Curve in the Road
Life has a way of sending you curves in the road from time to time. And sometimes they’r on roads you deliberately head down, knowing full well the curves are ahead. As I set off down Route 2017, I find myself on the latter. So strap your seat belts on and lets take a look at what’s ahead on the map for the coming year.
I can’t fight this feeling
In my 2016 retrospective, I shared my disappointment at how The Chronotrace Sequence series had been received in terms of sales. What I didn’t share there is that for the longest time I’ve had it in the back of my mind to go back and polish up the first two books to bring them up to par with the third. But I kept putting it off because, well, it’s a major hassle and I preferred to move on to other projects.
I had been wanting to start writing my Super Secret Series instead (if you’ve not heard me mention this series before, it’s a fantasy story about a young hero and features lots of weapons). But with The Last Motley off to a new set of beta readers, it just didn’t seem like a great time to do that. I didn’t want to push pause on the new writing when it came back. So it just seems like now’s the time for that long awaited rewrite. To quote that cheesy 80’s power ballad, “I can’t fight this feeling anymore.”
I actually bit the bullet and started editing Into the Vast the 1st of January. And you know what? I’m really enjoying being back in Adan’s world. Surprisingly, I’m not really changing much. Maybe I’m just blind, but the flaws I’m finding are really minor. At least so far. I’m about a third of the way done so things may change later on, but so far, it’s been pretty smooth sailing.
The plan is to finish editing both books by the end of February and re-release the series later this year. And here comes the really fun part. I plan on releasing a digital version of the entire series once they are ready. Yep, all three volumes in a single book at a special discounted price. That’s something I think I’ll actually be able to promote and I’m really excited about it.
Chasing invisible dragons
So what about the fantasy novels? I’ve actually gotten feedback from one of the beta readers for The Motley already and…it was pretty much in line with what the first set of beta readers said. Which means that after two editors and half a dozen drafts this book is no closer to being published. Frankly, unless I get some sort of amazing response from the last beta reader I’m not sure what will happen with this book. I don’t want to release something substandard. I may have to put this one on permanent hiatus. Again. Ugh.
But never fear, even if that happens, all it will mean is that I’ll be able to jump in with both feet on the Super Secret Series in February. I haven’t given up chasing invisible dragons. I’m still intent on bringing a fantasy novel to market as soon as possible. If that ‘soon’ is not as soon as I’d like, well, I’m used to driving on curvy roads.