Diamatine – First Draft Completed

My first draft of Diamantine, the second book in Weapons and Wielders, is finished.

This was one of the easiest and most fun books to write I’ve had a chance to work on in ages. It was definitely a refreshing change of pace after the struggles I dealt with on Defying Destiny, and I think it’ll show in the writing that I just wanted to have fun with this one.

Now, as I mentioned previously, I’d been debating cutting the arc of the book in half – and I did do that. That’s how it’s “finished” this soon. Thus, this book does not contain the entire tournament – it contains the first half.

There are several reasons why I went this route:

  • The first draft is about 144,000 words. That’s already significantly longer than Six Sacred Swords (113,000) and roughly comparable to Defying Destiny. If I’d done the whole tournament in one book, this would have been extremely long, which is not the style I’m going for with Weapons and Wielders. Arcane Ascension is my giant tome series – I don’t want this to go that direction.
  • It has a really solid emotional climax, and I don’t think it would have the same impact if I continued the story right after that point. If you read it, you’ll see what I mean.
  • There are a lot of mysteries in this book that I think fans will enjoy speculating about between books. Who is that mysterious masked hero of justice?
  • This lets me get back to work on Arcane Ascension 3 much sooner. I’ll probably be editing this for about another 3-4 months before it’s actually ready to launch, but I can start working on Arcane Ascension 3 slowly almost immediately. I won’t be able to ramp that project up until this ships, but this will get AA3 out many, many months sooner. If I tried to do the whole tournament in one book, that might have meant missing next year on AA3, and I don’t want to that.

Ultimately, I felt that this was the right way to go for all the reasons above, and I think the series as a whole will be stronger for the decision.

There’s a chance my beta readers will disagree. If they disagree strongly, I may have to readjust. We’ll see soonish.

So, what’s the time table for Diamantine look like?

The next step for me is self-editing, which I’m expecting to take about two weeks to a month.

Let’s assume a month.

That puts me at mid-October for sending out beta copies.

Assuming that, we’ll probably have about a month and a half for beta (since they always slip past the one month window I’m shooting for).

From there, we’re at early December.

Then it’s the professional editing stage. That usually takes about a month.

If everything goes smoothly, I might make a holiday release. I’d like to do that, since I’d love to be able to say I launched three books in a year, but I won’t compromise the quality to accomplish that.

If not, we’re likely looking at an early January release, maybe February at latest.

After that, I should be working full-time on Arcane Ascension 3. It’s too soon to give any good estimates on when that might be done – those books are very long, and much more complex than Weapons and Wielders. My goal is still to get it done before the end of 2020.

And beyond that? I have a lot of other books planned. Weapons and Wielders 3, Arcane Ascension 4, and a whole host of other stuff. Stay tuned.

22 thoughts on “Diamatine – First Draft Completed

  1. Sounds like you’ve had a productive week. And you’re releasing Uncrowned under your Will Wight pen name too! What speed!

      1. Nice! I really like your first-person single-viewpoint books.

        Constant viewpoint switches are always jarring and are hard to do right (occasional third-person chapters are fine).

    1. Thanks for the interest, but I’m not planning to add any more beta readers right now. If I decide I need more of them at some point, I’ll probably post here or on the subreddit.

  2. Sorry if this has been asked before. In the world of your books are there people who seek to build a unified magic system from the existing systems?

  3. What do you have to say to reports that suggest that the fact that both you and Will Wight are publishing highly anticipated progression fantasy novels centering on a tournament of mystical warriors around the same time presages the beginning of a real-life Mortal Kombat scenerio that will bring complete destruction to our realm?
    Also, can’t wait, my partner and I are really looking forward to this one!

    1. Will and I know we have a responsibility to help prepare everyone for the upcoming omniversal death tournament.

      We can only hope that it will be enough. Time is running out.

  4. I know it sounds nit-picky, but, really, get yourself some decent proofreaders, ideally ones with English degrees.

  5. After all of the negative reviews on cradles latest book most stemming from the book seeming to end in the middle like it was cut in half have you considered not doing the same with diamantine? As much as I want another book I want it to be as good as it possibly can be

    1. I’m aware of the criticisms of the latest Cradle book, but I’m not going to make a change to how my book is structured. I actually liked the ending of Uncrowned, even if some people didn’t. I read a lot of serial-style works, and I don’t mind cliffhanger endings.

      Some people are probably going to have the same complaint, but Diamantine is already about 50% longer than Uncrowned, and I don’t think the book is going to feel “incomplete” to most people in the same way Uncrowned did.

      Sufficiently Advanced Magic is by far my most popular book, and it was ended in this fashion – half-way through the school year and at the moment of a dramatic reveal. I think a lot of it just comes down to execution. I’ve had very few complaints that SAM was too short, or felt incomplete, even though it wasn’t the whole school year.

  6. Hi Mr. Rowe,

    My brother is a huge fan of your work and, when I asked what he would like for his 30th birthday coming up on November 2nd, he asked for a signed copy of Sufficiently Advanced Magic. If this is something that would be possible, please do email me at mason.m.hayes@gmail.com. Thank you!


    1. Hi Mason,

      I’m so sorry to say this, but I’m not currently doing signed copies, just because the logistics of getting them sent out are too awkward right now. At some point in the future, I may get a personal assistant to help with things like shipping merchandise, but I don’t have that yet.

      I hope you can find another suitable gift for your brother’s birthday.

    1. I think he’ll probably be starting sooner than that, but I can’t predict the release date. My audio publisher is the one that communicates with him, discusses release dates, etc.

  7. Andrrew, I love the books. Didn’t realize you wrote under a pseudonym — now I’m gonna have to go listen to those!

    Couple of questions – Are you planning to get Diamantine out this month? (I’ll help – proper answer is “yes” 😂😂😂”) Also, how did you decide on your narrator for Audible, and did Nick like your work and want to collaborate? In my opinion, the narrator adds a great deal of value to the finished product, and I’m curious how the author and narrator decide to work together. Hell, when I read your books, I hear Nick narrating the characters in my head. Great pairing –

    1. I don’t actually have any works under a psuedonym – people just like to joke about that.

      I’ll post an update about Diamantine soon. It’s about 50/50 at this point on whether I will release this month.

      My publisher picked Nick. I had basically no involvement, save for asking to keep hiring him on future books. I provide some documentation on things (like “these characters are actually the same person and should use the same voice”), as well as pronunciation guides, but that’s about it.

  8. Hello! Have to say I might be part of the majority… I like the weapons and wielders story arc OK, but I LOVE the AA series. A lot. Just wanted to share! Know you have a lot of people pushing and pulling and don’t need another one to be all ‘WHERE’S THIS BOOK!’
    But yeah totally keep checking on you dude and buying that audiobook as soon as it comes out!
    Stay Awesome!

    1. Arcane Ascension is definitely the most popular series, but each book is a ton of work to get right. I need to take my time between them to make sure I plan them out and execute them properly, so there’ll probably be gaps between most of them. This helps keep me sane, too.

      If it helps, the second and third Weapons and Wielders books will have some characters you’re familiar with from Arcane Ascension, if you look closely enough… =)

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