Matthew Graphman, author of Savior of Dayspring
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After writing drama and children's books, I wanted to write something that my teenage daughter would enjoy. I asked her several questions about the types of books that she was currently reading, and I began to explore different genres.
The Book Launch tool helped me organize my tasks. I used it to set writing goals and track my progress. It helped me stay accountable and stick to my schedule. I also really find a lot of benefit in the marketing webinars and podcasts. There are so many good ideas that people have tried. Some were successful. Others were not. So, in the end it helps me avoid wasting time.
My advice to other authors is to make sure you have a support system in your life to encourage you through the process. Writing a book can be a long and brutal struggle. New and experienced authors alike will eventually be tempted to give up. Having a strong supporting system, whether it's the ALC or a spouse, child, friend, or parent can mean the difference between a minor setback and total surrender.
Secondly, and almost as important, set goals. Remember though, just because you missed the goal doesn't qualify as failure. Life happens and we have to account for it and cut ourselves some slack from time to time. Ultimately, goals are there to encourage us along the long journey of writing. Break down those goals into small milestones that you can easily point to and see progress. It doesn't do you any good to set a goal of 50,000 words in a month, if you don't look at simply trying to write 1667 words in a day. If that seems daunting, then break it down further – 833 words before lunch and another 833 after dinner. If you hit one or both of them, then you've made progress.
The end is near. The mastermind has decided to reveal himself at long last. Spire Tree, the fortress of Silverwood, has been destroyed. An invading army of Talicrons, like no one has seen before, is marching toward Dayspring's capital city, Fairhaven. With the Guardian Corps destroyed, nothing can stop the forces of darkness from overrunning Teradandra. Guntharr, Firebane and the other's attempt at locating the last piece of the talisman has stalled. Rift and Raskin have returned home, their adventuring and fighting days behind them. Taya alone still has hope and a good guess where to go next. Striking out on her own, Taya sets out to prove to herself and the others that she is ready to take on the title of Silverwood's Heir. Traveling back to her and Guntharr's original home, Taya encounters the unlikeliest of allies in the form of a young red dragon. But even the dragon is not cunning enough for Wilstrom and his conspirators as they intercept Taya just as she recovers the final gem. Imprisoned and alone, Taya has only one hope left, faith that her companions can find her. But how will they do that, when even she does not know where Wilstrom has taken her. With the looming Talicron threat, time is not on their side. For one member of the group, time is up.
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