Back again with another update. So, finished another round of editing on the second novel in the Tales of Ashkar series last week. It is the *final* draft, and I’ve sent it to my beta readers to get their feedback. As of now I am still on target for the planned October release.
Until I hear back from my readers there’s only one thing to do: look forward. Earlier this year I announced a title tentatively named Dragonsoul that is not a part of Tales of Ashkar. I will be focusing in on that, but also continuing Tales of Ashkar by working on the third installment.
My current plans for the standalone novel is to have it done and fully edited by the end of this year. Unlike Tales of Ashkar, however, I will push for Dragonsoul to be published traditionally rather than going the self-publishing route. In that way I can seek multiple avenues as an author rather than being stuck with one.
Speaking of standalone novels, I’m one-upping myself by starting on another novel not connected with Tales of Ashkar. If Dragonsoul is super secret, then this one is super duper secret. No title, no sneak peak. It’ll be all hush-hush until it’s out, and I also plan to publish it traditionally. As to when? Well, I am hoping to have it finished sometime next year.
As for the third Tales of Ashkar novel, I also plan to have it finished by the end of this year but I imagine the editing process to spill over into 2017 for an October release. As the pattern suggests, the plan is to release a Tales of Ashkar novel every year, and I will continue to self-publish them.
So, on the slate there are now three novels. It certainly seems like a daunting task, but I’ve found myself thirsting to branch out in my ideas and even in genres. I have also found that putting away a draft for a bit and picking it up again helps immensely in the editing process, and I think that cycling between works will actually be a benefit.
And if they don’t get published right away? Not a big deal. I can continue to work on Tales of Ashkar instead of putting all of my eggs into one basket until they find the right agent/publisher. Either way, stories will be continued to be made and I’ll be as content as a cucumber.