My head is still spinning from last week’s release. Not that I particularly did anything–I don’t promote, I don’t tour, and some pre-set Facebook and mailing list posts did my “advertising”.
But it was stressful nonetheless. The book was so much work, I was unable to even think about it without the urge to revise or find things to tinker. Early reception has been good so far, thankfully. Once a book is out in the world, I pretty much never look at it again–I am my first and primary reader, and I reread my own books over and over again for pleasure (and to still revise) for years before they’re published. But once they’re out the door, they’re no longer “mine” and I almost never look back unless it’s for some small continuity in sequels I’m writing.
To that end, there’s probably also a bit of mourning for me combined with the release–a period of grief that it’s officially gone from me. I both don’t miss and do miss this book; revising it over and over for so long probably created pathways and connections in my brain like any other regular habit, and now I’m a little lost without it.
Thank you to everyone for your support during this one. From my good friends who cheered me on to the readers gobbling it up and recommending it to others…the worst thing upon release is silence, and readers reaching out to me to express their fondness for the series has been both a relief and heartening.
Now, onto the fall State of the Union!
Unless you’re living under a rock…Emperor’s Tomb released last week.
That’s it for the rest of the year, except the monthly stuff released at Patreon.
Stuff and things in 2019! There will be a little something hopefully around February that I’ll announce in January.
Shiva’s Bow, aka Livi 4, IS coming in 2019. I want it to release in close succession with the fifth book, though–you will thank me for it when you read it–but I’m still writing that book and I need a bit of a Livi break.
If you ordered the paperback, you got the semi-official jacket copy for Shiva’s Bow to give you an idea of what it’s about. There have been two previews at Patreon, posted last year, and the book is currently awaiting another revision from me.
There are other projects coming next year that I’ve previewed for Patreon and will talk about next update when I have more written. I’m hoping to launch a new series I can alternate with Livi books.
What I’m Working On
A few small projects–Emperor’s Tomb was 131K words, which is a massive thing to write, revise, and keep track of. I’m taking a break with some shorter things for a bit. 2-3 short stories and a short Livi novella (that ties up some loose ends from the last book).
I’m hoping around December to dive right into Livi 5 (untitled). I’m about 17K into it so far. That one is a huge leap forward in the mythology of the series, and sets Livi down an entirely new road, so I’m quite excited about it–I’m just pretty burned out right now and letting it simmer a bit more.
I still have Solomon’s Seal from West’s POV I’m serializing at Patreon–that’ll finish sometime next year, I think.
So this was a lot of hand-wavey “I promise I still have stuff coming!”, I just don’t want to set dates/announce things until I’m fairly certain. Check back in January when I’ve rested up–I should have details for you then!