Why I decided to write a spin-off of The Birth and why more books will submerge in 2020.

When I wrote the first few chapters of my dark fantasy series, The Birth was not in the plan. Well, once again neither was Lola: Aftermath of The Birth.

Here are the following reasons why I have to write outside of my volume series, and why I triple check everything before announcing an upcoming book

The worlds in The Black Wing series are vast.

In The Birth, you learn there is another world out there, Osois, an icy planet with an entire history that has yet to be explored.

Osois and its two moons.

In The Conflict, you uncover something beyond Earth, a secret that has been held for billions of years.

I’m not writing this to complain or validate my reasons, but rather, these scenes don’t belong in the main series. So I must write them in a separate book.

Here is what would have happened if I did NOT follow my gut:


Long Flash Backs

I like them, but not if it’s going to confuse or draw out the attention of the story. I don’t want to write unnecessary scenes and conversation unless my fantasy readers are already in the loop. Granted, there will be flashbacks in several chapters, but not all can fit in one book. Not on mine at the least.

Long Explanation

It leads to more questions!

If you have read The Birth, you learn about Lenurs (A video series of my species will be coming soon ) and their way of life. Lola learned of Lenurs and Osois through Avalon, and since The Birth was written in first person, it was thrown at (you) readers. For example:

Why is the Emperor immortal? Why is Eihbohn a meatless voice who Avalon trusted to watch over Lola and yet *Spoiler*? Why are Elites known to be the best and what’s the issue with their caspedian cloth?

Unnecessary Explanations

One of the things I’m trying to avoid when I’m talking about events in the past that shape the series is flooding the book when the attention is supposed to go elsewhere.

You’re always going to move forward–into the future in volumes of The Black Wing Series. Lets stay there if we can.

Do I have answers all of these questions? Yes, and I have much to give!

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Paperback vs E-book, and what I learned.

I was just getting my feet wet in the self-publishing world in 2015, and thought paperback was the goal–I mean we all want to see a physical copy of our book! But then I learned there was a lesson I missed that self-published authors knew before me.

Bookstores anyone?

Unless you’re book is going to be in shelves for the public to pick up and purchase, your visibility is at risk. As a self-published author, we are not so lucky to have Barnes and Noble to display our work, but with sites like Amazon, Ingram Spark we can go international.

How paperback is done right

I met author N. J. Hanson at a con and saw several of his books laid out on his table. He attends many events and personally reach readers by showcasing his books to the public.

I’m currently reading his book ” The Kingdom of Dadria: A Lamb Amongst Wolves ” available here.

Don’t confuse your preference for paperback or e-book with your demographic, because you might be better off holding the paperback until you are done with your e-book version. Your e-book downloads can let you know what kind of sales you might make for your paperback. But it’s risky to think new readers will pick up your paperback from a whim.

Print sales still make the most

In her article, Physical books still outsell e-books — and here’s why Handley, reveals printed books are cashing in the most in 2019

“Publishers of books in all formats made almost $26 billion in revenue last year in the U.S., with print making up $22.6 billion and e-books taking $2.04 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers’ annual report 2019. “


This is excellent news in terms of my love for physical copies, but as a self-published author, I have reached more readership because my book is a download away. In a little over a month, I reached over 600 downloads because it doesn’t cost anything to give your book away for free, and I couldn’t do that solely on paperback–not for free. E-books give readers a chance to know who I am, what I write.

How I publish now and the pros and cons for e-books

I now write to publish for e-book and leave paperback for last. What I like about this is I can still celebrate that my e-book is now in print! The excitement doesn’t disappear when you wait for paperback!

For printed books, the sky is limit with bleed settings, you can stretch your images without having slanted or cut off images (and as long as you’re following the print guidelines)

One of my complaints about e-book is you can’t get extremely creative when you’re formatting. Not when there’s the Kindle format (mobi), e-pub, pdf, lrf, pdp, etc. On the positive side, Kindle recently allows your image to bleed to a certain degree, and that is a helpful tool for those who like to show visuals!

Publish for e-book but expect to have a paperback format, and don’t get me started on audio books.

Writing quality not quantity #1

A Stump on your Writing Road

Have you ever written like there was no stopping you until out of nowhere you’re writing are just empty words, that make no sense?

This is not an issue on grammar or punctuation, I’m assuming you have taken care of that, what I’m talking about is your story. There are times where you will have to erase an entire chapter and start over or risk approving a chapter with flaws—your chapters shouldn’t leave you feeling insecure, so here is an example of what too look for.

You’re editing is running smooth:

As I’m working through the final edits of Lola: Aftermath of The Birth, my biggest stump was the climax of the novel—you know, the best part you can write! I spent two days on one single chapter erasing, shifting sentences around, adding new scenes, and dialogue, but nothing I did in the past that resolved current stump helped! I was frustrated, and started averting my eyes from the chapter to look at my phone, and when I came back to write, I dreaded every minute reading on repeat.

A chapter that runs smoothly will feel like the current of the wind, and although you are the one who wrote it, you will find yourself being drifted alongside the story. You can test this by not reading your book for a day and going back to see if you get the same effect. Granted, you will probably edit a word or two along the way, but that’s what you’re supposed to do.

Show a chapter to a reader:

I recommend taking a chapter or chunk to a reader you trust. If they say “you forgot a comma,” thank your lucky star because you can fix that, but if they say “I’m sorry—what does the clerk have anything to do with what’s going on with MC?” then you better start rolling your sleeves.

That is the sinking hole I was stuck in, I gave my chapter to my husband and warned him, “You’re not going to like this, but trust me it was far worse than it was.” He reads it while I wait for him to be done and you can hear my words virtually stab him with reactions that made him say “What!?” “That doesn’t make any sense!” I almost curled into a ball when he finished the chapter, but that’s how I knew I wasn’t fooling anyone, that chapter needs a lot of work.

What happens if you don’t fix it now:

Plot holes! If you think your readers are not going to catch on, then you are clearly underestimating them. I am always going back to my manuscripts and digging through my notebooks to make sure all of my future volumes will remain consistent. To resolve it—you have put in the work, the last thing you want to do is create a last-minute phony excuse to explain why your protagonist or antagonist did the thing they did, because again—your reader will know.  

How I fixed my stump, and how you can fix yours:

I read and edited the same eleven pages with 3,975 words with a sick stomach (figuratively speaking), and it turns out what caused my nausea was the end of the chapter. The beginning was rich and had me at my seat, but then the excitement started to dwindle in the middle, where the end did not deliver what the highest point a novel should give. In fairness, I thought my problem was the first few paragraphs but that was because I could not recognize which was the weaker scene, so to guide you:  

  • Separate your chapter in half.
  • If the climax is more than a chapter long, outline each scene.
  • Is your character suddenly making choices than he/she would not normally do? Add validity to that reason so it will make sense.
  • Outlandish actions can lead to cheesy or predictable scenes, so don’t depend on the element of surprise.
  • How do you get rid of stains? You rinse and repeat, keep editing, keep asking for feedback, and don’t give up.