mchawkinsauthor

Thanks to my lovely, lovely readers, Devil's Bones just clocked up 1000 votes and 5000 reads. You are an electrickly-powered light across an otherwise dark and stormy sea.

mchawkinsauthor

Thanks to my lovely, lovely readers, Devil's Bones just clocked up 1000 votes and 5000 reads. You are an electrickly-powered light across an otherwise dark and stormy sea.

mchawkinsauthor

So I just hit the "complete" button on Devil's Bones, and it felt really good.
          
          It's been 11 months to the day since I started writing it. That's more time than it usually takes to produce a human being, but, in my defence, significantly less time than it took to construct the Great Pyramid of Giza.
          
          That's a long time to be stuck in isolation with anyone, so I'll be taking a break from Ward and Carmen and their world for a while, but do please continue to provide your helpful constructive feedback and corrections in the comments - they won't be ignored. 
          
          Yours,
          
          MC Hawkins

AEPennymaker

Wow, I totally missed this announcement. I was wondering where you had got off to. 
            Congratulations :) Another one down :) It is a singularly delicious feeling ;) 
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mchawkinsauthor

Had a great chat with @KimmerJosephOReilly from Seattle yesterday. My first ever podcast!
          
          Watch it here: https://youtu.be/QRkvthBdZ1Q
          
          You can find him on Insta here: https://www.instagram.com/kimmersbooks/

mchawkinsauthor

@AEPennymaker Thanks for listening!
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AEPennymaker

That was fun :) Loved all the process discussion. It’s always cool to find out what people do to pull off long-haul writing. It really IS a marathon. Thanks for sharing :) 
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mchawkinsauthor

I'm planning to query Butcher Bert this year, so will be taking it down from Wattpad in a month or two. If you're currently in the middle of it, or had it on your To Read pile (haha pile), I advise you to make like a monkey with a bag of walnuts and get cracking. Chances of finding a literary agent who isn't offended by it are slim, so it may well reappear here at a later stage. Cheerio.

mchawkinsauthor

For those following me on my Devil's Bones journey, just a little heads-up. My modus operandi has been to post a part, then go back and edit it the following day. This has included, but has not been limited to, shifting chunks of the text back and forth between chapters, and deleting whole sections - not to mention fixing the stacks of typos and general weirdness that tend to find their way into any second draft.
          
          So my recommendation, if you want a More Cohesive Reading Experience, is to let the dust settle rather than pouncing on each new part as it goes up.  Remaining two or three parts behind me is pretty safe. You are of course welcome to digest the story any way you like, but I thought I'd better mention it, in case you were wondering if I've been sniffing glue or something.

AEPennymaker

@mchawkinsauthor I thought the glue sniffing was a given XD 
            This is good to know, since as you may have noticed, I, too, am a slow reader :) 
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AEPennymaker

Hey, thanks for the add :) I haven't spent any time on that one in a while, so... Ah... Don't get too excited XD 

mchawkinsauthor

@AEPennymaker I'm interested to see where and how you wrap up book 1.
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AEPennymaker

@mchawkinsauthor it seems to be a resounding Wattpad theme, actually. You are not alone. 
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mchawkinsauthor

@AEPennymaker Oh I do love smaller chapters, but realise I may be an oddity.
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AEPennymaker

Awesome new cover on Sleepers ;) 

AEPennymaker

@mchawkinsauthor well there you go, then :) 
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mchawkinsauthor

@AEPennymaker Yeh I wish I could create stuff like this. I actually brought up the horn/flute thing with them, but then I thought about it and realised it helps, because I DO want to mislead the reader into thinking the Oliphant is some kind of horn.
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AEPennymaker

@mchawkinsauthor  It’s eye catching, and what they call ‘genre appropriate’ : i.e. it has the fantasy thing going on with that fontwork and the single representative image, while the simple color combo of red and gold gives it a bit more of a classic /historical feel, which works well with the setting/tone of the story. The quality of the graphics looks good, too, and the layout with the small letters inside the bigger ones is interesting.  It actually looks professionally done. 
            The only thing I might pick on, if I had to, would be that it’s not a flute in the picture...  unless there’s a horn I’m forgetting about. Which could definitely be the case.  
            So, how good is it? I’d give it an A. 
            Not that your old cover was garbage :) But as an alternate, this works. 
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