You may have seen my latest blog post where I expressed some concern about how things were going in my writing world. I’ve taken the time to figure some things out, and I feel like I’ve come up with a plan that will be productive, fun, and sustainable. Here are the most important updates…
New Publishing Schedule
I no longer have a set release date for the third Keltin Moore novel, though my goal is to have it published within a year from now. I’m also working on a separate novel intended for literary agents and traditional publishers, which should also be done within a year.
After several successful book-selling events, I’ve been able to save enough money to invest in the equipment necessary to record audio book versions of all of my published titles. This process will take some time, however, since I’ll have to do my recording at night after the twins go to sleep.
Blog and Mailing List
Many people know that I frequently struggle with any kind of nonfiction writing, which includes blog posts and newsletters. To conserve valuable time and focus on my strengths, I’m planning to do the following:
- Sending out a quarterly newsletter e-mail, rather than a monthly one
- Reducing my scheduled blog posts to once a month, rather than once a week
- Reserving most announcements and future updates for my mailing list and Facebook, while focusing on more meaningful content for my monthly blog features
Now that I have some higher quality recording equipment, I’m considering expanding my YouTube channel to include more fun and interesting content. I could do videos answering fan questions, giving bonus content to my stories, sharing writing tips, and maybe even some fun stuff involving the life of a writer and the stories in video games. Be sure to let me know if this is something you may be interested in!
- Keltin Moore 3 is still coming!
- Audio books are coming!
- Sign up for my quarterly newsletter for future updates
- Let me know what sort of things you may want to see on my YouTube channel
I’ve been lying low for a while now, but I wanted to write a brief update for two reasons. One, to silence all these rumors that I’m either dead or hiding out in darkest Peru (I’m sure SOMEONE suspected either of those); and two, to give a brief explanation of how things have been going in the world of Lindsay Schopfer, Author-At-Large.
Unfortunately, there’s been some disappointments. I’ve had to cancel my book tour for 2018, and I’m not sure how soon the third Keltin Moore novel will be coming out. My mailing list has also been hit hard by the new GDPR law as everyone who has signed up in the past has to manually opt-in or be removed.
As a result of these difficulties, I’m taking the time to reevaluate a lot of what I was doing in my efforts to be a successful author. I’m not ready yet to share what may be changed, but I will say that I’m trying to find ways to promote myself that won’t burn me out or take too much time away from my family, teaching job, and writing. I’ll be making more announcements once I’m through researching, experimenting, and praying for guidance.
One experiment I can share now is something I’m trying out at the Brass Screw Confederacy next month. Reaching back to my days of writing and acting for the theater, I’m planning to do a short, one-man-show in character as Keltin Moore where I’ll be telling some never-before heard tales of his adventures. I have no idea if this will be a one-time-thing or if I’ll expand this idea in the future. For now, it’s simply exciting to try something new and blow the dust off some skills and talents I haven’t used in a long time.
I want to thank all of my friends and fans for your patience as I work to figure some things out. In the meantime, you can show support by reading and sharing my stories, subscribing to my mailing list (be sure to opt-in!), and checking out my Guild of Adventurers. Thanks again, and see you all soon.
Those of you who follow me on Facebook will already know that I recently finished the first draft of Keltin Moore’s third novel. I’m very excited for this one, as it explores some characters that haven’t gotten much attention in the past, as well as introducing a much larger cast to the series. Right now I’m in the midst of the initial review before the actual work of the second draft begins. So far, it looks pretty straightforward, though I anticipate that the majority of the work will be in the first five chapters when I was still struggling to figure out what the plot was going to be.
In order to meet my ambitious release date for this novel, I’m temporarily putting all other projects on hold. This includes the new anthology I’d been planning on releasing some time this year. Instead, my plan is to release those stories in 2019. Whether it will be an updated version of Magic, Mystery and Mirth or a completely new title is yet to be determined, but I will say this… If I do end up combining all of the planned short stories with the existing ones in Magic, Mystery and Mirth, it will more than double the size of that collection!
There is one more project that I’m thinking about which many of you have been asking about for some time. Yes, I do plan to do an audio-book version of The Beast Hunter some time in the future. Ideally, I’d like to narrate it myself, but putting all the pieces together is going to take some doing. Right now, I’m working to find a sound-proofed recording space as well as getting the funds necessary to purchase the required hardware and software to ensure that this project is of the highest quality. If you have any resources you know of or are willing to contribute to this cause, please let me know! You can also contribute to my Patreon account to help me save up enough money to make this dream a reality.
I hope you’re as excited about these developments as I am. I can’t wait for all of my fans to return to the world of Keltin Moore!
Keltin and Jaylocke have traveled to northern Riltvin to investigate reports of beast attacks. Something has been terrorizing the small village of Riksville, and it’s up to the nation’s best beast hunter and his trusty apprentice to stop it. But when Keltin decides that it’s time for Jaylocke to take the lead on a hunt for the first time, the Weycliff wayfarer soon learns that there’s more to beast hunting that just fighting monsters. Fans of Keltin Moore will love this adventure featuring two of Schopfer’s most beloved characters and including never-before revealed details of Keltin’s past.
Loss of a Legend takes place shortly after the events of Into the North.
While this story will no doubt appear in a future anthology at some point, right now the only way to see it is by joining and participating in my Guild of Adventurers. To learn more about how to join this great group of fans, check out my Guild of Adventurers Q&A.
There are some great new opportunities for anyone that has been meaning to check out my Keltin Moore series but hasn’t gotten around to it yet.
The first new development is ongoing. Now, anyone who subscribes to my mailing list will receive a free sample from Keltin’s first adventure, The Beast Hunter. After that, subscribers will receive a monthly e-mail with the latest news on upcoming books, updates on my creative writing courses, and my planned author appearances.
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The other opportunity is for a limited time only. From March 5 to March 12, The Beast Hunter will be just 99 cents as an ebook from Amazon. Quite the deal, if I do say so myself.
If you’re already a fan of Keltin Moore, this is an excellent time to encourage others to check it out, either by getting the free sample or purchasing the ebook. Or both. Both is good too. 🙂
It’s about that time again to announce how things are going with my various writing projects. Those of you who subscribe to my newsletter already know that I’ve been shifting my focus more and more towards book 3 of the Adventures of Keltin Moore. Well, I’m officially announcing that all other writing projects are going to be placed on temporary hold as I focus all of my writing time on finishing Keltin’s next adventure.
The reason for this change in emphasis is that plans for my next book tour are well underway, and I kinda need a book to promote for it. 🙂 The dates and locations of the tour are still being determined, but right now I can say that it will happen in late September/early October and will take place across Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. One exciting addition to the tour this year is a likely stop at the Snake River Fandom Con in Pocatello Idaho, which will be a new event for me. If there are any other places you’d like for me to visit while on this tour, be sure to let me know.
I did also want to quickly mention at least one event I’ll be doing a little sooner and closer to home. I’m planning on having a vendor table for my books at the Brass Screw Confederacy in Port Townsend Washington on June 8-10. Mark your calendars now for this fun and friendly festival celebrating all things steampunk and be sure to stop by to say hello!
With at least one book coming out this year, I’m starting the process of planning my 2018 book tour. Last year was my first time touring outside of Washington state to promote my books, and it was a definite success. Hoping to build on that success, I’m looking for book stores, libraries, Cons, and local writer groups that may be interested in hosting an author reading, creative writing workshop, or book signing.
If you’re somewhere in the United States and would like for me to visit your town, please let me know, especially if you have any connection to a venue where I could market my books or give one or more of my creative writing classes. Then again, a venue may be more willing to host something if they know there’s a lot of local interest, so make your voice heard if you’d like to have me and my books come to your town!
I’ve got some very exciting news for anyone interested in taking my creative writing classes! In the past, you’ve either had to hope that I would come to a town near you for a workshop or else you would have to sift through my occasional online workshops for a subject that applies to you. Well no more!
Savvyauthors.com is a website dedicated to helping writers at all stages of their craft, and they have generously offering me a place in their spring catalog of online offerings. From April to June of 2018, I’ll be teaching five different creative writing courses via live webinar as well as recorded videos. The courses that are currently on the schedule include:
The Basics of Creative Writing
Finding Your Writing Process
A Novel in Four Drafts
Crafting a Complete Story
Four Types of Scenes
These courses can be taken individually or as a complete series. You can even take a single workshop or several workshops across different courses.
Follow the link below to see the complete series as well as the individual courses available from savvyauthors.com.
Classes & Events from Instructor Lindsay Schopfer
Note: My in-person, creative writing courses through South Puget Sound Community College’s continuing education program are growing in popularity all the time and will continue into 2018. In fact, there will be some exciting new developments there as well, but that’s for another blog post… 🙂
SPSCC Winter Writing Course Schedule
Fans may have noticed that I’ve been a little quiet this month. I’ve missed a couple of weeks of blog posts, and I never did get that October newsletter sent out. Well, there was a very good reason. My wife and I were blessed with twins this month, and I’ve removed all non-essential items from my immediate schedule to give me time to adjust to being a new father and help out my dear wife as much as possible. I do want to say that my teaching schedule will continue as announced at South Puget Sound Community College, and I’m continuing to write on my stories, but beyond that, it may be a little while before I get back to my usual routine. In the meantime, feel free to reread my stories, past blog articles, and/or register for upcoming classes. And, just because I’m a very proud new daddy, here’s a picture of our two new bundles of joy.
It’s been a couple of months since my last update, so here’s the latest on my current works-in-progress.
First though, a general update. Some of you may remember that earlier this year I announced that due to some significant life-changes I’d have to reevaluate my priorities in how I make a living and provide for my family. Luckily, since then I’ve had some new opportunities open up, the biggest one being my ongoing creative writing classes at South Puget Sound Community College. This steady work has allowed me to keep my family my first priority while still leaving time and energy for my writing career.
Speaking of my writing, here’s some specific updates:
The Next Keltin Moore Novel
After many false starts, this first-draft is finally in the groove. The instigating event is locked-in, and Keltin is firmly on his way to his next adventure. I’m also beginning the groundwork for establishing some new characters, as well as figuring out how to tie-in subplots from the first and second books. I have a feeling like this is going to be a good one for both new readers and fans of the Beast Hunter from Riltvin.
My Next Short Story Collection
I currently have four short stories for this collection, and half a dozen potential other pieces to add. Unfortunately, I’m not having any success with short fiction right now, so I’m taking a break from this project for now. Hopefully I’ll still be able to finish this one for 2018.
My Secret Project
I’m making very good headway on this project which has been in the works for more than a decade. This is definitely a passion-project, so I don’t mind taking the time to make sure it’s exactly what I want it to be.
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