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Quality, Not Quantity

Sooo over at my first blog, http://montairyus23.wordpress.com/, the goal was to get as many followers as I could.  I’ll be honest, I wanted followers just for the sake of being able to say to a publisher, “Hey!  Look at how many people are interested in my book!”  However, when it really came down to it, when I would blog about my trilogy (TSOM), not too many people seemed interested.  I had/have over two hundred followers, and a post about my trilogy would only generate a few likes, and rarely a new follower or a comment.  I wasn’t sure what I was doing wrong…and I’m still not 🙂

But experiencing this has made me realize something; when it comes to blogging, it’s quality, not quantity that matters.  If you want to get a book out there, if you want to be and feel heard, just remember it’s all about the quality.  You can have 2,000 followers, but if only fifteen are interested in what you’re writing about, then you really only have fifteen true followers.

I must say, I truly feel blessed to have such an engaged audience already here at The Golden Lands.  You guys are totally awesome and it’s your support that keeps me going and gives me hope.  This is what every writer needs, whether he knows it or not.  And it’s what every writer wants, whether he wants it or not.

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Stay awesome,

Aul

More Than Just “The Golden Lands” on this Blog!

Just wanted to let you all know that, from time to time, I’m just going to write about whatever crosses my mind.  That could be some beef I have with our culture, tips and experiences about writing, religious stuff, etc.  I think it’s only right that I tell you, because I’m aware that recently I’ve only been blogging about my fantasy novella series.  And that’s because it’s going to be coming out very soon, most likely as an ebook.  But I just don’t want it to be a surprise when I throw an insightful post about a contemporary issue at you.

So stay tuned!  Lots of exciting, thought-provoking stuff on the way!

Your AA,

Aul

The Name

The Genre

The Dream

The Reason

The Cover

You now know (or are at least able to know) all these things about my series of novellas.  Now I’m going to tell you the name of the series.

Wait…what?  Isn’t “The Golden Lands” the name of the series?

Well, technically it is.  I’m going to give you the name of the first volume, in anticipation of its release, which I estimate to be within the next two weeks.  So here’s the name:

The Golden Lands, Volume 1: Shadows in the Sunlight

What do ya think?  Obviously, it’s hard to tell whether or not a book is named correctly unless we know what happens in it.  But, like all great titles, it should cause you to ask certain questions.  The most important thing, however, that I want you to ask, or at least be curious about, is “Why ‘Shadows in the Sunlight’?  It doesn’t make sense.”

Bingo.

The title of volume one immediately says something very profound: something is happening that shouldn’t.  Not in the moral sense.  I mean in the natural sense.  It just shouldn’t happen.  There’s something fundamentally and naturally wrong going on.  Of course, we only have shadows because of sunlight.  But even still, where there is only sunlight, there is no reason for shadows to be present.  So why are they there?

What—or who—is in the Golden Lands, such that its very presence there is fundamentally wrong, like a shadow existing in the sunlight?

Get excited to find out.  Self-publishing is happening very soon!

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Note: you’re probably going to be seeing this picture a lot 🙂

Your AA,

Aul

The Cover

The Genre.

The Dream.

The Reason.

You now know all of these things concerning The Golden Lands.  You know the unique genre I’m writing the story in, the dream for the story, and the reason why.

Now I’m going to show you the cover.

*Cue epic music*

Presenting…..

….The fantastic…

…Most epic…

…COVER OF THE GOLDEN LANDS!!!

DOT

ISN’T THAT INCREDIBLE!?!?!

…Now I know what you’re thinking:

the image is not mine
the image is not mine

I can’t say you’d be wrong 😉  But I was just kidding.  Ladies and gentlemen, here’s the cover for the first volume of The Golden Lands!

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Copyright 2015 All rights reserved

This picture was drawn by my younger sister Clare (who happens to run a blog with her friend over at https://lilyorphaned.wordpress.com/ [you should check it out!]).  This masterpiece has literally succeeded all I could have hoped for in regards to getting an awesome cover.  Being no artist myself, and not having enough money to pay an illustrator, my sister came through just in time.  And I’m totally satisfied with what she’s created.  The picture is a scene taken from the first chapter of volume one of the series, and I think you can guess what’s happening.  I hope you’re starting to get the “animeish” feel to the series.  What’s more, the cover is a perfect reflection of so many emotions and themes intertwined throughout the series; the darkness of the series, the violence, the emotion, the struggle of the characters, and the strength of the antagonists.

Things are starting to come together now.  I’ve almost finished editing the first volume AGAIN and, already having my cover, I’ll be ready to self-publish very soon.

Start getting exciting, because the ride is about to start!

Your AA,

Aul

The Reason

So far, you’ve learned about the genre and the dream of The Golden Lands.

Now I’m going to explain the reason why I’m writing The Golden Lands:

FAME. FORTUNE.  WORLD DOMINATION!!!!!

(the image is not mine)

Just kidding!  Although I can’t say that I’d say no to fame and fortune (and I probably wouldn’t be the best at domination the world), those aren’t the reasons why I’m writing TGL.

The Golden Lands is, first of all, extremely fun to write.  It’s very fast paced, which means it’s always exciting for me to write and present to others, and the main character is based off of yours truly, and the second main character is based off of a friend.  So now I get to write about myself doing things I could only imagine doing, in the hope that I’ll someday be able to live up to my character’s example.  This is a big part of why I’m writing TGL: I’ve done it to create a “better me” so that I can try to live up to my “better me”.

It’s actually pretty interesting; fusing my character, aspirations, likes and dislikes, what I know or don’t know about myself, into this person who grows into a better person than I am.  It enables me to learn more about myself, and what I’m truly like.  I think most writers would agree that their writing is a reflection of who they are; combine that with a character that is supposed to be you yourself, and the puzzle of who you are starts to come together.

Sheesh, that paragraph was confusing…

Let’s not forget another significant reason why I write TGL.  I am doing this for God.  I believe that my writing can be pleasing to Him, and I believe that I can help others to follow in His ways.  Mind you, The Golden Lands could not be categorized as Christian, but it does have themes of Christian morality.  And I think most people appreciate and take the most away from Christian morals.  If you’re not a Christian, maybe you disagree, and I can understand why.  But, for example, out of all the Avengers, I think most people would agree that Captain America possesses the most impressive moral values.  Which Avengers’ values reflect Christian values the most?  Captain America’s.

Just a friendly example 🙂

But anyway, God is one of the most important, if not the most important reason why I am writing.  Although The Golden Lands aren’t Christian fiction, the characters still possess that impressive sense of morality, based off of Christian values.

So now you know the reason.  Stay tuned for the next post when I show off the cover of TGL!!!

Your AA,

Aul

The Dream

the image is not mine
the image is not mine

So, what’s the dream?

I’ve always wanted The Golden Lands (TGL) (we’re talking about the series) to become a long lasting series of books that people, including myself, can’t get enough of.  I want people to fall in love with the characters; to feel what they feel, want what they want, feel happy for them, sad for them…I think you get the picture.  I want people to think about my characters; about why they do what they do, say what they say, believe what they believe, or enjoy this kind of soup or that kind of soup (obviously the most important one).

I want people to enjoy TGL too!

As of now, as you’re witnessing my journey, I’m planning on self-publishing The Golden Lands very soon.  It will most likely only be an ebook of some sort at first, but I’m sure I’ll move on to hard copies as time goes on.  I know self-publishing is a tricky road to go down; tons of people self-publish, and it’s very easy to get lost in all the madness.  What’s more, there isn’t very much appreciation for self-published books.  Thus, while—let’s face it—not every self-published book is that great, it would certainly stink if the good stuff (cough) just got blown over on the assumption that it’s also lame too.  So there’s a danger to self-publishing.

But it’s a lot quicker!  There’s a better chance that your work won’t get stolen and changed by some back-stabbing publisher and you get way more money for each copy you sell.

So there’s good stuff.

There’s always bad stuff.

…Sheesh, writing a book is a lot like going through life.

I know, that was beautiful. (sarcasm)

Your AA,

Aul