Updates on The Last Navigator and Other Random Writings

The Last Navigator is Almost Ready!

My Journey on the Road to My Debut Novel

The Last Navigator Cover Art

The Last Navigator
Copyright 2013 by J. G. McNease

Today I edited the cover of The Last Navigator to better conform to the standards Amazon has set for cover art. The cover is looking absolutely fabulous, I must say. I have also done some formatting changes and the conversion seems to look wonderful as well. I’m waiting on my editor to finish his edits of the book and after I’ve made the final edits/changes as per his suggestions, the book will be complete! This has certainly been a journey and I can definitely say, without a doubt, that there were bumps along the road. For one thing, I started writing the story last fall (2012) and then I stopped writing and put it away while I changed employment, moved to a different state, planned and executed my wedding, and got settled into a new apartment. When I finally decided to pick the story back up again, it wasn’t until January of this year (2013). I didn’t read any how-to books on the subject of authorship, like “How to Write A Book” or “How to Become an Author”, etc. I just sat down and started writing one day. I hadn’t planned the story out and, although I did know the basic premise behind the story, I had no idea where it would go, how it would twist and turn, and eventually end. I experienced it while I wrote it and sometimes even surprised myself. I journeyed with my main character, Lani, as she experienced life, love, and loss, and I hope you (the readers) will also be taken on a journey as you read The Last Navigator. It has been a pleasure, overall, to write the book, read it, re-read it, edit it, and create the cover. As for formatting for conversion into an eBook, that is a different story, but I won’t go into my litany of complaints on that subject. My hope for my debut novel is that it will make a difference in someone’s life. If it touches just one heart, inspires one soul, or gives one person hope, then I have accomplished what I set out to do.

More News and Information:

Through Ryan’s Eyes

  • The companion novel to The Last Navigator is well on its way to becoming a fully developed book, and I’m excited to continue working on it once I get The Last Navigator finalized and published. Hopefully I will be able to get some excerpts of Through Ryan’s Eyes out for your reading pleasure by the end of the summer.

Another Book Possibility

  • I am contemplating a new novel (that could be a series, possibly) but I haven’t started writing it yet. It would delve into the genre of science fiction and would be set several decades in the future. I am working on building up my character biographies and seeing where this idea takes me. I’ll write more on this as I begin writing and hope to get some feedback from my readers.

How Scrivener Changed My Life, and How it Could Change Yours

  • Since Scrivener made my life as an author so much easier, and because I couldn’t find a specific manual (for free) that explained the ins and outs of formatting a manuscript for eBook conversion, I plan on creating a manual and posting it here on my blog soon. I’ll even try to include beautiful screen shots of the Windows version of Scrivener (and maybe even the Mac version, since I have both). Be on the lookout for this manual in the coming months.

As always, I hope everyone has a delightful Friday and wonderful weekend. Check back next week for another excerpt from The Last Navigator as the countdown to publication continues. Don’t forget to read excerpts 1 and 2, and feel free to leave a comment. If you haven’t read the first two excerpts, you can find them here: Excerpt #1 and Excerpt #2. You can also connect with me on Twitter (@JGMcNease) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JGMcnease).

Until next time…

J. G. McNease


3 comments on “Updates on The Last Navigator and Other Random Writings

  1. Hi I really enjoyed this post. I have just started to work out my idea for my first book – similarly I don’t know yet where it will take me, but hopefully one day I will be able to the same as you. I’d be very interested in the Scrivener manual for Mac. Good luck with the book. PS. Like the cover.

    • Thank you for the comment! I’d love to hear more about your book when you get started writing and I will be on the lookout for it. Scrivener is a great tool and there are actually quite a few resources out there for the Mac version (since it was originally designed strictly for the Mac). I have been using the Windows version since I’m used to PCs but I have a Mac as well. I will let you know when I’ve finished the manual. Thanks again for the comment and the compliments and good luck with your writing!

      J. G. McNease

      • Hi, Thanks so much for your response and sorry for the late reply. I’ll will definitely have a look at Scrivener. At the moment I am very much staying in my comfort zone writing short columns about things Australian, which I do quite effortlessly, but when it come to fleshing out a whole storyline for a story, that seems quite daunting. In any case I am getting good feedback on my blog, so I must be doing something right.


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