TWLC Update & Special Opp

Hey Readers.

As I’ve been unusually quiet on my blog over the past four weeks, I felt you needed a little update on the release of The White Lion Chronicles – Signature Series. And a special opportunity for 10 of you. Read on!

First off, as I mentioned on FaceBook and Twitter a little while ago – since I’ve decided to use CreateSpace – print versions of the series will be available in addition to the previously-announced ebook versions. I know this makes a lot of you very happy. So rest assured, while the new cover of Athera’s Dawn won’t match the first editions stylistically, you will have a physical 6″x9″ book to fill the hole in your bookshelf.

All three works have been painstakingly re-edited by the brilliant Sue Kenney. I am indebted to her for her services far beyond what I’m paying her financially. She has kept true to the original heartbeat of the manuscripts while cleaning up my errors and asking all the right questions for needed changes to occur.

The covers are in the hands of my sister, Hillary Hopper (TinyCo), and designer Jason Clement. Needless to say my own hands are in the pot a little, too.

The lion share of my time at the moment (and on my flights to and from the West Coast this weekend) is being spent sifting through remaining edits, and formatting the books. Interior design is extremely tedious, but I can’t say that the control freak in me doesn’t love knowing exactly how it’s going to look.

All that being said, I’m hoping Rise of the Dibor is ready to roll out mid-July, followed by The Lion Vrie a week later, and the highly anticipated Athera’s Dawn after that.

Now, for the special opportunity. Because this is my first time formatting my own books for print, I need some extra eyes to read through the print-ready PDFs to make sure they are “clean.” This means checking for missed indents, spacing and page break issues, alignment, page indication mishaps, and any fleeting grammar issues we missed. You’re not critiquing the story, calling for re-writes, or killing off characters.

If you’re interested and have a savvy eye for such things, I’ll be sending the final PDF manuscripts of all three books for free to 10 randomly-selected people that indicate they’re interested in the comments section below. To give people enough time to enter, I will select winners at random over this coming weekend and announce them next week. After I contact you via email, the manuscripts will arrive as-they’re-ready with special instructions.

Thanks for all your support over the years; some of you have been waiting since 2007 for Athera’s Dawn. The fact that there hasn’t been an international uprising upon my home (or computer) astounds me. Hopefully the third installment will put all your longings for completion to rest. ch:

  • I am interested in doing this. More like, I would absolutely love to do this! Sign me up, Sir Hopper!

  • I would love too!

  • Leah Stockholm

    Ch, I would love to help you out! =)

  • Andrew Hotchkiss

    I would love to help you out. I think it would be good practice for me in the future. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • You know that I’m all over that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’m up for this anyday!!!! *runs in circles*

  • Oooh! Pick me! *Waves hand wildly* Pick me! GAH! :O

    I need practice for my own books anyhow. ๐Ÿ˜› And who wouldn’t want to read these things in their new design?!

    *dies*

    *revives*

    I have to live long enough to read these things. LOL.

  • Sarah

    Ooh! So cool! I would love to do this, Sir Hopper! It would be EPIC! And I need to find out what happens to Luik and the rest! Pick me, please! I’ll do my very best, I PROMISE!

  • Joni Mergenthaler

    I would love to be part of this process-I have a built in editor in the house too!!!!

  • Do not put me in the drawing. I repeat–DO NOT PUT ME IN THE DRAWING TO BE A PROOFREADER!! That would make me bug-eyed. lol But so STOKED for you bro to get this out. TWLC needs to meet a MUCH broader audience than before. Lord-willing it will get into tens of thousands of hands.

    • Your name is definitely NOT in the hat. Ha ha ha…

      Thanks, broski. Stoked for all that’s ahead for us!

  • Beth Walrath

    I would love to. It would be an honor. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Camerie Ann

    Ooh!! It would be an honor Sir Hopper!!

  • Camerie Ann

    Count me in!!

  • Kristie Rath

    Would absolutely love to!

  • Elizabeth Dresdow

    I would LOVE to do this!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for the offer!

  • Oh I would be so honored to be picked… please count me in ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been highly anticipating Atheraโ€™s Dawn! Your HUGE cliff hanger on The Lion Vrie has been such torture ๐Ÿ˜‰ I totally plan on reading the new updated visions of Rise of the Dibor and The Lion Vrie, before Atheraโ€™s Dawn… itโ€™s been, four years since I finished The Lion Vrie.

    I donโ€™t mind at all that Atheraโ€™s Dawn wonโ€™t match the first editions stylistically…so happy to have a โ€œrealโ€ book to nicely put on my shelf and to give away… e-books are hard to give as gifts.

    I pray that your trips to the West Coast are safe and fun.

    Godโ€™s care,
    ~Ryan

    • Now that’s the spirit! As always, Ryan, thanks for your enthusiasm.

  • Heather

    I’d love to. Those types of thing erk me in ebooks. Happy that you thought of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rae Snyder

    I would be very interested in helping out ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Count me in! I’ve been wanting to reread Rise of the Dibor and The Lion Vrie for a while now, so this is perfect!

    Now I just need to go make death threats to the other contestants to ensure my victory!… lol. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Sarah Rice

    OH OH Please put me in. I would do my best ๐Ÿ™‚ SO EXCITED!!!!!

    • Sarah: you’re in the running!

      • Sarah Rice

        AWESOME!!!! (squeals with delight)

        • Woah, I just heard a squeal in here!

          • Sarah Rice

            LOL… YAY (squeals again)

  • Emma e squared

    I would be absolutely, beyond any doubt, certainly, decidedly, entirely, fully, genuinely, happily, inclined, joyfully,keenly, literally, muchly, no more, one hundred percent, positively, quite, radiantly, surely, totally, utterly, very much, without doubt, ‘xtremely, yodeling (because I’m so excited)*, “zealfully” honoured to be picked!
    Thank you for offering this amazing opportunity!

    *Do you know of any “y” words? I didn’t.

  • Holli

    Hello, Mr. Hopper!

    I would be absolutely thrilled to help you in this way! I’ll have to pull out my copies of the Rise of the Dibor and the Lion Vrie in anticipation of the new releases!

    I’ve pre-read and edited for a number of different people in the past, and I can get the reviewed manuscript back in a very timely manner this summer.

    Congratulations to you, Mr. Hopper, on both the re-releases and the new release! I know you have very many estatic fans!

    • Awe, thanks for the kind support! You go, girl! You’re name is in the hat.

  • Margie Lundberg

    Put me in for the drawing, sir. I am picky about all those things ; ) Very excited for you!

  • Please count me in!!! I’ve been wanting to read TWLC for a long time!!!!

  • Dannal

    I’m down. Throw my name in the hat, please. It’d be an honor to help out.

  • Jenna VandeBrake

    I’m a huge fan of your books and I would be extremely honored to be able to proof read them!
    Sincerely,
    Jenna

  • My name is in the hat, right? ๐Ÿ˜› Just checking…

  • I would love to help out with this!

    Seth

  • Hey! I definetely wanna be in this! Sign me up for it. I’d be glad to help u! Greetings from Mexico!

  • John Ashton Cartin

    I would like to help you out with this

  • jeremy cutler

    CH, Count me in for the drawing… anything I can do to help! No matter what I intend to buy the whole set for kindle and athera’s dawn in paperback.

  • The drawing has been made. Thanks for playing! Winners announced shortly. ch: