Archive for December, 2011

New Year’s Eve Update

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Sunset 2nd edition print coverSo 2011 draws to a close, and 2012 looms: a brand, spanking new year, full of potential! I can’t wait to get started.

This was an amazing year, full of challenges. I published my first three novels in a whirlwind of eagerness, and finished my fourth. I learned my lesson about moving ahead too fast, though, so I will be holding off on publishing the fourth novel until my editors have a chance to look it over in more detail. I am aiming for a release date in March, but we’ll see how their schedules work out. In the meantime, I am working on upgrading Sunrise and Moonlight to improved second editions.

After redoing all the formatting of the 2nd print edition of Sunset, the finished proof looks great, but it’s significantly longer than the original book. Although the new edition is somewhat shorter in actual length, the formatting choices I used make the book another 50 pages thicker, topping out at 502 pages. I don’t want to tinker with it at this point, because I’m afraid I’ll mess up the cover alignment, so I’ll probably go with this version. If I choose the wider distribution option, however, the cost of the book skyrockets due to the increased length. In order to offer it for sale at a reasonable price, I will be restricting the sale of the print edition to Createspace and Amazon.  It should be available January 1st.

For similar reasons, I have decided to discontinue the sale of the print editions of the two novellas, due to the relatively prohibitive cost of producing such short books. In their place, I will be producing a single combined edition, which is a more reasonable buy at 174 pages.

The third novella, The Red Wind, is turning out to be more complex than I envisioned, so I am putting that project on hold until I can decide whether it would work better as an entirely new novel in the series.

And that’s all my news in a nutshell.

Thank you for your support, and I look forward to 2012.

 

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

 

Sunset 2nd ed. now live

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Sunset just got named one of the best vampire fiction releases of 2011, by the Barnes and Noble SciFi and Fantasy Blog.  So, why did I feel the need to have it re-edited?  In part, because after two years of writing as a second profession, I learned how many elementary mistakes in sentence structure, cliched expressions, word choice, passive voice, etc. I made by writing from my gut, without first educating myself in the craft of writing.  As an exercise in intuitive writing, Sunset is outstanding, but there was a lot of refinement that comes from experience.

So I found a new editor, Karin Cox, who went through the text line-by-line and highlighted areas that could be improved or fixed.  The result is a much stronger novel, in my opinion.  Jason, my proofreader, said the changes were like reading an entirely new book.  Which makes me happy that there was so much room for improvement.  It’s still not perfect.  It never will be, in my jaundiced eye.  But it’s a fair ways closer to that goal than it was before.  Thank you to those who encouraged me over the last few years while I found my footing in this massive undertaking.  I hope the updated work earns your favor.

The revised ebook edition of Sunset is now available from Amazon.com, BN.com, and Smashwords.  The Smashwords edition will be further distributed to some of the next tier of e-retailers over the course of the next month.  The print edition of Sunset will be updated in the next few weeks, and hopefully, I will be able to start on the revised editions of Sunrise and Moonlight by the end of January.  Starlight, the fourth novel, is still planned to have a March release, but I want to make sure it’s properly edited beforehand, so that an updated edition won’t be necessary, and my editors have their hands full with the first three novels of the series.

In the meantime, I am continuing to work on The Red Wind, the third novella, which tells the story of Luscian Firstborn.  I will keep you apprised of new developments, and thank you for your support.

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

Best Vampire Fiction of 2011

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

AHHHHHHHHHHH!  Paul Goat Allen of Explorations: The Barnes and Noble SciFi and Fantasy Blog rated Sunset one of the best vampire releases of 2011!

How did that happen?!

What he said specifically was:  “Arshad Ahsanuddin’s Pact Arcanum saga (Sunset, Sunrise, et. al.) was also a far from perfect read but the ambitious, grand-scale, science fiction backdrop and labyrinthinely plotted storyline was impressive, to say the least.”

Awesome!

 

Here’s the list in full:

1. Enter, Night by Michael Rowe

2. Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley

3. The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

4. The Rift Walker by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith

5. Evolve 2: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead edited by Nancy Kilpatrick

6. The Shake by Mel Nicolai

7. An Embarrassment of Riches by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

8. Once Bitten by Stephen Leather

9. The President’s Vampire by Christopher Farnsworth

10. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

11. The Cross by Sean McCabe

12. Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward

13. Sunset by Arshad Ahsanuddin

 

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

Mesmerized

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

As part of the Indie Writers Unite! blog tour, I would like to give a shout out to indie author Julia Crane on her new book, Mesmerized.

Mesmerized by Julia Crane & Talia Jager

Seventeen-year-old succubus Lily Anderson can’t have a normal life: She isn’t allowed a boyfriend, she has no friends, and school is just one mess-up after another.

Lily’s parents send her away to the prestigious Emerson Academy. It doesn’t appear to be any different from the others. That is, until she meets her roommate, Hannah, and a blue-eyed boy named Jake.

Lily makes an almost deadly mistake, and Jake has a mysterious past that has come back to haunt him. Together, they must go on the run from things neither of them understand in order to save the people they love—and each other. But, Jake’s foe is more dangerous than they realized, and it will take the help of friends and family to save the man Lily loves.

She must learn to use her powers for good before it’s too late.

WARNING: This is a mature YA. Due to sexual content and some language it is not recommended for younger teens.

Approximately 44,000 words


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mesmerized-ebook/dp/B006G24V7E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323753260&sr=8-1

 

Respectfully,
Arshad Ahsanuddin

Mementoes of Mai

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

As part of the Indie Writers Unite! blog tour, I have Helmy Kusuma in the studio today to talk about his book Mementoes of Mai.

Helmy Kusuma was born in Palembang, Indonesia. He spent 18 years there and went to Jakarta to continue his education. Having been working for IT industry for a decade, he decided to turn the tide and became a writer.

Helmy Kusuma has published two novellas: ‘Mementoes of Mai’ and ‘Cinta 3 Sisi’, a thriller short story, ‘There Is Hope’, and a collection of flash fiction, ‘A Flash of Inspiration’.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your book.

Mementoes of Mai is a fictionalized story of my decision to become a writer. I had been working in IT industry for a decade and suddenly a fork was presented to me, a fork that forced me to choose between love, passion or comfort. I didn’t choose the latter.

Q. What excites you most about your book’s topic? Why did you choose it?

Absolutely love. Love has been the source of inspiration from old times and it will continue to do so. The profound subtlety of its meaning which give layers upon layers make love the perfect source of great story.

Q. How long did the book take you from start to finish?

I wrote most of Mementoes of Mai in two months and spent another two months on editing it.

Q. What surprised you the most about the book writing process?

Events tend to mold themselves around the characters and most of the times the characters demand different scenarios from the first ones I had in mind.

Q. Did you have any favorite experiences when writing your book?

It never cease to amaze me that I could write a certain event that made me laugh each time I read it.

Q. What do you hope your readers will gain from reading your book?

Understanding. I strive to depict as vividly as possible all events in my book so that readers could be personally involved and felt that those events were their own, thus giving them new perspective and understanding.

Q. What projects are you currently working on?

I am in the middle of writing my science fiction novel, Inverta, and in the process of formulating necessary seeds for my next romance novel. I don’t know which one of them would win my priority.

Q. Is writing your sole career? If not, what else do you do?

Beside writing, I do everything I can, legally, to gain money: export import business, retail business, freelancing, etc.

Q. Did you do any research for your books, or did you write from experience?

I mostly write from experience, but for my science fiction novel that would be near impossible, so a little research would be required.

Q. What can we look forward to in your next book?

Surprises, awesomeness and romantic moments.

Thanks for coming in!  You can find out more about Helmy Kusuma and his book Mementoes of Mai at the following links:

Web Address

www.helmykusuma.com

 

Book purchase links

A Flash of Inspiration

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/66603

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005BXU4M0

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005BXU4M0

 

There Is Hope

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/85561

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005L9B5S6

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005L9B5S6

 

Mementoes of Mai

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/56911

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004YWKD3Y

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004YWKD3Y

https://www.createspace.com/3631684

 

Other Social Media addresses

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4576592.Helmy_Kusuma

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/EL.Publish

Twitter @hanzpk

 

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin