It’s been a long, long time since I’ve sat down and properly plotted out my writing plans. I used to know exactly what project was next, how long it would take to finish, and how soon it would hit the virtual shelves. These days, I’m lucky if I remember what day of the week it is, let alone what the hell I’m working on. As such, I certainly can’t expect YOU to know what I’m doing if I don’t.
This here’s my attempt to clear that up a little.
Currently, I’m waiting on edits for Demon Squad 8 – Collateral Damage. As soon as I have those and make corrections, DS8 will be out in the world. I’m thinking—roughly—the 1st or 2nd of March, give or take a few days. It really depends on how much work needs to be done, though I don’t believe there’ll be too much.
I’ve also begun writing Clandestine Daze 1 – Influx, the full length follow up to the Eyes Deep urban fantasy novella I released back in October 2014. I self-published the novella, but my plan is to reach out to see if I can find an agent to represent the Clandestine Daze series and pitch it to bigger publishers. More on that once the book is done and making the rounds. (The goal here is also to incorporate foreign rights for the Demon Squad books, as well, so we’ll see how all that plays out.)
I’ve also committed to writing/co-writing (the actual process yet to be determined) the first book in the metahuman series, Humanity 2.0 (H2.0), which we at Ragnarok Publications plan to put out. It’s a shared-world concept that will see a number of talented authors jumping in and giving us their take of the world. Excited for this project to take off.
Outside of all that, Joe Martin and I have had our story, Of Storms and Flame, accepted for the upcoming Cohesion Press book, SNAFU: Survival of the Fittest, to be released sometime in the middle of 2015. The book has an amazing lineup and features stories by Kane Gilmour & Jeremy Robinson, S.D. Perry, Weston Ochse, Joseph Nassise, and Matt Hilton, just to name the headliners. This will be a beast of a book.
I’ve also recently learned that I’ll be included in Grim Oak Press’ latest anthology, Unbound, the sequel to the hugely successful Unfettered. I’ve a Tales of the Prodigy story in this one, featuring Gryl. On top of the Cohesion Press acceptance, this one made my year. The lineup is amazing and includes Jim Butcher, Kat Richardson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Michael J. Sullivan, and a billion others, all rock stars in their own rights. The book will open with an introduction by Terry Brooks. There will be multiple versions of this book, to include a signed and numbered, limited hard cover. Can’t wait to see this one sitting on my shelf. Oh, and there will be a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) hosted by Shawn Speakman on March 4th. Myself and some of the other authors will be there, too.
There’s also Blackguards, through Ragnarok Publications, which has been sent to the printer already and is in production. This is another Tales of the Prodigy story, which features Gryl, the same character I wrote about in Neverland’s Library. This is a book that has been a long time in the making, and I can’t wait to see it out and about. Amazing talents in this one.
I’ve also opened up the doors to co-writing a story with the fantastic Armand Rosamilia. We’ve yet to sit down and finalize anything, but this is something I really want to make happen, so I’ll push for it as soon as time permits. The two of us together will make something quite gruesomely spectacular.
Beyond those projects, I’ve a ton of other little things going on, to include a short story collaboration with N.X. Sharps, and I still want to go back and work on the Demon Squad offshoot series I started a year or so back, the DSI Chronicles. This series will showcase several of the antagonists who debut in Demon Squad 8 – Collateral Damage. And, of course, I’ll write more Demon Squad books as I go along, juggling my schedule to keep them coming out regularly. They’re too much fun for me to abandon—and I hope for you, as well—and I don’t plan the end of the series anytime soon.
I’ve an end game scenario for the DS series that has been highlighted over the course of the current eight books, but I suspect there will be a lot of zigzagging before we reach that point. Don’t want to nuke it from orbit just yet. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the ride until I do.
So this, barring any substantive tumult, are my writing plans for the next year or so. I figure by laying this stuff out more concretely, those of you who might be interested have a better idea as to where I’m headed and when I’m expected to get there. In theory.
Regardless, I want to thank each and every one of you for having hung out with me on my journey of words, and I hope you’ll stick around for the rest of it. There’s a whole bunch more to come.