I’ve been getting inquiries about the sequel recently, so I thought I’d post a status update here so it’s easy to find. Hopefully this will answer some of the things people are asking for, particularly those who email at night (fantasy and sci-fi readers are such night owls… I knew I loved these genres for a reason) eager to find out. So, rather than my typical long-winded set up, I’ll just go through the main questions I’m being asked.
Question: Is there a sequel to The Galactic Mage?
Answer: Yup. It’s called Rift in the Races. It is the second book of what began as a trilogy idea, but that will now launch second trilogy after the first three leave off. In case that’s unclear, I have a story arc that I can complete in three books, but a new story arc begins as that one completes. So, that’s the plan for now.
Question: When will the sequel be out?
Answer: I’m shooting roughly for August of 2012, but even as I write it I know it’s probably crazytalk. My original plan was November or so, and it will probably still end up that way, but I’ve got more time on my hands now thanks to recent events, and the success of book one may buy me enough time to finish book two sooner. We shall see. If you happen to be one of those who is in a hurry for book two, tell a friend about book one. That will help.
Question: How far along is Rift in the Races?
Answer: As of today, March 17, 2012, I am just over the 75,000 word mark in the draft. That translates to somewhere between halfway and maybe 75% done, depending on how it plays out. (Most of the ebooks out, especially those that are Kindle only, are only around 75,000 words or so. There are longer ones, but the averages seem to be in that 75k to 80k range from what I can tell. Many are much less, and short stories abound! So, short is in. I get that, but a story takes as long to tell as it takes to tell. I like long stories that I can immerse myself in, and I’m going to keep making print editions too, so I designed this story to be three meaty books when I started out. I like big fat books, like The Lord of the Rings and the Wheel of Time books. So, since that’s what I like to read, that’s what I want to write. Do unto others as you would have done unto you, right?)
So, yeah, somewhere around half to three-quarters done. Keep in mind, this is pre-revisions, so while it may seem like I can just crank that last bit out and go, there’s still a lot of work to do. Most of it, really.
Question: What else are you waiting on?
Answer: I still need the cover art. My agreement with amazing cover artist Cris Ortega is that we’ll start working out the cover drafts in April. I know she is very busy, so I hope that stays on track. I definitely have some ideas for what I’d like for this one, and, as I did with book one on my old blog, I’ll keep everyone posted on progress and share sketches and bits along the way.
Question: What is the approximate air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
Answer: What do you mean? An African or European swallow?
Question: Is there an e-mail list that I can sign up for to be notified when book two comes out?
Answer: Yes, I am building a list. I have not got a fancy list-building widget for my website up yet, because A) I hate technology and plugins scare me, and B) I’m working on the book more than I’m working on the ways I can sell it just now—which some would argue is dumb, but, well, … wait, hey, look, there’s a bird in that tree.
If you want to be added to my list, click on the Contact Us tab and let me know. Make sure you include your email. Or just send me an email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. No, I will not sell your email or spam you or anything else lame like that. I will send you an email when the book is out. Maybe I’ll send one a day or two before as well, just to warm you up. But I really don’t see any reason for more. I hate spammers.
If you want a text message when it comes out, give me that information too.
Question: Are there any more questions?
Answer: None that I can think of.
So there you have it. Thanks to all of those who have been super cool and sent such great emails and left such awesome comments around the site. Now I have to get back to writing on Rift.