On Finishing my First LitRPG Novel

Wow. It’s been a strange, crazy trip so far. Most people have been helpful as I switch to the LitRPG genre. Others are protective of the money they’re making in the genre and haven’t been as welcoming, but I understand their position.

As I finish my first LitRPG book, it’s a bittersweet moment. I’m anxious to get the book out to more readers, but I’m also sad that the first one is ending. This isn’t something that’s happened with a lot of the novels I’ve written in other genres.

Will this make a difference in Goblin: Tower of Gates Book One? Possibly. I’ve put appropriate amounts of passion into this book. I’ve already started work on book two. The cover is done, and details that emerged in the first one are being worked into the second.

Many thanks to Travis Bagwell, Dakota Krout, Blaise Corvin and all the others who have welcomed me into the fold. I’m excited about finally being able to write books I’d want to read myself. This feels like a life-changing moment for me in so many ways.

I hope readers give me a chance and decide for themselves whether or not I’m a good addition to the LitRPG genre. The attacks and vitriol I’ve experienced from some will likely continue (haters gonna hate), but I’m in this primarily for readers not other authors.

When I make readers happy, I know I’m doing something right. I’ve had a ton of fun writing Goblin, and that counts for something. What’s the saying? If you do something you love for a living, you never have to work a day of your life. I’m here.

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Anyway, just a few random thoughts while finishing up the book and getting it ready for publication soon. Here’s a sneak peek at my cover for Tower of Gates Book Two. Lemme know what you think!

Paul Bellow

LitRPG Author Paul Bellow

Paul Bellow is a LitRPG author, gamer, RPG game developer, and publisher of several online communities. In other words, an old school webmaster. He also developed and runs LitRPG Adventures, a set of advanced RPG generators powered by GPT-3 AI. Here at LitRPG Reads, he publishes articles about LitRPG books, tabletop RPG books, and all sorts of DND content that's free to use in your personal tabletop campaign - i.e. non-commercial use. Enjoy your stay and reach out on Twitter or Discord if you want to make contact.

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