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.
Link to all of my books on Amazon
Link to my SPSCC classes
First off, I want to say welcome to the new home for my blog! I’ve been intending to transfer my blogging activities to my website for a while now. Hopefully, you will enjoy some of the improved features of this new platform, including hashtags for improved navigation of articles, easier commenting, and better access to my other online homes.
While I will keep my old blog up for the foreseeable future so that fans can peruse the more than three year’s worth of articles there, all new articles will be featured on this site. I’ll also be posting updated versions of old articles on this site, so be on the lookout for those.
With all that said, I wanted to take a moment and extend a special welcome to all of my new fans. Whether I met you on my recent book tour or you’ve discovered my books on your own, I want to let you know how much I appreciate you and your shared love for the stories that I’ve created. Feel free to get in touch with me via Facebook or Twitter if you have any questions about my stories or want to talk about the craft of writing. While I am getting busier all the time, I always try to myself available for my fans.
If you’d like to talk with someone other than me about my stories, there are some online homes for fans that you might want to check out. The two biggest ones are the Fans of Lindsay Schopfer Facebook page and the Goodreads Fans of Lindsay Schopfer page. Both are great places to meet other fans, talk about my stories, share theories, and enjoy artwork and images related to my work.
If you’re interested in helping spread the word about my stories, the best way to do that is by becoming a member of my Guild of Adventurers. You can check out my Q&A page to find out more about the group and the sort of things they do. Even if you don’t join the Guild, you can help out by writing an honest review on Amazon or another online retailer where my books are available.
Again, I want to say thank you to all of my new fans and welcome everyone to this new home for my blog. You guys are great!