Over at MeWe, someone suggested to have the Naked Crow books translated into German.
Germany is a big country with lots of naturists, so there should be quite a market.
I had a look at translation services. Right, that was out of the window quite soon. Having one book professionally translated would cost between €5000 and €12000.
Making that worth the while, I’d have to sell between 8000 and 15000 copies of the translated book. (Worth the while as in breaking even.) Seeing how many copies of Naked Crow 1 have been sold in English, which is an even larger market, it’s unlikely that route will happen.
I can handle some German, so I started translating it myself. That taught me that writing a story in German is quite something else. Translating from English into German, while not being a native speaker of either language, is hard work. I plowed through almost 2 pages and asked a good German friend to see how good or bad it was.
She made 98 changes. In almost 2 pages. Naked Crow 1 is much longer than 2 pages.
Sorry, dear German readers. It’s not going to happen anytime soon.
Yes. There is some news about our Naked Crow. About the ninth one, to be precise. Let me show you…
The only thing I would like to add to this information, which is pretty sparse, I admit, is that you should be on the lookout soon. You might spot this one as of June 13th. That’s when I plan to let it fly.
This story has been in the making for a while, but with No More Unsworth Manor Nudes and a few other bits and surprises coming up, that was to be expected!
So note it down, all you ornithologists. June 13th. Of this year.
Yes. This is it. The cover for the eighth book in the Naked Crow series.
Goodness, I still remember the moment when I started writing part 1. I was visiting Gran Hotel Natura on Fuerteventura (which unfortunately closed its naturist doors) and I was reading a naturist fantasy story that was soo poorly written that I thought: I can do better than that.
The enthusiasm that Naked Crow met was actually a surprise for me but also a motivation to keep going. And now part 8 is seeing the light of day.
The e-book will be available on August 10th, on an e-store shelf near you.
Let me tell you what this book is about…
A naturist resort as a place for resident artists. Can you imagine that? Yes, it will happen at the Mighty Oaks. Remarkable artists will stay there for a while, diving into their art – and strange adventures.
Of course, Sheila and Jeremy are part of those adventures.
Slowly, bits and pieces of the history of Mighty Oaks are revealed, as well as a secret the managers of the resort managed to keep for quite a while.
All of this and more will present giant problems for the resident shaman.
Are you ready to face them together with her?
I hope this is enough to fire up your interest for this new book!
It feels like last week that I published this book.
Oh. It was last week. Hmm. Thank you for letting me know. So it was last week that I published this book. At the moment of writing this post I have not had any bad reactions yet (I am writing this soon after publication so I am able to say this with an honest face), so hopefully the readers are entertained by Emma Nelson’s first adventure.
As the title of this post says: nothing for a long time… (meaning there were no new books for a considerable amount of pendulum swings…) and then… I have the pleasure to announce that the next Naked Crow book, volume 8 in the series, is ‘en route’ for publication.
My friend Will Forest picked the nits out of the text and had valuable feedback on the story, all of which is now all applied.
Yes, dear readers and followers of this blog, Naked Crow 8 will come out ‘soon’. That is probably next month because having the text in shape is not all there is to it.
Let me treat you to a sneak preview of the cover for Naked Crow 8.
Yes, the title is worth the trouble Sheila and her friends get into. They are for real Giant Problems.
Another sneak ‘preview’ is what this book is about. There are young artists of Native American descent, a few mentors and you also get a peek into Alice Branson’s former life when she was married. That ‘heritage’ combined by a rather gruesome find at the Mighty Oaks, makes Sheila’s recipe for Giant Problems. A good thing about this size of problems is that they won’t fit under your bed, so you can go to sleep safely tonight. I hope.
Happy reading, everyone, and be naked as long and often as you can.
A new post by P.Z. Walker, and not on PZWalker.com this time. I hope you can forgive me because this is the new ‘home’ for my writing posts.
It’s been a while since the latest Naked Crow book came out. Don’t give up on me: I’m working on book 8, which has given me considerable problems.
The first write got me quite far when I noticed it was going the wrong way so I discarded everything apart from perhaps the first few hundred words. That means a lot of new story and new words, which eats up time. This time however the story is on the right track and it’s also ‘making tracks’. I’ve been able to add quite a lot to it, now the direction is clear. I had to write a complete backstory on someone who isn’t even in this story, just to get and keep the facts straight. It’s the first time I had to do this but I found it helps a lot.
Okay, I mentioned ‘works’ in progress. Unsworth part 3 is slowly coming along. That’s a good thing. My friend, Will Forest, is going over another story I wrote. An urban fantasy in a whole other setting than usual.
There is also book two of Murphys In Space which I am working on, but with the Naked Crow story under steam, that will have to be patient. And there is the Crazy Pictures story I’m developing. That too suffers from Naked Crow-iness. All in due time though.
With July on the way out which means that most of 2016 is already behind us, I thought I’d give you a little update on what’s going on here book-wise.
Mirror Earth 2
The end of that book is in sight. I’m working on getting the last chapter in order and shape, which should not take too long now. After that I will let the entire book cool off a while and start reworking it to get the worst blunders out of it.
It’s become a good story I think, but in the end I’m not the one to say so. That’s up to you, the readers. I do what I can, you do what you can, and so we make a good team
Please don’t expect this book to hit the shelves in a month or so, reworking and editing takes time and attention. I just wanted to give you this good news. 🙂
I’m thinking about part 6. I have a basic idea for it, but there has to be more than just that. If you have ideas about naturist issues, problems or bits of interest you would like to see in book 6 please let me know. I can’t promise it will be used but it is a great asset for me to know what you would like to read about.
Historical naturist fiction
It’s still in view but so much has been going on these days (like publishing Naked Crow 5) that this story has moved to the background a little. I hope I will have some time to return to this story soon. It’s coming along quite well but there is some research on history I need to do. Everything in this story has to be correct and make some kind of sense, as opposed to real life. 😉
It happened. Book 5 in the Naked Crow series has appeared. I had never thought there would be 5 books. Maybe even 6 but I have yet to start on that.
While Jeremy blossoms in his new job and finds new ways to express himself, Sheila suddenly finds herself in Mississippi where a friend is trying to save someone’s life.
A fellow Shaman wanted to be a Shadow Dancer and that did not turn out well.
Follow Sheila to Mississippi and join her on her adventures!
Naked Crow 5 – Shadow Dancer is available as an e-book at:
Smashwords (files for just about every e-reading device/program)
I’m through the editing stage and now working on getting the actual books compiled and all the fun that comes with that. Naked Crow 5 will be out ‘soon’. Note that I am not yet putting a date on it but it won’t be very long now. And to celebrate that I’m showing you the cover for the new book.
You may wonder why I bring up historical fiction. If you did then you didn’t see this post in which I explain this a bit.
I’ve taken it upon myself to write a historical fiction story with naturist elements. It’s finally moving towards something. At the start of this I had not thought it would be so difficult to write…
Moving through genres
Compared to Naked Crow (which isn’t very easy either since I want to keep things credible), the historical naturist fiction piece proves to be one of the tougher writing jobs I ever put onto myself.
Whether or not you, the readers, will like the story or not, I’m glad that I picked this up. And why? For the challenge. For the moving beyond boundaries. We all need to grow. When you and I first dropped our clothes and found we enjoyed it, that was a step in our development. Growth. Nudity became our norm.
I’ve been writing since several years, and when I first had the idea of writing naturist fiction (I’d been a naturist since a long time then already) that was pushing against a boundary. After several naturist books, like the four Naked Crow books and certainly Mirror Earth, I feel good about pushing against another boundary. Going back in time, picking an era and write about that. I’m not going to tell you what era it is nor how I put naturism into it, but the fact that it’s working makes me feel good. It tells me that I can do this. Perhaps I don’t yet do it well, but time and readers will be the judge of that.
Naked Crow 5
Since I’m talking about writing (well, writing about writing actually!) I’ll grab the opportunity that Naked Crow 5 is currently looked over by a fellow author. After he’s done with it I can start making corrections and the book will come out quite soon after that. (Did I hear sighs of relief there? 😉 )
Until that happens I wish you many happy, naked moments!
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