I was working with my editor last evening on 'Sword of the Crown', and we were discussing whether or not to have a prologue, as I did with 'Servant of the Crown'. I have researched this in Facebook groups and on the web, and it is a really split opinion. Some say that they skip the prologue, and get right to the meat of the story, while others like a relevant prologue as long as it is not too long. Almost unanimously was the opinion that a long prologue should just be renamed chapter 1!
We went back to first book to see the relevance of the prologue, and I really enjoy how the prologue ends and leads the reader into the first chapter so I am going to share it here. Does it compel you to turn the page to chapter 1? (We did decide to start Book 2 with a prologue)
He stepped forward, determined to stop the madness and collapsed to the ground, his leg giving out in front of him. He sat, stunned for a moment, staring at the pool of blood forming around him. He’d been cut in the assault, but the numbleaf and adrenaline had prevented him from feeling it. Now he was bleeding out, too weak to do anything but look on in horror as his life ebbed out of him. “How did I get here?” he wondered. “How did my life culminate in bleeding to death in this stinking street, of all places?”
We have recently been dabbling in doing a bit of Facebook advertising geared towards people who role-play fantasy games. The ad talks about NPC’s (non player characters) and we had one person like the ad then respond with what his NPC’s are thinking. It made us chuckle and I wanted to share it with my readers, so here it is. Thanks Nick for such an amusing comment! I hope you enjoy your book when it comes in the mail.
Personally, I am not one for shopping as I don't prefer to battle people in a crowded mall so I wanted to share a Black Friday Special with you that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. 'Servant of the Crown' is now available for up to 60% off, depending what country you are in. Visit your favorite online retailer; Kobo, Kindle, Smashwords,to pick up your copy today.
We wandered over to our local Chapters today to do some skulking about the Fantasy section, and low and behold, 'Servant of the Crown' magically appeared on the shelves. Well, not magically, because we posed it there for a picture, but it does look good on the shelf, doesn't it. We will be approving the final version by Monday, so those who wanted hard copies let us know so we can order them in for you. It should be available in your local bookstore in the next 4 - 6 weeks, and in Amazon before the end of November.
It was most excellent to come home from work today and to finally be able to hold my book in my hands. It looks better than I even imagined it would. Tomorrow we go through it thoroughly to see if there are any final tweaks, and then it will be ready for ordering on Amazon, and shortly thereafter in all other major and minor bookstores everywhere.
It truly is a dream come true! Now, back to my regularly scheduled writing. Hayley and the Beast was already at 1,000 words, when I felt that it needed to go a different direction, so I rewrote my outline, taking it from two pages to seven. It shall be an epic weekend of writing, and I hope to finish off the story by Sunday.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers. Enjoy your turkey tomorrow!
Just found out that UPS should be delivering our print proof copies today. Very excited, and a bit nervous, all at the same time. I have always dreamed of writing a book, and although it is available in digital format, there is something about holding a book in my hands that I have written!
We have added 2 new ways to get your hands on a copy of 'Servant of the Crown'. Google Play and Smashwords now carry the digital version of the book. Print books are coming soon, just waiting on the proofs to approve!
Today was all about doing the final outline of what happens to Beverly so that tomorrow I can write up the whole story, or most of it. Looking forward to getting in a solid 4,000 to 6,000 words tomorrow. We also finalized the synopsis for Book 2: Sword of the Crown. Check it out on my facebook page
Paul Bennett is a self-published author of Epic Fantasy books.