Hello everyone!

I realize it’s been a long time since my last update, and I have reasons ranging from a back injury that’s been plaguing me for months (that seems to finally be resolved) and of course, just putting my head down and trying to move The Tide of Madness closer to completion.

I won’t lie, the finish line is still a way off. The first draft had more problems with it than I had hoped. But with so many different points of view, continuity issues are to be expected. The majority of the characters in The Bones of the Past were separate enough that I didn’t have to worry so much about a day here or there. But Tide will see a lot more interaction between the various characters, so I have to be a lot more careful. I’m writing shorter chapters (splitting up each point of view) and tightening up the timeline as much as possible. Still, I’ve been hard at work and I’ve finalized the order for the 57 chapters and made the tough decision to cut a side story out of the book (hopefully just moved to book three but that’s a problem for another day).

The three notebooks in the picture hold – among elements for the following book – the last sections of the Tide of Madness that I need to integrate into the version on my computer. The majority of my creative writing still happens with pen and paper and is one of the ways I make the commute for my day job part of my writing day. This guarantees that I have at least 45 minutes once or twice a day set aside to dig further into my world and fill in the insane puzzle I created for myself.

Most recently, I’ve been getting into the backstory of some of the side characters. Min’s story is about done and was rather refreshing to write – just one point of view and a nice simple story arc. I may or may not put it out there for people to read as a novella in the future, though my focus remains on The Tide of Madness and the as-yet-unnamed book 3 for now. If there are any minor characters you’re curious about, let me know! I’ll be looking for a new side project in a month or so for those days when I’m not able to spend enough time at my computer to make significant headway on the rewrite.

Thank you all yet again for your patience and support!

Lots more happening this week - The eBook for The Bones of the Past has seen a significant (and permanent) price cut! It’s now listed at $3.99 in the US and $5.00 in Canada!

Also, on December 19th, the audio book will be available on CD in stores and online! It’s a great option for those of you who haven’t been tempted by an Audible subscription. The strangest thing about it all? The book on CD is significantly cheaper than the digital download (literally half the price!).

Work continues on the Tide of Madness. I went through a short burn out phase in late October/early November and progress slowed down somewhat, but I’m rested and back at it now. I’m planing to have a new teaser posted on my Inkshares page and my website sometime in January. I’m taking a week off work so I can lock myself in and get some serious writing done as well as edit and clean up the new teaser chapter(s). There is some absolutely insane stuff happening in this book - the characters keep going off and doing things I had never planed on before but somehow it all ends up working far better for the story. 

Thank you all for your patience - it’s going to be worth the wait!

Hello everyone!

I know it’s been a while since I posted an update beyond listing another signing (such as my next one at Chapters Gloucester on October 21 from noon to 4!). Promotional efforts and writing have been taking up the lion’s share of my time and The Tide of Madness is coming together very well, if a little slower than I had hoped. Some characters aren’t making it easy – Jenus, for instance, has decided to go off on an unexpected tangent that actually lets me draw on a little more of the world’s history, and Ruin’s storyline is turning out to be more complex than I had expected and now interconnects with more of the other characters much earlier in the book. The result is something I’m really excited about and I’m hoping you’ll agree that it was worth the wait once you get your hands on it!

The goal is to have the manuscript finished within the next 4-5 months. I have a little bit of time off set aside and I’m planning on shutting myself in for a week at some point this winter to get a full 9 days of writing done. I’ve done this before and made incredible progress, so I’m hopeful that it’ll be enough to keep me on track!

In the meantime, the next week won’t see a lot of writing. I’ll be spending all of next weekend at CAN-CON: Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts... – a conference for speculative fiction writers that takes place right here in Ottawa. Last year was my first time attending and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s comparatively small for a con since it focuses on writers, but it offers great learning opportunities for writers at every stage of their careers with panels of agents, editors, publishers and some really phenomenal authors that range from fantasy - Steven Erikson (Malazan Books of the Fallen, which are my all time favorite books), to Sci-Fi - Sylvain Neuvel (Themis Files, which I particularly recommend as audiobooks), not to mention some newer names like my fellow Inkshares author J-F. Dubeau who writes both Sci-Fi (The Life Engineered, too short but awesome – Hurry up with that sequel JF!) and horror (A god in the Shed, even better than TLE).

Finally, I know I’ve asked this before, but if you’ve read The Bones of the Past, please take a moment to write a review on Goodreads, Amazon, Kobo, Indigo, B&N or wherever you bought it! Every review makes a world of difference in raising awareness of a new book/author! Also, if you are a member of a library (and if you aren’t you should be!) please ask you library to carry my book!

Thank you all, yet again, for your support!
Time flies. It’s already been two months since The Bones of the Past officially launched. It’s been an insane ride filled with blog posts like this one on Epic Fantasy Writer; interviews like this one from Geeks Media and this one from Alicia Smock; not to mention some great reviews– The Hardcover Life, RobertBatten.net, and WordoftheNerdOnline stand out in particular, as well as the Midwestern Book Review and Roll Out Reviews.

My not-so-little book has already made it farther than I ever could have dreamed, and it’s still surreal to walk into a bookstore and see it on the shelf. More great things are still on the way too - Audible will be creating an audiobook version at some point in the (hopefully near) future, bookstores continue to welcome me in for signings (next one is Chapters South Keys 11:00 to 15:00 on August 19th!) and stores are stocking and, more importantly, RE-stocking my book!

With all this happening, I’m still finding time to work on the sequel and the final book of the trilogy, and I can promise that they’re going to be bigger and better than ever 😊

The most important thing in the meantime is to keep the momentum going, and for that I need reviews. Book reviews (even negative ones!) make a massive difference in book sales and they are the single most important factor in keeping this crazy ride going. The reviews don’t have to be long or complicated, just take a few minutes to write out what you liked (or didn’t) - a single sentence will do!
The goal is to get 100 reviews on Goodreads and Amazon (Barnes and Noble and Indigo are also good!). Reviews are starting to trickle in as people make it through the 500-odd pages, but there’s a long way to go to get to 100. So, if you’ve had a chance to finish Bones, please take a few minutes to write a quick review on any one of these sites:

Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/2qwbVM0

If you feel particularly generous – please copy and paste your review to several of them, or even all four!

Thank you all yet again – I could not have done this without your support!
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Thanks Dave! 
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Wow!  2k already!  Congrats Craig! :D

Today is Publication Day for the Bones of the Past!

It has been a very, very long road to get to this point: I started writing what would eventually become the Books of Dust and Bone in January 2010. I made my way to Inkshares in late 2015 and launched my funding campaign on December 18. With support from you, my readers, I managed to place in the top 3 of the Sword and Laser contest (The Sequel) and on January 15, 2016 won a publication deal. Today, the book is available in hundreds of brick and mortar stores across North America, not to mention a number of online retailers worldwide.

I am eternally grateful to each and every one of you, and I sincerely hope you enjoy the final product!

Once you have had a chance to read The Bones of the Past, I would really appreciate a review! Reviews are the single most important factor in the continued success of a book. Just a short note (a sentence or 2 is all it takes!) to tell other people what you thought really can make all the difference. Those who would like to help even more – please copy and paste your review to all of the sites listed below!




Barnes and Noble

 Thank you all yet again!!!

Hello everyone! 

I have lots of great stuff to share today!

First and foremost – The Bones of the Past eBook is ready and available for download for those who pre-ordered through Inkshares!

To grab your copy, just go to the book page here: https://www.inkshares.com/books/the-bones-of-the-past

After you log in, there should be a ‘Download’ tab under the cover image. The book is available in both EPUB (Kobo/Apple) and MOBI (Kindle).

This should be available to you if you ordered an eBook or if you ordered a hardcopy. If you haven’t received a notification email from Inkshares about it, and the download tab isn’t appearing for you, a quick note to Hello@inkshares.com will get it sorted out quickly.

Second - Paperbacks should start going out sometime next month. I’ll be down in the San Francisco area signing the backer copies on May 8th. Your books will start shipping out shortly thereafter!

Third – For anyone in the Ottawa area (or willing to travel!), Chapters Rideau will be hosting a launch event for the book on May 30th from 6-8pm. Come join us for a reading, coffee, and swag, as well as some appropriately themed baked treats from Lolai’s Yummies! For those who asked – there will be lots of paperback copies available in the store that night :)

Full details are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/126870887829199/

Thank you all again and again. I cannot express how grateful I am for the support you’ve shown me, and the help in getting my story out into the world!

Dsc00487   copy Craig A. Munro · Author · added about 6 years ago
Thanks Brian! Much appreciated!

Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Reader · added about 6 years ago
Done!  Best of luck, Craig!!

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