Plotting the draft, part 2: Volume 6, Sato’s POV

Hi Guys,

Volume 6 (which I have not yet formally announced – that’s for a future post) is coming along… slowly. I’m perhaps half-way through the first draft. Partly that’s because I was travelling again this summer, but partly, because it has the most complex and convoluted plot of all the books so far. At long last, things seem to be coming to a head in Yamato…

Earlier this year I showed you how I tried to make sense of the plot of “Chrysanthemum Seal“. I managed to fit most of it on a single piece of A5 paper.

This picture, on the other hand, shows a single plot-line of the next book (mostly POVs of Sato and Shoin).

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The good news is, I already have Nagomi’s POV largely done and dusted. The bad news? Bran’s plot-line is not yet even touched upon…

Sigh. Maybe I should’ve stuck to writing novellas 😉

Plotting the “Chrysanthemum Seal” Draft

A peek into my creative process.

I’m finally wrapping up the first draft of the Chrysanthemum Seal, and immediately getting to work on second draft (there’s so much to fix already!) but first, I have to finally sit down and order the scenes around.

I managed to write this draft scene-by-scene in no particular order, as I felt it, with the entire plot in my head; but it eventually grew so complicated that before I could set the whole thing into chapters, I had to draw this: the order of events, as they happen in book-time.

Pixellated for spoilers :)
Pixellated for spoilers, of course 🙂

Oh, and the first person to suggest I should have been using Scrivener for this, gets banned 😉

Wattpad, iTunes and more

Seal CoverI have a bundle of publishing news for you.

First, a little celebration – over 13,000 sales 🙂 Last time I tallied up the sold copies it was eight thousand – it’s slowed down a bit since then, but it’s still a steady trickle, so I’m happy. The fifth volume of “The Year of the Dragon” is coming up nicely. The first draft is all but done – a mere month’s delay from schedule, which is not that bad, all things considered. Now comes the hard part – editing 🙂

In publishing news: I’ve been expanding my distribution channels somewhat:

First of all, I’ve been putting “The Shadow of Black Wings” on Wattpad, in weekly installments. If you have an account there, and you haven’t yet read my books, you can read the chapters for free as they appear, week by week.

Secondly, I managed to get my e-books on Apple iBookstore. You can buy and download them all from here, or by searching for “James Calbraith” on iTunes. Don’t forget, you will also find the audiobook of “The Shadow of Black Wings” while you’re there, to download for free.

Thirdly, if you’re based in Germany, you can now download my books from Thalia, Weltbild and der Club bookstores (as well as Amazon.de).

e-sentralThe books are now appearing in online shops all over the world. In Malaysia, you can find them at e-Sentral, in Spain at Casa del Libro, and in India at Flipkart.

barnes-noble-logoAnd lastly, my paperbacks are now all available at Barnes&Noble online bookstore, and the e-books should appear on the Nook within a few weeks.

That’s all for now – stay tuned! 🙂

70k

70,000 – nearing the end of the first draft. Finished all the main plots, just a few single POVs remaining.

This is hard work.

Got both maps made now and they look stunning. Waiting for the first of the covers now.

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Standard rejection letters from Mic Cheetham, Wade & Doherty, Folio Lit and Ariella Feiner.

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Did I mention my short story will be published in June’s eFiction mag? Would be nice to make the first volume published by then, but I doubt it will be possible.

Also: changed the blog’s name to reflect the new title for the saga.