Alright folks, it’s time to hammer down the official timeline for the re-release of The Seven Signs. I’ve been plugging away at it hard for the past few weeks, and looking out over the upcoming landscape, I’ve got a much better idea about how to go about releasing it. Here goes.
First of all, much to everyone’s disappointment I’m sure, the date has to move to the right. Not by much, though. Let me go ahead and let you guys know how this is going to happen.
The first three books in the series, which will replace The Sentient Fire, will be released at the end of March 2016. It’s not January, but it’s not too much later. The bottom line is that in the process of revising this thing, I’ve had to chop and rewrite huge sections of the first book, Child of the Flames. It’s taking me much longer than I had anticipated.
The good news is that the next two books, The Knife in the Dark and The Old Man of the Temple will need much less in the way rewriting. In reading ahead and figuring out how much I’ll need to revise, it is very clear that the second two books in the series are already much closer to being complete than Child of the Flames is, at least in it’s original form.
Child of the Flames needed many sections completely redone, it needed lots of new material, and entirely new POV characters and sequences. Essentially I’ve been going through it and rewriting the entire book line by line, which is something that the next two won’t need. Child of the Flames will be a very different story than the first part of The Sentient Fire was. The next two will have lots of new stuff too, but the revision process will go much faster than this one has.
Right now, Child of the Flames will be finished on January 2nd. From there, I’m giving myself a month each to finish The Knife in the Dark and The Old Man of the Temple. This includes the editing process. Those three books will be ready for the market by the end of March.
From there, I’m going to put The Oath of the Blade up for preorder, and set the release date for July 1st. That will give everyone enough time to read the books again if they wish, and ensure that the book isn’t rushed through the editing process. Going any faster at this point will sacrifice quality, bottom line. Plus, it allows the newly revised series to gain a little steam and get some exposure. Releasing all the books at once will cut it off at the knees, so to speak, and I’m listening to a little advice from other writers on this one.
The sixth book, which will be called City of Cages, will be released January 15th, 2017.
The next month is going to be a little crazy for me. I’m writing ten pages a day, every day, until the middle of January to get this stuff done. That includes Christmas and New Year’s Day. I’m basically shutting myself away and going monk-mode until this is done, and right now it’s going swimmingly. I’ve got the time away from school, no commitments until the middle of January, so I’m maximizing that time for effect.
Since this is the last update you guys will get from me until next year, I’d like to wish you all Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Saturnalia, or whatever it is you celebrate this holiday season. Enjoy your leave, and I’ll talk to you guys next year.
Much love, and JOIN THE CONCLAVE.