I’m getting a lot of questions in comments on various threads. Many of the answers are available elsewhere but I’ll try to pull them all together here.
Yes, there will be more books next year (2013). I’m planning at least another trilogy.
Yes, he’s likely to meet some of this old friends again.
Yes, he will–eventually–find peace. When he does, the series will be over. Be careful what you wish for. I’m not done telling stories with him yet, but I’ve got other characters and other stories set in the Golden Age universe.
I’ve got six matching covers and I’ll be issuing ebook first (it’s easiest), then paperbacks, then hardcover collectibles. I’m currently looking a actually creating a boxed set with this new artwork. With a real box. I know a couple people who do it and I’m thinking “Yeah. Cool.”
Yes, I’m looking at omnibus editions for ebooks. If I do it, it’ll probably be three books in each volume — before and after the Academy.
No, I’m not planning on writing “Ishmael Goes To College” any time soon. Sorry, but after “Back to School” and “Bedtime for Bonzo” I can’t think of anything new or interesting to day. Perhaps when I get around to skewering Education, I’ll take a shot at it. Don’t hold your breath.
Yes, I’m planning on more Odin’s Outpost stories in the Tales From the Deep Dark. They’ll probably be novellas–which reminds me I still need to record “Light in the Dark” for StarShipSofa.
I was editing South Coast for print/ebook publication when everything broke loose on the Share books. I was hoping to release that this weekend, but that’s not happening. This will follow the same pattern — ebook then print/hardcover. But I need to get these Share books out ASAP so most things are taking a back seat.
Cape Grace is still on the docket. It’ll come after The Hermit of Lammas Wood–that’s the last book in the first Tanyth Fairport trilogy. I need to get that wrapped up so all those people who won’t start a fantasy series before it’s completed can begin. I’m thinking that this will come between Lammas Wood and the next Ishmael Wang books. I’ve been promising it a long time and I need to wrap it up before I forget
Tanyth Fairport Adventures:
Yes, Zypheria’s Call is out. Go look at her site for information about that. I’ll be getting that podcast out, too, as soon as I dig out from under the avalanche of Shares. At the moment it’s only available on Kindle, but it’ll show up in my own storefront Any Day Now. I need to get clean epub and mobi, etc. Paper and hardcovers .. see above.
Hermit of Lammas Wood is next. Probably first book of the new year. That’ll give me two months to get this pile carved into shape.
I will be self-publishing all my books from now on. It’s not that I wouldn’t entertain a publisher, but they have to convince me that we’ll do better together than I can do on my own. So far neither of the Bigs who’ve approached me have even come close. Small presses with mainstream contracts shouldn’t waste time with me.
Email list. I only send out an email about three times a year. Some of you have that “Oh, I got this email from you but I’m protected from spam by a firewall that requires you to reply to this message in order to confirm you’re a real person. You only need to do this once…etc.” You folks are not getting the emails. Others of you may be having that email disappear into your spam catchers. I sent out an email to the entire list when Zypheria’s Call released for Kindle in early October. If you’re subscribed to the list and didn’t get that email, let me know.
Time lines. I’m juggling so many balls right now that I expect several of them will fall before I get this all ironed out. I need to work my lawyer to get the business on an even footing. I need to get the old books out so they’ll be available when the new books make it. They all need to be re-edited to take out the stuff that Ridan made me put in and to fix the errors that readers have caught over the years. That all means that I’m not going to be any more specific that I’ve spelled out here — and even those may not make it. The truth is I’m trying to do it all–but I’m also trying to do it right. That takes more time than anybody wants it to–including me.
I’ve also got some personal issues that will likely get in the way. When they do, I’ll share. Until they do, consider this my fair warning. I’ll be struggling with more than just the business.
And I think that’s about all.
Thanks for you support and interest. It really means a lot to me that you all are so engaged in this universe that started out as a lark.