100 Posts and Big News!

Hey everyone!

Wow, so today’s blog article is definitely going to be something special!  Why?  Included in this article will be big news for both The Orc War Campaigns and for Burning Skies!!!!  But first, there’s something else…

This is “A Writer at Heart’s” 100th post!!!!

Image source - ericsson.com
Image source – ericsson.com

It’s taken me 18 months to hit that mark, but I couldn’t be more excited :D  What have I learned about blogging throughout those 100?

For starters, regular updates are key…which I’ve failed to do twice.  Each time, I lost a lot of readership :(  I completely understand, too, it would be like me writing a couple of novels in a series, stopping for a few years, then picking up the series again.  Without ever explaining why.  Unless your novels are best-sellers, you’re going to lose readership doing that.

I’ve also learned how important it is to participate in the blogging community at large, something I slacked off on in the latter half of 2015.

The blogging community is amazing!  There are some truly wonderful people out there, and a lot of fantastic articles to read and participate in!  But if you don’t participate…how do you expect to get the word out about your blog?  More importantly, how do you expect to learn and grow as a blogger?

All in all, I had no idea what I was doing when I started.  That’s only changed a little bit in 100 posts ;)  But I have enjoyed it all.  I enjoy the feedback I get from everyone, and every time I see a new like or a new follower, it puts a smile on my face :D

Thank you to everyone who has tuned in during the first 100.  I hope you enjoy the next 100 :)

Launch Date for The Orc War Campaigns

The next big news is that I have finally set a launch date for the new Sword of Dragons web series, The Orc War Campaigns!  When is it?

January 19th!

Artwork by Tsabo6 from DeviantArt http://tsabo6.deviantart.com/
Artwork by Tasbo6 from DeviantArt http://tsabo6.deviantart.com/

In less than two weeks, the Orc War begins, leading into the next chapter of the epic Sword of Dragons saga.  I haven’t even announced that on the website yet, so you, blog readers, are the first ones to find out!

Also big news, I’ve found an artist who will be creating character sketches for the web series!  I don’t believe they will be done in time for the series launch (especially since I haven’t even sent him the character descriptions yet….doh!) but I am so excited to see what he comes up with!

Speaking of art…

Burning Skies Cover Art

Yes, that’s right, I have a cover in work for the next book of Sword of Dragons, Burning Skies!

Who’s the cover artist, you might ask?  Well, funny story.

It started when I found a piece of artwork that I thought would be perfect for the cover of Burning Skies.  Actually, funnier story still, I’ve used that piece of artwork in a blog article one year ago.  Here it is:

Artist - treijim.deviantart.com
Artist – treijim.deviantart.com

In fact it fit so well that while I waited for the artist to respond to my request to purchase rights to use it, I broke out my old graphic design skills and started working on making a cover with that artwork.  And it turned out incredibly well!!!

And then, the artist replied and declined to sell the rights.  :(

But then I started thinking…I used to do a lot of graphic design as a hobby.  I used to be pretty good, and making the cover with that artwork inspired me.

Cover by Christian Michael www.christianmichael.org
Cover by Christian Michael www.christianmichael.org

I was also reminded by a friend that I had intended to make the covers of the Sword of Dragons saga simple, more symbolic, more theme-based rather than traditional fantasy artwork.  That’s why the cover for book 1 was made the way it was.  Simple, but oh-so beautiful, thanks to Christian Michael’s talent.

With book 1’s cover as a baseline (thank you to Christian for setting the standard,) I started working on it…and while I am not yet ready for a cover reveal, the results have turned out better than I could have ever hoped!

So much so that I have ordered the first proof copy of book 2!!!!!!  The first physical copy of Burning Skies is expected to be in my hands next Friday :D

pilgrim-waits-for-package

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That’s all for today, but that’s a lot!  I look forward to being able to share new stories, and eventually, a new cover with all of you :D

Thanks for reading!
-Jon Wasik

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