Moments ago I finished my second pass/rewrite of Journeymage. I'll do one final pass on it when its all back from the proofreaders, and then there's nothing stopping me from releasing it but dramatic effect. Expect it in the next few days.
I am doing something special with the release of Journeymage, however. My sons are both Boy Scouts, and I'd like to donate some of the proceeds of Journeymage directly to their troop, Troop 439 in Bahama, NC, to help support the ongoing efforts of this small, distinguished troop in rural NC. I understand that not everyone feels comfortable contributing to that organization, however, and out of respect for everyone I want to limit the size of my contribution and how its determined, so that no one has any qualms about it.
To that end, I will be offering Journeymage at a slightly increased rate (+$.50) for the first 48 hours or so. For every sale made at that special price I will donate $1.00 to the troop in preparation for their summer camp activities. If you don't want to contribute, just put off buying Journeymage until the gimmicky promotion is over. Everyone wins.
This is also a chance to recommend the book to anyone you know who just likes to support Scouting. I think they'll like the book, and it gives them the opportunity to directly help a specific group of boys, not a vague and nebulous organization you might be suspicious of. Spread the word. And my motivation for this will become clearer when you finish the book.
In any case, it's on like a pot of neckbones. I'll start the final run this afternoon.
For those of you who are interested in my future publishing plans, I'm going to take about three weeks off from Sevendor and work on some other projects (Trask's Odyssey included; while I probably won't be finishing it in the next three weeks, I'm anticipating significant progress and a release some time this year.).
Then on to the next two novels in the series, which I'm going to attempt to write simultaneously. Just to say I did it. As it is, I'm already well on my way toward my goal of writing six Spellmonger books this year. It's only March, and I've gotten Hawkmaiden and Jorneymage both out. That only leaves four more before December. Proper novels, too - Hawkmaiden was 90,000 words, long for a YA.
The next two books will be Court Wizard and Enchanter. One will follow Pentandra's introduction to married life, and follow political events in Alshar, while the other will focus on Min's continued development of Sevendor, and his research into the nature of the many stones in his treasury. I'm thinking each will be between 20-30 chapters, between 140-170,000 words.
Then I'm planning to release my second YA title, Hawklady, another 90k word juvenile following Dara's perspective through the end of Magelord and into Knights Magi (in a "meanwhile, back at the castle" sort of way).
Then for my sixth Sevendor novel of the year . . . I haven't decided. We'll have to see how things develop. Because I have all of these short stories to get through, too. The two that are in process will be finished, and I have a half-dozen more short pieces I want to do to fill in the corners.
It's going to be a busy year in Sevendor. And I'll still finish TO this year. Hope y'all continue to be entertained. And let me know what you think about my charitable plan for Troop 439.