What if I could write faster?
I’ve talked about this often, but I always feel the need to explain how I’m not the guy who cranks out a book every month. I’m barely the guy who cranks out a book every six months.
Current conventional book marketing wisdom says the more frequently you release the less likely your readers and the almighty Amazon algorithms are to forget you exist.
One of these days, who knows, I might master this gig and be releasing books faster than superhero movies hit the box office. But for now, given I’m hovering around the two book a year barrier, I have to be picky with my project time.
So consider this an update to keep you semi-interested. To make sure I don’t disintegrate into ash on the winds of your imagination (too soon??).
First off, some of you might be asking “what happened with the Stormblade Saga?” Sidge and Kaaliya’s adventures did come to an end but with the hopes of a new beginning. This was an antediluvian myth of sorts. A new world awaits after the flood recedes.
Problem is, the books didn’t result in a flood of sales.
I knew going into the Saga that Sidge’s story was a tough sell. Instead of taking one or two subtle departures from typical fantasy, I did ALL THE THINGS. At once.
I broke an epic fantasy door-stopper into three books. I made the protagonist a bug dude. I moved away from the stereotypical Western setting. I left out the common races and even remade a few. I added psychedelic weirdness on top of mystery-level magic far removed from the growing popular “hard magic” with identifiable rules and composition.
I even took a literary track in exploring Sidge’s metamorphosis. As one friend said, “I might love it, but people are going to ask what is this Murakami shit doing in my fantasy???”
So with my slow pace, and the need to write books that sell, I’ve focused more on the Crimson Son Universe with the hope that one day, I’ll be able to revisit Sidge and Kaaliya.
Crimson Son has always been my flagship book. I see steady sales, but not only that, I see consistent read through to the other books in the series. This is important.
My next project, in time-honored comic book fashion, I’m working on a “What If” standalone set in the far future of the Crimson Son Universe. I’m approaching the halfway mark for the first draft and I’m really excited about this one.
For those who have read Ashes, it ends with (and this isn’t a spoiler per se, but you’ve been warned) Spencer and Eric in a deep conversation where Spence says, “You’re changing the world!” And Eric replies simply, “Yes. Yes we are.”
Hundreds of years in the future, Eric’s global techno-revolution, the Collective, has gained control of the planet. AI protect humanity not only from outside threats, but from themselves. Society has been optimized in every possible way.
Humans now live in giant urban preserves, their every need met by a ruthlessly efficient global system. A system at the heart of which lies Chroma.
See, she’s a singularity. Immortal as long as the power keeps running and her backups never fail. She’s outlived Eric and the rest of the crew and she’s shaped the world for her family – you, me, all of us – in her image.
<Cue sinister laughter>
As always, I have no definitive release date. With our coming move and lifestyle changes, I suspect I’ll be distracted more this summer than most. But I will release this as-of-yet-untitled book before year’s end to continue my twice a year-ish schedule.
After that, we’ll return to the present day with the follow up to Ashes. With any luck, that’ll land early next year.
What if? What if I could write faster? I’ll get there, someday. Hang in there with me.