J. Drew Brumbaugh
Well the Iditarod is over and I’ve got no more excuses. It’s back to work. The good news is I (well with help from my editor) have plowed through several more chapters. From a personal perspective, the best part is that though my editor has pointed out numerous areas that need massaged, overall it hasn’t been that bad. I am actually making progress. Happily, I’m nearly at the halfway point and plan to keep moving. I’m not sure about the cover yet. It is being worked on, that’s all I can say right now.
On another personal note, I know I’m no J. K. Rowling when it comes to sales, but with the books I’ve sold this month I passed 6000 copies total. A milestone I never thought I’d reach. Thanks to all the readers who’ve bought my books, especially to those who’ve left reviews. I hope you all have something great to read especially if you’re in a “stay at home” situation.
Okay, you caught me. Instead of working diligently on the promised revisions and final editing of book 3 in the Tirumfall Trilogy, I’ve been glued to my computer watching the Iditarod dog sled race. It’s an event unlike most races or competitions because it covers 10 days or more and mushers, both men and women, are moving day and night. For me, I can’t help myself. I love watching the dogs running through the Alaskan wilderness, through snowstorms, winds, rough terrain and lousy trail conditions. And the interviews with the mushers are great. These people are traveling for days with little sleep and yet they’re all smiling and telling everyone what a great time they’re having. If you don’t believe me, you can check it out at www.iditarod.com
What does that have to do with the revisions to Tirumfall book 3? Well, I’m not getting much done right now because I’m watching too much of the dog sled race. I have done something, now through page 195, but there’s still a lot left. Once the race is over, I promise I’ll get busy again and knock this book out. In the meantime, I hope everyone has a good book to read.
Book 3 in the Tirumfall Trilogy continues to move forward. It is currently finished through page 170, including editor’s suggestions. Since the manuscript right now is nearly 500 pages, I am about a third of the way done. I think this will be the best book in the trilogy and when it comes out, I hope readers agree. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, “Shepherds” is on sale for 99 cents until the middle of March. I’ve been happy to see so many people grabbing copies. There are readers who think this is my best book and on some fronts I’d agree. It combines science fiction, romance and action/adventure all in a single novel.
If you’re a Kindle person, you can pick up a copy at http://hyperurl.co/0pnqlp or if you are more a Nook, Apple or Kobo reader, please check other pages on my website www.jdrewbrumbaugh.com and you’ll find links to whatever outlet is your favorite.
Thanks to all my readers and a special thanks to those of you that have left reviews.
Working with my editor is slow painstaking and seldom with anything like a complement. I got back chapter 17 of book 3 in my fantasy trilogy, gulped back my angst and took a look. Wow, I couldn’t believe the comment on the first page. There, next to the first paragraph was “Nice.” That made my day so much that I’m posting a photo of that first paragraph just to prove I didn’t make it up. So, sneak peek, you can read that paragraph long before the book is released. Call it a teaser though it won’t give anything away because being on page 148 there’s too much of the story missing. For me, I’m celebrating every success.
On another note, in case anyone is interested in the first two books in The Tirumfall Trilogy, they are both available once again through KindleUnlimited.
For “Fall of the Western Kings” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JH0IKJG
For “Child of Evil” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QFS85PJ
As some of you know, I am working with my editor to finalize book 3 in my fantasy trilogy, The Tirumfall Trilogy. I still don’t have a title, which has to be decided, and I will get there. In the meantime, I am writing and re-writing the manuscript with advice from my editor. And so, the progress with the rewrite is my yardstick for how the journey is going. Recently I got Chapter 12 back from my editor. I was really glad to see that I had two pages with zero red marks. Zero! I was feeling great, until I got to the rest of the chapter which really did need fixes and thanks to my editor for pointing those things out otherwise the book would not be as good as it should be. Anyway, moving forward I turned in Chapter 13 to my editor and cringe thinking about what’s coming. Onward.
I don’t know if every author gets as big a grin as I do when I see my books on the shelf at a brick-and-mortar bookstore, but for me it’s feels great. Currently “War Party” and “Bula Bridge” are both in stock at Loganberry Books on Larchmere in Shaker Heights. I don’t know how long they will carry them so if you’re interested, stop over and check them out. More importantly, there are really good people working there and they know books. Ask them questions. I’ve gotten some great recommendations from them, you can too. It’s just a fun place to browse.
Here they are right in among lots of other books in the Local Authors section.
Exciting news – I just got chapter 9 back from my editor and it had very few corrections and nothing major. Yippee! My editor actually said I seem to be writing better than in the past and she doesn’t see nearly as many areas that need fixed. That’s the good news, on the down side, I’m only at page 88 with the editor and right now there’s 472 pages to the book. So, lots of work ahead, but at least I’m making progress. One last note, I’m still searching for a title. Right now, I have about 15 possibilities and need to weed that down pretty quickly.
Good reading everyone.
The ebook version of “War Party” is on sale until the end of the month for 99 cents. It’s been a great run with this sale. The book jumped over 750,000 spots on Amazon’s ranking, not bad for something that’s been out for a while. More important is the new readers that I hope will enjoy the book and look for more of Tommy’s adventures or any of my other books.
As far as I know, the paperback edition of “Bula Bridge” can still be purchased at Carlisle’s Home in the Harbor on Bridge Street in Ashtabula.
And both “War Party” and “Bula Bridge” are available at Loganberry Books on Larchmere in Shaker Heights.
Happy reading to everyone.
Friday, January 10, 2020 I had the pleasure of attending the Author’s Night at Stella’s Art Gallery. I had no idea what to expect but it turned out to be one of the best book selling/signing events that I’ve been to. The place was packed and it was so much fun talking to people who like to read (most of those I asked prefer actual books over ebooks – yeah). “Bula Bridge” generated a lot of fun discussion about Ashtabula and the Railroad Disaster because there were a lot of people from the area familiar with that tragedy. I sold enough books to make a profit (hardly ever happens at these things for me) and handed out nearly 80 bookmarks. A highlight for me was when I handed a young woman one of the bookmarks, she looked at it, pointed to the “War Party” cover and said, I know that book. I just put it away at the library where I work. Another highlight was meeting and having a nice discussion with a fellow fantasy writer. All in all, it was well worth going. I hope I hear back from some of the people who bought books.
My table at the event.
There are many good authors living in the Mentor area and it is often difficult for those same writers to get much recognition locally. However, there are some venues made-to-order for local authors and one such event is coming up soon. I’m excited about this event; I’ll be there and I hope many of you will join me to show your support for the arts in Lake County.
It is the Author’s Night at Stella’s Art Gallery, 8500 Station Street, in the old Matchworks Building in Mentor. In addition to local authors, there will be various artists displaying their black-and-white artwork. This event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and details may be found on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2583219681760090/ .
Come and meet other local authors, talk to them about writing, and perhaps even buy one of their books. (On a personal note, I’ll have copies of my latest book ”Bula Bridge” set in Ashtabula, available for your perusal.) It should be a fun evening so stop by and say hi. Your presence will give local artists a much-needed boost of encouragement to continue their craft.