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Tremble Before Me, 2019

It's that time again–time to give a you a detailed description of everything I plan to do in the new year which will turn out to be completely inaccurate by February.

Let's be honest, that's what I usually do, right?

Well, one of my New Year's Suggestions to myself is to not do that anymore. I've downgraded from “Resolutions” to “Goals” all the way to “Suggestions.” Next year it will probably be “Subtle Hints.” That's because Life is Life, and Things Happen, and Plans Change, and I'm slowly learning not to get Stressed about any of that.

I'm also learning that I don't have to use the strategy of announcing a project long before it's ready in order to force myself to get it finished. That has served me well in the past, but it's not necessary anymore. I've learned how to finish stuff. So I'm keeping my cards closer to my chest these days.

As such, I'm going to keep this post as succinct as possible, saving some details and announcements for later, when I'm closer to having them finished. For now, I want to give you a broad overview of what I have in mind for 2019, and alert you to some changes in my plans and strategies since last year.

Covers

This is just a small item I want to get out of the way. I haven't made any big announcements about this, but I'm sure many of you have noticed that I'm experimenting with different cover designs for my books. So far, I believe the new covers I've adopted for the ebooks have helped to make them more competitive and to boost my sales numbers, while not compromising the artistic vision I have for the Afterverse stories. However, I know that many long-time fans prefer the “classic” designs. As such, the paperback editions of the books still have the original covers. I don't plan on changing that unless there is sufficient demand for paperback editions of the new versions, and even then, I would still try to make the classic editions available alongside them. At this point, I also intend to continue creating classic-style covers for paperback editions of future books. If you really want physical copies of the new editions, let me know. As I said, I still won't be discontinuing the original versions if I release those; I might just shift them to Barnes and Noble Press or some other outlet.

Future Books

The Afterverse

I've chosen to streamline some of my plans for future Afterverse books, emphasizing my three “flagship” series–Beaumont & Beasley, Crockett & Crane, and Blackfire–rather than new spinoffs. This does not mean that the two previously announced spinoffs Netherfield and Tarzan & Mowgli will not happen. I still intend to write those, but they may be released in the form of future Beaumont & Beasley and/or Blackfire books instead of series in their own right, at least in the beginning. I don't want to spread my efforts too thin and sideline my established, successful series in the process.

As far as the existing series are concerned, future books are coming along nicely. I have eight more books planned in all for Beaumont & Beasley, which will culminate in a resolution to the main plot threads introduced in The Beast of Talesend. It's a little too early to talk about what will happen after that–it may be the end of the series, it may not. Sales will be a factor, of course. I certainly would like to continue the stories of the surviving characters in some fashion after Book 12, even if it's in a different, sequel series of some kind.

Crockett & Crane Book 2, Deadwood, will be released sometime this spring. After that comes Book 3, Westenra, which will complete an initial trilogy for the series and wrap up certain plot arcs. There will definitely be future books after Westenra, however, since Horseman is performing surprisingly well on Amazon despite being one of the least “written-to-market” books in existence. It has achieved bestseller rankings multiple times since my October relaunch, and I'm very grateful to everyone who made that possible by deciding to give this bizarre (but fun!) little book a try.

This also means that I am the first author in history to reach bestseller status in Children's Westerns and Historical Fiction with a book featuring a centaur protagonist. I wear the badge proudly. And fie on any schoolteachers who accuse me of teaching inaccurate history to kids.

I currently have a full “season” of five books planned for Blackfire, starting with The Thirteenth Knight in late spring/early summer. There will be further books after that.

Non-Afterverse Fiction Projects

Yes, I do have two projects in the works that are separate from the Afterverse (and from each other). I'm holding off seriously developing these until later in the year, though, so that I can focus on getting certain Afterverse projects completed.

Non-Fiction

You read the heading correctly–I am working on a non-fiction book. It's a humor/inspirational work for authors entitled Don't Write: A How-Not-To Guide for Writing Fiction. Despite the title, it is actually intended to motivate you to write rather than the reverse. It's some goofy reverse psychology that I wish had been available to me when I was struggling with creative anxiety, and which I hope will make a difference for other authors going through similar struggles. I will be sharing more details about this project very soon, and I intend to release it before the summer.

Audiobooks

I will be arranging the production of an updated audiobook for The Beast of Talesend this year, and hopefully Horseman as well. I can't say too much about these projects yet, as they're still in very early stages. Hopefully I'll have more to share soon.

Mailing List

My current newsletter is going to get a significant overhaul in the very near future. I want to shift its focus so that it's of more value to my subscribers, and so that it encourages more engagement. I'll be revealing my full plans for the list very soon, but in a nutshell, it's going to be more of a fun, fiction-based experience than the basic newsletter I've been using up until now. Separate mailing lists will be launched for Don't Write and my other fiction projects in the future, while my current list constrains its focus to the Afterverse books.

Also, I will be unveiling a new set of email-subscriber-only freebies before long. These will be novella-length works rather than the short stories I currently have available, and will feature exciting untold stories of certain popular Afterverse characters.

Patreon

There are currently two exclusive short stories available to my Patreon supporters, and more on the way. Some people have asked me about the possibility of these stories appearing in books outside Patreon. I've decided to collect the stories into anthologies periodically, as I accumulate enough of them to make for books of sufficient length. These anthologies will then be released on Amazon and other platforms (unlike my other books, which are exclusive to Amazon). The first of these anthologies, featuring a variety of Beaumont and Beasley stories I've written over the past couple of years, will be released early this year. Those who prefer not to wait for the books can sign up for my Patreon to read the stories on a monthly basis.

Conferences (or lack thereof)

It's been a very enriching and fun experience to attend the awesome Realm Makers conference for the past two years, and initially, my plan had been to definitely attend the next one as well. However, I've had to make some hard choices about what I can and can't do in 2019 in terms of finances, time, and other factors. Since I can't do everything this year, I've decided to shift conferences to the back burner for the time being. I'll reserve my final decision on whether or not I'm attending Realm Makers until the end of this month, but at the moment, it seems very likely that I won't be going. If I can't make it, I'll miss being able to interact with my author friends in person this year, but my hope is that I'll be able to get my business performing well enough over the coming months to allow me to attend at least one conference in 2020.

That's everything I can discuss right now, but there will be plenty of exciting news in the near future. Thanks for an amazing 2018, everyone, and I'm looking forward to sharing many more stories with you in the new year.

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Comments (8)

Hi Kyle! Your “Goal to Suggestions” process is closely mirroring my own process. Interesting to see that I’m not alone in this.

I’m so happy that you’re not getting rid of your original covers because they are so pretty!!
Also, congrats on “Horseman” doing so well in the rankings. That is so awesome! Considering all the untruths they teach in schools nowadays, a centaur in the wild west isn’t too farfetched. πŸ™‚

Eek!!🀩 I’m so excited about that writing advice/ encouragement book you’re working on! It sounds amazing! Anything like your “Fearless Fiction” Podcast will be welcome. I still listen and am inspired by that. I feel like I learn so much.

I’m so excited for all that you are doing this year. All these projects, …whether you get them finished this year or a million years from now, I admire your commitment to your work and the indie community & I want you to know that I’m behind you 100%.

Thank you for all that you do and are continuing to do.

-Julia Garcia/ @AristaeH

Thanks, Julia! I really appreciate it! πŸ˜€

Oh, man, this is what I should’ve called my New Year’s post. The calendar won’t dare to mess with you.

Thanks! The Thanos graphic helps too, LOL. XD

It’s always exciting to see what villainy…er, FUN you have cooking up for us! πŸ˜€

I have noticed the new ebook covers! They’re really fun, buuut I do like the classic look better. Especially for physical copies. I feel like the original design works better on a physical book, but that may just be me!

I’m so glad to hear Horseman has been selling well! And a huge congrats for making it to some bestseller lists! That’s fantastic! And good job being the first to write history with a centaur. I mean, these kids gotta learn real history somehow, right? *nods sagely*

Oh my goodness, you’re working on a non-fiction book for writers??? :O THAT IS SO EXCITING! I’m looking forward to this!

I’m sad to hear you might not be attending Realm makers this year. πŸ™ But I totally understand! I’m not 100% sure I’m going yet either, due to finances. I hope to, but we’ll see! So yeah, I get ya. I know everyone will miss you though!

I’m excited for all you’ve got planned this year though! Can’t wait for more stories! I do hope your 2019 is the best yet. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Happy New Year to you too, Christine! And I agree, the original design does look better on paperbacks (the graphics are easier for me to handle, as well). One way or another, I hope we get a chance to meet again in person in the not-too-distant future–if not this year, maybe at RM 2020. If you go and I don’t make it, though, you can indoctrinate all the first-time Realmies on my behalf so they become new Afterverse fans. XD

Sounds like a lot of exciting stuff coming in 2019! I’m excited about your new release! (Especially as it sounds like it might be out in time for me to grab a copy for Derek’s birthday) πŸ™‚

We are not planning on Realm Makers this year, either – mostly because it coincides with our 15th anniversary, and we’re actually planning to celebrate that with a trip of some kind this summer… but hopefully we can also return in 2020.

Thanks! Hopefully it will be even sooner than I’ve projected; I’m stepping up my productivity these days. Let me know when his birthday rolls around and I’ll see that you get a signed copy. πŸ˜€
And Happy Anniversary! That’s definitely a good reason not to go this year. But I would really enjoy meeting you two again in person if we all manage to make in 2020; it was so much fun chatting with you last year.

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