February 13th, 2019

San Francisco Writers Conference

I can’t believe it’s almost here! I am attending the San Francisco Writers Conference tomorrow, and I’m excited, nervous, and as prepared as I’ll ever be.

I’ll be blogging about my experiences, and I have several questions from fellow authors I plan on asking agents, editors, and other attendees, so keep an eye out for the next Hall of Scribes article.

In preparation for the conference, I’ve been working the past few months to draft queries, a synopsis, finish editing Dawn of Corruption and put together some handouts of the first page. A big thank you to my wife who came up with the idea of using a wax seal with my logo! I think the combination will stand out and works very well with my platform and style!

Thank you!

All of this has taken an incredible amount of time to make sure I can put my best foot forward, but I’m ready to jump into the deep end and make a real go of being a published author. I’ve learned so much through this journey and want to thank some people who‘ve made every step enjoyable, challenging, and an experience I wouldn’t change. Drop by, check out their work, and say hi!

Jessica Piro https://www.wattpad.com/user/xDRAG0N0VAx

Theresa Ryder tlryder.wordpress.com

Jason R Shepherd www.facebook.com/JRShepherdbooks

A.W. Stahl https://www.wattpad.com/user/Tumbleweed_500

In other news

I finally posted the first tale in my series of short stories expanding the world of Valeron, Endless Loyalty. All the tales I have planned incorporate locations, creatures, and events that may or may not be in future books. *wink wink*

Also, the final installment covering filters in writing is posted in the author advice blog, Hall of Scribes. For the basics on filters, read part 1, but there are many nuances to filtering, so come back after applying the concepts and dig into the details of getting rid of these little pieces of dragon dung.

Keep writing!

January 9th, 2019

Happy New Year! I hope the holidays were filled with love and laughter, excluding all of the drama and stress we tend to face. It’s been longer than I intended to get an update out, but my family and I got hit with a couple rounds of the flu, followed by the hectic holidays.

Dawn of Corruption

Editing has been going exceptionally well, even if it’s a little slow. I’m only a handful of chapters away from completing the first overhaul edit, and in the process I’ve cut 20k words, bringing the manuscript from 110k to 90k. Which means I have some wiggle room to expand the events I breezed over! So you’ll get more battles, more magic, and more ridiculousness from our favorite dwarf.

I aim to make one more pass to unify the character voices, but that will be a piece of cake compared to the micro-editing I’ve been doing. Which means I’m on track for my goal to start querying this year! *Internal screaming*

San Francisco Writers Conference

The February conference is quickly approaching, and I’m confident I’ll be prepared to put my best foot forward… and a little terrified

I will be blogging about my experience at the conference, and I’ve collected a few questions from fellow writers that I will ask agents and publishers as I get the chance to interact. So if you have anything burning in the back of your mind, please let me know in the comments, and I’ll add them to my list. Your questions will add to what I can give back to everyone who’s been instrumental in my growth and success.

Best of luck with your writing, and non-writing goals in 2019!

September 4, 2018

Hello and happy September! Troy here with a little update for everyone.

Dawn of Corruption continues to undergo a final edit, but in the meantime, it has made the Long List in the Watties. The Long List consists of 800 books out of 151,000 submissions and will be whittled down to a short list within the next couple weeks. For Dawn to have made the cut in a very unfinished state, makes me rather excited for future prospects.

Speaking of the future, I will be attending the San Francisco Writers Conference, February 2019! In order to get the most out of the conference, I have been preparing in every way possible—from gathering questions to ask agents, to determining ways to make an impression, and most importantly, getting Dawn to a finished point. So if you have questions you’d like me to ask or recommendations for attending conferences, I’d love to see them in the comments. If you don’t have a question but you’re still curious, I’ll be blogging as much as I can of my experiences and lessons learned, including the answers to your questions. Best way to stay informed? Sign up for the mailing list!

If you’re going to the conference, I’d love to meet you! There will be plenty of networking and sharing of ideas, so if you’ll be there, let me know in a comment or email and we’ll try to get together.

In other news, I kicked off my writer’s blog, Hall of Scribes, with an article on filters. This surprisingly unknown issue can be hard to get your mind around at first, but with a little work, your prose will engage the reader more than you thought possible.

Hope you all have a great September!

June 18, 2018

Hello everyone, Dawn of Corruption has been completed and the entire manuscript can be found on Wattpad or Inkitt—free… for now.

Over the next month, I will be taking a break from writing and editing to work on my author platform – and to let my beta readers have a chance to dig into the book. I will then be taking the following several months to edit and overhaul the draft into something publishable. But fear not! Tales from Valeron will be rolling out shortly with content to scratch that itch for more heroes and villains!

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