Beaumont and Beasley: Big Announcement! (and Other News)

I have a terrible confession to make. I am going to fail Camp NaNoWriMo. I may as well admit it; the handwriting is on the wall. My downfall approaches.

If I am to die, let there be fire.

I may stop attempting NaNoWriMo for the foreseeable future, due to reasons I will discuss in another fascinating blog post. This fascinating blog post is going to be all about recent events on the Beaumont and Beasley front, some of which are partially responsible for diverting my attention from getting a first draft completed by the end of April.

To kick things off, here’s the big announcement (which people who follow me on Twitter will totally know about already):

The Beast of Talesend is coming to audio!

I honestly couldn’t be more excited about this. I’ve always had a special fondness for audiobooks and audio dramas, but never really imagined that one of my own works would be adapted into this medium. I’m happy to say that my narrator, Richard Gawthrop (a British audio producer and podcaster), is the perfect choice for the role. He’s a terrific actor who brings a welcome energy and enthusiasm to the recording, and captures the tone and humor of the book perfectly. I’m confident that my readers will very much enjoy his rendition.

The audiobook will be released in June on Audible and iTunes. Watch this space for further news!

Now, on to other stuff…I’ve come to the decision that I bit off more than I could chew when I planned a long list of Beaumont and Beasley spinoff stories. True, there’s a lot of potential for that sort of thing in the B&B universe, and I want to explore it heavily in time—but for now, I think I need to streamline things a little and focus more on getting the core series off the ground.

With that in mind, I’ve temporary shelved and/or revised some of the concepts I had in mind for my “Tales of the Afterlands” series. “The War of the Three Bears” is kinda stuck in development heck at the moment. There’s a lot of good stuff in it, but it will need extensive rewriting in order to avoid being a clone of The Beast of Talesend…and I don’t really want that project to take time away from B&B Book 2, which I know a lot of people are eager for me to finish. “Crispin Beasley and the Waters of Yesterday” is still coming, but I think I’ll just publish it on its own instead of bundling it with other stories. The short story “Unwritten” is still happening as well. I will most likely release it as a free gift to my newsletter subscribers (more reason to sign up for my mailing list, if you haven’t already!).

In short, then, I’m not going to publish “Tales of the Afterlands” as a full-blown series right now. I want to emphasize quality over quantity when it comes to the B&B series. People have responded very positively to The Beast of Talesend overall, and I’m extremely grateful. I don’t want to drop the ball now by going crazy with extraneous projects. It will be better for me to focus on making The Stroke of Eleven a worthy follow-up to Book 1. I’m still committed to Crispin’s story, however, as it will serve to fill my readers in on some events that take place in the time gap between Books 1 and 2.

And that’s all the updates I have for now. Thanks for reading! If you have any questions about future Beaumont and Beasley plans, feel free to let me know in the comments. Just don’t ask for spoilers. Trust me, you don’t want those. 😉

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Comments (6)

Totally respect your choices. Starting a series (as opposed to a trilogy or something very “bookended” – wow, pardon the pun) is indeed a bigger commitment, and can quickly go down a path we didn’t intend as authors. My plans for The Order of the Twelve Tribes rapidly changed from 4 individual novels to 6, and now I’m seriously considering changing it back to 4, and creating additional novellas or collections that explore the other (important) topics in a less-writing-intense (for me) way. And you’re right, as an author you have to take into account what your readers are most after at this point in time. Once the core series is finished, then they might be more excited for spinoffs. Recognizing that sort of thing will probably help a lot with building your base!

Thanks! Yeah, I think it’s really important to take reader feedback into account. Look at all the creators who didn’t, and ended up letting their audiences down big-time (*coughGeorgeLucascough*). I tend to overdo it when I brainstorm and unleash a vast horde of plot bunnies. But the response I’m getting so far shows that people are most invested in the core storyline and characters, and in the end, I prefer writing them more than anything else I’ve come up with anyway. Your thought processes for the Twelve Tribes series sound very similar to mine–it’s nice to know I’m not alone in series-planning woes. 😅

Yeah, I can already tell that I’m about to go down Path T in my planning, when my audience is still over here wanting Path E. So, I need to stay the course first, and then see if there are “demands” for certain additions to the core, or if people will be happy with, say, a novella here and there, or maybe a bundle of short stories set in the same world.

That makes TONS of sense. I am officially stealing that plan. 😄

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