Today, I have for you the special treat of an interview with Robert Evert, author of “Riddle in Stone”. For those of you not familiar with Robert or “Riddle in Stone”, please check out my past interview and review. This will be a two part story with the second part being posted on Tuesday, June 11th.
Welcome, Robert! And once again thank you for giving us a little insight into your publishing experiences! At the end of the “Riddle in Stone”, you gave us a little peek into the sequel. How is the writing process coming along?
It’s going very well, thank you for asking!
The second manuscript, “Betrayal in the Highlands”, is basically finished. It’s just needs to be edited. The current projection is that it’ll be released as an e-book in August and then as an audio book sometime after that.
My publisher and I are currently discussing a third book, tentatively entitled “Blood in Snow”. The first draft of that manuscript is finished. I’m just letting it sit a bit before working on it again.
We’re also waiting to see how many people buy “Riddle in Stone”. If enough people buy it, Diversion Books will be interested in releasing the third book in the series. If nobody buys “Riddle in Stone”, then Edmund and his dog are dead.
No pressure there, people. Hint! Hint! Hint!
Any sneak peeks or tidbits you could share with us?
Hmmm. What should I say???
In “Betrayal in the Highlands”, Edmund continues to be relentlessly pursued by the goblins, Kravel and Gurding. While hiding in a picture perfect coastal town, he falls in love with a wonderful character named, Abby—an unabashed snoop who wants to adventure. The problem is Edmund’s best friend, Pond Scum, has also fallen in love with Abby. Further, she’s now in mortal danger because of Edmund. He has to try to save her while saving himself and Pond Scum.
I really enjoy Abby. It’s nice to meet a female lead character who is as tough and smart as the male leads. I’d like to eventually write a series just for her; but again, I need “Riddle in Stone” to sell well enough to keep writing.
Am I being too subtle?
Not in the least bit, Robert. But it’s alright. I didn’t invite you back to be subtle. Over three months since the release of “Riddle in Stone”, what are some of the lessons you will take away from this experience?
Holy crap! Boy, that’d fill a book in and of itself!
I’ve learned a great deal about the writing and publishing processes.
First, writing is far more of a team endeavor than I originally thought.
I really have to rely on the feedback of readers to see what works in my writing and what doesn’t. I’m constantly reading reviews and asking readers how certain aspects of the story could have been different and so forth. Then I have to force myself to adjust my writing style accordingly.
I’ve also learned about marketing books. Honestly, I spend more time begging people to read “Riddle in Stone” that I ever did writing it. But that’s the nature of being a small-time writer.
Every sale, every review counts.
Seriously, a couple dozen sales could separate me from publishing another book or spending my life daydreaming about my characters. Marketing and promotion are THAT important to new writers, which is why I appreciate you letting me come here and say, “Riddle in Stone” over and over again. By the way, “Riddle in Stone” is available where most e-books are sold for $2.99.
Part two of the interview will be available tomorrow!