Saturday, January 21, 2017
Official Audiobook Launch Date for Spellmonger!
I received word yesterday from Podium Publishing that the audiobook version of Spellmonger will be available at Audible.com on February 7th! Behold the new, professional cover they came up with! Delight in the amazing tones of John Lee (incredible work, I'm very pleased)! Amuse yourself for hours hearing how the character names are actually pronounced!
The cover price will be $39.99, or thereabouts, but that's a lot of hours of entertainment. Additionally, Podium has graciously allowed me the use of the art for both my Amazon and Createspace works. That means that you only have a limited time to buy the old version, destined to become valuable collectables after my inevitable death.
In other news, my writing schedule (which was hashed anyway) is undergoing revision, a familiar place for me to be. I'll be releasing the short Spellmonger's Yule in conjunction with the audiobook, and then turning my attention to finishing up Hawklady before moving on to Trask's Odyssey. After those, I'll be focusing on Necromancer, which I'm pushing to be out by midsummer. Or late summer. Regardless, I won't Martin you.
But there's more to do than merely write: I'm taking some time for valuable Series Development work. Next week I'm meeting with my creative team, during which we will map out a convention schedule for the next year. At this point, the only firm date I have is the Baltimore Comic-Con, but I'll be looking at others east of the Mississippi. I'm also open to panels and such. If you know a con you'd like me to appear at, let me know - and let THEM know you want me to be there.
The point of this exercise is blatantly and unapologetically commercial: I'm at the point in my career where I have a wonderful, magnificent base of fans, and a work that is primed for Prime Time. Developing the creative elements of the series into a visual medium - either live-action or animated - is the logical next step. That means a lot of groundwork, and I've been building a great team for just that purpose.
But wait, there's more . . . more audiobooks. Warmage will be hot on the heels of Spellmonger, and Magelord soon after. The smooth and professional way in which Podium does their art should see at least two or three more of the series turned into audiobooks this year. That also implies some work on my part, because each book requires me to go back through each line and find all of the mistakes and fabricated words for inclusion in the work, so all those mistakes everyone hates get fixed. While this is great, it takes time. So scheduling reliably is . . . problematic.
But fear not: Necromancer will not mark the end of the series, just the end of the first third of the series. I have twenty more novels in the main plot arc to get through. Plus shorts, one-shots, the Cadet series, and stuff I haven't even thought of, yet.
Plus, there's the Super Secret Project, which will be released suddenly, unexpectedly, and likely to the dismay of some of my fans. I've kept it on the shelf long enough, though, and I think it's time. (cue dramatic music)
Thank you to everyone who expressed their sympathies for my father's passing. He was the greatest single influence in my life, and every word I write originated, in one way or another, from him.