finally happy with it. Well, mostly happy with it. Depending on reader feedback, I might make some more changes. But for now, it’s fine as it is.

Some of my wonderful Twitter followers helped me to make the blurb FAR better than it would have been otherwise, and I’m immensely grateful to them. While I couldn’t use all of their feedback for this particular project, I carefully considered every piece of advice and wrote it down for future reference.

Short Stories

While I was waiting for The Gloaming to come back from the editor, I took some time to start submitting my short stories again. I’m pleased to announce that Marked for Life was sold to Aurealis Magazine!

To be honest, I nearly passed out when I saw the news. I’d gotten really positive feedback from the slush readers (seriously, I almost cried because of how nice they were), but I still didn’t expect to actually get in. It seemed like an impossible dream. Now it’s a dream come true. 🙂

Beta Reading

Last month, I had the pleasure of beta reading an upcoming book by one of my favourite authors: Jeremy Bates. I would describe his earlier work as atmospheric horror, and while I don’t write horror, his ability to capture the essence of a scene has been strongly influential in my own writing. His new book, which is based on the Russian Sleep Experiment creepypasta, will be out on August 27. If that sounds like something you might be interested in, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Goal Update

  1. Publish The GloamingI’m on track to succeed with this one. The release date has been set and almost everything is in place. I just need to get the manuscript typeset (my formatting team is doing this right now), upload the final file to each site, and finish off the cover (i.e. change the spine width based on the final page count).
  2. Overcome my aversion to marketing. I’ve made definite progress on this one, too. I read a brilliant book about the subject, and it’s completely changed my perspective. I’m going to write a blog post about it at some point.
  3. Finish The Rabbit in the Moon & start querying. I haven’t made any more progress towards this goal. Will I finish it before the end of the year? Maybe. But I seriously doubt I will be ready to query, and I don’t want to rush things if it’s not up to par. We’ll see what happens.
  4. Sell 3+ short stories to SFWA-approved markets. To be honest, I think this goal was a little too ambitious. The rejections I’ve received so far have been positive and encouraging, but I think my writing skills are not quite good enough to crack the pro markets yet. Does that mean I’m giving up? Absolutely not. It’s important for writers to approach their craft fearlessly. After all, if you don’t try, you’ll never succeed. So with that in mind, I will keep submitting until I achieve this goal, whether it’s in a year, two years, or ten years.
  5. Get better at writing endings. While I haven’t mastered endings yet, I can definitely say that I’ve improved. The trick, I’ve found, is to plan the final lines early on (around the same time I plan the first few lines). I’m going to stay mindful of this in the future.

That’s all the news I have for now, but I’ll post again when pre-orders open for The Gloaming. And maybe before then if I don’t get insanely busy again.

Sincerely,

J.R. Schuyler

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