Month: October 2019

October 2019 Update

After around 2500 hours of work, my first full novel has finally been released! If you (or someone you know) would be interested in an epic-length coming-of-age fantasy, you can check it out through the universal link here.

Release-Day Jitters

If you work on a project for a long time, you get attached to it. And when it’s time for that beloved project to go out into the world, it’s not unusual to experience a momentary surge of panic. What if the advance readers forget to post their reviews? What if the advance readers hated it and I get all one-star reviews? What if no one wants to buy it at all? What if a major error slipped past my 200+ rounds of editing?

Whatever happens, I love this book and nothing could make me regret writing it. The only thing I might regret in the future is how much time and money I spent trying to get it perfect. But for now, I’m content to enjoy the moment for what it is.

Indie Book Review Project

Last month, I decided to restart my indie book review project. I’ve been reading and rating my followers’ books since I joined Twitter, but I haven’t had a lot of time to write proper reviews. The friendly writing community gave me a list of over 300 recommendations, and I’ll be slowly working my way through about 130 of them. At the time of writing this post, I’ve published seven reviews, written another one for an ARC, and given private reviews to two writers who asked for feedback.

The reason I’m doing this is twofold. Firstly, I know what it feels like to be an indie author. I know how much work goes into writing a novel, and I know how amazing it feels when someone tells you they’ve read and enjoyed what you’ve written. If I can bring that joy to other authors, then that makes me happy too. Secondly, there are some FANTASTIC indie authors out there. It’s exciting to discover someone and be a part of their journey from the beginning, especially if they write better than some of the “big names.”

Current Writing Projects

The Rabbit in the Moon. Since my last update, I’ve finished the second draft of this book. It’s a bit of a disaster still, but it’s less of a disaster than it was before. I’m currently doing a lot of research on scuba diving and integrating it into the appropriate chapters.

Short Stories. I’ve written six short stories since my last update, all in varying stages of completion. I’m planning to workshop two of them with a professional writing coach next month. Hopefully, the feedback I get will guide me closer to the SFWA markets.

Untitled new project. I know, I know. I shouldn’t be working on any more projects when I already have so many on the go. But this one is all shiny and new, and it’s flowing onto the page so easily that I couldn’t very well ignore it, could I? My plan is to work on this novel and RITM at the same time, alternating whenever I get stuck.

That’s all the news I have for this month. I’ll be unavailable for the next week or so due to surgery, but I’ll respond to any emails after I recover. Have a great October, everyone.


J.R. Schuyler