It’s been a little over a year since I wrote this post about the future of my Tethys Chronicles books. I needed that time to distance myself from the series and the ridiculousness of PDMI. (Seriously, I count myself lucky getting out when I did. It could have been much, much worse)
I used the past year to work on a few different projects. Unfortunately I haven’t sold any books or landed an agent in that time. But if I’m being honest, I don’t consider this time wasted at all.
What I’ve Been Up To
Since May 2016, I worked on trying to get an agent for The Song of Siya series. Got real close, but no cigar. The feedback I got from the agents who requested to read Gifts of the Earth made me realize that the book is just too damn complicated. It’s got like two separate origin stories/starting points, and three or four different storylines all jammed into about 90K words.
So The Song of Siya got put on a shelf temporarily. My plan is to split my current manuscript into two separate books and go from there. I have three definite novels planned out for that series with a fourth that’s still germinating.
Also in that year I worked on Red Magic (title not yet confirmed). It’s a story of magic and blood set against the backdrop of a revolution. Think a fantasy version of the Holy Roman Empire where the Protestant Reformation didn’t happen mashed up with the French Revolution / Revolutions of 1848.
I finished a rough, very rough draft of that and set it aside because it’s not the book I want to write right now. It’s got good bones, but there’s just something off with the characters and the ending. It needs to marinate for a while out of sight, out of mind.
Coming Back to Jacquie’s Story
And part of the reason why I put Red Magic aside is that back in February of 2017, I had an epiphany. I knew exactly how I could fix the issues I encountered when revising Terraviathan. As soon as that happened, working on the Tethys Chronicles again was all I could think about.
This is just a very long-winded way to say: I’m going to self-publish a third edition of The Exile’s Violin with new formatting and a new cover! My wife’s handling the cover layout, and she’s done a phenomenal job!
I’ll post the official, third edition cover as soon as she finishes it.
And that’s not all! I’m also smack-dab in the middle of rewriting Terraviathan.
The feedback I’d gotten on it in the past was helpful, but I struggled to weave it into the story. And then in February of this year it hit me–the perfect solution. It was a great fit, but I’ll need to rewrite a lot of the book. Not a problem! It needed to happen anyway, but I wasn’t in the right headspace to do it when the book was under contract with the previous publisher.
- The Exile’s Violin is coming back! Third edition, woo! New cover layout, tweaked art, and new interior formatting.
- Terraviathan is coming too! I’m working on revisions as I type. (Not literally because I’m typing this post.) It’s too early to set a release date, but my guess is late 2017 or early 2018.
Catch y’all on the flipside.