I first began reading Daniel Schinhofen in March of 2017 about a month after Gamer for Life came out on Amazon. And, then I read Forming the Company (Alpha World Book 2).
I was impressed. Schinhofen writes well. You get drawn into the characters quickly and they never let you go. I’m not a book critic, and wouldn’t pretend to be one. But, of all the #LitRPG’s, Schinhoten books stand out as some of the best. I can only tell you what I like. And, Alpha World is a great series.
Check out the links at the bottom for Schinhofen’s works.
Twenty questions with Daniel Schinhofen.
If you could go back in time and tell your younger writing self any one thing, what would it be?
Follow my dreams earlier. I have been writing stuff on and off and never really finishing any of them. My grandmother, who passed last year, always encouraged us to follow our dreams. I didn’t really take the full plunge into writing until I found LITRPG.
How did you spend the first bit of money you earned as a published author?
Paid to get a cover for my first book. I had used the Amazon cover creator through KDP to begin with. Once I had money I paid a cover artist money to make me a cover for it. Which is the current cover still up on Last Horizon: Beta.
How many unfinished or unpublished books do you have?
There are a few that will never see the light of day, thank the gods for that. They are horrible and should never be seen. Books that I am currently working on two; Alpha World Book 3, Alpha Company & Apocalypse gates: Rapture. Both will hopefully be out by the end of this year.
What is your writing process? Or, how many hours a day do you write?
Most of my free time is spent writing. I don’t have a writing process though. I just sit down and write, and let the words flow. The writing takes up all the time I used to spend playing games and reading.
What was your favorite childhood book(s)? Why?
The Hobbit. No seriously, my mother read that to me at 6 years old. It was what made me start dreaming about writing a book.
On average, how long does it take you to write a book? (First draft, rewrites, edits to finally publishing).
From the start of a book to publishing? About 3 months, maybe 4, if I get a stall in the process anywhere. I am in awe of certain other authors who put a book out every month, those guys are just amazing.
We all get bad reviews sometimes when we publish. How do you deal with bad reviews?
Remind myself that people are dicks? Okay seriously, I still feel a small hit when I read them, if they have any merit. The ones that obviously didn’t take note of the blurb that said contains adult scenes I shrug those ones off. After that I go back to writing knowing that some people have enjoyed them, which is all I care about. Having 1 person enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it was my goal with my very first book, and still is today.
How would you describe your average reader? Or, do you even have a particular kind of person in mind when you write?
No idea, as the idea of an average person doesn’t exist to me. Everyone has their own quirks that make them them. I write for people like me. Those people who love games and love reading and want them combined. My old friends who I used to play MMO’s with, but who don’t any more due to life getting in the way. People like that are who I hope will enjoy my work.
What are your hardest scenes to write?
For me action scenes. Not my forte at all, even in books where a lot of action comes in I have a tendency to skim those scenes. Being told exactly how the MC twisted in mid-air before landing in a three-point stance to get the position needed to behead the mob he is fighting is hard for me. I like character moments more.
What is the best way you’ve found to market your books?
For me it has been word of mouth through Facebook. The multitude of pages dedicated to LITRPG has been my way. Which is good because I suck at selling myself. So props to those guys who have helped me get word out to fellow LITRPG fans.
What do you think are the challenges facing new writers?
New writers probably face the same challenges I did. Lack of experience, no editor, no money to spend on editing or a cover. I would also tell them if they think they are going to be successful to plan ahead. An LLC or similar is a good idea to help with the taxes incurred from writing.
What are some things you’ve had to sacrifice in order to write and publish?
I sacrificed my free-time, that was about it. I wrote my first work out of love, and it did okay. It did well enough for me to justify writing my second book. Which was not as good but that still gave me the courage to write my next series.
How often do you read for pleasure? How many books a year do you read? How fast do you read (words per minute)?
I used to read 2 books a week easy. Since I started writing maybe 1 book a month. Writing really does eat up most of my time. As for my speed, no idea.
Many indie authors live and die by KU (Kindle Unlimited) and the “normalized page read). What are your views on KU, Amazon and where do you think KU will head in the future?
Kindle unlimited has earned me the bulk of my money so far. Would I have been able to make up for it with book sales only? I don’t know but probably not to an equal extent. I would love to see KU overcome a lot of the scams and cheats that have been seen used there. I hope Amazon will devote more to it, but I doubt they will.
If it ever comes to be not as profitable I might drop KU and try to branch out to other services, but that is hopefully never going to happen.
Many writers find editing drafts as frustrating. How do you edit and what is your process?
Editing? Ugh why do you have to mention the ‘E’ word? I give it a going over once I’m done writing. I hand it to a good friend who is better at grammar then me and they go through it. I then go back through it again. After that, the beta readers get it, I have a lot more of them now woohoo. After I get their feedback I give it another go over then hope it is good enough and publish it.
I hope soon to get a paid editor to give it a once over as well. Hopefully in the not too distant future.
What software do you use to write?
Fans often have a preconceived notion of you. What is one thing your fans would be surprised to learn if they really knew you or spent the whole day by your side?
Heh, hehe, hehehe, mwhahahaha. Oh wait your serious? They would probably run far and fast. Okay fine I’ll be serious; I am a geek or nerd to my core. Want to quote Monty Python, or the princess Bride, maybe the Fifth Element. I can do that and love to do it. Probably a bit too much, they would probably also be dragged into the D&D game I run on Sundays.
What did it feel like to publish your first book?
Fear, nervousness, anxiety. That is what I felt, along with a little rush of excitement. I only wanted 1 person to love the book as much as I did. Which happened, so in hindsight I should have felt more excitement.
What are some of the difficulties of writing characters of the opposite sex?
As a female friend of mine has told me, women think differently. They process information and emotions differently. When I need a cold look at something, I hand it to her and then take her feedback.
If they turned your life into a movie, who would you want to play you? Why?
No thanks, pass. The only place that movie would be seen is in the adult sections anyway.
Okay I’ll think about it…. Ryan Reynolds, at least I know he can handle my humor.
Eden Redd, author of the Lewd Paladin Series has a new book out. I fell in love with her writing months ago with Lewd Necromancer. From there I went immediately to Lewd Knight, Lewd Rogue & Lewd Dragon. It took me over a week and a half to finish those books. I stayed up late into the night, trying to get that last chapter in before my eyes completely gave way. Why? It’s hard to explain, really. But, Eden blends just the right amount of fantasy and sex into her LitRPG books to make it captivating for me. I just love the way she weaves a story. Had it not been for her, I may not have stayed with LitRPG. I would have gone on to something else and probably come back to it later. My recommendation: buy the book or read it in Kindle Unlimited. Her catalog is worth a free 30-day subscription to KU, right by itself.
Warning: The tale you are about to read is a story of sexual creatures, human or otherwise. This tale is for adults 18 and up.
“The abyss beckons for the souls of the righteous and the damned.”
With the end of the classes, Luis finds his normal life quickly becoming empty. As he contemplates plans for the summer, the siren call of Lewd Saga burrows into his heart. The promises he made and oaths he swore in the game quickly come to the forefront of his life, calling for him to continue his holy crusade against the growing darkness.
Luis dives back into the game of Lewd Saga to become his alter ego, Thorrin Rivers, paladin and holy knight to the Sphere of Light. Little does he know that the Sphere of Darkness has unleashed it’s own warriors to deal with the meddlesome paladin. When a Troll Master defects, Thorrin swears to a friend that he will protect them and safely deliver them to the coast of Lukken. As Thorrin races against time, a shadow looms over his true and virtual reality. Family bonds will be tested as will the player’s heart.
Can Thorrin overcome his natural urges for justice when the enemy begs for help? Can the player unlock secrets to an ancient power to help strike down the undead Dread Lords rising from their tombs? Will fellow paladins rush to his aid when the dead come for him? Will Thorrin overcome a sickening truth that will attempt to destroy his real and virtual life?
Lewd Saga is a Virtual MMORPG, based in the fantasy world of Lukken, home of dragon royalty, human kingdoms and troll masters. Players quest, join in great battles and find love and lust in whatever form they desire. There is no taboo too great or too intimate.
*The Top 25 bestsellers list is based on my proprietary algorithm. I will write an article soon explaining how it works and thank the engineers who were involved in helping me create it. It is based on pure data sales in the USA.
Travis Bagwell author of the “Awaken Online” series is going to Dragon Con and has made Catharsis free from now until Monday.
Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He’s in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life.
Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn’t expect. In this game, he isn’t the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.
Hey, fellow #LitRPG fans and serial readers. Check out Eden Redd’s article on the romancing of #LitRPG. Insightful. Intelligent. And, a good read about this genre and trope. She’s also spot on. For #LitRPG to grow, it has to expand or else it will collapse under its own weight. Variation is key. Especially for serial readers, which is what I concentrate on. Check her article out by clicking the link below. I also have her feed on the left sidebar.