The gracious folks at Samhain Publishing are going to help me bring out another Steelflower book.
*winces a little at the screaming*
Now, I know you have questions, and I’m going to answer some of them here.
But I thought you said piracy killed the series, and that you wouldn’t write another one!
Yes. Piracy killed the series. I am taking a substantial financial hit to do this. I did not decide to do so because of the hatemail I received over being honest about why I wasn’t writing more of Kaia’s adventures. Said hatemail, in fact, only reinforced my decision not to do so before now. In fact, I fully expect to get more hatemail from people saying “You said you never would, I hate you!”
I have been in publishing long enough to know with some things, one just can’t win.
When is this happening?
That Sekrit Projekt I’ve been talking about? This is it. I’m writing Steelflower’s Song right now. The due date for the first draft of the manuscript is next April. It’s a long time because I have to fit other better-paying projects in around it too, AND because Kaia’s world is very complex and requires tons of research, not to mention relearning her language(s) and producing a novel about 100K words long.
Will there be a THIRD book too?
I don’t think so. I originally had plans for a trilogy, and then another collection of short stories dealing with Kaia’s earlier adventures. I think, however, that this second book is going to have to be enough.
OMG DARIK AND KAIA!
They have a relationship. It’s a somewhat complex one.
But happy ending, right? With a happy ending?
I do not ever promise that. I do promise that they will have the right ending.
Okay, you said “financial hit.” What do you mean?
The folks at Samhain are being incredibly good to me. Unfortunately they’re somewhat of a small press, and consequently what they can pay me upfront–the advance–is not enough to live on while I’m writing. There are some ameliorating factors, but the fact remains that I am taking what could be much more highly paid working time and gambling that there will eventually be enough of a return to warrant the risk.
That being said, there are some things you, dear Reader, can do to help.
Piracy is an ongoing concern. Don’t torrent or pirate books, and please discourage your friends from doing so. You can sign up for my Patreon–near the beginning of each month, I’ll be releasing first drafts of some brand new Steelflower scenes. That means for five bucks a pop you’ll get sneak peeks of the book before anyone else–including my editor–does. The first one will be going up tomorrow, so you’ve got time to get in on it.
Now is also a great time to pick up some of my other books, if you feel the urge. If you enjoyed reading my books, a rating or review at your store-of-choice is always welcome–they do help! And of course, you could show the folks at Samhain some love by checking out their other fine fiction offerings. If there are other things Readers can do to help, I’ll certainly announce them in the future as well.
I’m hoping I can keep the lights on and the fridge full even though I’m taking this hit. The cynic in me says Steelflower’s Song is going to be pirated as soon as it goes on sale, and that it will be just like the first book. The optimist in me is winning by a hairsbreadth by pointing out that I love Kaia and her world, and if I overwork myself for the next six to eight months I’ll be glad, eventually, that I did so, and that my Readers are going to be very happy about this.
It’s the last consideration that makes this worthwhile. I never gave up on trying to find ways to bring Kaia’s adventures back to my Readers, and I’m very glad I’m finally in a position to do so, however uncomfortable that position is.