I’ve had quite a few people, particularly on Facebook, asking for an update on Shadow World Book 6 (and also the next Agency volume). I figured I’d better talk about it over here on the blog so a wider swath of my readers could see it.
Book 6 is not finished yet. Like, nowhere near. I just finished Chapter 4 for the third time, if that tells you anything. Aside from story issues out the wazoo, this year has been fraught with personal problems as well as, I have to be honest, absolutely zero confidence in my abilities anymore. There’s a reason most of my blog posts have been about planners and crafts and stuff like that. (Two reasons, actually, the second being that I love those things.)
I don’t want this to be like the time That Horrible Harridan destroyed my love of writing and I didn’t touch it again for years. Mostly now I’m dealing with some serious confusion and disillusionment over where my career is going, or rather not going.
The upshot is: At this point I cannot give you a firm date when Book 6 will be out. It doesn’t even have a name yet. Even after I finish principle writing I have to get it edited, find a cover artist, and a bunch of other stuff I haven’t quite figured out yet because I’ve been too paralyzed by my own feelings of inadequacy to do any real research on self-publishing. But getting the thing written is the first goal.
Since the Agency stories were originally released one by one, not in full book format, I’m also having trouble deciding how to handle them. If I can make any progress on this next one I might just release parts of it for free.
If I could come up with a new idea, even a germ of one, I’d love to start a third series and have it go the way the Agency went, where it’s free until I’ve got enough material to start creating volumes out of it. I miss the instant gratification of putting something out there for people to read and respond to right away. Writer egos are particularly delicate.
Anyway – as soon as I have more specific information on the next book, I promise I’ll say so, here and on Facebook and anywhere else you want me to. I’m working very hard to get through the mess in my head, and hopefully someday the blue fairy will turn me back into a real writer. Please just bear with me.Become my patron for exclusive online content and read new stories before anyone else!