I apparently missed the November 2021 report, although I did post a couple of things during the absent State of the Author for November. This is kind of State of the Author for December, but with a couple of extras.
First: The Queen of the Dead omnibus was published on the 7th of December. I missed the date, for which I apologize. As the title suggests, it’s the omnibus version of the three books about Emma Hall and the afterlife: Silence, Touch and Grave.
I admit that while reading page proofs for the omnibus, I cried. I’ve been told it’s a bit heavy, emotionally speaking, but if you haven’t read it and are curious, it’s available now.
I have audiobook news as well. Tantor Media picked up the first three books in The Sun Sword but declined to pick up the final three.
As a proof of concept, I asked Eva Wilhelm, the narrator, if she would be willing to read the next book; she said yes. That book is Sea of Sorrows.
I am self-publishing the audiobook through Findaway Voices, which distributes to the various audiobook vendors; apparently, ACX (which is the route to audible.com) is backlogged, so I’m not sure when the book will turn up there. Libro.FM doesn’t have it on site yet, but Findaway does distribute there. At the moment, the links that are live are on the book page, and I’ll try to add to it as the book reaches retailers.
If there is an audio retailer that you prefer, could you let me know? I’ll add it in the links section. I don’t actually listen to audiobooks — I don’t drive (I never got a license because I live in Toronto which has public transit) — so I am perhaps less aware of these things than I otherwise would be.
The Cast novel on which I’m now working has a title: Cast in Eternity. It involved a lot of back and forth, and just in case I haven’t whined about this recently: when you are writing a series of books, try hard not to choose a single word in the title that has to be used for every book, i.e. Cast. T_T.
I have finally found my feet in Hunter’s Redoubt, the next West novel, and I am working on that as well. I have thrown out all the prior words, and now have 80k+ words that I’m almost certain are solid.
I have read it all from the very beginning!!
I will have to start rereading!!!
PS ‑if you will be starting to move about more next year please think about HalCon and/or CaperCon if they show up on your radar! Nova Scotia loves you!!!