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Divine Blood: Semester Start  - Cover Art by Thrythlind Divine Blood: Semester Start  - Cover Art by Thrythlind
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Things evolve.

Technology and Technique

Life and Lives

Battles and Wars

They start as one thing and then become entirely another.



Evolution can be inconvenient.



It's no different for Bravura Academy.

The student body vice president worries about her overblown reputation. A teenaged soldier attempts to adapt to a life outside the battlefied. A girl with fearful problems tries to be more independent. A new student worries about his sisters and distrusts the new school and people. A reckless amazon thrashes about like a earthquake that's trying to be friendly.

They all bring their own problems, but there are other things coming down around these five and their classmates.


Ancient feuds and secret societies

Psychics and mercenaries

Advanced technology and magical knowledge



This is going to be a fun semester.

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This is cover art for the first novel of the Divine Blood series.


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Index of Other Divine Blood Stories and Art in my gallery

Divine Blood Index**************************
Divine Blood stories available on DA:
Novel Sample Chapters:
This Looks Like a Safe Neighborhood... : http://fav.me/d42d6br
Deployment: http://fav.me/d42d9cq
Just a Girl: http://fav.me/d42dado
Creepy Cute: http://fav.me/d42dbfa
In Motion: http://fav.me/d42ddgt
Center of It: http://fav.me/d42dfjf
Unique Perspective: http://fav.me/d53r3zz
Extracurriculars listed chronologically to the Divine Blood Timeline (focus character in parantheses):
Regarding the Proper Use of Force (Gaetana Trolleti): http://fav.me/d5vpbpa
Following Dernhelm (Eowyn Desai): http://fav.me/d5bh3hn
Can't Go Home (Whelan Connor): http://fav.me/d5nw5qc
Smoke Over Grimsvotn (Lilitu Geisthexe): http://fav.me/d5bh2wj
Serious Matter (Sherissie Minaba): http://fav.me/d5bh3zv
A Day in the Life of a Busy Woman (Mao Semezou): http://fav.me/d5c0o5b
High School Hel (Hel Logesdottir): http://fav.me/d5j1hg7
Pop Quiz (Naiki Semezou): http://fav.me/d62tdla
Magnets: http://fav.me/d6eju4e
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MegaHeroes16 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Hold on a sec! I realized something. You use artwork inside the novel as well. Example: the scene with the weird Mecha aircraft. Doesn't that make the whole process (unnecessarily or more) expensive? I mean, I've rarely seen any books that have pictures inside.
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Thrythlind Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Writer
yep, accounted for those....and it's still common to have the occasional picture...and "Light Novels" out of Japan are basically novels with occasional manga-style art showing scenes from the book
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MegaHeroes16 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
BTW, isn't it also true that are quite some writers who went from self publishing to getting their novels published by official publishers? Of course, the consequence is: executive meddling.

Anyway, if this is true it means I can always publish my future novels myself till some good publisher comes around and takes the publishing over (executive meddling can be for the best... OR the Worst).
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Thrythlind Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Writer
this is the attitude I'm taking...Eragon (the dragon story) is famous for being self-published and then getting picked up...so yes, self-published novels have even had movies made of them

if my book or books become popular THEN I could use the help and resources of those publishing giants
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MegaHeroes16 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well good luck on your books ;)!

What's quite impressive is that you wrote Divine Blood in less than a year. I've heard it normally takes a year or two to write a novel (including editing and beta-reading).

And have you read my story already :3?
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Thrythlind Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Writer
can you relink me, sorry, been doing stuff for the Roleplaying Game for Divine Blood all day
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MegaHeroes16 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
With pleasure :) [link]
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MegaHeroes16 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Do the inside artworks have to be in Perfect-Top-Quality as well? The last time I remember seeing pictures in books was that time when I read a book by Luke Jackson about Asperger's Syndrome. Pictures were quite crappy, though. Pictures inside novels does sound like an awesome idea... Perhaps I could use my own artworks and manga drawings.
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Thrythlind Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Writer
I paid $30 a piece for each of the 6 pieces inside Divine Blood (only 4 of which were printed to Deviant Art)

so yeah, the inside art doesn't need to be as high quality, just needs good quality
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MegaHeroes16 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Do you have to pay more for the printing costs if you put pictures inside the novel?
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Thrythlind Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Writer
only if you use color art
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MegaHeroes16 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You know, I'm quite interested by the fact that you write novels that are (partly) influenced by anime and manga. The fact that you self-publish bothers me... what's the reason? I mean, is it that hard to find a good publisher? I mean... it would be at least a fresh addition to the Fantasy library as most of the well known fantasy novels are High Fantasy ones.

I myself am an aspiring writer that writes and wants to write stories influenced by video games, anime and philosophy. Of course, I've been wondering if there are other people who might have written the 'ideal fantasy novels' (you know; stories with mecha, magic, gods, romance, et cetera). Till now I've only found 'Universal War ARM X' by Peter Smorynski, the Broken Sky series by Chris Wooding and your novels.
The small amount of animesque novels and the fact that one publishes those books himself makes me feel quite discouraged. I don't have to be filthy rich or something, but I'd hope that my books will be read by people outside of my family, friends and 'inner-internet-buddy' (AKA the people who watch me on DevArt for example) circles. Don't take it too offensive, please :(.
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Thrythlind Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Writer
I don't...basically, consider this...there are thousands of people writing books every day and the publishers have the funds to put out only a fraction of what comes into them and they have to be concerned with what sells otherwise the business goes down the tube.

In the past, getting published was only really possible through them, but now with self-publishing more and more people are going that way. I was actually told by someone that if the only reason I wanted to go with a main publisher was to get help with promotion, that I should forget it since the big publishers make you pay for promotion out of your pocket so it's not much different.

Only really big difference is that going with a publisher gets you access to an editing staff, apparently.

Basically, self-publishing is getting more common rather than traditional publishing getting harder.
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MegaHeroes16 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
But don't you think that publishers promote the books better than self-publishers? I mean... I can't think of one book that got popular success and WASN'T published by a company. I mean, Stephanie Meyer, writer of the Twilight series, had a rough time searching for a publisher but she desperately wanted to NOT self publish it. Result: despite negative criticism, it became a smashing best seller.
Editing Staffs can be quite useful. I mean, they can check the grammar and overall content of your story and check if it doesn't read like crap.
Some of the mayor complaints or bad things I hear about self published books are that:
1. The quality of self published books are low
2. You have to pay a lot for the publishing yourself (Unless this applies to official publishing companies as well...)
3. The success of writing best-sellers is low compared to a NOT-self published novel.

But maybe you have great counterarguments... How much copies or files have you sold? Is there profit or rather loss? How do you promote it? Better than what publisher companies do?

Besides, a publishing company like TOR Books has less trouble to publish books that will get popular because many readers are familiar with TOR Books' choice of novels.
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Thrythlind Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Writer
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so the top-selling fiction book was self-published this year...and it was 4th on the top ten list for amazon, the only ones above it being celebrity bios...and there was a second best seller on the top ten list...
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MegaHeroes16 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
So... what if, in the future, I'll decide to publish my stories myself... what do I have to keep in mind? What are the pitfalls and such?
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Thrythlind Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Writer
editing is the biggest one and the main reason self-published works have so much problem

Divine Blood has gone through 7 different people (8 if you include me) over a period of 2 months to get past that.

lulu.com is a good place to get started for physical printing, they convert the files to PDF for you so you don't have to worry about embedded fonts and such, they have a cover-wizard to help you design the outside

however, those services make it rather expensive...

drivethrurpg.com is not quite half the cost of printing which is a big price drop (Divine Blood costs 12.66 to print on lulu and 7.50 or so to print through drivethru) but you need to make your own cover and internal pdfs.

both drivethru and lulu use the same source printer: Lightning Source, but they're harder to get started with.

also, when you start writing plan to set aside some money for cover art. $200-$300 is probably best.
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MegaHeroes16 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
So that's why you had the sell the print versions at a 10 dollar + price... Wait? 300 bucks!? Is Genzoman that expensive? I mean, a mere commission costs 10 to 80 dollars right?

But Amazon.Co.Uk and .Com also offer print versions OR ONLY Kindle versions? I do know that there are lots of self-publishing websites, but I wonder... which ones are reliable and stuff. Which sites have the greatest chance to let your work be known outside your family and friends?

Anyway... I guess making writing your number one career isn't on your list?
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Thrythlind Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Writer
hopefully, but that's a long ways off...putting more titles under my series will help towards that...I'm currently a teacher and should be starting a job teaching in Japan soon

amazon recently started a print-on-demand company called "Createspace" but it isn't much cheaper than Lulu.

Good, personal use commissions range from $10-$45 in my opinion.

Professional internal art I'm willing to pay $30 to $80 especially when you consider the inclusion of commercial rights

Cover art needs to be a higher level, so yeah $200-$300 is a good range.

Genzoman does work for Blizzard and Capcom, and his prices generally run in that range. The cover to Divine Blood was done for $200, which is really $40 per character if you think about it...


Lulu is good to experiment with, especially if you primarily want to print for your own pleasure

ebook is best to start out with on a business model, I'd say, get a place to do prints in order to have something to bring to book-signings and conventions or to have a way to offer print copies as contest prizes or the like.

But until you get popular, I doubt you'll sell many print copies.

Granted, I'm still in the early stages and I'm watching my sales slow down again, so we'll see.
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Thrythlind Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Writer
Publishing companies only promote the books that do well. A handful, they each have hundreds of other titles that the author themselves has to promote.

As to me, I've only sold about fifty of Divine Blood in the two-three weeks its been up. Plus another fifty other books. I sell mostly on kindle, so there is no cost to me. I'm making enough to support some advertising.

The average quality of self-published is low, but I believe there are 27 self-published books in the top 100 best sellers right now.

I only pay for the publishing if I do hard copy.

the way it works mostly now is that the publishing company puts your book on a list which bookstores purchase...if your books start selling well, then they start putting some money into buying it, but until then you have to hope that the bookstores feel like purchasing

you also have to deal with creative meddling
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MegaHeroes16 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Why doesn't Amazon offer a Paperback version. I don't want to sound rude, but I can't afford a freaking Kindle right now, and I'm very unfamiliar with Lulu.
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Thrythlind Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Writer
also...you don't actually NEED a kindle to read kindle books...I don't own a kindle either...I use a free PC app that Amazon provides to make my laptop act as a kindle. It is one of the best things I like about kindle format, they have apps to make it possible to read kindle on just about any electronic device.

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Thrythlind Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Writer
I'm trying to do paperback on Amazon, but it is proving a slow process....however, I will be offering paperback on drivethrurpg soon and that will be at a price of $9.99 as compared to $16.50 with what Amazon will do for me. I am also familiar with the printing company they use so I am confident as to the quality
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