For more blog posts, go to https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage
or go directly to the URL links for all posts
For readers wishing to keep current with my activities in marketing the series and the progress being made in my writing, I will continue to update my progress on this post. There's still much to do as I continue to revise and edit the remaining two books before proceeding to write the final seventh novel.
If you are interested in reading the first five chapters of book one, The Ascent, you may find them on these blog posts:
Prologue to the Series
Elysium's Passage: The Ascent
February 23, 2021
I'm now over halfway through my revisions of Mystical Romance, which doesn't seem great in a months time. However, when its sometimes necessary to go over and over portions, progress is being made qualitatively, and not just in quantitative length. Generally, these are the more philosophical parts that require much effort to keep the ideas as clear as possible, even when they are deep and profound.
However, I'm past that now and getting into the 'hot' romance. I think readers are going to love the drama as much as or even more than just the steamy scenes. I've been at these revisions now for three months and probably have another two or three to go.
Much of my time also is going into my blog articles which I post at least once a week. I do this to help create a base of recognition for when the novels are released. At this time I've had close to 200,000 'hits' on this site since starting just over three years ago. Last month I achieved a new high of 8,000/month. February's posts may be accessed here https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/daily-message-archives-february-2021
January 25, 2021
I find revising and editing book five, Mystical Romance, to be a bit more difficult than I anticipated as I find my muse rewriting almost every sentence. It's been six years since I wrote the draft so I'm coming at things with a fresh perspective. I hoped to be halfway completed by now but am only about a third complete. The plotline is the same but there always seems to be much better ways of saying the same thing; sometimes with much few words, sometimes with more, but never with the same expression. Also, writing and managing blog articles seems to be taking up more time than ever since I often find myself upgrading the articles. Now that there are over 130 posts, it's getting to be a lot of work. However, I find it satisfying because of sustained readership.
January's blog posts may be accessed here: Daily Messages January 2021
December 27, 2020
I continue with my editing efforts and am now working on editing book 5, Mystical Romance. I wrote this about 6 years ago so it's interesting to come back to it now. I hope to have it complete within the next couple of months and then on to book 6, The Elixir. My goal is to have all six completed and published by summer or fall. Then on to book 7, The Return, the last book in the series which is yet to be written.
December's blog posts may be accessed here: Daily Messages December 2020
November 26, 2020
This month has marked three years of this blog site. I'm pleased that I now have posted over 120 articles and average a total of 6 to 7,000 views each month. This next year I hope to be up to 140 quality articles and over 8,000 views per month.
I postponed the on-line course I mentioned last month. (It turned out to be a whole lot more time consuming than I thought it would be.) I'll pick it up again spring and so have returned to complete the editing of my first four novels. I have lost track of how many times I've revised the novels. 12,15 or 20 times?
I had no idea it was going to be so much work in getting things right. Partly, this is because these are also works of philosophy and so it's not just telling a story but something much more complex. I struggle to make the concepts simple enough for the lay reader while keeping things entertaining. Often I feel I have fallen short and so go back again and again to improve the works. Since there are over 1200 pages in total with the first four novels, all having to mesh, organizing everything has required much time and perseverance. Also, there are over 1,000 footnotes that had to be researched.
I expect that these books will be ready for external proofing within the next couple of weeks. Then I will be on to books five and six. We'll see how it goes, but I'm going to hopefully have them ready by summer since it will be much easier to edit. They are more action-orientated so I won't have to agonize so much. Besides, I did much editing and revising after I first wrote them about six years ago... or was it longer?
Thanks for staying updated on my progress. I expect I have another two or three years to go before all seven novels in the series are ready to be sent to a publisher. (Wow, that will be ten years so far.) However, in the interim, the books will be available to read in self-published format, including eBook format as I complete them.
November's blog posts may be accessed here: Daily Messages November 2020
October 18, 2020
I am taking some time off writing to develop a video how-to online course, I hope to have it completed before the Christmas season so I'm going flat out with that project now. I'll let you know what this is all about by my next update. I still hope to have the first four books completed and ready for publication soon.
Through this project, I hope to generate sufficient cash to publish and promote the first novels before searching for a publisher for the total series. This could take a few years yet considering what material goes into the novels and the research involved.
September 6, 2020
I'm still working on editing and revising the second book, Elysium's Passage: The Summit. The first, Elysium's Passage: The Ascent, was recently completed but still awaits the final proof from an outside source.
The third book, Elysium's Passage: Quantum Leaps, has now had the final external proof and is ready to be published upon the first two being published.
The fourth Book, Elysium's Passage: Surreal Adventures is almost ready but still needs to be proofed and possible one last round of revisions. Each book has been revised approximately 12 to 15 times which is why the project will take at least 10 years to finally complete the seven books. So far it has been about 7 and1/2 years.
I had hoped to be further along in the process by this time but had a great summer with much time spent away from home, including spending time in Kelowna with my son and his family. Also, I had a great vacation for about a week at Whistler Resort near Vancouver.
During this time, I have endeavoured to post an average of three to four blogs each month and now am up to 115 posts on this site since beginning a few years ago. They average approximately about 250 hits per day or 7,500 per month.
Sometime next year, I plan to experiment on videoing some of these posts on my Elysium's Passage YouTube channel. We'll see how it goes and if it is effective in expanding the exposure of the Elysium's Passage brand.
My daily posts on FB are available to see under Elysium's Passage Novel Series.
Or Elysium's Passage Author's Series
I also post on FB under my personal name
May 30, 2020
It has been a long while since I've updated this UPDATES post. I don't have a lot of news except that this blog site was down for a while by the provider, Digital Bloggers, as they revamped the site. Then, it was a while before I could get back on to make new entries.
Also, I was on a wonderful winter vacation in Mazaland, Mexico at an all-inclusive, five-star resort. As a writer, yet unpublished, I have little resources for such luxuries. But, as with my trip last fall to a conference in North Carolina in October, I didn't have to worry about money since my stay at the resort was offered to me free of charge (except for the flight). I just put it out there once again to the divine and there it was.
However, when I got back I became very sick, confined to my bed for days. Maybe some virus... I hear there's one going around.
Now that it's spring, I have resumed my work but am taking lots of time off in nature for long walks.
Currently, I'm busy revising much of the first and second books; not the plot, but upgrading the writing style. Once I complete this, which could take most of the summer, I'll be ready to self-publish the first four novels. Also, I will submit these manuscripts to publishers to see what happens. I still have to complete editing books 5 and 6, which may take me a year or two, then write the seventh ... which is written in my mind only.
Once again, all my projected deadlines have been moved back. When I've completed this series, I expect it will be been 10 years or more. It has already been 7 years.
For those readers who look forward to reading more of the series, thank you for your patience.
January 27, 2020
I am close to publishing the next books for Elysium's Passage novel series and have been considering concepts for the covers. I'm splitting the existing 'The Summit', into two books, 'The Ascent' and 'The Summit', and therefore, have to create a new book cover as Book Two. The existing cover will be used for 'The Ascent'. Book Three, 'Quantum Leaps' will resemble a shooting star. 'Book four 'Surreal Adventures' will have a boat.
These are just general design concepts at this point, but it's a start. If you have any comments or suggestions for me, please email me at email@example.com Thanks
December 30, 2019
I'm almost there. Just two more chapters to review before it goes in for final proofing of novels three and four. Initially, these books will be available as eBooks on Amazon. I am making some corrections and minor changes to the first book and splitting it into two. This part will be called Elysium's Passage: The Ascent and Elysium's Passage: The Summit.
Upcoming novels three and four will be called Elysium's Passage: Quantum Leaps and Elysium's Passage: Surreal Adventures. It will be great to have these first four of the series seven available on Amazon.
November 28, 2019
This month I had two very successful book signing events at Chapter's/Indigo where THE SUMMIT is carried. Apart from that, I have been hunkered down to complete my last revisions to ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: SURREAL ADVENTURES. I've undertaken at least 12 rewrites since the first draft and could probably go on forever, but enough is enough. Next, I will send it Rebekah in Dallas where she will catch whatever typos and errors I might have missed. I'm very fortunate to have her working on this manuscript since nothing gets past her. I wish she had proofed my first book since there were still many errors that had been overlooked. I'm not going to let that happen again!
October 21, 2019
I went to a fabulous conference (and vacation) in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Boone, North Carolina, Oct 9 - 17. So many great speakers, authors, and new friends to inspire me for years to come.
I just knew I was supposed to go to this when I saw it advertised in a newsletter. That's a very long way away though. I knew it would cost me thousands of dollars in Canadian currency with airfare, lodging, car rental, conference fees, etc., etc. I decided I couldn't afford to go that much into debt since I'm still waiting to get rich and famous.
I thought about it and decided I wasn't going… unless the money somehow came in. Still, I felt I was supposed to go so I asked/intended/prayed for $5,000 to cover my expenses with a nice wide margin. Then about two or three weeks later, I went to my mailbox and there was a cheque for about $5,100 from the government of Canada. Ah, I thought, looks like I'm going on a retreat... better do my booking. Funny, but I wasn’t really all the surprised. It just felt like it was part of the flow of what was meant to be.
Still, I couldn't figure out why they wanted to give me all that money -- said it was some sort of adjustment. Okay, I thought... I 'd take it even if the skeptic in me said I should pay down some of my line of credit. But no, that's not what the money was for. I was supposed to go. As it turned out, I now know why... actually, many reasons, considering all the wonderful speakers, networking and contacts with other known authors.
Everything was perfect, the people, my B&B, weather, scenery. At least until the last day where a dirty, rotten thief stole my wallet at JFK New York just as I was boarding my flight home. Lost $350, but then, I was more than covered with that extra margin I requested. And so… life is good in the divine flow.
Now that I’m home again, it’s back to writing… lots to do.
September 27, 2019
As I continue with my revising and editing, I've now decided that I should split this next novel into two different novels. As it stands, each would be approximately 275 pages. However, as I continue with the story, I find there seems to be more to it and so they are expanding such that I may have closer to 300 pages each. I find what I'm now adding is not filler, but a new level of enrichment. I find that now, after my first draft on this story about six years, the plot has taken on some wonderful dimensions of intrigue and enchantment. I can hardly wait to share it, but it seems there is a little more to it than I suspected a couple of months ago. In any case, I'm sure I'll require at least another couple of months to put a wrap on this. But then, it could be longer. The story, or should I say, stories, seem to have a will of there own.
August 20, 2019
Back at it! I'm hunkering down again after some time off this summer to enjoy the outdoors. Hoping to have the next novel out this fall. In doing my 12th (or more) revision/rewrites, I found I wasn't satisfied with the last 100 pages, so I am doing a lot more revising on this than I had expected. I'm especially, working hard on clarity since some of the concepts are challenging in spots.
Also, I have had the first book re-edited and proofed since there were too many typos and errors in the original. I am considering splitting it into two books so it doesn't appear to be so daunting to some. I may also split book two since it has also been expanding. If I do this I would have four separate novels in the series by next spring with three more to go after that. Each novel would be 250 to 300 pages.
July 19, 2019
I have been taking a summer break from my work so I don't have much to report. However, I learned there were scammers lurking on my Facebook page, so closed down my personal site for now. However, I still have my ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE PUBLIC GROUP PAGE and will keep that active with new posts in the fall. Older posts can also be found on Instagram and also in the monthly Archives on this blog.
May 26, 2019
I expect my final rewrite and edit of SURREAL ADVENTURES will be completed sometime in June and then will await the external proofing of the final manuscript. Meanwhile, my numbers are way up on social media with a consistent 1,000+/- a day on Twitter for 30,000 impressions each month. Pinterest is even higher at 50,000 per month. Facebook, Instagram, and this blog account for about another 15,000 per month for a total of about 85,000 impressions each month.
Of course, this takes much time in designing and administering these posts each day, but my aim is to maximize exposure to the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE brand by expanding my platform. When the second book is released, I hope to do a targeted advertising campaign for both books on Goggle and Amazon.
I have also posted a couple of new posts on this blog this month which I invite you to view. I now have 66 active blog posts. By next year this time, my goal is to have 100 posts, provided I don't compromise the completion date of my third novel, MYSTICAL ROMANCE, by next spring.
April 30, 2019
As I continue to edit SURREAL ADVENTURES, I am still posting a quote each day on social media. Some of these posts are recycled when I don't have time for designing something new but seem to be well-received, presumably by new viewers. For those wondering, I design these posts for more reasons that just drawing attention to ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE. The view impressions, particularly on Twitter, tell me how popular each post is, which will help me decide which quotes I wish to include in a calendar I intend to publish before Christmas. This will be online but possible hardcopy as well depending on the sales.
One version of these quotes may be a freebee for anyone who wishes to subscribe to a quarterly ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE monthly Newsletter that I hope to begin publishing online in fall (or winter). More about that later.
If anyone wishes to view some select posts along with my commentary on them, I have archived THE DAILY MESSAGE FROM ELYSIUM posts. You may find each months at the end of the blog listings. (Actually, they weren't daily, more like bi-weekly). As an example, you may access April's archived post at https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/daily-message-archives-april-2019 or May's at https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/daily-message-archive-may-2019
March 26, 2019
This last month I had the opportunity to speak on one of the themes of the novel series which I titled UNION OF THE HEART AND MIND. Also, I had a couple more book signings at Indigo/ bookstores which is always a pleasure in meeting new readers.
Elysium’s Passage social media view continues to increase. Twitter is holding steady at just over 20,000 views each month. Instagram and Facebook are each estimated to be about 4,000 views/mo each. This blog as approximately 5,000 new views/mo Pinterest has been the big surprise with 20,000 views this last month. So with this blog, it’s well over 50,000 views per month.
I still hope to complete the editing of the second novel in the series, SURREAL ADVENTURES, by early summer and have it available for purchase soon thereafter.
February 4, 2019
This last month I had the privilege of speaking on how the Elysium's Passage series came into being. It went over very well and so I've been asked to return in March since I really needed more time to complete what I had to say. I am open to receiving more invitation to speak. At this point, I'm not charging for this since I consider it exposure for additional book sales.
There is evidence that book sales are picking up at the Indigo/Chapters bookstores with new orders going in at various stores. Over the next month, I have two more book signing engagements. Sales have been good at these but most of all I enjoy visiting with my new readers and talking about the ideas in the series. I would say the calibre of consciousness of these interested readers is way up there.
Blog postings are now 60 with a stable 6,000 cumulative views per month.
To sustain this growth on Social Media means investing much time with new posts. Unfortunately this has vastly cut into my time in editing the remaining books of the series. Nevertheless, I'm still resolved to have the second book ready for publication by late spring or early summer.
January 10, 2019
I have set up several 'boards' with Pinterest now which you may be viewed. Most of these are quotes that I previously posted on Twitter and Facebook and most recently with Instagram. I'm very encouraged with the exposure I'm receiving on Pinterest with about 4,000 'impressions' each month from my various 'pins.' Likewise, with Instagram, I'm up to close to 500 followers after a couple of months and no advertising to date. Typically I receive about 150 views per post each day which is about a 4,000 each month.
I'm receiving about 400 'impressions' each day on Twitter which is about 12,000 a month. I have no idea what I'm receiving on FaceBook but don't think its great even though I've secured over 4,000 FB 'friends.'
After tallying my first year of view on this ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE blog site, I was pleased to find I had received almost 42,000 'viewings' on the total 52 posts. As I continue to add a couple more posts each month, the viewings are now over 5,000 per month and growing. I expect I will have at a net gain of at least 60,000 this year.
At this point, I don't know how effective all this exposure is in securing book sales, but I know it can't hurt. I hope to begin my advertising campaign when the second book comes out, which I hope to be by June or July.
November 19, 2018
Over the last month, I have become active on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meyersneil/ and posting almost daily with much the same content as with Twitter and Facebook. My goal is to build up a sizeable following but so far I have not featured any paid ads. Perhaps in early 2019. Also, an Elysium's account has been set up with Pinterest https://www.pinterest.ca/neilmeyers/
A few 'boards' have been set up but no marketing initiatives have been taken for the series yet.
October 10, 2018
A number of the Dr Jan Merta talks on have been posted on YouTube but the sound quality on some of the videos is still being worked upon on some that are difficult to hear. I may have take some of them down but there are a few that are just fine. You may find the series here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXpzFH6VNMQLOtqOK2SrXpg
October 9, 2018
A number of Five Star reader reviews have been posted on Amazon as well as other highly complimentary comments that have come to me directly. These may be found on READERS REVIEWS on this blog site
October 1, 2018
A lecture series I recorded between 2001 and 2006 is being prepared for release on YouTube. These will feature Dr Jan Merta, who is posted here on this blog site. There are several reasons for presenting these talks in conjunction with the Elysium's Passage series.
For more information on the lecture series, go to: https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/you-tube-series-coming-soon For information on Dr Merta go to https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/dr-jan-merta
September 15, 2018
Along with everything else I'm up to with writing and editing my next novels, I have been active in book signings this summer. A couple have been at Chapters/Indigo and a few other venues in Calgary. Sales generally have been good but the real purpose is to promote the series with not just signings and sales, but to maximize interest in the books by giving away bookmarks and 'telling my story'.
Twitter has been very active with up to over 1,500 Tweets a day. Of course this alway depends on how active I have been in entering new tweets. Last month I had over 24,000 'impressions' in a four week period.
My posts on Twitter, and recently on Instagram as well, are mostly quotes found in the novel series, some of my own but most external quotes. Many of these can be found on this blog under NOTES FROM ELYSIUM https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/notes-from-elysium
July 2, 2018
I am now active on Twitter. For those interested, my account can be viewed at https://twitter.com/Neil1113
At this time there's nothing posted on it that's not already on the blog site or Facebook but I plan to do other unique postings in the near future. However, if you are on Twitter and wish to help me receive more exposure for the Elysium's Passage series, you might consider retweeting some of my postings. Thanks
June 28, 2018
I have set up an Author's Page on Facebook Elysium's Passage Author's Page at:
This is for anyone wishing to know more about me the author, including a short bio, press release, and short video presentation on the series.
June 18, 2018
Several online news releases have gone out all across the USA regarding Elysium's Passage. The original online news press release for Elysium's Passage: The Summit:
Please fell free to forward this link along if you wish to help me publicize the series
June 14, 2018
Softcover books of Elysium's Passage: The Summit are now available at all Chapters/Indigo stores in Calgary. Book signings so far are scheduled on August 4th and August 11th at two locations.
June 5, 2018
Elysium's Passage: The Summit is now available in hardback and eBook through vendors including Barns and Noble, Chapters/Indigo, Kobo, and Google. It is also posted on Amazon in Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Finland, India, Australia, etc
June 1, 2018
I will be having a book signing the afternoon of Saturday, August 11 at Chapter's in Shawnessy, Calgary.
May 31, 2018
Chapters/Indigo will be stocking THE SUMMIT on their shelves in Calgary beginning next week. Hopefully, this will be just the first step to retailing the book to the rest of their stores in Alberta and then Canada.
May 26, 2018
I will be having a book launch in Calgary on Sunday, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, on June 17. The Location is The Home of OM, 2312 4 St SW. There is no charge. I will be giving a short reading, then speaking as will Angel Rogers who had much to do with the book's inception. Signed books will be available for purchase. Refreshments included. It should be fun and very interesting.
May 14. 2018
I had an introductory meeting with the book buyer and consultant with a major book retailer. I'm hopeful they will carry Elysium's Passage and then we'll go from there to conquer the world. Barns and Noble; you're next!
May 10, 2018
Elysium's Passage: The Summit is now available for purchase in hardcover, softcover and eBook on www.Amazon.com, www.Amazon.ca, www.Amazon.uk, www.Amazon.au
May 1, 2018
I had a very exciting and successful time at the LA Times Festival of Books where I did some book signing and promoting my book the rest of the time over weekend (April 21, 22). We'll see where the ripples go, or maybe I won't, but trust they will continue in any case. Also I have a Hollywood movie producer reading the book so we'll see where that goes.
Things are being sorted out on Amazon since there was some confusion about pricing and availability. Hopefully it will all be resolved this week so that the eBook is online.
April 4, 2018
My first limited, local shipment of books will be in tomorrow. The larger offset shipment should be sent to the warehouse by month's end whereby books will be available through Amazon. Also, the eBook version will be online with Amazon by late April
January 26, 2018
I am now registered as an author that will be participating in the LA Times Book Festival, to be held at the University of South California campus in Los Angels, April 21 and 22. About 135,000 people attend this event each year including about 400 authors. It will be great exposure for Elysium's Passage, just minutes from Hollywood in case anyone there wishes to make a movie series based on these books. But I should probably finish writing them first.
January 24, 2018
My free e-book, How it Came, is now available upon request by writing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 11, 2018
After completing the last of my book's edits, I submitted the manuscript this week and expect to have it printed by sometime in March. The eBook, however, should be available sometime next month. I'm also revising my website elysiumspassage.com to implement the autoresponder so I can give away my free eBook, How it Happened as an advanced promotion for the pending book sales.
December 28, 2017
I've spend the last day or two searching my computer files for pictures that I thought may interest readers. I found plenty of pictures of my mountain climbing but don't know what happened to many of them. Also I added a file for some of my cabin pictures. You may find these photo posts on this site. If you have any comments on them, please send me a reply.
December 20, 2017
I have almost completed formatting my first monthly Newsletter. Still learning the overwhelming technology behind Aweber Auto Responder. By this I hope to soon start building up my subscription list as I give away my 100 page ebook that I've just written that I plan to call How it Happened. The first part is available on another post.
December 5, 2017
Working hard on my final editing of Book Two, Elysium's Passage: Surreal Adventures. Can hardly wait to share the story with my readers sometime late 2018.
December 2, 2017
I have now subscribed to the services of Aweber, an autoresponse provider. Now I need to learn how to implement to interact with my readers on this blog.
November 25, 2017
I've uploaded a short, very amateur, video on my Facebook page: Elysium's Passage Novel Series. I tell a little about the series with a little help from my two-year-old friend. Taken at my cabin in the foothills.
November 20, 2017
I've now completed or almost completed, my 'backstory' e-book which will be made available as a free book upon the publication and sale of the first book, The Summit, hopefully very soon. I plan to call it How Elysium's Passage Came To Be (and what it may become).
Also and have included a brief autobiographic sketch on my life for anyone interested in my background. It may be found as part of the INTERVIEW post on this site.
November 3, 2017
I'm now working on a short 80-page e-book on how the Elysium's Passage series came into existence. It's possibly more strange and peculiar that the series where truth is stranger than fiction. In any case, I think it will make for fascinating reading. I plan to give it away as a bonus for anyone who buys my book(s) online on this site in the future. Perhaps I'll just give it away without the sale of a book because I think when anyone reads this, they'll really want to buy the book. I also did a video last week about the series at my cabin. Jo, a friend of mine tried a number of shoots but her little two-year-old, Octavia was intent in stealing the show. However, I'll try to piece something together certain clips with Movie Maker just for fun.
October 30, 2017
I just received an invitation to advertise with The New York Review of Books. Guess that's not a big deal. But still, I'd like to think being invited to advertise in this prestigious publication means something. But then, maybe not. Anyway, here is what they wrote to me in part: "Hello! I am the advertising assistant at The New York Review of Books, and I recently read a compelling review of Elysium’s Passage: The Summit. This book seems like a great fit for our readers Esquire has called The New York Review of Books "the premier literary-intellectual magazine in the English language." Our 135,000+ print and digital subscribers and the nearly one million monthly visitors to our website offer a uniquely targeted audience for marketing If you are interested in marketing Elysium’s Passage: The Summit with The New York Review of Books, we would be thrilled to feature it!"
VIDEO INTRODUCTION (ATTEMPT)
The following titles in the ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE series are projected to be released as follows:
THE SUMMIT is now available
THE ASCENT 2020/21
QUANTUM LEAPS 2020/21
SURREAL ADVENTURES spring 2021
MYSTICAL ROMANCE summer 2021
HE ELIXIR fall 2021
THE RETURN sometime in 2022/23
ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT, is now available for purchase on www.Amazon.com and www.Amazon.ca
With the exception of the last novel in the series, the last three have been written but still require more editing before publication.