Hi Draelings!

After the slow progress of 2018, I thought it would be nice to take a moment and share with you what my author goals are for next year and where I currently stand on those goals/deadlines. The first and perhaps most obvious one is the Series Relaunch Project.

The Series Relaunch: The Common Kingdoms

In the last six weeks, I’ve made more progress this year than I have for the entire 12 months of the Series Relaunch work. Some of this was simply because getting your head around changing the quantity of books in a series you’ve worked on for 14+ years takes a while to straighten out. Other parts were due to rewriting, not tracking achievements, being a little overwhelmed at just how much work a series relaunch is when you’ve already got two of those books published despite multiple rewrites (including with editors) before you hit publish and the influence of others around me negatively impacting my thought process and emotions.

But! As anyone who knows me will say when they describe me, I’m tenacious when it counts.

So here’s the rundown.

The Royal Gift (2019 Edition)

Current Status:

  1. The previously published edition (the 2014 rewrite, released 2015) has been completely gutted/rewritten from scratch.
  2. Another structural report from my editor was completed.
  3. Structural work was undertaken and completed.
  4. Line-edits were undertaken and completed. One final round with the editor is needed…

Next Stages:

  1. My editor’s final line-edit sweep.
  2. My post-editor final line-edit sweeps.
  3. Commissioning the new 2019 Edition cover.
  4. Preparing the back matter.
  5. Sending out the ARCs and accompanying book swag.
  6. Awaiting the completion of Series Relaunch work for book 2 (Threat) and editor’s final line-edit sweep of Betrayed.

Threat (2019 Edition)

At first, when I was working on the Series Relaunch, I didn’t think Threat would make its way back into the series. This is where removing external influences helped. Getting space to think only my thoughts revealed that…uh… the series still kinda needed Threat. Without it, some antagonists down the road wouldn’t become antagonists and it helps to further build the foundation of the overall story arc that readers see explode in the worst way possible in Antis, book four of The Common Kingdoms Series.

Current Status:

  1. 2019 Edition first drafting in progress (deadline: 30th November 2018).

Next Stages:

  1. Rewriting & structural editing sweeps.
  2. Editor’s structural edit sweep.
  3. My final structural edit sweeps.
  4. My editor’s final line-edit sweep.
  5. My post-editor final line-edit sweeps.
  6. Commissioning the new 2019 Edition cover.
  7. Preparing the back matter.
  8. Sending out the ARCs and accompanying book swag.
  9. Awaiting the completion of editor’s final line-edit sweep of Betrayed.

Shotput of Power

Thankfully, this book caused the majority of the Series Relaunch work (thanks to my writing style and ability improving greatly during this and Antis’ publication draft rewrites). That means almost nothing’s left to do:

Current Stage:

  1. Finish final line-edits.
  2. Awaiting 2019 Edition book cover.
  3. Preparing the back matter.
  4. Sending out the ARCs and accompanying book swag.
  5. Awaiting the completion of my editor’s final line-edit sweep of Betrayed.

Antis

And other than the possibility of changing its name to Broken Crown (what would have been book 12’s title if I hadn’t revised the series arc to 6 books), this one’s looking to be in the same boat as SOP:

Current Stage:

  1. Start and finish final line-edits
  2. Awaiting 2019 Edition book cover.
  3. Preparing the back matter.
  4. Sending out the ARCs and accompanying book swag.
  5. Awaiting the completion of my editor’s final line-edit sweep of Betrayed.

The Mist Thief

Current Stage:

  1. First publication rewrite draft to be completed.

Next Stages:

  1. Rewriting & structural editing sweeps.
  2. Editor’s structural edit sweep.
  3. My final structural edit sweeps.
  4. My editor’s final line-edit sweep.
  5. My post-editor final line-edit sweeps.
  6. Commissioning the cover.
  7. Preparing the back matter.
  8. Sending out the ARCs and accompanying book swag.
  9. Awaiting the completion of my editor’s final line-edit sweep of Betrayed
  10. .

Betrayed

Current Stage:

  1. First publication rewrite draft to be completed.

Next Stages:

  1. Rewriting & structural editing sweeps.
  2. Editor’s structural edit sweep.
  3. My final structural edit sweeps.
  4. My editor’s final line-edit sweep.
  5. My post-editor final line-edit sweeps.
  6. Commissioning the cover.
  7. Preparing the back matter.
  8. Sending out the ARCs and accompanying book swag.

The Common Kingdoms Series’ Rapid-Release (Re)Launch – Mid/Late 2019

The Common Kingdoms is an atypical fantasy setting. That means that most fantasy fans won’t “get” some of the elements of The Common Kingdoms Series (although some of you guys loved it – thank you!). One of the benefits of relaunching a series after the first two books are released is that if you worm through the statistics and reviews, you can start seeing what you screwed up. It’s like having critique partners in the most public of settings, haha! For this fantasy setting, it was explaining that technology that we’re used to – cars, phones, guns and electric stuff in general – are imported from an allied kingdom and in the characters’ home kingdom, very few have any electricals unless they and others in their area have shelled out for the powerlines, substations and wiring from the allied kingdom all the way to their settlements – an expensive feat, especially when taking into the main cause – Importation Border Tax.

This series relaunch project has allowed me to (hopefully) make this clearer in the first two books but to give the series it’s best chance of success, I have decided to do a rapid-release of the series. A rapid-release is when there is only a few weeks between the release of each book in a series. The idea behind it, is that it means A) readers don’t have to wait long (yay!) and B) Amazon’s algorithms prefer it (thereby allowing you to get in front of more readers there).

 

The downside to a rapid-release plan is that most of the series needs to be at a place where it’s ready to go live before you can release the first book. Thankfully, if Series Relaunch has taught me nothing else, it has most definitely taught me that I can wait for the right moment quite happily.

 

The 2019 Remastered/Series Relaunch Edition of Royal Gift will be start off the rapid-release by being launched when Betrayed goes to my editor for her final line-edits. After that, Threat will be released 2-4 weeks after that, and so on until Betrayed is the last to hit the virtual shelves. Updates to follow as we get closer to that fun moment of time.

 

Forged in Magic (YA Fantasy Standalone)

Forged in Magic, first seen over on Youtube in Season One of Idea to End where I created the world companion, spine/outline and first draft, will also be released in 2019. At this time I’m not sure exactly when it will release but it will likely launch either during The Common Kingdoms Rapid-Release Relaunch period or just afterwards. It may also be offered to agents but I’m undecided as it was originally set to be an independently published book. (It’ll be published either way.)

Current Stage:

Final line-edits pre-editor’s.

Next Stages:

  1. My editor’s final line-edit sweep.
  2. My post-editor final line-edit sweeps.
  3. Preparing the back matter.
  4. Sending out the ARCs and accompanying book swag.

Wardless (YA Fantasy, For Agents)

Those of you who have been watching my Youtube channel have probably noticed quite a few mentions of a book that was first referred to as Wandless and now Wardless. This semi-secret project is one I’m really looking forward to sharing with you, Draelings! Wardless is a standalone YA fantasy with the in-built possibility to become a trilogy. With a theme of family ties, specifically, what makes a family, a family, this book will first be offered to agents after my editor and I have worked through it. If it it doesn’t appeal to the agents I approach, I’ll likely release it independently. If readers love it and want more, it will morph into its trilogy possibility. When writers plan to share a book with agents and try to get a traditional publishing deal for it, it’s sometimes good practise not to reveal too much before someone have purchased the publishing rights from you (the publisher says yes and pays an advanced royalty).

Current Status:

  1. 4th first draft dormant.
  2. Agent list ready-to-go!
  3. Agent proposal package ready-to-go (baring changes).

Next Stages:

  1. (After TCK Series Relaunch) Write and complete the first draft.
  2. Rewriting & structural editing sweeps.
  3. Critique partners phase
  4. Critique partners post-edits.
  5. Editor’s structural edit sweep.
  6. My final structural edit sweeps.
  7. My editor’s final line-edit sweep.
  8. My post-editor final line-edit sweeps.
  9. Approaching agents phase
  10. Release (traditional or independently).
  11. Assessing launch success to determine if I release books 2 and 3.

 

 

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The Other Projects I’d like to do but suspect I’ll run out of time for:

The Stars of the North: Welcome to Moonshade City (High-Fantasy)

Draelings that have followed my progress since Drae Box Books in August 2014 might remember mention of a short story that was published the same day as The Royal Gift, Kateti. Set in a high-fantasy world I originally created for an award winning forum-based fantasy RPG, that world is coming back. Merging with three other worlds I have (including the world of Forged in Magic, Wardless and Lutean Tales: Flying Cows), The Stars of the North is a high-fantasy, world-travelling tale following one of my assassin characters as he attracts trouble and has to use his skills to help himself and those around him. This series’ creation will be youtubed as part of Idea to End. It’s unlikely to release in 2019 officially.

 

Samson and Oleana: Jolfritz Trilogy (high-fantasy)

Also not expected to release officially in 2019, Samson and Oleana is another tale older Draelings might remember from 2015. Although I don’t expect to have it anywhere near ready in 2019, I’d like to try. It will honestly depend on how much of 2019 is taken up by the Series Relaunch Project.

 

Anjali: Forbs Trilogy

Those of you familiar with The Story Starter Challenge likely best remember this book. I’d like to try and get Anjali published in 2019 but again, don’t think the main projects will allow for it next year.

 

Thanks to…

As always, thank you to everyone that has supported me in some shape or form in the past 12 months. Undertaking large projects can’t be done without some sort of support. Special mention go to fellow authors: Lou Yardley, Krista Walsh and Jo Linsdell and fellow writers: Samantha S, Sydney H, J W Finlay and Draelings Morgan P. and my little brother.