Monday, May 25, 2015

Behind the title: Bloodline Inheritance

We are slowly approaching the year anniversary of Thicker Than Blood's release (July 31st). Before that date I aim to release the final book in the Magicians series. Today has been a relaxing day, but I also spent it figuring out once last formatting issue I ran into. Now it seems I have fixed the problem (fingers crossed), so all I'm missing is a book cover. Oh, and ebook formatting... But I'm waiting to see how the paperback format coverts in KDP. Maybe if I'm lucky it won't take much to fix it up.

I feel like I've talked a lot about writing this book, and not enough about perhaps the book itself. This is the final book in a series I've worked on since 2010. This ending is bittersweet, and I doubt I'll know what to do with myself when the journey ends. Oddly enough even with the end of the book already written out it hasn't hit me just yet that this is the end of the series. After this there won't be another, and instead I'll be forced to start something new -and in many ways that scares me.
Dyanna's story was definitely anything but easy to write. You think you know your books so well, but this is the fourth and probably asked for the most glancing back at my previous work. You find yourself searching through books, then your own messy notes, and before you know it a whole pile of papers in front of you. I started writing Bloodline Inheritance right after the release of TTB. For NaNoWriMo I thought I finished the book at little over than 54k, but shortly after that I went back through and added more in. Now the book is at 66k, and every scene feels like it always belonged their in the story. I've lost track of how many times I added something in, deleted other parts, and etc. 
The book is titled Bloodline Inheritance because this is a story about people who have lived with magic their entire lives. For the past three books we've watched them struggle and fight for their species. Originally when I finished TTB I thought I would title this book "Brother's Last War" -that instead became a chapter heading. The title switched over to Bloodline Inheritance when I realized what made Dyanna different from every magician I've worked with so far in this series. This is about a woman yearning to escape from the magic she was born with. Sometimes I think we are born with something we want to change, but certain traits -or in this case power- is inherited... not simply given. Dyanna opened up a part of the magical world I only ever considered, but this time I'm glad I was able to dig deeper.

This has been one heck of a ride. Somedays I can't believe it's May and I haven't released this yet. Despite how badly I want to release it, I also know there are some last essentials I need before the release. My hope is that it releases in late June/early July. Currently I am waiting on a mock up of the paperback and also looking at book covers. The cover reveal will be in June so long as I have the money for the actual cover -that's an essential part to the process. I'm counting down the days, just like you, but don't think I've forgotten. This is a big moment for the series; Dyanna is the one who will be finishing it out. Hope you're ready to join her...
Lindsey R. Sablowski

Read Thicker Than Blood yet? There's still time to catch up on Alaire's story before the release of the final book. Read it today.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Progress and upcoming cover

In regards to my progress I have not had the best of luck. I subscribed to Word only to realize it was a 2011 version that could not even format my book for 6x9. I am considering paying someone to format the book for me, but we will see what happens. (That does cost money, which means waiting patiently to be sure I can afford it.)
However, I do believe within the next few days I'll be finally purchasing a cover for Bloodline Inheritance. I know I've talked a lot about buying a cover on the blog, and honestly it's all I've thought about. I had the cover for TTB many months ahead of its publication date. This time around I cannot help but feel I am one step behind. The designer I plan to purchase the cover from is one I've been following for quite some time now, observing the other covers they've made. Book covers are always so difficult to use, but this designer stands out to me and could be 'the one.' If I cannot make progress with the formatting at this very moment at the very least I want the book cover to be finished.
Speaking of a book cover, when I do purchase one then I will send out emails and get together everyone who wants to be involved in the cover reveal. Fortunately this month hasn't entirely slipped away like April, and I have time to decide whether to release this month or in June. The more I look at the dates ahead the more likely I will choose June. I like making sure I have more than enough time to check that everything turns out right. Keep in mind I still need to order proofs and check how the book looks once its finally in someone's hand. Regardless of the release being this month or in June, I'm staying positive. This is after all the end of the series, and I am both eager and sad to be reaching this part of the journey with you. Numerous people have been reading this series since the days when Cursed With Power was on Inkpop. Since then the fanbase has grown, along with our characters, but I hope you'll join me in this final part of the story. Though the Magicians series might be reaching its end I am far from done with writing. I can't wait to share with you the new ideas I have later this year.
Now I realize this isn't much of an update, but I do want to be posting on the blog more. I realized the other day that I have not posted nearly as much this year -or even last-compared to my previous years. Regardless of whether I have updates or not, I will also try to include other posts that relate. (And you can hold me accountable for that.)
Lindsey R. Sablowski