Sunday, June 15, 2014

Soul Born new version - new edit in last stage!

Hi all,

Soul Born has been reviewed by my editor and it is back in my hands. I started work on the final stage of the edit this week. It might take me 2-3 months to finish it, as I am writing a new book, and working with my agent on projects. BUT I will have this final stage done this Summer. I'd say I am 1/10th done so far and I am scheduling time for it.

I am happy with the results. I hope you all will be too.

I will post an update here next month.

Kevin James Breaux

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

SOUL BORN Saga returns to Kevin James Breaux

It's official. The rights to the SOUL BORN Saga have returned to the author, me! :)

That means SOUL BORN, BLOOD DIVIDED and the yet published, FLESH ENDED, will be re-edited and re-published soon.

In fact, Soul Born is being re-edited now. That book has had a long journey. I'm going to post the whole story on my author blog soon. :)  But the version of the book that was published in 2010 was written in 2007-2008. And it was hardly touched (not really edited much at all) by the publisher before it went to print. Why? Who knows. It drove me nuts. Not to mention, in 2013, I learned a great deal about myself and my writing by editing three books... three times. I had a lot of help from several agents and my editor. So I grew 1000%.

Does that mean a whole new Soul Born re-write? No. I don't want to change history or the story. Soul Born is Soul Born. A re-write now would turn it into a new book entirely. Basically, because I have a new focus, a new approach, and have learned so much. So the re-edit will address the POV issues, which were bad, I admit, and some of the other issues that plagued it.

A new "Reborn" version will be released. One that is a much cleaner read. I promise.

BLOOD DIVIDED will follow. Same deal. I will re-edit all the problems out. But the story will remain the same. Maybe some small additions here and there. :) Like a flashback that was before offered as an e-book only.

Expect to see SOUL BORN - The Reborn Edition out by the end of 2014. I will keep you all posted. And...good will have the same cover painting by Dan Dos Santos, just some updated graphic design by me. :)

Thanks all!

Write Makes Might!

Kevin James Breaux

Thursday, February 20, 2014

SOUL BORN SAGA Rights Return to Kevin James Breaux

Hi all,


The rights to the Soul Born Saga are returning to me in 3/2014. 

That's great news!

I'm already at work re-editing SOUL BORN. It needed it! I think everyone who has read it will be impressed with the new version when it's released later this year. I'm cleaning and polishing it up real good. :)

I will do a re-edit on BLOOD DIVIDED afterwards.

And then... yes... finally... then FLESH ENDED will get another edit pass (doesn't really need it) and it will be released. I expect that to happen in 2015.

Sorry about the delay. Sorry about the silence. Those of you following me on FB probably already knew this. I was letting hints slip for the last few weeks.

And thanks for all the emails lately. Lots of questions. Lots of compliments. You know me, I'm replying to them all.

Thanks all!

Kevin James Breaux

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Flesh Ended. The journey to the end of the Soul Born Saga

Hi all,

Those of you following me on Facebook might have a good idea of how hard I work at my writing. You might also know what kind of word counts I keep. I only posted a few things here, sorry, this blog often takes a back seat to FB and my author blog... but I wanted to post how I got to where I am right now with this last book in the Soul Born Saga, FLESH ENDED, exclusively here.

I began writing Flesh Ended back in 2010, almost immediately after finishing the early drafts of book two. Then in 2011, I added some more words to the WIP... I was at around 60K and I knew I was not even half way done. When I started working on it again in 2012, determined to finish and polish it to perfection, I had to literally re-write almost everything. See, I had changed a major plot point, so I had to adjust.

Back in May I started posting my word counts. I was just under 120K when May started and by the end of that month nearing 150k. In June, I pressed forward and topped 180K, finally completing the novel in the first week of July. When I went back to look at my notes I had written about 40K words in June alone. It was an amazing accomplishment. See, this was not NaNoWriMo* word counts on my pages... it was studied and structured and well thought out writing.

*(nanowrimo is a month of the year when authors are encouraged to write 50k words)(it can get sloppy)

After finishing the book, and re-reading it once, I sent it off to my editor in Portland. She gave the book back to me in Sept. I scheduled two months to edit it and guess what, that is how long it took. All of Sept and Oct I worked editing Flesh Ended and for the past two weeks I have been re-reading it again. That last pass to make sure my I did not make typos while editing. It happens a lot. You need to be vigilant with that stuff... It kills me BLOOD DIVIDED has a few typos and dropped words.... kills me.

So it's hard to say how long the book took to write. But for the most part, I wrote it from Feb-July this year. Reaching 181K words was a new record for me and proved that I could write a longer novel if I wanted to. My normal word count goal was 100-110K. Now that feels small.

I remember feeling a little intimidated when it came time to edit that monster. 181K words... how long with that take to edit? I knew editing 100K felt like forever and was, at times, back breaking work. But I went into it calmly and tried not to think too much. I took breaks and managed pretty well.

Final word count for Flesh Ended is around 172K. I trimmed it almost down 10K. I think that is a pretty good streamlining. I would not have minded compacting it a little more even. Also, in the process I wrote a new ending. The mood hit me, and well, I wanted to reflect how I was feeling in the book. Conclude it properly, and still leave a few openings just in case. I am not saying there will be a book 4. There will not. I will say this. I do promise at least one more short story in the Soul Born Saga universe. I also will release a timeline some day. Will there ever be another book? If so, it would begin a new series. And when you read Flesh Ended you might wonder... hmm, who would the series follow next?

In conclusion, I wanted to mention where the book stands right now. At the moment it is in the hands of two of my trusted fans/friends. They are proofreading it. When they are done, I will make a few more small fixes and then ship it off to the publisher in Dec. I am not sure what Dark Quest Books' schedule looks like, but I can safely say it will not be printed until at least mid 2013. I will keep you all updated.

As for the cover art. I have to save up some money for Dan Dos Santos. He IS waiting for me... ready to paint another home run cover.

Kevin James Breaux