In case you haven't noticed, I recently took a vow of silence.
No, not really. I don't think my moderately-extroverted personality would cope well with that. However, I did decide to be a little quieter online over the past month so that I could focus on getting certain things finished. And by “certain things,” I mean the books that everybody has been waiting on for a ridiculously long time.
Okay, it hasn't really been a ridiculously long time, but a year is kinda long in today's indie publishing market, so I did feel that I needed to step up my production a little bit. Between that and some other things that are going on right now (all good things), I felt that it was time I updated everybody on the state of the Afterverse. So here's a roundup of all the newsy stuff, in a handy Q&A format.
When is The Winds of Winter coming out, and why was Game of Thrones Season 8 so terrible?
Um…I think you're confusing me with George R.R. Martin, which is understandable based on my lateness. However, I haven't actually read his work or seen an episode of Game of Thrones in my life, so I'm afraid I can't help you.
Oh, it's you. Okay, so when is…whatever your next book is called coming out? I can't even remember the title.
My goal is to publish all of the most-anticipated books on my to-be-released list before the end of the year. I'm not ready to nail down exact release dates yet…
That's what you say every time. You should set it to music.
…BUT, I can give you a rough idea of when to expect them.
- Deadwood, Crockett and Crane Book 2, is in final editing stages and will be released in early Summer 2019. Expect more news on that title very soon.
- The Strange Cases of Beaumont and Beasley AND The Fall of Beaumont and Beasley are both nearing completion and should be available sometime in Summer 2019, if all goes well. My plan is to release both of these titles (and a boxset of Return, Strange Cases, and Fall packaged as The Jekyll Saga) around the same time, so that the next “season” of Beaumont and Beasley is complete before the end of the year.
- The Emerald Cycle, a set of interlinked Afterverse novellas for my email subscribers, will be released before the end of the year, but I've paused work on it for the moment so that I can get the “main” Afterverse books that everybody is waiting for finished and published. I may need to push the release of that title back to Fall 2019 so that I can devote sufficient time to my high-priority book launches.
- The Thirteenth Knight, Book 1 of the Blackfire series, was originally intended for release this year, but I've decided to make some significant revisions and improvements to portions of my current draft. I don't want to rush this one, since Malcolm is such a popular character and people are expecting a lot from his solo series, so while I would still like to publish Knight before 2020, there's a possibility that that won't happen. It will all be worth it in the end, though; I promise.
Those are all the projects I currently have “in production.” In short, my priority at the moment is to do right by my “flagship” series–Beaumont & Beasley and Crockett & Crane–before I throw myself into any new series or side projects.
What does this plan mean for your Patreon stories?
As you may already know, I paused all charges for my patrons for the month of May and didn't release a story this month so that I could focus on getting my other projects finished. I've decided to extend that Patreon hiatus to June as well. This will allow me to get my high-priority stuff under control so that I can prepare more Patreon stories for the rest of the year. Note that if you're one of my patrons, you won't be charged during the month of June.
What about your blog?
I may not be posting here very much over the next month or so, but I should be able to post a little more regularly starting in July.
I check in there every so often, but I'm trying to avoid falling down the social media rabbit hole while working on these projects, so I may not post very much until I actually have a scheduled release to talk about. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, shoot me an email or a direct message on Facebook or Twitter, and I'll get to it within 24 hours. I love interacting with my readers on social media, but I don't want to get into the habit of frequently posting teases or quotes from my projects without actually giving my followers news on when they'll be available. As such, I've made a rule for myself that I won't actually share anything online about my works in progress until I actually have a concrete announcement to make about book launches. That's where the vow of silence comes in.
How about your mailing lists?
There's a small hiccup with regard to those that I'm going to have to deal with sometime during June, which means my regular emails will probably be delayed until July. I've decided, based on certain undesirable changes MailChimp has made to their pricing plan, to switch over to MailerLite as my email provider. This should not affect my current subscribers in any way. I will keep you posted on that process.
Are you doing any writers' conferences this year?
Probably just one–I will be attending the Get Published Conference in Bozeman, Montana on June 15.
Hey, random question…what ever happened to Shadow Boy? That Peter-Pan short story you gave away to your email subscribers wayyyy back when? I can't find it anywhere now.
I can't go into a ton of detail on that without divulging spoilers, but essentially, I've removed Shadow Boy from the established canon of the Afterverse (and from Goodreads). I'm still going to be adapting it into a future Beaumont and Beasley book, but I'm making certain significant changes to the final scene of it. So the events of the story still “happened,” but I've decided to go in a different direction with regard to one character who shows up in the cliffhanger at the end. She will actually be appearing in a Beaumont and Beasley book in the very near future, and then she'll feature in a more Peter-Pan-centric novel later on.
Any teases for what's coming in 2020?
Seriously??? I just said I wasn't going to tease vague stuff anymore!
Aw, come on. Live a little. You're getting stodgy.
*sigh* Fine. Basically, I have Afterverse books planned all the way into 2021. I also have two other big projects in the wings, but I probably won't be announcing those until early 2020.
If you have any other questions besides the one I've included…so long as none of them are actually for George R.R. Martin…feel free to ask them in the comments!