Lately, I’ve been hearing from people through email, Facebook messages, tweets, and the like. I’m grateful for it because I actually know that people are out there reading my work. Since I don’t hear from most people, I have no idea how many people are actually reading my work. While I can kind of judge from sales, I’m certain there’s a percentage of people that buy my book but don’t read it. Yet no matter how they contact me, they all ask and want the same thing and that is, “When is the next book coming out?”
Now, I had planned for book 3, titled Reawakening, to be out in late 2013/early 2014. Unfortunately, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.
For the past three months, I have moved not once, but twice. Moving, as I’m sure you well know, takes a lot of time. And time is the second most valuable asset a person can have. Between packing, putting stuff in storage, filling out rental forms, checking out places, meeting with people, emailing, calling, driving, and eventually moving, that’s all taken me away from writing. I love to write, but having a place to live is probably more important. Also, I’ve been working a lot.
Aside from life getting in the way, writing has been…difficult to say the least. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I thought that by having already written the first four books for The Passage of Hellsfire, that I’d have some lead time. Sure, there’d be editing, but even then, I’d figure that at most, I could get out a book once a year. And that’s on top of writing the fifth and sixth book.
Boy was I wrong.
Even though I go over my manuscript before I give it to my editor, she still comes back at me with major suggestions. Of course, they’re good and logical to the story so I follow them. Instead of tweaking scenes here or rewriting characterization there, I’m basically starting from scratch.
This being my third book with her, I’ve noticed a pattern. The first half of the book requires me to start over. Every. Single. Time. While where I want to go remains the same, everything else is different. The second half of the book requires far less rewrites. A lot still gets changed especially since B is no longer B because I’ve changed A, but I’m not starting from scratch. I can actually use some of the scenes and dialogue I’ve written in the second half. That may have to do with me. Maybe I’m just a slow starter.
If you’ve been wondering where Reawakening has been, that’s why. Don’t worry. It WILL come out. Now that I’ve settled into my new place, I shall be working on it more. It also helps that I’ve almost reached the halfway point of the book. Things tend to pick up from that point.
Don’t worry, guys. I’m still alive…