Stories on the edge of familiarity

What’s Next After the Expo?

Hello!

I apologize for the radio silence ever since the launch for The Illuminated Heart. As soon as I’d finished that, I had to concentrate all my energy on getting ready for the Edmonton Expo. There was so much to do that I didn’t even manage to get another post in to tell you about it, even though I’d put it on my to-do list. (Note to self: Next year, start getting ready for the Expo earlier than a week before it starts).

The Expo was fantastic, by the way, and I’m definitely going again next year. I’ve finally had a chance to edit this post, so I’ve added the pictures I promised earlier. They’re not all the greatest quality, but the things in them are definitely awesome. :D

Taryn + Booth
The booth, plus my friend Taryn, who helped me out a ton during the Expo.
Buttons and Book
Buttons! Book! Table!
Bird Cosplayer
Steampunk bird cosplay posing with my book? Yes, please!
Minon
Minions find The Illuminated Heart highly edible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I really wanted to do right now, though, is tell you what’s coming next. I’ve got some big stuff that I’m working on, and I thought it was time to bring you in the loop on that.

First, and only after I’ve rested and recovered from the Expo, there will be a huge redesign of this site. The whole thing will look completely different, or at least mostly different, and will not only be reorganized, but it will also be under a different domain name. Don’t worry, all the content will remain, and the current domain name will redirect to the new one. Things will just look different.

Once that’s completed, I’m going to start working on Hidden in Sealskin again, and I will not stop until it’s published in both paperback and as an ebook. Unlike with The Illuminated Heart, both of these will launch at the same time. Having them launch at different times would be confusing, and I’m not going to do that for any books I publish from now on. You’ll get updates on that as major things happen, for sure.

At some point, either while I work on Hidden or after it’s done, I will (finally) publish a paperback version of Dreaming of Her and Other Stories. The comments I’ve received on the subject of paperbacks and the fact that I’ve made more money on my single paperback than on both ebooks combined has made one thing very clear: Y’all love them there physical books. And, if you love them, I don’t care if they require more work or money from me. They’re happening. So keep an eye out for that. I haven’t decided if there’ll be fanfare around the launch, or if I’ll just release it quietly, but it’s happening.

Finally, we come to the planned anthology I told you about a while back, called These Other Doors. Once Hidden and Dreaming are both out, I will write and then publish this as both an ebook and a paperback. The first story (called The Tree Remembers) is already done, and was made available to Expo goers as a free download. Like I promised, I’ll be releasing it for free on this site as a standalone either before or after the site redesign, once I’ve figured out how I’ll be making it available. It turned out much longer than I thought, so my original plans won’t work quite so well.

At some point during or after this (probably during), I will get a Patreon thing started, which I’ll talk about more as it comes up, but I wanted to mention it now so you have a chance to look it up and find out what it’s all about.

And, after all that, I’m 90% sure that I’ll start work on the second book in the White Changeling series (second after Hidden in Sealskin), but that won’t be for a while yet, so I’m not making any promises. :P

Now, to this important question: When will these all be done?

I’m not sure. When they’re ready.

Lately, I’ve discovered a couple things about how I work best. One is that I do not, by any means, produce my best work when under pressure. The other is that, if I give myself deadlines too early in the process, I invariably put myself under far more pressure than is healthy.

So, I can’t give you any dates yet. But, what I will do is give you periodic updates on what I’ve been working on and/or peeks into the fun things that happen as I’m working. If I need to take major breaks in order to focus on some aspect of this, my last year of my degree, you will know about it. And, once it’s time for me to set a project’s launch date, you will know what it is.

I’m super excited for all of these projects, and I can’t wait for you to finally see their completion. I think it’s safe to say that you’re going to love them. :D

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