Not a whole lot to report beyond what I mentioned last month. I’m still grinding away at finishing Soulbrand, the third Weapons & Wielders book. This has proven to be much more challenging than I expected – as I mentioned previously, this is turning out to be one of the longest books I’ve ever written, as well as one of the most complicated. In spite of that, I’m making steady progress. I expect that I’ll probably have the first draft done by the end of this month, but I’ve underestimated this book before and I don’t want to give readers false expectations.
Assuming I finish the first draft by the end of the month, we’re looking at roughly a June release window for the Kindle version, with the paperback coming sometime shortly after. Audio will be much longer, as usual: probably near the end of the year.
In terms of other books, my plan is still to finish up some much smaller projects right after this – a short story for a charity anthology and a new novella. I expect that to take about a month or so. After that, my current plan is to focus on Arcane Ascension 4, although I may also tinker with some other small projects. Working on AA3 and Soulbrand back-to-back has been exhausting, and it’s good for me to take significant breaks after long books. On the positive side, I already have a significant head start on AA4: I’ve written a few entire chapters and some additional scenes, which will make the book go faster once I get around to working full-time on it.
One of the things slowing down my progress on Soulbrand has been a growing number of business and marketing interactions. Basically, this is a good thing for the long-term: I’ve been working on trying to get a publisher for an Arcane Ascension tabletop campaign setting book, for example, as well as several other side projects to help expand Arcane Ascension in other ways. I wish I could say more about this, but it’s too soon for formal announcements. There are a couple developments I’m extremely excited about, though, and I’m looking forward to sharing more details as soon as I possibly can.
Finally, I’d like to mention that voting is open for this year’s Booknest Fantasy Awards. Best of luck to all the authors and imprints nominated this year!
Take care and stay safe, everyone.