Holy crap, it’s available. It’s here. I’m so excited. You can purchase Small Worlds in any of the above markets, effective immediately. If you could spare the time to review the book on either Amazon at any of the links above or on Goodreads here, it would really help me out. I cannot stress how much a review can help a book.
What I had in Small Worlds was a first draft. A very good first draft, in my not-so-humble opinion, but it was a first draft. I hired an editor. I spent more time with it. I focused on the four C’s provided by my editor – Conflict, Characterization, Cohesion, and Clarity, as well as the all important maxim “Show don’t tell.” I took time to foreshadow things that weren’t foreshadowed before because it was an idea I had while I was writing the relevant part, including things that happen in later books. I unwound convoluted sentences like that one. I made sure that things I glossed over were fleshed out. I found moments that were interesting but underdeveloped and exploded them. I took Weird Theology from a first draft to a first novel. I want to be clear here. it’s not required to read this to understand what’s happening going forward. However, in addition to the improvements, there’s a ton of new content. Here’s a sample list of a few things I added:
- More backstory for Ryan and Enki.
- Things that were missed opportunities before are tackled in full now. Wonder what it’s like to put your head into the arch in Cypher Nullity? You’re going to find out. And that’s just one example.
- How Rear Admiral Dale Bridges handled the initial arrival of the gods? Yes, he existed before the epilogue.
- More about the social lives of gods!
- And a ton more!
A ton more is a vague term, so I want to put it in concrete ones. Weird Theology was originally just under 75,000 words. The first rewrite, the one I was going to publish, was just over 80,000 words. This version? Clocks in at just under 115,000 words – you’re getting a ton more content to peruse.
If you’re new to the Small Worlds series, or a Dragon’s Scion reader not sure about starting it, this book is the best place to do it. If you thought Weird Theology was good but could use more developing, this is the book for you. If you liked Weird Theology but got sick of Enki swearing in italics, I’ve removed the majority of those!
I love the original draft of Weird Theology. With the revised and expanded version, I took what was already one of the best things I’ve ever written, and gave it the care and attention it deserved.
Here’s some other questions I got from last week’s announcements answered:
The paperback isn’t in my market, why not?
Currently the paperback is in every market Amazon allows me to sell it in. If it’s not available in your area, it’s because Amazon doesn’t. However, I am sending signed copies to my Patreon’s worldwide, so that’s still an option if you want a physical edition outside those area.
Will you be offering the Ebook in a non-Kindle format?
Right now I don’t have plans to do so. That may change in the future. However, do keep in mind you don’t need a kindle for the ebook – any smartphone or tablet that can run the free kindle app will suffice. Right now, other platforms have difficulties that make me leery of hosting on them, especially since a number require some kind of third party to enroll in them.
I’m a Patreon, what now?
I’ll be sending out links to the Kindle download over the course of today and tomorrow – there are 130 of you of the ebook level, so it might take just a little bit to get it sent out. The downloads are only for the US store – if you are not in the US, please do not redeem the code and instead respond to that message with your link saying “I would like a copy from (insert your market that the ebook is available in)” and I’ll send you a link in your market. If you’re a ten dollar patreon, books are being shipped today and should arrive in 3-5 business days. If you’re a 20 dollar patreon, books are being shipped to me today so I can sign them and send them to you. I’ll have them in 3-5 business days, then they’ll be on their way to you!
Thank you so much for your support. It’s been a phenomenal ride, and I’m so happy to be able to share this all with you.
Strange Cosmology part 100, by the way, will be out soon. Next blog post will have more details about ongoing serials and future plans.