Last post here was May?
Sorry about that. I try to post at the beginning of each month over at nathanlowell.com but I guess I forgot the Solar Clipper Diary.
If you’ve missed the news, Podium has started releasing the Audible versions of the Ishmael Wang stories. Quarter Share, Half Share, and Full Share are available now and – if they stay on schedule – In Ashes Born will be out in mid-December.
The first book of the new Smuggler’s Tales has gone to the editor. Milk Run should be available in ebook format from Amazon in a few weeks. I’m shooting for a September 1 release, but we all know how accurate I am with my predictions.
That means I’ll be digging into the next Seeker’s Tale. Thanks to an event with the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, I’m already 25,000 words into To Fire Called and am trying to get this one done before the end of the month. Fingers crossed.
That’s about it from here for now.
Spring has been snowy here. While it hasn’t stuck, it snowed here all weekend which was good for my writing.
Milk Run is coming together. The origin story – “Exile” – which has done very well in the Starbound anthology – will be coming home in May and I’ll put it at the beginning of Milk Run as the opening chapters. I think part of my problem all along as been it should have been there and I’ve been flailing trying to get it together. The anthology is free for a few days so if you missed it, now’s the time to grab a copy.
In April, I was honored to participate in a panel discussion on indie authors and libraries at the Public Library Association’s annual convention in Denver. It was rather an eye opener for me and I hope I was able to de-bunk some of the myths about self-published books.
I was also honored to be one of three finalists for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Independent Writer of the Year. This is the first time RMFW has offered the award – a companion award to their Writer of the Year award – for the independently published authors in the organization. The membership will vote over the summer and the winner will be announced at the Colorado Gold conference in September (I think). There will be a reception at the Tattered Cover in Denver in August for all the WOTY and IWOTY finalists.
10th – Podium will be releasing their audiobook of Quarter Share. It’s already up for pre-orer.
14th – I’ll be doing a master class on SF/F for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers in Golden.
Before the end of the month I have to get the paperback editions of South Coast and In Ashes Born out. It would be great if I could get this first Smuggler’s Tale out, too.
Should be a busy month.
Not quite April, but past time for me to leave an update.
Milk Run is in my word processor. It’s being difficult but I think I might be at that point where I have to write to get it out of my head.
Many of you are anxious for the next Ishmael book – which will be To Fire Called. I can’t write that one until I get Milk Run out. I need Milk Run so I have a better handle on what Ishmael is sailing into. It’s sort of like building a house. I can’t put on the walls on the second floor until I’ve got the foundation poured.
In other news, Podium has told me they’ve finished initial production on Quarter Share and are looking for a release in April. They’ve started production on the audiobook for In Ashes Born. I’m not sure when they might have that one out but I’m hoping it’s not too much longer.
Speaking of Ashes, I’ve got to get the paperback of that done before the end of May or there will be Consequences.
Fingers crossed 🙂
I just realized I haven’t posted here in a long time.
Sorry about that.
I’ve just finished a new story that’s going into an anthology next month. I’ll let you know when the anthology get published.
I signed with Podium to create the audiobooks for the Ishmael Wang stories starting with Quarter Share up to By Darkness Forged (the last Seeker’s novel on the board at the moment). Jeffrey Kafer – an award winning voice artist – will be doing the narration. No, I’m not doing it. No, it wasn’t an option. The point of letting Podium do it was to let me focus on writing new books instead of taking the time away from writing to do the recording and production.
There’s fun stuff in the pipe. I’ll try to do better at keeping you all informed as we go.
It’s just past midnight and National Novel Writing Month is here again. Last year I didn’t play because I was busily editing paperbacks, but this year I’m raring to go.
In Ashes Born has been an incredible success thanks to all of you fans inhaling it and telling everybody about it. Between Ashes and putting all the books into Kindle Unlimited at once, the page-reads for the month might be enough for me to get a Kindle All-Star bonus. I’m not sure when Amazon notifies people, but I’m cautiously optimistic.
The new book has been so successful that it’s attracted outside attention from agents and publishers — most notably an audiobook publisher with a track record of producing excellent audiobooks. They’ve won several awards already and are in the running for many, many more. They convinced me to sign up Ishmael Wang for audiobook production. That’s a good news/bad news thing because it’s an exclusive contract and they don’t really understand the difference between serialized audio fiction and an audiobook. So while those of you who’ve been looking for an audiobook version of the Shares will be able to get it, the podcasts will have to come down. From a business standpoint, I needed to do it in order to clear the way to write more books without feeling the burden of having to get back into the booth. Yes, that also means somebody else will be the voice of Ishmael Wang. Podium – the company producing the works – wasn’t interested in having me read. On balance, it’s probably for the best because audiofiles follow favorite narrators and – with any luck – Ishmael will be introduced to a whole new audience. It’s also one less thing between me and my keyboard.
Speaking of keyboard…
Book one of the Smuggler’s Tales (Milk Run) is up for NaNoWriMo and Book two of Seeker’s (To Fire Called) is right behind it. My goal is to see if I can get them both done this month. I’ve got an editor waiting in the wings for December, January, and February, so there’s a bit of incentive there to move things along.
Yes, if you’re watching, the book I was supposed to write in October didn’t happen, which means the December release of Milk Run is unlikely right now. I have to finish that book before I can get into Darkness, but once I’ve got it behind me, I think Seeker’s book 2 should potter along fairly well.
Thanks for all your support and understanding. The Podium news is bittersweet, even for me, but it’s a step I needed to take in order to focus on what’s most important right now — getting more stories written for you all to read. It’s been too long and I owe ya.