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Thursday, September 1, 2016

A few brief announcements . . .

1.  I hear a lot of agitation for a better map of the Wilderlands.  Here ya go:

I'll see if I can't find a better way to provide these in the future.

2.  The progress with Podium Publishing has been swift.  Still no dates yet, but I've been generating background documents as quickly as I can.  These people are consummate professionals, very impressed with their operation.

3.  I will be attending the Baltimore ComicCon this weekend, in conjunction with my Art Director, Lance Sawyers of Lance Sawyers Studio.  He's the real-life Lanse of Bune, and he's got some truly brilliant designs for all sorts of stuff.  Probably be up there on Friday, Saturday, and maybe Sunday.  If you're there, stop by and say hello.  Who knows what you might find out about the Spellmonger universe?  (No, I didn't get my printing from CreateSpace in time to actually sell autographed copies, yet, but maybe next time).  I don't do many cons, but I'll probably start to do more.  I love the Baltimore con, though.  Beautiful waterfront.

4.  I've re-arranged my writing schedule a bit.  After reviewing some marketing data, Hawklady will be delayed by a few months and get released just before the holiday season.  Why am I making you suffer?  Marketing, evil marketing.  But you won't have to wait much longer, and when I do release it I'm going to try to do the CreateSpace version at the same time to ensure that the little Hawkmaiden in your life can get a real book, not just an ebook, for your Yule.  Hawkmaiden is already at the proof stage in the process.  It will be ready for sale this month, more than likely, with beautiful new cover art from Giotta.  I'll have a firmer release date the closer we come, but look for it around late October, early November.

5. I'll be working on Trask's Odyssey, as planned, right after Hawklady.  Expect it in early 2017, as fast as I can get it done to the standards I've set for it.  I've been looking forward to finishing this for a long time.  I know you have, too.

6. Super Secret Project #1 will be published soon.  It is neither Spellmonger nor Space Viking.  It's entirely original ADULT sci-fi.  I'm taking a hell of a risk by publishing it, but, heck, y'all are adults.  If you don't like that sort of thing, don't buy it.  If you lose respect for me as an author . . . well, I don't do this for respect.  I do it for the pure indulgence in creativity and to flatter my ego (all writers do this, I'm just honest about it).  I know the work doesn't suck, but it might not be the Terry Mancour fiction you're used to.  Love it, hate it, I don't care, I've been working on it for years and it's time for its final version to see the light of day under my own name.

7. To those fans I've promised stuff to, it will be coming shortly.  I've had my hands full, but I'll be able to turn my attention to Fan Maintenance, soon.  What have I had my hands full with?  The Podium deal, of course, and the ramp-up to audiobook production.  The start of school.  Family and work obligations.  Trying to get the Court Wizard version issues straightened out.  But mostly . . .

8.  Oh, yeah.  I finished Shadowmage.

I'm going to try to have it out this weekend, next week at the latest.  40 chapters, about 190,000 words, and as straight-forward as Court Wizard was convoluted.  It's the third book of the trilogy of Enchanter, Court Wizard and Shadowmage, and yes, it does indeed advance the plot.  You'll finally see where Tyndal and Rondal were slipping away to during those books, with cameos by a lot of characters you may have forgotten about, and some new ones I think you'll like.  It alternates perspective between the boys, ala Knights Magi, and continues to develop their characters.  It will be the "rough" version, but to be honest this one flowed like mead out of the keyboard in just six weeks, and I'm taking great care with the review and preediting, so I am not anticipating any major corrections.  Amazon has had issues with these, apparently, and I'm trying to work it out with them.  They won't do instant updates, so you have to go to your bookshelf and hit the "get the latest version" button, but as I said, I'm not anticipating any major updates this time around.

Questions?  Comments?  Rude remarks?  Hit me.

37 comments:

  1. Terry, Jason here. We e-mailed a while back. I'm astonished at your quick pace! That's awesome! I'm looking forward to Shadowmage! The description in Court Wizard was hysterical! Tyndal and Rondal doing exactly what was needed (trying to avoid spoilers here) for fun! Awesome! Can't wait to read Shadowmage! Thank you again for being so awesome!

    Wow, that was a lot of exclamation points. But I believe they're warranted. Have a good one at the Con!

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  2. I am amazed with the pace u maintain. Also, am now suffering impatiently for the weekend. So yeah, thanks 4 that.

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  3. Wow and thanks gives me something to look forward to for this wet holiday weekend. You must have been working on Shadowmage while working out the problems you were having with Court Wizard.

    I thank you for giving us so much to look forward too, but would like to ask has Podium given you a time table on when the audio books narration will begin. Can you tell us who will be narrating?

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  4. Great news! And thank you for the map! Could you please possibly upload a higher resolution version so we can read the small text?

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  5. Awesome, you just keep on giving!
    Can't wait for shadowmage to see what the boys have been up to. Will they encounter any gods is their travels? Hopefully Avital, to help build Vanador, or will that be in your future Necromancer book?
    Talking of Necromancer, will 'Our lad' help in the rescue of Rardine and end up in love with her?

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  6. Really buried the lead there man, very excited!

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  7. Uummm, for some of us the weekend has already started...so why don't you just go ahead and release it. We'll send you any minor edits that you missed. I like to think of this as a group effort. :)

    Pretty Please.

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  8. Yay! I was just excited for the map but then Shadowmage?!? Wow!

    Boo to other projects if they delay more Spellmonger books though... ;) I cannot get enough of that series. More please!

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  9. Thanks for the map and again amazing pace Terry - have a great great time at the ComicCon.

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  10. Hey so I'm looking for you at Comic con. Where are you if you don't mind me asking ?

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  11. Do we know if its going to be this weekend or next yet?

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  12. Thank you for shadowmage, Also thank you for Trask. First series of yours I ever read and have been waiting (more or less )patiently.

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  13. I can't stop myself from constantly checking Amazon to see if Shadowmage is out yet. Can't wait!

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    1. same here though check this site cause amazon doesnt always show it properly

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  14. I'll post an announcement when I drop it. Grinding through the rewrite while I'm sitting in a booth in a con, distracted by 3000 cosplayers dressed as Harley Quinn. It's a struggle . . .

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    1. you poor poor man......**whisper**lucky bastard**/endwisper**

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    2. Terry,

      Do you have any fingers left now. You are working so hard. Hahaha. I tip my hat for your sir.

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    3. That is awesome! Take your time - Shadowmage being almost ready to go is a great surprise and I'd rather you spent another week on it and have it really polished than getting a rougher version :)

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    4. but.... but...
      maybe we could get a short teaser in the meantime?
      XD

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  15. Great news, love it. Gentle reminder that years ago you promised something for for Olmeg the Green, still one of my favorite minor characters.

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  16. Jeremy from the convention, please email me at tmancour @ gmail dot com. I got some stuff for you and can't get your email to go through.

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  17. I remember way back when, before you released Spellmonger I think, you had an adult project you had helped on/written. It's actually good/interesting to see you practically come full circle. I can't wait for shadow mage either. It's amazing where the firefly fanfic writer has gone and what he's become. Keep it up, I truly consider you a rising master of the fantasy genre.

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  18. Terry - Ever thought of taking all the works and putting them in one continuous body of work? I think it would be really great to read everything chronologically...maybe you can get a college intern interested in writing to help you out on the cheap.

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  19. hey Terry any idea how close you are to publishing?

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    1. Y'all got anymore of that spellmonger?

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    2. We're all out of Spellmonger, but I do have some nice apprentices you might be interested in.

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  20. Nnnnnnooooooooooo!!!! I need some Spellmonger, and I need it now. Kids and wife just fell asleep and I can read in the soft quiet of a sleeping house. Please, for the sake of my sanity, just drop that book on us.

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  22. He's just posted the book to Amazon - see the Spellmonger Facebook page. Should be up in the Next 12 hours or so.

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  24. Well, I just finished Court Wizard, and I was worried it wasn't going to be great, because pendantra has always been a mediocre character to me.. i'm happy to say this book changed my opinion of her, and it was excellent in it's own right.

    Just bought Shadowmage, but i'm scared to start it because after I finish it, who knows how long i'm going to have to wait! ;)

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  25. Terry, can we get a title to the new book series? Just a hint...?
    I will say that I at first downloaded Spellmonger because it was inexpensive and Amazon Prime Library. Now I'm engrossed. I went back and bought all of the books (e-book). I'm not sure how you and Brandon Sanderson do it. You guys are beasts!
    I do have an odd way of an introduction for people who ask me for book suggestions. There is no steep learning curve, the lore/intricacies build even pace, and most important he writes like a real person. The characters are so relatable, within reason, yet don't feel disingenuous or trope-ish. That is a hard balance that a lot of authors in my opinion stumble over. EG Raymond Feist's character Pug. Started great but scaled to WAY over powered to the point he had to write him out of the series. Anyway....
    Interested in how you would build your OWN Sci-Fi universe....SPOILER


    even though you did already.

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