A little late, but Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Updates!

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! Ok, Ok, I’m a little late in getting a new blog post out. Sorry about that, it’s been a little busy.

I hope you had an amazing holidays.

So, as far as AGAINST THE BEAST is concerned, all the versions are out. Ebook, Print, and Audiobook. It was an interesting few months getting the whole thing out, and I’m glad I started with the novella before I tackle FIRE EYES AWAKENED – I learned a whole lot on what to do, what not to do, and what not to waste time on.

As far as FIRE EYES AWAKENED, I’m heavy into the editing still, probably about a third of the way done. It’s been a heavy edit, a little bit of a rewrite of some parts, so it’s taken me a long time. BUT… again, always learning, I now know what to do/what not to do and I have a system for moving forward on books, so I can hopefully get them out faster next time.

As far as productivity, I’ve had to go back to writing at night. I can get up in the morning and work on many things, but writing is not one of them. The proverbial juices do not flow.

That being said, I now know this. You have to figure out what works for you, and then roll with it. It has allowed me to progress much further in a shorter amount of time.

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Seems pretty straightforward, but we have to remember that we do not understand the big picture. The whole picture. We have to trust that the Lord has everything under control, no matter what it may seem like, and keep our faith in him, and him alone.

Have a great day, and keep plugging along!

Too Much Happening!!!! Audiobook, Print Book, Writing Contest, Christmas…

Ok, lots of updates! Author World – Ebook for “Against the Beast” is out and has been doing pretty well. I have been tweaking and trying to optimize the book and the process. I’ve got an amazing producer working on the Audiobook version! Hopefully will be out before Christmas, but we’ll see. So all of you who prefer audio books, its on the way!

Print book, which I’ve had a lot of interest in, is ALMOST ready, just a little formatting and getting the cover completed and then proofs etc. Again, hoping to get that up before Christmas.

I also entered a short story writing contest. First time I’ve ever done that, and it’s been a really fun process. Limited to 1500 words is actually REALLY hard to get your story into such a small window.

So with all that going on, I’m heavy into editing “Fire Eyes Awakened” and writing on the next novellas in the series.

Plus its the holidays! No matter what’s going on, we have to remember the reason for the season, and He’s the reason we have the opportunity to be so blessed. Merry Christmas, and happy new year!

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Novella “Against the Beast” is live! EBook out, Audio and print to come

Author Journey/Advice


Well, novella #1 anyway, but still, great feeling! I’ve learned a lot.

  • Its relatively easy to upload an eBook
  • There is a lot more to do still

I’m in process of getting a Facebook page going, as well as updating the blog, website, and author pages.

Going to start advertising too (insane to me), so we’ll see how it goes!

Thanks to all who have seen this process so far, and thanks to those who are joining it!

If anyone wants to write and publish one, let me know and I can direct you to a wealth of resources, some/many of which I will add to this site eventually.

I’ve also got to get better about posting regularly on this here thing. Maybe I’ll get it down, who knows.


Productivity/Life Hacks

Progress is made in small steps.

How do you eat an elephant?

One bite at a time.

One more rep.

One more prayer.

One more page.

One more day.

Progress every day, one step closer.


Proverbs 28:6 – “Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.”

Character is the sum total of the choices we make.

Character is what you are in the dark.

Character is what you are when no one is looking and no one is listening.

Character is when you can sell your pet parrot to the town gossip.

Choose wisely – you mold your character every day, through your thoughts, through your actions, and through the people around you.

Round One Editing, Book Cover, Map Design, Focus, Morning Routine

Author Journey/Advice

I’m learning as I go, but my editor just sent me the first content edit. And now I’ve got two words for anyone writing a book – Hire. An. Editor. She pointed out many things that will ultimately make the book better, and things I couldn’t see in the weeds of writing.

Now it’s revision, rewrite, then copy edit (the line by line red-pen-of-death type), then proofread, then PUBLISH. This is a long process, but it’s a decently long book, and I’d rather get it right so you guys will like it!

The book cover is almost done as well, and it looks amazing so far! My designer is awesome, and I’m excited to share it with everyone!

I’ve also commissioned the map for my world, excited to share that as well. It always amazes me what people can do with that kind of artistic work! Got the first draft back from that, and WOW. It’s crazy to see things on paper that I’ve seen in my head forever!

At the end of this thing, I’ll go over all my costs and how it worked for me. If anyone is interested I can help them out.

Advice for now, is outsource what you’re not good at! I wish I could draw, but I know I can’t. My map wouldn’t be professional enough for publishing, but other peoples can do it!

Productivity/Life Hacks

Just heard this recently, but others may have already heard it. This was published in Forbes or somewhere, but it’s an interesting story about the first time Bill Gates and Warren Buffet met. They were at the dinner table, someone asked “What’s the #1 thing that caused you to be successful?”

They both answered at the same instant, “Focusing on one thing at a time.”

That’s hard to do in our multitasking, fast paced, more schedule, get everything done yesterday world. But it’s sound advice. If you’re talking to someone, be in the conversation. If you’re working on something, work on it. You’d be amazed at what you can do with a little focus.


To continue on with that, it’s especially in spiritual endeavors to focus on the millions of things we’ve got running through our heads on what Jesus tells us is the best way for humans to live. They are all summed up into “Love the Lord your God with all your Heart, all your Mind, and all your Soul,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself,” but there are a million different applications of that during each day.

Enter Ray Edwards (http://rayedwards.com/ ), fellow Christian, Entrepreneur, and all around copy writing genius. He had a recent blog post titled “The 12 Minutes to Triumph Morning Routine,” and it got me thinking of my own routine.

(Almost) Everyday I get up, get breakfast/coffee going, and sit down 20 minutes of reading the Bible and Prayer. Ray’s post expounded more on it, and I’m thinking on adding a few to my own.

Point is, I feel much better, much more ready to attack the day after that 20 minutes. It’s something you might try – it really helps get your head in the right place.

What’s your morning routine? Anything you would add to Ray’s?

Here is the link to Ray’s awesome Routine:


Hope you have a blessed day!

RJ Batla

Website Launch Day – Cross your fingers!!!!

Alright, here it is. Me. My site. Here you go world, here’s a big hello and how you doing! For this thing, I’m thinking I’ll have 3 part posts – Author Journey, Productivity/Life Hacks, and Spirituality. Let me know if you like this or not, or if I should change something!

Author Journey

Putting this out there is an awesome feeling, and a big step in the Journey. Within the books, I’m almost finished with my self edit on Fire Eyes, then I will send it to some editors to get it polished up. The cover is in process, and I’m VERY excited to see the final result – it should be epic!

Productivity/Life Hacks

Coolest thing I’ve found recently is the “Way of Life” app. Its basically a checklist with a reminder on it, so you can help build habits. Mine currently has “Pray and Read Bible, Exercise, Wife” on it, reminding me that every day I need to talk to God and get in his Word, Exercise so I can be around as long as possible, and make sure I meet my wife’s needs. I’m having a good experience with it so far – you get 3 reminders for free, then the app is $4 and some change to get more.


It’s Easter weekend, the most important event in history.

1 Corinthians 15:3-6 (NIV) – 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5  and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.