Allan Joyal: Blog

Please don't manipulate my book sales on Kindle

May 10, 2018
Posted at 11:42 pm

I find that I'm livid at someone, but unfortunately I have no evidence as to who caused the problem. Earlier today I received an e-mail from Amazon that they were suspending my account and pulling my books because of "illegitimate activity regarding reading or borrowing my books in an attempt to manipulate the service."
They have asked me to check on any marketing services I might have used, which is none.
However, I guess it is possible that someone has decided to see if they can manipulate my books. If you have, please stop. You are hurting me

I've joined the dark side

August 13, 2017
Posted at 9:35 pm

I have done a bad thing and created a Patreon account.

For those interested in such evil things. Mine can be found at:

What I'm up to.

August 9, 2017
Posted at 10:49 pm

As most of you know, I finished Living a CAP-based future. Yes, the ending is a bit abrupt, but as I had previously stated, my muse really wanted me to just abandon the tale completely, but I refused to do that to all of you. I may return to Crucible in the future, but right now that tale is not high on my priority list.

I had a plan to work mostly on a science fiction tale that has been in the back of my mind for a couple of years, and to finally get Seafaring on Jord finished. (Seafaring is stuck just a few chapters before the conclusion. I just can't get it to flow the way I want.)

However, after the response to A Living Dungeon my muse appears to want me to add to the universe.

Now, I make no promises on when I'll finish. I do want to offer my readers more scenes from Faestari's life, but my writing tends to be erratic at best. All I can say is that I'm hoping I'll have something to send off to my editors in September.

My brain is mush

July 31, 2017
Posted at 10:58 pm

I'm sure some won't like the ending for Living a CAP Based Present. It isn't a definitive, there will be no more ending. Unfortunately, as I said in an earlier blog post. My muse just doesn't want to touch this tale right now, so I brought the main plot thread to an end and left open the possibility of a sequel.

I will warn, it will likely be years before I return to this tale. I feel I need to get far away from the Swarm cycle for a while. My stories in that universe amount to more than 1,000,000 words, or 10 full length novels. It's a lot of writing and I just need to do something else for a while.

Sorry that it isn't a great ending, but the truth is that in the last 2 months I wrote a grand total of only 19,000 words. That is after several months of more than 50,000 words per month. There is no question in my mind that it was time to change pace.

I do apologize to everyone I haven't responded to who has mailed recently. Honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of the new mail system. It was always a lot easier for me to go into my e-mail and answer. I do appreciate every mail I receive.

Why "Living" is coming to an end.

July 6, 2017
Posted at 10:50 pm

I could make lots of claims here. And I will admit that I've received some mail from people hoping I continue the tale.

Unfortunately, the reality is that my muse just refuses to give me any more plot threads for this tale. The last few chapters have trickled out over days or even weeks for me to write 3000 words. It's a sign to me that while I might want to please the readers, I just can't keep this story going, even when I know I need to end it.

Part of me isn't very surprised. Building was 364,000 words and I went directly into writing Living, which has reached 277,000 words and will probably get very close to 300,000 before I'm actually done. For those who know books, that's the equivalent of 6 published novels (at approximately 100,000 words per novel.) And sadly, when you write that much, you can run out of ideas that don't make you think; "wait, didn't I already use this plot some 30 chapters ago." I've been feeling that way for a while now, which hasn't helped the story move.

So its time to finish Living. I am working to bring it to an end and actually am working on the penultimate main scene. I expect one more after this one and then perhaps an epilogue, although I might just wind it up after the second scene. It has been that hard to will myself to write these last few chapters and I know if I force it too much, the writing will be..... poor.

I should warn everyone that I expect I'll take several months off from writing any more Swarm Cycle tales. I really do want to be a professional writer 100% of the time and it seems like the only way I'll get there is to get 10-14 books out so that my name is finally noticed. Sadly, my latest book on Amazon "A Living Dungeon" has not sold as well as I hoped. It's going to make money, but I think it took too long to publish another book after Heir to Silence and now I have to rebuild my fanbase. It seems not all my fans here rushed out to try the books I've published that aren't free to read.

I'll probably have more in the future, I just don't know when. Right now the 3 stories pushing for the most attention are all non-erotic and in one case will be a whimsical possibly comic fantasy tale. In truth, I want to write that one, but I have promised to finally finish Living and i'm close so.......