February 25, 2009

Intro

Filed under: Uncategorized — uninvoked @ 6:40 pm

—-> Chapter One

It’s not easy being magic-less in a magical world…fortunately not all jobs require the ability to enchant.

Amy is carving a name for herself as a world class snoop. Want dirt on the governor’s daughter? Amy’s got it covered. Information on the Duke’s enemies? Fees apply. Facts on the Stronghold Assassins? Well, no. You’ll have to hire a hero for that.

Unfortunately, investigating the Stronghold is exactly what the handsome Invoker Bernard wants her to do. Amy has very little choice but to accept his case, but there’s evidence that Bernard may mean more harm than good to Eberhard. Can Amy figure out the truth before it’s too late, or will she be destroyed by these two new powerful enemies? Find out by reading Uninvoked.

—-> Chapter One

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24 Comments »

  1. This Sounds really great!!! x

    Comment by kaos — February 27, 2009 @ 6:06 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for reading today (especially not being a big fan of poetry hehe)…Put some dirt on here so I can check it out

    Comment by dmaric — February 27, 2009 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

    • Your wish is my command. Chapter one is now up. ^^

      Comment by uninvoked — March 1, 2009 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

  3. Nice opening paragraph.

    Comment by ridgewalker — February 27, 2009 @ 9:14 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Ridgewalker, let me know when you update your blog please. I enjoy it.

      Comment by uninvoked — March 1, 2009 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

      • In general, The Ridge Walker updates his blog daily. Bergsteiger and I update Beinn (.wordpress.com) at least weekly, and sometimes more.

        Comment by ridgewalker — March 1, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

      • Good to know. I’ll keep an eye on it. ^^

        Comment by uninvoked — March 1, 2009 @ 7:33 pm

  4. I love name Bernard.. 🙂

    Comment by bukarella — February 28, 2009 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, it’s growing on me too. I originally used it as a place holder name (randomly generated from Critique Circle) and when I went to change it all my readers asked me not to. The more I think about it, the more it fits him.

      Comment by uninvoked — March 1, 2009 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

  5. Sounds intriguing!
    Heidi

    Comment by heidiwriter — March 1, 2009 @ 1:17 am | Reply

    • Thank you Heidi, it’s an honor to have you visit my blog!

      Comment by uninvoked — March 1, 2009 @ 6:33 pm | Reply

  6. that’s a mighty fine opening line. when’s the next part due?

    Comment by j1m — March 1, 2009 @ 10:03 am | Reply

    • A new post will be added every Sunday. 🙂 Thank you for commenting.

      Comment by uninvoked — March 1, 2009 @ 6:31 pm | Reply

  7. Thanks for the comment on my blog! Glad you liked the little snail story.

    I’m looking forward to continuing to read your work!

    Anthony

    Comment by charliesnail — March 2, 2009 @ 2:15 am | Reply

  8. I’m very proud of you my friend. 🙂 Just thought you ought to know.

    Eberhard- wow, that’s a name I haven’t heard in years!!! I can’t wait for the rest of this story!

    Comment by FreedomStar — March 2, 2009 @ 6:06 pm | Reply

  9. sounds interesting. i love majic and mystery!

    Comment by Sara — March 3, 2009 @ 4:34 pm | Reply

    • Me too, but you can probably already tell that. 😉

      Comment by uninvoked — March 5, 2009 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

  10. I think this is an excellent format for getting the word out. Quite often we have something good to say and in the short version, it doesn’t fit everyone. A hook in writing is like the bait in fishing, not all fish will be attracted in the same way. You are on a path to success. The best thing you can give a customer when you have something good is a sample of your product, and your are doing that adequately.

    I am in no position or have the qualifications to offer a suggestion, but if I were doing this, I would do it exactly as you are, but I would make my weekly introduction a little more vivid and save each opening segment for a later publication. I did a Sunday Letter of advice for my family and fortunately, keep every paper, and now they are in a book. I think you have the opening to do the same.

    Comment by Dr Robert E McGinnis — March 8, 2009 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

  11. Sounds juicy. I’ll definitely be following this one.

    Comment by girlslashwoman — March 10, 2009 @ 8:59 pm | Reply

  12. This is indeed a great way to give a reader a peek into what you are doing. Is this from a published piece? I’m a little wary of doing this with my own work cos I’m told once it is out on the internet, it is that much more difficult to publish.

    Comment by damyantig — April 1, 2009 @ 12:48 am | Reply

    • Hi Damyantig,

      You pose an excellent question here. Please forgive me as my response may be a little long. You are correct in that Uninvoked will be far more difficult to sell to a publishing company, or to an agent. By posting my novel up on my blog I am giving up my first printing rights, because in essence I am printing it here. My reasoning for doing this with Uninvoked is quite sound.

      The publishing industry as it now stands cannot continue, and I as a writer am not comfortable putting my book in the hands of an aging, out-dated system. As of right now authors get a small advance (Averages show about 10,000 for a years worth of work) and almost none of the books printed will make a profit for the company. Bookstores are allowed to destroy the merchandise sold to them by the publishing industry and get a refund for it. This means if a bookstore wants to move across the street, they can rip all the covers off, send them to the company, get a refund, move, and reorder all the books.

      This might have worked a century ago, but it is not going to continue working in the future. Add to that, you are expected to do most of your own marketing anyway and–I’m pretty unmotivated to publish.

      Here is what I am going to do, why I think it will work for me, and my suggestions for anyone who wants to do the same:

      I am going to post all of Uninvoked online, for free. I am not going to hide the last ten pages and demand you buy them from me. I am not going to take it down after its finished. I am going to leave it up here, forever, to be read by anyone, for free.

      I will however, offer the opportunity to buy the paperback edition which I will self-publish, on lulu, after it has been professionally edited. There is already a waiting list, so I am quite confident it will at least make back the money it costs to have it checked over by an expert.

      If I get nothing else but a group of friends who like my work, than I’ve done something. I can go on and write another book, and continue making more friends. If a lot of people do buy the paperback though, I will not be limited by a publishing company. My success is dependent purely on my ability.

      If there are others who want to snub the publishing industry and do the same thing, here are my tips:

      1. Read every writing article you can get your hands on. Employ free writing websites such as http://www.critiquecircle.com and Vision: Resource for Writers as much as possible. Make the book as good as you possibly can, and don’t just post crap up and cross your fingers. People are looking, and you are being judged.

      2. Research how to advertise your novel. Check out both blog advertising and book advertising to work out a decent cross-over. I’d keep a notebook to plan your campaign. After all, if you’re going to give away this much effort–you want to get as many people as possible to see it!

      3. It is extremely, extremely, EXTREMELY expensive to have a book professionally edited. Minimum is around $2,000. This is way better than having people buy your book and become disgusted with all the tiny little errors neither you nor your critiquers picked up on. A disgusted person may never pick up your books again. You may not have a second chance. Do it anyway.

      4. Good cover art seperates you from everyone else on lulu. O.o trust me. I’ve looked. Hire an artist.

      Anyways, that’s my thoughts from A to B on your comment. Sorry it’s so long!

      Comment by uninvoked — April 1, 2009 @ 6:19 am | Reply

  13. That is a long and comprehensive answer. though I’d still like to go the traditional way, I will bear your points in mind.

    Comment by damyantig — April 2, 2009 @ 2:00 am | Reply

  14. It took several clicks around your blog to figure out exactly what was going on here. I just couldn’t imagine anyone putting up their entire book on a blog. I hope you works for you!

    I must say, when I saw the name “Eberhard” I instantly thought of those little pink erasers. 😉

    Good luck!

    Lis’Anne

    P.S. Thanks for stopping by blog!

    Comment by Lis'Anne — April 2, 2009 @ 2:13 pm | Reply


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