And the Winner Is: Nexus Gate 4037 Wins the Battle of the Books #amwriting #indiepublishing #sciencefiction

It brings me great pleasure to announce to you all that NEXUS GATE 4037: THE ANIMAL is the winner of the Battle of the Books!

NG Promo Cover

I’d like to take this moment to thank each and every person who took the time to read and vote. I’d also like to give special thanks to my blogging and writing community, those who hosted The Battle of the Books Blogging tour and those who cheered me on.

This was an amazing experience.

Now that the winner has been announced, the journey toward publication begins with a greater zeal.

Although this story, as well as its competitor, have been revised several times, there is still quite a bit of work left to do before this story hits the shelves.

WHAT LIES AHEAD:

  • A final draft
  • A final round of editing
  • Cover art consideration
  • Publication!!!

My goal is to have the finished copy on the eBook shelves by Fall 2017!

For those of you who were rooting for Warden, no worries. Warden will see its publication day. I will keep you posted on that.

If you didn’t get the chance to read the teaser chapters you can do so by following THIS LINK!

Again, thank you all for being part of this indie author journey!

Sincerely,

Candice Coates

Five Chapters in & Counting: Disius 9 365-Day Novel Progress Report

disius-9

Woohoo! Although I am still two days behind on my words-for-the-day with Disius 9, the story is growing splendidly. I have to say that this writing prompt and adventure is nothing like any that I have done before. The feeling and creative growth that I am experiencing have much to do with this.

These characters, this random daily word prompting is really amazing to me. If you are a writer you are familiar with how your story tells you where to go as you give it life. It shows you the ebbs and flows and yet leaves you the wide reach of freedom to dress and undress the story as you like.

For me, with this story, I fell less like it’s telling me how to write it and more like it’s showing me. Unlike other stories that I have written, I am writing Disius 9 out of what I am witnessing through my imagination and less out of what I am hearing and instinctively building.

Like any bystander or witness, I am making assumptions about the characters and plot only to find out a few moments later how off in my assumption I have been. The movie continues to play and the scenes make this clear. As this happens, I respond accordingly.

Unlike with my other stories, this one has yet to reveal who are what the villain is although there are many hints to the vileness and trouble that awaits with each scene that unfolds. I as the writer, feel much like the reader, only finding out more with each daily word I spin from.

These characters, Denim Rays, Besting Card, Congressman Meekus Claudius, and of course, Charis Joba, have a unique depth and richness that they are sharing with me, which is unlike stories I’ve borne out of the influence of my dreams.

With the stories I have jotted down from my dreams or from the stream of my raw imagination, I have had the authority, for the most part, to mold, build, and dress them as I saw fit. Without being a cast of divas or devos they politely, gently, reveal themselves and teach me how to write them. For instance, I have learned that Lexem Hold, is not as shallow as she seems at first.

All in all, writing this random-word novel in 365-days is a pretty fantastic experience!

As it stands, I have had to quadruple some days, writing an average of 273 words per random word, which at this pace would give me a 100k tome novel. Since on some days I use multiple words, there has been the occasional mix up where I use one word before the other. But for the most part, I have stuck to the path and been consistent with using each word within their proper order.

That is all there is to report for now. If you haven’t had the chance to read the excerpt for Disius 9, you can find it HERE. Also, if this is your first time hearing about the writing prompt for writing a novel in 365-days, you can find out more about that on my sister site www.icameforthesoup.com.

Thank you for tuning in!

Artistically,

Candice Coates

“Every word spoken has the potential to be a light in the dark”. ~Candice Coates