An author that is incredibly more successful than I am, Brandon Sanderson, writes a post at the end of each year updating his fans about all the different projects he has in the works. I’m not nearly as prolific of a writer, but I thought a few of you might appreciate an update on the novels I am working on.
I have the luxury of having an amazing full-time job that I love, which pays all my bills, but it has the unfortunate side-effect of taking most of my time. That means I really have to push myself to release two novels a year, which I have been successful in doing the first two years of my author career. I wish I had more time so I could write all the novels I have in my head at once, but for now I have to make some choices on what I work on and what I don’t work on. With that said, here is the start-of-the-year Jake Lingwall novels update.
I wrote Freelancer at the end of 2013, which was the start of my author journey. Over the course of the years I wrote two more novels in the series, The Unseen (Dec 2015) and FAI (July 2016) and released them. The series was published by Kindle Press via Kindle Scout and they have been great partners. The series has sold thousands of copies worldwide and garnered over a hundred reviews.
I have to step back and read those sentences again sometimes. When I started writing novels a few years ago I was convinced they would go the way of the average Amazon title, selling less than 10 copies total, and I thought that if one person liked any of my books it would be a great success. So the Freelancer series has been a delight to publish. I’ve loved to read the reviews (even the mean ones!) and see the response from readers.
Financially the books have more than broke even after cover art (custom art FTW!) and editing, but not by much. Luckily I have the day job to pay the mortgage, but I still consider the series to be a runaway-success for me as I don’t write for profit. I know a few people have asked about the financial side of things as they have followed my author career, and that’s the update. I’m not getting rich off the novels, but at this point, I make a little each month off all three of them.
I’m finished with the Freelancer world for now. I’ve told Kari’s story and I’ve moved on to other projects. I’m not ruling out a return to the series if sometime down the road I run across a story that I have to tell. But, don’t expect to see any more Freelancer novels any time soon.
THE HISTORIES OF NEWTEN
The second book I released in 2016 was Epoch Shift. I love the setting, story, cover, characters, all of it from this novel. It was a pleasure to write and I’m glad I released it. The experts say not to mix genres, but I like Science-Fiction and I like Fantasy, and I plan on writing in both genres in the future. That being said, Epoch Shift was my first foray into self-publishing and it has been a great learning experience. Unfortunately, Epoch Shift, hasn’t found the broad readership that the Freelancer series did, but the people who have read it have been very enthusiastic about it. Despite selling less copies, I’ve heard more positive feedback about Epoch Shift than any of my other novels, which is incredibly rewarding.
With my ability to only write about two books a year, I have some bad news. The second book in the series has been postponed until at least 2018. I have other projects right now (below) that I’m working on, and I can’t tear myself away from them. I’m not letting this series die, but it’ll be a year or so before the next novel is released. I think that fits the EPOCH scale of the series anyways. I’m still really excited about this world and I think you’ll love the next book when it comes out.
This is my primary project at the moment and I’m super stoked about it. It’s a Science-Fiction series set in my favorite kind of apocalypse. Robots. But with magic. It’s going to be a trilogy and I couldn’t be more excited about it. It’s for an older audience (Adult) as compared to the Freelancer series (Young Adult) and The Histories of Newten (New Adult), which means it’s a little darker, but boy is it cool.
I’ll have a lot more to say about this series in the future, but for now I’ve finished a few drafts of the first novel and I just passed 5,000 words into the sequel. The plan with this series is to try to find an agent and a big publisher so it may be a while before these books are released, but I think they’ll be worth the wait. As I said, more info to come.
This is the novel that I wrote during NaNoWriMo this past November. It’s a zombie-comedy novel filled with a bunch of jokes that I think are funny. I’ve never written anything like this before and it shows. The first draft is finished, but it needs a lot of work. Once I finish writing Vagrants 2, I’m going to do another draft of this novel and self-publish it before October. Don’t get your hopes up too high about this one, so that you can be pleasantly surprised. =)
And this isn’t a novel at all, but I’m really excited about it. I’m working on an App that combines my love for coding and data with my love for novels. Basically, it’s a beta-reading on steroids application that I’ve always wanted. If you’re interested in beta-reading some of the stories above and helping me work out some of the kinks in my application of the future, let me know and I’ll get you hooked up.
That’s it. That’s all I’m working on. I have a list of about 9 other novels that I think are really interesting, but given my pace of writing, it’ll be a long, long time before they are even worth mentioning here. But, I’ve loved writing stories for my readers the past few years and I grow more passionate about it every year. 2017 is going to be the best year ever for my books, and I hope it’ll be the best year ever for you.
Thanks for reading!