The professional author's blog of Terry L. Mancour, including bibliography, rants, notes, and items of interest. From Star Trek to Space Viking, this is your one-stop Terry Mancour shop.
As I have stated before, I am happy that your Spellmonger series is doing so well. However, in a few months (3) it will have been three years since the last Tanith/Space Viking book was issued. How about an update with some reasonable estimates of how much longer it will be before the next book is published/available. Concerned fans want to know!
Otto's right you know, Concerned fans do want to know!
"The professional author's blog of Terry L. Mancour, including bibliography, rants, notes, and items of interest. From Star Trek to Space Viking, this is your one-stop Terry Mancour shop." You would think that with the above statement that you would at the very least get some sort of reply to a simple question. How about a: I saw your question and am working on it or a go to hell it's none of your business, something!!!Come on it's been over a month since I asked about the Space Viking series. How about an answer?
All right.It's still in progress. I've been in the hospital 3 times in the last 60 days (once by ambulance), I'm a father of three middle schoolers, I work a full time job (today is my first full day back), I'm a scout leader, and my writing schedule might just be a tad bit off at the moment. So it's STILL IN PROGRESS.I'm working on it, but I'm not going to rush it. I'm also not going to announce another date until I'm reasonably certain that I'll hit it. There's too much research involved, and after the flack I took for the last hurried-to-press book I did, I'd rather take my time and get it done right than get hammered on review. Then there is the issue of money (who knew?) My SV stuff is a labor of love, but the fact is that it accounts for less than 10% of my sales. While my SV readers are loyal, and I do indeed want their money, I also want to ensure that they get good value for their money. That being said, my Spellmonger readers are just as loyal . . . and far more numerous. So while I am certainly in the middle of writing Trask's Odyssey, I am concurrently writing other things, specifically Spellmonger stuff, because hospitals, ambulance rides, and middle school dances cost money. As for keeping up with the correspondence on the blog, I try . . . but when I think to myself "What should I do with this half-hour of free time . . . write, or deal with my blog?" I usually prefer to write. And since I've published more than a half-million words of fiction in the last year, I'd like to think that I am, indeed, being fairly productive. TO will come, and probably by autumn, latest, but I ain't promising.
Sorry that it took a gruff reply to solicit a response. We’re not mind readers out here and a brief statement once in a while would go a long way. I’ve been ill and am taking some time off to recover would have taken care of a multitude of questions and concerns. I don’t know about the rest of the fan base but I check this site two or three times a week to see if there might be something new in the works. When there is nothing reported for months at a time we all begin to wonder what’s going on. I just want to know that there will really be an end to the TO story line. You are not the only author that has taken up the H. Beam Piper universe and not the only one to have a long gap in an unfinished story. This is more than frustrating to a Piper fan, I’m not the only one out here. Even 10% is a loyal 10%.I appreciate family, health and budget concerns but in that area you are not unique. The statement “Been there done that” comes to mind. I have two children of my own and two step-children that require a lot of attention, a full time job to go to, a high school coaching position, and health issues that require meds out the wazzu. So I do know exactly of what you speak.Anyway, back to my comment. Fans are an understanding bunch of people for the most part, but we see this website as part of your writing experience not something separate. Throw us a line from a current work now and then. Give us a paragraph once in a while to let us know how you are. Every so often, give us a still making progress statement to hang on to. Please don’t let months go by without saying something. I do appreciate your time and effort as does everyone that signs on to this site.
Well just thought I'd post something.Thanks for all the work you have done writing. I have enjoyed your series and have reread them multiple times. And in my opinion you have been very productive in working with the time of release between books I like to think.
In silence, people will make up their own news.I thoroughly enjoy the Spellmonger series and appreciate your efforts terry. (Ill even throw money). If we're begging for more, consider it a sign of our ongoing appreciation!
Thanks for the update Mr. Mancour :) I know I've been one looking for answers in the past, but I can honestly say that while you may not be the most talkative author with your fans, your work certainly does show the time, effort and love that you put into it. :)As for the money situation, I know this is a blasphemy but perhaps charge a couple dollars more for selling your work? I know I and others wouldn't overly mind paying a few dollars more for the wonderful story line and impressive number of pages that you put together.
What about the short storys ? Are there any dates or predictions when we'll get them ?
Well, for me timing is a foundamental aspect, in the sense that i would gladly spend even 15 $ for a spellmonger Book IF i could recieve one every 4 months. Really. And i don't think i'm the only one.Otherwise the max i'll spend in a book i already know i'll wait 1 year for a sequel (if it's only a year) is 1/3 of that, so 5$.You have loyal readers,make em pay,BUT roll out the books.
Honestly, I usually expect about a 1 year wait between books, especially when the books are 300+ pages. And what that 1 year gives the author is plenty of time to flesh out their story, scrap it, rewrite it, rewrite it, edit it, make correction, rewrite it, edit it, and of course work on other works they will generally have going.Yeah, I generally expect a year wait between books and generally we get nice work back from the author.