I’m sure many of you are wondering what’s happening as far as getting the finished novel done and delivered into your eager hands. Well, I’m working on it.
I had two other books under contract, which took priority. One of those, The Summer Palace, has now been completed, delivered, and accepted and will be published in 2008. The other, a non-fiction project, is written, but it still needs some updating — but for technical reasons I can’t do that updating until September.
Which means I’m midway through the second draft of The Vondish Ambassador. I should have it done in a couple of weeks, whereupon I will send it to my chosen editor and negotiate a contract with Wildside Press. (Yes, I’m using my own editor, as well as theirs.)
I’m sorry it’s taken so long.
Incidentally, there have been a few latecomers donating money toward The Vondish Ambassador, as recently as this past Saturday. I’ll probably send them copies of the finished book, but if you give me money at this point there is no guarantee you’ll get anything for it. All further donations are entirely at your own risk.
And donations directed to The Spriggan Mirror at this point receive nothing but a thank-you e-mail and my sincere gratitude.
In other Ethshar news, The Spriggan Mirror is still available in trade paperback and e-book editions, and the limited hardcover edition wasn’t yet sold out last I checked. The rack-sized paperback from Cosmos Books is scheduled for September.
The new Cosmos Books paperback of The Misenchanted Sword is scheduled for January 2008. No dates yet on any other Ethshar books.
The next Ethshar serial — and I may do a non-Ethshar one first — will probably be The Final Calling, just to get it over with. I’ve recently worked out a lot of plot details on it. I have no idea at all when I’ll get to it, though.
Thanks again for all your support!
16 thoughts on “We’re Getting There…”
Great news. I can’t wait for ‘The Final Calling’ to start. I hope you’ll send out emails to the people who donated to publicise the start of the new serial.
Any chance of the wildside press version of ‘The Vondish Ambassador’ getting printed before christmas. I suspect that’s unlikely in the extreme, but it would be nice if a miracle happened.
I’ll send out notices before starting the next one, yes.
I honestly don’t know whether there’s a chance The Vondish Ambassador will be available for Christmas. It depends on a lot of variables. It’s not likely, but it’s not flat-out impossible.
If it is available by then, though, it’ll be a print-on-demand edition; there’s no way the trade edition could be out before next year.
Will you be sending out confirmation emails like you did with the Spriggan Mirror to let those who have contributed know their on the list for the free book? Will this be done after the book is printed or before?
I’ll be sending out e-mail updates, but I don’t have the exact details settled yet. It depends partly on Wildside’s plans.
Personally, since i read it online, I’m perfectly content to wait 3-5 years for the print edition. It’ll be a long time before I need to actually read the print one.
The Final Calling is something I never expected to see. 🙂
I’ve always figured I’d write The Final Calling eventually; I just wasn’t in any hurry.
I’m good for a chapter or so of the third War Surplus novel.
That one’s not at the top of my list right now, but things could change.
I’ll feel like the series reached some completion if the Final Calling gets done.
But I don’t want it to reach completion!
As any mathematician will confirm, some completion may be infinitely
away from absolute completion.
Well, I suppose.
I’ve heard from the editor that The Vondish Ambassador is on its way back to me by streetmail, by the way, and I talked to the publisher at Wildside Friday — no actual contract yet, but things are progressing.
Any update on when you are likely to start on ‘The final calling’ ??
The final edited version of The Vondish Ambassador has been delivered to Wildside, where contract negotiations are ongoing. That’s the only Ethshar-related news.
The last volume of the Annals of the Chosen is delivered, accepted, and paid for, so that’s done. Right now I’m seventy pages into writing a novel tentatively entitled The Golden Wyvern that’s intended to launch my next series at Tor, the Histories of the Afterlands, and I have a few other projects I’d like to tackle, and when those are out of the way I’ll get serious about the next serial.
Which may or may not be The Final Calling; I’ve said that’s probably the next Ethshar novel, but it’s not definite.
Please remember, a serial takes as much work as any other novel and pays maybe a fourth as much as I get from Tor for one. I like Ethshar, but I like paying the bills, too.
Is there any chance of getting main stream publishers like del rey or Tor to pick up ethshar books again, after two successful or moderately successful online serialisations. Or are the numbers still to low to interest them ?
The numbers are too low to interest them.
The one realistic possibility is relaunching the series as a “young adult” series. I haven’t ruled that out. I also haven’t pursued it. Been busy with other things.