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Book Update: PUBLISHED!July 1st, 2016
Greetings! It is with great enthusiasm that I am formally announcing that “The Project” as it has been known for the last seven years, has finally reached fruition. A week ago I pressed the submit button and The Modern Jedi Knight is now available as an e-book in the Kindle format from Amazon.com. The Kindle reader can be downloaded for all platforms, phones, and tablets for free from the appropriate app store or through Amazon itself.
The book is available for $3.99 USD and is a real bargain for being the equivalent of a 249 page paperback book. I initially offered the book at $9.99 based upon a few other books from traditional publishers, both in hardcover and e-book format. One book I just read in the last few days echoes many of the thoughts and processes that I describe in my book, although the author did not use Star Wars as a central theme. Luke Skywalker and the Hero’s Journey were mentioned a few times, though. This book I just read is available for $14.93 in hardcover and $11.88 in e-book format so I felt my product was competitive. A pricing calculator that took data from similar books and previous sales, along with the input from a few initial readers, said my initial price was too high so I lowered it and am offering refunds on the price difference to those who were first to purchase the book.
Even though I followed all of the protocols while formatting the book I do notice that there are some issues with paragraph indention that I am going to need to work on. Otherwise, I am very happy with how the book turned out. It appears that I will be able to edit the book and add new content, such as illustrations, at a later date for no additional charge to the reader.
With the project now completed, I am ready to begin working on the website once again. I will be working on adding content to the Modern Jedi Knight YouTube channel as well as adding regular content regarding current affairs and the Jedi as I did before concentrating on writing the book full time. There will be other symbiotic projects that will be worked on as well.
I want to thank everyone who has already purchased the book and also thank those who provided me with feedback and inspiration to complete what turned out to be a truly daunting task. Writing a book is substantially more difficult than I imagined the process to be. And I am crazy enough to have two more book ideas, albeit much smaller projects, in the works. I must be crazy.
Happy Star Wars Day! Get a preview of my new book!May 4th, 2016
You may recall in my last update I said that I would be releasing my book, The Modern Jedi Knight, today. After I made that statement I had 4 training events put on my calendar that took up 7 days of my month, not to mention the numerous days I spent studying for a few of the events.
But all is not lost. As a token of my goodwill, I present to you a gift, these two chapters. I have been hardworking on them and they will serve you well.
This preview is a very quick cut-and-paste from the cloud to a Word document to make the PDF version. There are some formatting issues that occurred by using CTL-V but all of the information is there. I plan on having the book released within the next two weeks on Amazon. I will be certain to get the word out so be certain you have signed up for our email blast by using the link at the bottom of the page or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
I would be honored if you would read through the two chapter preview and then provide me with some honest feedback. Please email using the address admin at modernjediknight.com.
I will be cooking rootleaf and watching Star Wars all day today, along with posting a few pictures on social media throughout the day as well. I hope you enjoy today because it is our holiday! Make it a good one.
Book Update for March 2016: Release Date Plus a Book Review Plus a YouTube AccountMarch 30th, 2016
Greetings to all my fellow Jedi. Happy Spring to those in the Northern Equator! We have a lot to talk about so let us get to it.
The book is, for most purposes, complete. I have not heard from any traditional publisher as of yet but, with one more submission to be sent out shortly, we are not down to our only hope yet. So, armed with that knowledge, I have decided to commit to the Kindle platform for publishing so I will have to go through and see if I am satisfied with any images I might put into the book and go through some final formatting and editing. With the work that needs to be done I see no more of a fitting day to release the e-book about training to become a Modern Jedi than International Star Wars Day.
So, I don’t expect that to break the holonet but that is the breaking news. The book will be released on May the Fourth of this year.
In other news, I finished reading The Force Awakens in book format a few weeks ago, in addition to seeing the movie a few more times. The book reviews were fairly brutal, even among those who would call themselves Star Wars fans. I enjoyed the book, giving it two thumbs up even though it really didn’t provide any vital information that wasn’t put into the movie. The only qualm I could have against the book would be the vocabulary used by Alan Dean Foster. Some of the words were novel, new, and fancy but soon became repetitive by the end of the book. Alan would have done well to heed the words of one of my English teachers who jokingly said, “Never use a big word when a diminutive one will suffice.” However, I added some words to my lexicon in the process so I am not complaining.
Lastly, I finally have gotten around to creating that YouTube channel I had always been thinking of. I have started some playlists of official Star Wars releases along with some other relevant videos and have created my own introduction video. There will be more content released once the book project is in the rear-view mirror. Go on over, take a look, and please subscribe so you will be notified of all new content.
Look forward to one more update before May the Fourth. Until then, the Force will be with you. Always.
Boolk Update for February 2016March 3rd, 2016
I fully understand why the Jedi don’t have families or children. It isn’t about precautions against creating a whole lineage of Force sensitive individuals, nor is it about attachment. It is, quite simply, about time. If we were as busy as the fictional Jedi were, by being deployed all across the galaxy at a moments notice, there wouldn’t be time for family. And when you spend your time with family a Jedi doesn’t get much time to train beyond the bare essentials. And they get even less time to write.
With all that said, I have made small progress on the book. I am making the final finishing touches to another formal book proposal submission and will have that emailed by the end of the week if all goes well. I haven’t been resting on my laurels, however, as I have been working on some artwork for both the book and for a t-shirt idea (which is just going to be wizard!) (I know, I know, TPM face palm).
Announced just today is the release schedule for The Force Awakens to be viewed at home in the US. You either have a little less than a month to wait or a little longer than a month to wait, depending upon your viewing preference. As of right now it looks like Target has the best deal for the pre-order as they have additional content not available from other retailers. Steel boxes or special packaging and other little farkles and doodads and hocus pocus don’t really interest me.
The announcement later this month regarding the book should be quite momentous as I anticipate having the book completed. Then it will just be a wait to see if I self-publish or find someone to do traditional publishing. Stay tuned and sign up for our email newsletter at the bottom of the page to ensure you get every update posted here.
Book Update for January 2016January 30th, 2016
This project, the one I have been undertaking for many years, is almost ready to come to an end. The book is almost complete.
Even though the book is almost ready, I am thinking of delaying self-publishing until late March or April. A few weeks ago I decided to recheck a traditional publishing house’s website on their submission guidelines and discovered that they have recently added many different genres to their list of acceptable submissions. With that information I feel very excited in that they may be the perfect publisher for my book. They say that I can self-publish and that they will still accept my submission but I wouldn’t want to have two different products out as I am certain a professional editor would recommend some changes to the book, most likely simple grammar changes and the like but they may have some suggestions on flow or other large changes. I am putting the finishing touches on my submission application and will have that delivered within the week. I hope my decision to delay publishing a few months doesn’t disappoint too many people.
Did you know there is another Star Wars movie out there that needs to be seen? With four viewings in and in all formats available, I am thinking I have at least one more IMAX viewing in my future before The Force Awakens is released to Blu-Rey. Again, if you haven’t seen it in IMAX 3D you are really missing out on a great experience.
Book Update for November and December 2015December 20th, 2015
Hello to all my fellow Jedi!
Have you seen The Force Awakens yet? Through a curious chain of events I was able to attend a showing of the movie in 3D on opening day, albeit it was the 2 AM showing. Having had a few Earth rotations to think back on the movie, I can’t help but be very excited for what the future holds for the franchise. I will remain spoiler free for a while before going in depth about the movie so you have no worries there if you haven’t seen it already.
Regarding the book, I had wanted it released before The Force Awakens had been released. Unfortunately my wife had to be rushed into an emergency surgery a few weeks ago and there have been complications since the surgery. This had taken away any time for writing in the last two weeks, and with the holidays fast approaching and the Younglings home on Winter Break I do not anticipate any writing to occur before the end of the year. So my soft publishing date is now in the middle of January, barring any further hurdles resulting from my wife’s health.
The optimist in me who sees the silver lining is now happy that I can include information from The Force Awakens into the book and I don’t have to do a major rewrite because of some bizarre plot twist or newly revealed information or insight about the Force and the Jedi.
I look forward to my next post here, as I anticipate it telling all of you that my project, the one I have been working on for the last six years, is finally coming to fruition. Go out, see the new movie, and may the Force be with you!
Book Update for October 2015October 26th, 2015
Greetings and happy autumn to all my fellow Jedi!
The book continues to make progress. The last week has been a little rough as I have been recovering from strep throat but with a bottle full of bacta I am making a good recovery. I have a trip coming up that will allow me over 20 hours of time to work on the book. I am looking to make significant progress in the next few days and am still looking forward to releasing the ebook before The Force Awakens!
The latest trailer, a full length one released during Monday Night Football, has lots of people talking. The story line is starting to come together and many people are talking about the absence of the most inspirational and prolific Jedi. I am still on a self-imposed media and information blackout so I am only gathering information released through the official sources. I wonder how close I will be.
Book Update for September 2015 PLUS another FREE month of HeadspaceSeptember 23rd, 2015
Wishing all of the Jedi a happy Equinox today!
The book progress is continuing nicely. I had some insights that are causing me to move some chapters around and move information from multiple chapters into a new one. This has reduced the amount of new content that I have written but in the end it will be a first class product. I am getting excited as we are approaching the final push to eBook publication and continuing to solicit traditional publishing sources for a printed product.
Earlier in September I received a free month of guided meditations from Headspace as a reward for consecutive days of meditation. As part of my work on the book I have been using many different services and products to determine if I could recommend them in good conscience in the book. I decided to give it away on Facebook in a random drawing contest. I also posted notifications of the contest on our Twitter and Instagram feeds.
I don’t know any details about the Twitter or Instagram success but I can imagine that few saw the information. I do know that only eighteen people saw the Facebook post and that, out of those people, only one person commented on why they should win. Needless to say, it wasn’t really a random winner.
Why do I mention all of this? Because Headspace just gave me another free month of guided meditations. I will be posting another contest on the Facebook page tomorrow. If you haven’t liked our Facebook page yet, get on over and do that now. Don’t forget about our Twitter and Instagram accounts as well. If whether you have already liked our Facebook page or are a new participant, be certain to Follow and click on the See First option to see all of our posts on Facebook at the top of your page.
Thanks for reading, good luck on the next contest, and I will be in touch with more updates next month. May the Force be with you!
Book Update for August 2015August 24th, 2015
What a month. As the rootleaf simmers on the stove, I can only think back and laugh at what a month it has been.
I purchased a motorcycle a few months ago. I have been having a blast on it and it has been giving me great practice at projecting my presence through the Force (lots about this in the book). I was going to work and thought that I had everything strapped on securely, I soon found out I was mistaken. Luckily I am only out a few charging cords and a carrying case. The iPad survived and only smells slightly like burned rubber.
What does all this mean? Not a lot of writing happened in the last month. Here is to bluer skies on the horizon.
Lastly, I did a quick poll on Facebook to see what everyone’s preferences were regarding the book format. My plan now is to continue to try to get it published traditionally in paper format (hopefully a hard cover) and release the book on Kindle or iBooks prior to the release of The Force Awakens.
Until next month, may the Force be with you!
Book Update for July 2015July 22nd, 2015
There has not been much writing in the last month with the Younglings still home from school. With them returning to the Academy in 3 weeks or so I am looking forward to more writing time then.
Since I haven’t had the time to commit large hours of my life to writing I have been busying myself with finalizing some book proposals that I am getting ready to submit with the hopes of achieving a traditional publishing deal. If there are no takers then I will proceed through one of the self-publishing routes and start with an e-book.
San Diego Comic Con 2015 is now in the history books. I had been hoping to see a new trailer for The Force Awakens, what we instead saw was a reel of behind the scenes footage from filming. If you didn’t see it on our Facebook or Twitter feed you can see it here or watch it below.
Some routine website maintenance has been going on as well when I have the time to optimize the experience for you as well.
Until next month! May the Force Be With You!
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