Each day I wake up and check my social media accounts, and each day I see the same question asked with the most frequency (and fervor):
What’s the deal with Necromancer Falling? When’s it coming out?
The short answer is “soon”. But, there’s more to it than that…
I want to make sure that you, the fans of the Erindor universe, have the best possible experience you can while spending time in the fantasy world you’ve grown to love. Earlier this year, I sent out “beta” draft copies of Necromancer Falling to my various beta readers, as well as a copy to Joan Reginaldo, who, as you recall from the Acknowledgments section in my books, is the person I rely on the most. I wasn’t kidding when I said I’m a better writer today because of the time I’ve spent under her mentoring wing. Every time we interact, I learn invaluable lessons about writing. And this time was no exception.
To continue, revision notes from all of my readers, including Joan, came back in the middle of this summer. I spent the next several months revising/rewriting the draft.
At the end of the process, fully 40% of the revised draft is material Joan has never set eyes on. With that much brand spanking new material, it would be criminal of me to rush to publication without allowing her to take another pass at it. But, here’s the thing… Joan recently escaped from the dungeon I kept her in, and I won’t get to steal her away from the other writers she assists until mid-January.
What I don’t want to do is make the mistake of the writer I’m currently reading on my Kindle (who shall remain nameless) and rush to publish a book that needed at least one more round of editing.
Necromancer Awakening set my personal bar for quality pretty high. I owe it to you, and to myself, to keep my finger off the “Publish” button until it represents 1) the best possible work I’m currently capable of, and 2) the story you deserve. Fortunately, as an independent author and publisher, I get to make that decision without a large corporation overruling me in the name of profit or to meet an arbitrary deadline to satisfy investor expectations.
All this to say, I’m now expecting to publish Necromancer Falling in late winter or early spring of 2016. If that expectation needs to be revised, I’ll keep you all posted! [Correction: I’ll keep my newsletter subscribers posted first, so please subscribe using the form to the right if you’d like the latest news and offers.]
In the meantime, I’ve hired an incredibly talented artist to begin work on the cover art. I haven’t told him I’m writing this article yet, so I don’t want to reveal his identity until we’ve had the chance to discuss it. But I can say the early drafts are gorgeous! I’ve always thought the cover for Necromancer Awakening was a little too dark, so we’re brightening things up a little this time.
Thank you for your patience. And thank you all so much for your devotion to the Erindor universe! It’s always a little surreal when people approach me to talk about it. I’ve wanted to put Erindor in words for a lot of years. It never occurred to me that someone would actually read the words. 🙂
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