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I’m working on it.

So I know I’ve done a horrible job at keeping people up to date.

It’s a sure thing if I am around people and the subject of my books come up. The next question will always be…when is book three coming out?

As nice as it is to know that people like the product you are putting out it are also a little aggravating not to be able to give quality answers to the fans.

One of the basic issues I am running into is time and life, just like everyone else on the planet. Work, pay bills and find time for everything else and then repeat the next day. So, as a result, to get anywhere you must prioritize and make plans and sometimes getting the next book out must take a back seat to things of higher importance.

I’ve learned I basically do a horrible job at marketing my own product, nor do I have the proper connections or time to really get it to where it needs to be. Simply getting a book into Amazon means very little anymore in the publishing world.

Other competitors closely guard there parts of the pie and although the parts they have seem small, they all add up. So my solution is to (at this time) step out of the self-published world and make my way into the larger book world. Basically, I have been shopping around, looking at regular publishers and reading contracts. I have rejected several on the basis of no real marketing platform or bad contract. Then I found a publisher who has a marketing plan, that on paper at least has a bigger footprint than what Amazon can offer. They read the manuscript for the first book and offered me one of the best contracts I have seen yet. As a result, I am holding off on book 3 until I see what they do with book one. If all go’s well they will be my new marketing platform.

So they are re-editing the first book, Age of Shadows again. I just approved the last edit, so now it’s off to formatting and graphics. There is a fairly good chance that there will be a new cover and possibly a new name. If so, those of you with the older cover’s hang on, you now have a “classic limited edition.”

If they do what they say and it does well then I will gladly have them handle Fading Starlight. Currently the third book, The Eugenics War is sitting on my desk, waiting. Part of me still wants to do it as a self-published book with my cover for a while. But part of me, the practical side says wait and let them do it. What do you, the fans think?

PS. if you want to help then please remember to add your review where ever you find it for sale online. As well as referring it to others.

I have an assignment for you

  So after writing my first book, I kinda made it a goal that in every book after the first I was going to create a story line that made people cry. As a result, this second book has been “field tested” by a few people now. Two of them told me they had a “strong emotional response,” the third seriously cried. So it looks to me like I am well on my way to accomplishing my goal.

   So here’s the deal. This video’s words are perfect for the troubles and trials of Captain John Becker in Fading StarLight. So pay close attention, like always to the words of this song. And after you get your copy and read it in a few days. Come on back to the Wingate Chronicles facebook page and let us all know what you thought of the book.

R.A. Foster

 

Introducing, Jenny

As we steadily march closer and closer to the release of the second book. I thought I would introduce to you a new character who will increasingly take a larger role within the overall story of the next three books. Her name is Jenny, and even though it will be part way through the book before you get to meet her. I hope that you will like her. Her background is dark and at times a little hidden. That’s why I have included this video. Think of the words of this song to kinda be like her “back story” of sorts.

 

Captain John Becker

The trials of life can be a heavy weight for us all, but no less for Captain John Becker. Since the ending of Age of Shadows, death has followed him as he has undergone many things in his life. The following music video could not be a better teaser for what’s going on in John’s mind and heart in Fading Starlight. Pay close attention to the words as it DOES CLOSELY reflect many of the aspects of John’s storyline.

 

On the Road Again.

Jan15th. 2017
Hello, everyone, I wanted to give some information. As I am sure many of you know, the second book should have been out a year ago. But there were many lessons to be learned between that date and today, and yes money issues did get in the way as well.

A former employer of mine that publishes its own books brought me back on into the same department I was in before. As a result of that, it gave me the opportunity to meet and talk with some people and confirm some things I have been thinking about the publishing world. That is, the book world is seeing the decline of the power of EBooks.

There was one meeting in particular with a major buyer for several chain stores who looks at several thousand book titles a month. In his opinion printed books are back and here to stay. Because, as he said “A book feels real in your hand like you got something. An Ebook is viewed by their customers as temporary, almost fake.” Around 90 to 95 percent of their sales is printed books.

That confirms to me that an author can starve to death on Ebooks sales. Because right now it feels like a mass of sharks (authors) all scrambling with increasingly lowering sales for the few dimes on the bottom of the ocean floor.

Therefore I have pulled my ebook on Amazon and will be pulling it on Apple very soon. I gave up some time ago tracking down the pirate sights who have stolen the file. They pop up faster than a “whack-a-mole” game, so I am done with them.

There a gazillion people out there who want their books for free, and will only download free books. Sorry, not playing that game. I gave away over a thousand via Amazon’s KDP program and never saw any real increase in sales after that. If anything, all it did was bottom out and stayed dead for months.

 

So where do we stand today?

Book two ( Fading StarLight) I believe should be out near the end of this month or around the first week or so of February. Look for updates and will list the places online that you can buy it. As well as a sneak peek that I will release soon of the first Chapter.

 

This next book will be around thirty pages more, and here is the write up for the back cover.

“Angered by the knowledge that their carefully laid plans for the humans of Earth are no longer secure, the Grays move to take a more hands-on, direct involvement in quickly shaping the culture and the nations of Earth. Eliminating and minimizing everything of strength that could stand in their way, they now seek to lay a new road for their plans by deceiving the minds of people everywhere.

With all sides of this conflict, even the Grays’ ancient enemies of the past. Are now racing for control of the future as the Becker family is hunted by powers they cannot ignore. Heartache and loss follow closely behind Captain John Becker and his mother, Megan, as change is forced on them. Can a dream from Eternity shape the future?”

Update 11.29.2015

As most of you know, I finally finished the rough draft of book four. It was surprising to me to see how many times, I had to go all the way back to book two. And re-write parts of it to fit with book four.

Then, because I am highly considering a new book series after Wingate. Using some of the same people. I found, I had to go back and re-write book two again.

Therefore, I am personally very surprised to find out that book number two, “Fading Starlight.” Just how pivotal this book will be to the overall story that I am building.

When will it be done?

Good question. As a struggling new author, I need to balance everything to get this project done. I just got done with a long fight with Amazon to get the Ebook for Age of Shadows done. That was the result of bad advice from the start.

As a new author, there never seems to be enough money or skilled people at the time you need them to get it done. So, I am going to cautiously put a print date for Wingate Chronicles, Fading Starlight. Sometime in late January of 2016.

Thank you to everyone who bought the book or Ebook, every dollar helps.

If you wish to help out. Then consider giving Age of Shadows as a Christmas gift this year at a reduced price. Just add your email address in the box at the top of the Wingate Chronicles website. And I will email you all the information you need to order as many copies as you would like at 50 percent off.