By now it's becoming pretty clear that I won't be able to make the September deadline for AYERS, so I thought I'd write this blog post to keep you in the loop.
Unfortunately, the much-talked-about (among authors, to be exact) and much-dreaded “third book curse” has not spared me either and I have to once again delay the release of my third book.
I’ll be completely honest with you: I’m not entirely happy with how parts of it have turned out (though I’m ecstatic about other parts) and I feel the manuscript needs a partial re-write. Being an independent author means I’m part of an industry that puts a lot of pressure on the writer to publish often, “hook” the readers and “write to market”, as they say.
Many authors are racing against themselves to produce a constantly growing number of full-length novels a year (some even strive to publish monthly), but I’m not one of them. This is a controversial view among independent authors, but my personal opinion is that if one’s goal is just to increase the backlist (and implicitly one’s revenue) as quickly as possible then the focus is not on telling a good story. In short, I won’t debate what constitutes a good book or whether an author can write one in twenty-one days, but I know I can’t write the type of story I want to offer you if my goal is publishing it as quickly as possible instead of polishing it as thoroughly as possible. That’s probably why you don’t see a lot of me on the New York Times bestsellers list.
I’m a full-time author, so I do this all day long and work really hard to do it well. All my energy goes into writing, but I can’t publish a book until I know that I am absolutely happy with every single word in it. You’ve read my stories so you know I prefer intricate plot lines, numerous characters and intertwining narratives. Unfortunately, that takes a lot of planning and outlining and sometimes things just don’t add up and need to be re-thought.
Ayers will be out by the end of the year, but I’d rather not set another deadline than risk missing it again. Just like the character it’s named after, the third book has proven unpredictable and stubborn but also mysterious and, I hope, ultimately memorable.
But it’s not ALL bad news!
In the time that I’ve struggled with creative difficulties on Ayers, I’ve been working on books 4 and 5 (the final two) which have proven almost as easy to brainstorm as Ayers has been difficult. In fact, the outline for Martyrs of the Mind (Book 4) is completely finished and the one for The Mind Malignancy (the series finale) is half done. This means that, even though Ayers got delayed, the next books will come out a lot quicker since there is no longer the risk of creative struggles (or, what is commonly known as “writer’s block”). All I have to do is write them, and that’s the easy part. So, I’m hoping to have the series finished by this time next year, with a total of five books + an independent one set in the same universe.
That's it for now. I'll be back in a few days to share some exciting news about a project I've been working on while I miserably failed to deliver Ayers on time, so check back soon.
Love you all!