Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tharin Lunar

When I started out writing The Binding, I knew my young prince before I knew his betrothed.  I've written many start up storylines in the past, and they all had a single male protagonist with characteristics of a true hero.  I wanted someone strong, honest, steadfast and true, someone fierce and loyal, and with enough animal magnetism that there is no doubt to his ability to handle himself.  However, I wanted also a character with flaws, especially when it comes to his feelings of love and what his outlook of love is.

I like Tharin.  Even though he's almost a century old, he's by human standards, only 19.  As a warrior, there is no doubt of his abilities, his loyalty to his king (his father), his twin brother Tolan and family, and his responsibility to Velesi and the thirteen clans.  As for love, he believes he knows love in the form of Kalis, but when he meets Lily, his world as he knows it is turned upside down.

At their first meeting, where he rescues her from an attack, he's determined to stay distant and aloof with the beautiful halfling elf, but her honesty of her feelings, especially to herself, draws him into her orbit defying his every attempt to keep her at arms length.  And, in doing so, he becomes conflicted and unsure and finding that only wanting someone...is not enough. 

Everything that Tharin has learn of becoming a warrior is tested in the safe keeping of Lily as they make their way to the borders of Velesi; but not in the way of physical battle, but more of an internal war between his loyalty to the Clans, his feelings for Kalis and the unfamiliar feeling of joy and love for Lily.  It's during the actual Binding that Tharin finally understands what true sacrifice is.  And his choice when asked by the Earth Spirit, is only a surprise to himself that he hadn't figured it out way before now.

Meet Tharin Lunar. The future king of Velesi, the realm of the Thirteen Clans, first heir to King Thilthen, brother to Prince Tolan and heir to the greatest Sidhe king in the history of Velesians, King Kalinest of the Oak Clan.

The Binding.

Until then, good reading to all!
L. Filloon

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Book Cover for the Binding

I have had a few ask me about The Binding's current book cover.  My response is always, "yeah...the book cover..."  When I decided to self-publish the book, I didn't realized that a book cover was necessary (you know, because it's an ebook...who knew? Obviously, not me), and it was much too late when I realized that Amazon actually has 'standby covers' until a more permanent, suitable one is created.  Yeah...I didn't read that part when I down loaded a generic cover that I got free off of a book cover design site.  So, the light blue, that looks-like-someone-dropped-it cover is what I'm stuck with until I'm able to find someone to help me create the cover at a decent cost.

Which brings me to planning out the design, which is actually kind of fun.  My original idea was to have a rendering of a willow tree (after Lily's clan, or oak for Tharin's), partial view with a few of it's long, drooping branches and tiny leaves spread across the top of the cover.  Then put in a single arrow stuck in the tree as if it's been recently shot (if that's possible to tell).  Then, of course, the book title, 'a novel' place below it and then the author's name. 

Then I started thinking about the actual binding itself.  Why not picture Lily as she's seen by Tharin during the binding?  Her in the faded, torn gown of the Willow Clan and the vine of thorns across her chest and wrists?  The more I think about it, the more I like it.  I like the idea a lot. 

So, I'm off to find a graphic designer to assist with putting the cover together and get rid of that awkward blue cover.  That way, for those who asks me about the cover, can start asking me about the actual story...ahhhh.  See how that works?  ;)

Until next time, good reading to all!
L. Filloon

The Promotion Game

I think I've hit every free website that will promote or advertise your book.  There are many, and they all want you to become a member.  I read one post from another writer who said, "you need to spend as much time promoting your product as you do writing...".  Honestly, I think you spend more time promoting.

I seem to be hooking up with other writers, but what I'm not getting are the readers for my genre.  Still trying to learn how to do that.  Yet, it seems that before I can get to that stage, I need to continue to dig through all the websites, all the posting on those website and through tons of self promotion from other writers.

There are great writers out there.  Millions.  And, to try to promote one book amongst the greats, is daunting.  However, I persevere and keep going.  You never know, hopefully all the hard work will payoff.

My next postings, I promise will focus on The Binding.  I've been getting a lot of questions from some of my readers on the characters, especially about Cessa.  She seems to be a favorite among them.  I'm a cat person myself, so yeah, I can see why.


Until next time, good reading to all!
L. Filloon

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Beginning

There have been times when I would start a story, get really into it and then for no other reason but become distracted by my everyday life, I would put it away and forget about it.  Hey, writing is tough!  There have been many times I've sat in front of this very screen, staring for hours before a single sentence is put down.  Tough, I tell you.

Several times I wanted to quit on The Binding, but continue to find myself sticking with it.  It's my first completed novel...well, as a published book.  I was so happy and ecstatic, and I couldn't feel my feet for all about an hour.  However, once the eurphoria passed, I was thrown back to the old familiar world of self doubt and worry.  I was worried that no one would even care to read what took me months to put into words.

Thank goodness for family.  I have an understanding man, an even more understanding daughter and a small Filipino friend who threaten to kick my butt each time I whined and wanted to give up on the whole book writing-thing.  Hey, she's tiny but she hits like Brock Lesner...trust me on that.

Well, the book was completed and I did what every proud and hopeful new author did; I sent out query letters after query letters and received rejection letters after rejection letters.  After the 36th rejection letter, I realized then that the writing was the easy part.  And, once again I was ready to toss in the towel.  That is until I read an article about Ms. Darcie Chan.  Ms. Chan is also an indie-author who after many rejections from agents and publishers discovered the world of self-publishing.  Within a year, her novel that no agent or publisher wanted sold over 200,000 copies...all in ebook format on Amazon.com.  Hope sprang and I eagerly made the decision to self published.  It's not a difficult process on Amazon.com, you just need to have a completed manuscript, answer a few questions and you're a published author.  However, like an amateur, I put it out there believing that my own editing was good enough.  It wasn't. 

I discovered about indie authors; most of us can't afford professional editing...they are expensive.  I kid you not.  Credible professional editors start at a minimum of $4,000; and thats just for starters. 

Thank goodness I still kept in touch with my Drama teacher from high school.  She knew that I couldn't afford a professional editor so she offered to do it for me...at no cost.  Unfortunately, she made the offer after purchasing it through Amazon Kindle for $2.99.  Yup, it was still out there, but since sales was slow, I figured I'd keep it at that price until her edits came back. 

This is just the beginning of the journey for me, but for now I'll end it here .  I'll let you know how I'm doing on the whole self-promoting, self-marketing thing.  Like I said, writing is tough; but it's a lot easier than getting not just your name, but your book out there...now that's tough!


Until next time, good reading to all!
L. Filloon