…. I hate to say this, because I hope you are all waiting breathlessly for the release of Shadow Twin, but I have decided it will be better to release this book next spring rather than this summer.
Several factors have gone into this decision, but the most important is this: I have nothing scheduled for traditional release in 2018. I can’t stand an empty year. Given that I had two traditional releases this year, I think it just makes sense to make 2018 THE YEAR to really pursue self-publication. Do the whole thing: apply for Book Bub ads and really try to promote my titles (but not, of course, with spam tweets or anything).
I’m thinking of a 2018 schedule pretty much like this:
February: Shadow Twin. That will put it three months after the release of Winter of Ice and Iron, which is better than stacking one release right on top of another.
March or April: Third collection of Black Dog short stories. (I need to write two and a half more stories. I have a great novella which I just love, plus the beginning of a short story or novelette. If there is a particular character you would like to see featured in a Black Dog story, you should definitely let me know because I’m still playing with ideas.)
June or July: Something that is not related to the Black Dog world. I am thinking of a collection of unrelated novellas and novelettes. I have a nice novella sitting right here that is not related to anything else I’ve ever written; and I would like to take the protagonist who got excised from The Mountain of Kept Memory and turn the first part of his story into a novella. After that, well, I have various ideas.
You know what would be interesting? Trying to do a tie-in novella or short story for each book currently published. Start with The City in the Lake and just go straight through my whole bibliography, one story per. I don’t know that I’ll do that, but it’s an idea.
October or November: Door Into Light, the sequel to House of Shadows.
I know, right? It’s been practically forever. I’m thinking 2018 looks good for that. Heaven knows when I will ever get rights back to HoS, so I don’t think there’s much point waiting for that. So that suggests I should just go ahead with it, and next year looks like a reasonable time to pursue that option.
Getting the rights back to The Floating Islands may be complicated for various reasons, but if I can get that to happen in the near future, then I could either seek a new home for that one plus the sequel plus perhaps a third book, or I could self-publish.
So you see, there are quite a few possibilities for 2018.
Meanwhile, of course, I will be working on various things aimed at traditional publication. The plan is to make 2018 an exciting year, not allow it to stand empty; but I don’t intend to stop traditionally publishing books either.