It's been a while since I've actually shared anything about how all my works in progress are going, and I've been a little quiet on email and social media lately, so I'm going to address it all here in one fell swoop.
Don't worry, there aren't any big changes to what I've announced already…no alterations to titles or series numbers this time, thank heavens…so you can all relax.
Here we go.
Just a quick update on these. As you may now, Horseman is currently available on audio, narrated by Kieran Flitton. Daffurn Sounds just wrapped production on The Beast of Talesend, and it's been submitted for final quality checks before release. Donald Pirie has finished recording and editing The Janus Elixir, and it's being mastered at the moment. So, all of those titles should be available for purchase by the middle of November at the latest. I also have one more little audio project for this year that I'll be announcing sometime around the start of November.
You may have seen my posts on social media about this recently. Hollow is going to be my Halloween story for this year…technically. By which I mean that it probably won't quite be ready by Halloween, but it should be up for pre-order by then. I'll explain more about the release plans shortly.
Before that, however, what exactly is Hollow? I'm labeling it “Crockett & Crane 2.5,” since it comes between Books 2 and 3 of Crockett and Crane. (Yes, decimal points for series numbers is a thing. Patrick Rothfuss does it.) The story is about half the average length of one of my novels, a little over 25,000 words. This isn't going to be like most of the novellas I've released thus far–it's not a sidestep from the main story arcs, or an interlude between books. It's a crucial part of Afterverse continuity which may answer a number of questions you have about what the blazes is going on in my fictional universe. Or at the very least, it will give you some pretty big clues. It will also wrap up a significant storyline from the first two books of Crockett and Crane…in heart-breaking fashion.
Yes, I am going to shatter your feels. Utterly. This particular tragic event has been heavily foreshadowed, though, so I'm really hoping it doesn't feel gratuitous.
Hollow should be ready for release sometime in early November. Which brings me to my next topic of discussion…
I've been releasing monthly short stories/novelettes/whatever on Patreon for about a year now (with a couple of months off during my busy periods). It's been a lot of fun, and I'm grateful for the positive reception these stories have gotten. However, I think it's time for me to modify my approach to this platform, which will require me to pause it for a while.
I don't intend to abandon Patreon completely. My intention is to relaunch it sometime next year with a different system of tiers and rewards, if all goes well. But for the moment, I want to focus all of my efforts on delivering the books you've all been awaiting for a long time now.
As of November, my Patreon page will be on hold. Current patrons will not be charged for that month. Hollow will be the last story I release on there for a while. Patrons will have access to it first, and then, shortly afterward, I will release it on Amazon, along with all the other stories that have been Patreon exclusives thus far. My Patreon billing is currently paused, and after Hollow is released, the page will be temporarily disabled.
If you're a patron at the moment and would prefer to cancel your pledge due to these changes, that's perfectly okay–I understand. The new iteration of my Patreon won't be quite the same, so you may not want to stay on board for that. No hard feelings whatsoever.
Beaumont and Beasley
Once all the Hollow and Patreon shenanigans are over, it's going to be all about Beaumont and Beasley for the foreseeable future. This was the series that started it all, and the next books after #4 have been a long time in coming, so I want to make those projects top priority until they're finally finished and in your hands.
I'm currently in the final editing stages on Book 5, The Geppetto Codex, which should be available for pre-order by the end of the month. Books 6-8 are all drafted and just need some more polishing before they're ready for release. They should all be out by Spring 2020 at the very latest. More news on these titles very soon, so watch this space.
Around the same time that I release Hollow, I'm going to launch a Discord server for Afterverse fans to get together and chat. I currently have a pretty active Facebook reader group, which I plan to continue so long as it's popular, but I feel that Discord has a better interface, so I'd like to offer my readers that option as well. Stay tuned for more updates on that.
After I get all my current Afterverse projects taken care of (not before, I promise), I will be launching two new fictional universes alongside the Afterverse in 2020. The first will feature the main character of my entry in the Strange Waters anthology from Phoenix Fiction Writers (available October 19). This short story, Ric Vayne and the Curse of Ghoul Nebula, has gotten such enthusiastic early buzz that I think it's safe to say readers would enjoy more Ric Vayne stories. So I'm definitely going to continue that.
I also have a superhero universe in the works that I've teased on social media over the past couple of months. The working title for the whole project is “Greenrock” (also the name of the town in which the stories I've planned are set). I have two series outlined in this setting, which I will be announcing in the not-too-distant future.
As I said, however, the Afterverse is top priority for now. It's time that I delivered on certain story arcs that have been gestating for a long time now and gave my readers the answers they've been waiting for. I would say “Be careful what you wish for,” but I know it wouldn't do any good, so…yeah. You're doomed.
And that's all I have to announce for now! Watch this blog and my social media feed for more news as things continue to develop.