Weekly Writing Progress & Other Business #9

I'm writing the next book in The Alchemancer series. It's called The Nullification Engine and should be out soon. As a way to keep readers updated on my progress and also so I can gauge the same, each week I take a look at my current writing progress and report it here. Also, I discuss some other areas revolving around the business side of things.

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Maps, maps, maps. Lots going on with maps and, to tell you the truth, I'm getting a little tired of it. But, I'm almost there. To recap, I've done a reveal of the map for The Hall of the Wood and a reveal of the map for The Five Elements. New news in this area is that I've got some final changes back to my illustrator on the map for The Nullification Engine and, even better, the first sketch to him for the World of Uhl map. One of the really nice things about having a real map done up is that I'm finding myself referring to the places in my current writing a lot more. Having it be concrete makes the difference, I think. Now, characters are from specific places or have visited certain locales or might refer to some place in some manner. I have to say I think the money I've spent on having these maps drawn up has been worth it.

Now, are they impacting sales? I'd have to say 'no'. The usual obscurity problem remains, though I did have someone from Amazon contact me after he saw the maps on my site and in my eBooks. That's a good story for another post.

New Characters

While most of the primary roles are filled at this point, I'm continuing to add supporting characters or even some who might only have their names mentioned and nothing more. The intention with those latter ones is that they might play a role in the next book.

This past week I added a total of 4 new supporting characters. You see, in this next book I revisit the Griffin. Yep, the airship that Shanna blasted her way free from towards the end of The Five Elements is back and this time it's getting the full treatment. You'll get to meet the crotchety old captain, the responsible and daring first mate, the chief engineer, and others. Oh, and remember the characters who were taken onboard as prisoner? The ones from Norwynne? They're back as well as converted members of the crew.

Anyway, here's the new faces to look for and their roles:

  • Yasir, chief engineer
  • Briggs, quartermaster
  • Farny, airman
  • Miles, airman


This past week I blogged about:

  1. Wordnik Word of the Day: Remplissage
  2. Do book descriptions matter?
  3. Now Conducting Author Interviews
  4. 10 Ways Readers Can Help Authors
  5. Introducing the World of Uhl

    Writing Progress

    The important stuff. How much progress did I make this past week on the next novel in The Alchemancer series? See for yourself.

    Date Current Word
    Words Written Words/Day Words
    % Complete
    12/1/2012 0 0 0 155,000 0.00%
    12/8/2012 20,019 20,019 3,337 134,981 12.92%
    12/15/2012 24,425 4,406 734 130,575 15.76%
    12/22/2012 30,027 5,602 934 124,973 19.37%
    12/29/2012 32,059 2,032 339 122,941 20.68%
    1/5/2013 34,757 2,698 450 120,243 22.42%
    1/12/2013 38,923 4,166 694 116,077 25.11%
    1/19/2013 44,503 5,580 930 110,497 28.71%
    1/26/2013 49,628 5,125 854 105,372 32.02%
    2/2/2013 52,073 2,445 408 102,927 33.60%
    2/9/2013 56,503 4,430 738 98,497 36.45%