Monday, July 1, 2019

July 2019

Well June is past and July is upon us. That means legalized explosives where I live. If I survive the 4th of July, I'm sure you will all be happy. June was a quiet month, the only big news was AW7 Audio from Podium publishing went live on the 25th. Here's the link:
DARKHAND

What's coming in July besides me playing with explosives? Well let's get this month rolling shall we.

First Binding Words 3: Hearthglen is live and here are the most common links for it.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TRJQZ3G
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07TRJQZ3G
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07TRJQZ3G
https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07TRJQZ3G

The good news to go along with that book release, is that Andrea Parsneau will be picking the audio narration back up. That's right folks we still get Andie for this series, celebrate with me. The bad news for that though is Andie is swamped with work, which is great for her. Andie is my overall top narrator and I try to get her to do all my books, sadly as stated above she is swamped with work, because she is amazing. What that means for us is that she won't start recording the audio until August, which will push the audio being live into late September or even early October. I'm okay with the wait though, because Andie will make it well worth the wait.

And the audio front which has dominated this blog post so far, July will also see the release of AG4: Elven Accord. I don't have a date for it yet, because that's at the whim of ACX and Audible. Tess Irondale reprises her role as the narrator of that series. Tess had big shoes to step into when she took over the series when Andie stepped away from it, but she did an amazing job, and does so again with this book. Tess will be the narrator for the series going forward, unless something unforeseen happens.

That was all the super big news. But we still have a few odds and ends to hit up.

The next Live Chat on Facebook will be July 15th, at 5 P.M. PST, or is that PDT now? Meh you get the idea. I'll be giving away prizes as normal, and answering questions and generally chatting with you all to thank you for being fans.

Another note, is that I've booked room and flight plans for Dragoncon. I will be there this year, it was a little up in the air for a couple of months, but I'm going to make it now. This will be touched upon again in the next two months blogs as well. More so as Septembers will probably be a little late because of Dragoncon.

That's all I can think of for this month. Thanks for giving me a few minutes of your time, I hope you enjoy all the audio goodness as well as BW3: Hearthglen.

Until next month,
Daniel Schinhofen

Saturday, June 1, 2019

June 2019

I swear May had just started, but it's over and now we're on to June. Time seems to be moving faster then I can keep up with at times. Truthfully though it was probably due to all the stuff that was going on last month. That's all water under the bridge now though, let's look forward to what June has to offer.
Okay first one more thing, over 30 prizes were given away last month between Patreon's 2 year anniversary giveaway and the giveaway on Facebook for my 1 year fulltime writer anniversary. I just barely got them all shipped too. I'll be doing the standard giveaways during the live chat's, but the big events will get special giveaways in the future too, but maybe not so many prizes next time.

Speaking of giveaway's let's get info for this month rolling. June's Facebook Live Chat will be held on the 15th at 8 PM PST. A later time and on a weekend, hopefully this will get more people to attend the chat, we shall have to see.

For audio we have AG4: Elven Accord starting to be recorded by Tess Irondale, I hope to have that ready sometime in July.
AW7: Darkhand audio should be up later this month or early next, Podium gave me a tentative date of the 27th, but it hasn't been confirmed yet.

For ebooks, well AG4: Elven Accord went out on May 15th, if you missed it here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RWLZF52
That is why June is going to be barren for me. If things stay on schedule though I'll be able to move Binding Words 3 from it's expected date of August 1st to sometime in July, pay attention to Twitter, Facebook, and the like for updates on that, though I hope to have the beta for BW3 started before June ends.

Patreon is currently getting chapters of BW3 to read, sadly the rough artwork has slowed down some, I'm trying to get them posted every other Sunday at this time, but it'll all come down to what the artist gives me. If any of you are artists and want to gift me fan art, I will likely feature them on them on a Sunday as well, just be aware that gives me the right to use the images for Patreon at the very least.

I did mention BW3, and audio books, and I know some of you have to be wondering if Andrea is going to be back for book 3. At this time we have an agreement in place, so unless something goes wonky it should be a go, much to my relief. I'm entirely happy that Andie is continuing on with this series, and hope she will do so for the entire series.

For those wondering about production schedule I'll give you a heads-up here. next is BW3, slated for August 1st, but more then likely out in July. Following that is AW8, which is going to be the last Alpha World book, and that is slated for October. I'd love to get it out faster, but AW8 is a thick book over 160k words, which means it'll need extra love by the editors as opposed to my standard 100k books. Following AW8 is the first book of a new series, name TBD at this time, release slated for December.

I know that got your attention, and you are probably wondering about this new series. It is loosely based on tabletop rpg mechanics, but is a portal fantasy for a group of friends. Its a bit of a departure from my other series in that there is no romance angle in the 1st book at all, no idea if that will change as the series goes on but there it is. A mostly safe for late-teens story, wouldn't recommend it to kids still has adult themes in it, but clean in the sex regard at least. I'll talk more about it as time goes on as I'm currently writing it.

I think that about wraps up the talk this month. Thank you all for stopping by again to hear what is going on. I'll be taking at least 2 days off this month for my dad's birthday and father's day, but other then that I should be full steam ahead.

See you in July.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May 2019

Here we are at the beginning of May. I swear this year is going by faster then any previous year. Okay, let's jump into all the stuff to talk about, or I'll get sidetracked by something random.

First we should hit the sad news. Alpha World 8 has been written, it ends the series. Before editing it sits at 162,000-ish words, making it my longest book to date, surpassing Last Horizon: Beta which should have been two books. Now before you all get your hopes up let's talk editing.

Currently AG4 is being edited, but it will be with my beta readers in the next week or two, which puts it on track for a June 1st release, or possibly even earlier. As soon as my editors hand that off to beta readers they will be digging into BW3. When they finish that they will then get to AW8, which puts it at an October release at the moment, though that could get moved back considering the length of the book.

I am having an editor also take the short stories from my patreon page, as well as another one that is unpublished, and give them some love. I'll be putting that Anthology up after AW8 is published.

Now before you all start asking, Delta World isn't happening right now. I have my notes for what that will be, but that story is going to wait. In fact the whole slated release schedule will be bumped after AW8 publishes.

Why you are probably asking, well that's because following AW8 will be the first of a new series. Name still pending for it, but it will be a group of table top gamers who end up in another world, that mimics a lot of the rules from the game. AG5 and BW4 will follow that book, and then we'll rotate around like I would normally.

Okay let's answer the question about audio for AW7, it's in the hands of Podium. Which normally means 3 months for the audio book, so a late June or July release is likely, but I don't have a firm date from them yet, so it could fluctuate, I'll keep you posted.

Now for some new stuff. I have two books finally up as physical books. Binding Words 1 & 2 are now available for purchase.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/172671084X
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1095595520
Those links will take you to Amazon to purchase them.
I know some of you are asking about signed copies. I'm not selling them, not yet, maybe not for awhile as that will take some logistics to make work. However I might include them in the big giveaways.

Big giveaways you ask. This moth marks my 2 year Anniversary with Patreon and my 1 year Anniversary as a fulltime writer. Patreon supporters are getting a special giveaway for them. My fulltime writer giveaway will be handled via Facebook. Both of those have the chance of signed copies of books. The next one will be in October to mark my Anniversary as a Published Author.

I think that's everything but the Monthly Live Chat on Facebook. It will be May 14th at 2PM PST. I'll be giving away the usual prizes for that, not likely to include signed books.

That's it folks, you all have a great month, and I'll be back in June with more information, not the least of which should be the news that AG4 is live.

Monday, April 1, 2019

April 2019

Man, that month went by too fast. March was a pain in the ass. Let's digress into life issues for a moment. My best friend's dad died this month, that sucked. Losing a loved one is always hard, family doubly so. I had a plumbing issue that took a full week and 2 plumbers to solve, needless to say the first plumber will never get my business again. The good thing this month was purchasing the land I plan to build a home on.

Okay now that we've done life shit, let's get to the part you all really want to know about, books and audio.

Binding Words 2: Life Bonds is out on audio, preformed by the lovely and talented Andrea Parsneau. I was thrilled to have her once again voice the characters there. If you enjoyed her first rendition in the series you'll love the second.
https://www.audible.com/pd/Life-Bonds-Audiobook/B07PW4LZJH

The next big news is that Alpha World 7: Darkhand is now live for you to read.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NX328XT
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NX328XT
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07NX328XT
https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07NX328XT

Those are the two big things to speak about first. The big news isn't over though, I'm almost done writing Alpha World 8 at this point, and it is the last book of the alpha World Series. I know that makes a lot of you sad, but I have many more stories to come, so please stay with me.

The next book that will come out is going to be Apocalypse Gates 4, around June 1st. Following that will be Binding Words 3, around August 1st. Both of these might move up, depending on the editors and how fast they can get through it.

I held a small live chat when the book was released and gave away 6 copies for free. I'm considering making that a normal release event, not 100% certain yet, but there was a lot of chatter for the hour I did it and it felt good. Speaking of Live Chats, the next monthly one will be April 15th @5pm PST.

I think that about covers everything to touch on this month. What I plan to do with the Alpha world slot once I finish AW8 is still up in the air, but I'm leaning towards filling it with a new series, but time will tell, because I'll be writing AG5, and then BW4 before that happens.

One last thing before I go, remember to review books. Not just mine, but everyone's books. The more reviews a book has the more it gets bumped in Amazon's system to get it in front of people via also bought, and recommended. Reviews matter a great deal to indie authors, so please take a minute or two and leave a review.

Until next month, may the books keep you entertained.

Daniel Schinhofen

Friday, March 1, 2019

March 2019

Well here we are again, a new month, and a new blog post.

Let's get things rolling. Andrea finished recording Binding Words 2 audio. Now it is going to her proofer. Once they finish it she'll put it up for me to proof it. Once I sign off it will go to ACX to hand it over to Audible. If everything goes as it should we are looking at late March release of it for you all to grab.

Revisiting my post from last month about AG becoming a once a year series. I've heard a lot from you guys that you really enjoy the series and would like it to continue as it is. I'm currently reconsidering due to the outpouring on this front, and on Facebook. I'm on the fence right now about which way to go, especially with AW wrapping up.

Speaking of Alpha World, book 7 should be ready for the April 1st release. The news that a lot of you don't want to hear though is book 8 is going to be the last of the series following Alburet/Seamus in Alpha World. I'm wrapping up the tale with book 8.

What does that mean for Alburet? Still not 100% certain, I've heard the outcry that people want Delta World. It's not 100% certain he'll complete the quest he was given by Victoria, if he doesn't then well Delta World wouldn't be a fun series at all. If I immediately follow AW with DW, that wouldn't let me explore any other series that I have been bouncing around, without sacrificing AG or BW.

So I'm sure you can all see the conundrum I'm in with what to do here. The next series I want to write is the more tabletop-esque, with a slower level growth but with definite abilities that are granted at each level.

What else do I need to cover this month...maybe the long awaited store?
Yeah, you heard me right, I finally have the beginnings of a store. It's starting small but will likely grow with more items offered once we see what you think. Where is this mythical store you ask? It can be found via my website, or by taking this handy link:
https://schinhofenbooks.myshopify.com/

I understand that not everyone can throw cash at things, and as such I'll still be giving away things during the Live Chats on the fan page. The next one will be held on March 13th, 2019 @1200 PM PST. So, if you would like a chance at a shirt, ebook, or audio, make sure to show up and join in on the fun.

Which brings me to another question I'd like to hear back on from you guys. Would you like a Live Chat the day before the books go live to let you know and maybe have the chance at winning a free ebook for the one coming out. It would be held on the fan page over on Facebook. Leave me your comments on a yea or nay.

Until next month, keep on grinding that XP, the next level isn't far away.
Daniel Schinhofen

Friday, February 1, 2019

February 2019

We made it through the first month of the year. Let's dig into the nitty-gritty of all the stuff to tell shall we?

Let's start with books; Binding Words 2: Life Bonds is now out for consumption. It actually went live a few days ago, as I got it out early. If you don't know what I'm talking about Binding Words is the series that started with Morrigan's Bidding. The story picks up with Sean, Fiona, and Myna traveling across country to distance themselves from the burning ruins of Oakwood.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N6LGTMX
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07N6LGTMX
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07N6LGTMX
https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07N6LGTMX

Next up Apocalypse Gates 3: Gearing Up is out on audible.
https://www.audible.com/pd/Gearing-Up-Audiobook/B07MJD58BZ

The narrator is Tess Irondale, so it's a shift from Andrea Parsneau's style and voice, but she does a good job with it, and is going to be the voice of the story going forward.

Speaking of audio, Andrea has signed on to do Binding Words 2, so rejoice! I know I do.

Moving on, the idea of a store is once again in play. I've handed this project over to my sister, who is working with a print on demand company to make it work. I'll update if it actually moves forward but talks are currently underway.

The next Facebook Live Chat is slated for 2-15-19 @ 5 pm PST. I'll be giving away shirts, ebooks, and audio books as normal. I'm considering doing live chats on book release day and giving out copies of the new book. I did it as an impromptu one this time and had decent turn out for it. The problem for ebooks being I only have a US Amazon account so all my gifts are US gifts.

The next book out will be Alpha World 7: Darkhand. It is currently slated for 4-1-19, which is April Fools, but maybe I'll get it out a little early like I did BW2. Once that is done the editors will be working on AG4.

Currently I'm writing BW3, I should be done with it in the next few days, and then I'll be off to write AW8. I'm hoping that I can wrap up Alpha World with book 8, but we shall see.

Now the quasi bad news. I'm going to be trading off writing slots of the AG spot with a new story. Which means that AG will be getting 1 book a year instead of 2, and the new story will be taking that slot instead.
I know you're all asking what the new story is going to be right now. Frankly I have a few to pick from, the short list as I call it. It is likely to be a more level based series, with abilities that can be used x number of times per day for each of the characters. More in line with a tabletop roleplaying game then anything I've written in the past. But I'll know more when I get to that spot which will be after I write AW8.

That wraps up the monthly ramble of what I have going on. Before we say goodbye, let me remind you that reviews matter. Reviews help push the book up the algorithm that Amazon uses to put the book before others, so please take the time and reviews the books you read, not just mine, but any book you enjoy.

Until March, thank you for taking your time to keep up with me,
Daniel Schinhofen

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January 2019

Well last year sure went by fast, and a lot of life changes happened along the way. Let's do a quick recap shall we, as I was surprised by what the year brought; ebooks are in yellow, audio is in green, and other is in blue.

Playing for Keeps, AW4 was published March 1st.
Audio for AG1 went live on March 20th.
Fractured Spirit, AW5 was published May 1st.
I took the leap and became a fulltime author at the end of May.
Audio for AW4 went live on June 19th
Valley of Death, AG2 was release June 30th.
Audio for AW5 went live on August 7th.
Morrigan's Bidding, BW1 was released August 15th.
Audio for Ag2 went live on August 20th.
Schinhofenbooks.com goes live in September.
Path to Peace, AW6 was released October 1st.
Audio for BW1 went live on October 25th.
Gearing Up, AG3 was released November 25th.
Audio for AW6 went live on December 11th.

That is a lot of production in a single year. Funnily enough I don't recall feeling that busy, but damn that is a lot of stuff going on. The part that wasn't work for me was the AW audio, as that was all done through Podium.


Okay let's look at what this year is going to be bringing us. My current list of goals to hit are:

BW2, Early February.
AW7, Early April.
AG4, Early June.
BW3, Early August.
Attend Dragoncon at the end of August.
AW8, Early October- this might be the last Alpha World.
AG5, Early December.

That doesn't include the audio for the series as that will be as I can get the narrators to slot in for them, I try to get it going as soon as I can after launch.

If I wrap up Alpha World in book 8 that will free me to start a different series, which I have so many ideas for, or to possibly revisit the Bananas from Last Horizon, or go off to Delta World, depending on how AW wraps up. That is a big if, as it might take me 9 or possibly 10 books to truly wrap up the Alpha World series, but it is possible.

I think that gets us caught up on the old, and tells you about the new, but what about right now. Let's give you the normal break down shall we?

AG3 audio is waiting on ACX to finish QA on it. Sadly Andrea isn't the narrator, luckily I was able to snag Tess Irondale to take over the series. Tess' style is different then Andie's but overall she does a solid job with it, and I hope you all enjoy it. Tess should be the narrator going forward on the series.

Andie is on board to do the audio for Binding Words still, so rejoice with me for that. She'll be starting on that shortly after the book goes live, exact date unknown at this time.

BW2 is almost done with the editors and will be going off to the beta readers before too much longer. If that goes as planned it might sneak out at the end of January instead of February. Waiting for the editors, once they finish BW2 is AW7, and waiting behind that is AG4 already done and waiting.

I started BW3 just a couple of days ago, and it has a lot of potential going for it. I'm really excited to dig into the story even more then I have. For those who are curious, BW1 was about 80k words, BW2 before the edits was sitting at 102k, so it'll be a longer book then the 1st one.

Since I've gone fulltime, I have taken on a fulltime editor, which is why I hope to start turning stories around faster. I've also taken on an artist, Grimmhelm has done a number of fan pieces for me, and has been the one doing the last few covers.

The fan page Live Chats have gone to 1 every month, to be held on or around the 15th of each month. January's will be held on the 14th at 8 PM PST. I'll talk for as long as we have a decent amount of people, and I'll be giving shirts, ebooks, and audio books away, so stop on by.

I think that wraps it all up. My longest blog post to date, but it was a year in review and a peek ahead. 

See you all next month.
Daniel Schinhofen