Reformed Mage Series

A Look Behind the Curtain: My Expected Publishing Schedule

Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by the website today and reading about some of my updates. I’ve been going right along this last week and making some plans about a few releases, so I’ll mainly focus on those today with a little bit of Reformed Mage news mixed-in and a concluding publishing schedule.

Project Updates:

An Arrow Against the Wind Print

As I mentioned last week, An Arrow Against the Wind print edition is very close to being completed. Well, it’s no longer close. It’s finished and ready. The print edition has been approved and I will set my official release announcement for next week. Since the book has been out for three years, there’s not much reason to do a massive release, but I will schedule some blog visits just to get the word out some.

Work has already begun to create the print format for The White Arrow. Depending on availability and time to create the print cover, the last of the three books should arrive in print during the summer, most likely late June or early July.

Anthologies

Created by Brosedesignz

Moving on to the next item on the list, is my first short story anthology, entitled: Curses Dark and Foul. This is a small project for me, one that already has content available so I expect to move through it very quickly as I mentioned last week. It will comprise three short stories. I’m currently working to brush up the stories with some additional editing since they have been completed for a while. My expectation is to release this anthology later in May, possibly early June. I just don’t want to step on the print release of An Arrow Against the Wind. The basic cover I’m using without the title is shown for reference only and created by warrendesign.

Regarding additional anthologies, I have plans for a total of four editions. The second edition already contains three completed stories while the third one contains three stories in various states of completion. The last anthology contains three stories which I have either begun or planned loosely. Those latter two anthologies will require some dictation to complete some of the stories, but my hope is to release them further into the year. It is my intention to release the second anthology during the summer, possibly during July or August.

Reformed Mage

My main project for the year is the Reformed Mage series. I’ve been working consistently with revising the first novel. As I mentioned last week the prologue to the first book will be also published as a prequel short story entitled, The Changeling Incident. I’ve completed dictation on that short sub-project and hope to edit as quickly as possible for a release during the summer. You can see the cover from warrendesign. Work on the prequel release means that I’m loosely targeting the release of the full first novel series in late September or early October. I’m creating a new page for the book on this site soon with more details as I progress through the work.

There’s quite a lot to complete, but I’m feeling fairly confident that I can meet that schedule but I can slide the novel back to November as necessary. The main issue is completing the revision soon enough to hand-off to my editor. Of course, there still remains the need for a cover and formatting as well as the outside possibility of it going directly to audio. I also plan to release it in print at the same time. I’m also considering whether to release individual cases as books and then bundle them which makes for a more brisk publication schedule and creates the need for more covers. Something to consider and which I’ll cover in detail in a later post.

There are two other books already in rough draft for this series, so my goal is to revise and release those as soon as possible after the first book. Both book two and three will also have a prologue which will also be released as a prequel short story before each of these two novels are launched. Dictation is my main tool at the moment to create additional content, but once these additions are completed, I’ll shift to short story projects for later anthologies, then begin additional novels for Reformed Mage, Black Glove and other books in my two other series that are waiting their turn.

The main goal is getting Reformed Mage content to my editor as soon as possible so that I can release them fairly close together while I’m writing the fourth book in the series. I might also mention that there are least six books planned for this series already.

Black Glove

Also sitting on the back burner is the first book of the Black Glove series. That one is largely ready for editing so I’m considering exactly what I would like to do with it. One of my holdups is actually developing the entire series so I’m a little hesitant to move forward with it just yet. The other consideration is whether I want to submit it to InkShares to be hybrid published or if I would prefer to self publish it early in 2021. That’s the big question and one of the pros for submitting it to InkShares is that I would be doing something with the manuscript while I’m working on all these other projects. The con to using InkShares would be a lower royalty rate. The other main pro to using InkShares is it’s more likely to reach retail bookstores since it would be published almost like a traditional book. It also would likely debut in audio.

Upcoming Schedule

Beyond all of that, it looks like I’ll be able to attend the SFWA convention at the end of May which will now be online. I wanted to attend a science fiction and fantasy convention at a local library which is usually well attended. There was also another local one for the same genres, but I’m not sure either of these conventions will actually be held as scheduled this year so I’m waiting to see what can happen with those. It looks like I’ll have some print books available, so the two events would be excellent for talking to readers in person.

It looks like I’ll have a busy release schedule this year after all. Here’s the run-down:

  • An Arrow Against the Wind will be released during May – target date 5/11.
  • Curses Dark and Foul, my first anthology, will be in late May or early June.
  • After that my plan is to release the print edition of The White Arrow during July.
  • By August, my hope is to release the prequel, The Changeling Incident for the first book of Reformed Mage.
  • After that, is the release of the first book of the Reformed Mage Casebook series during the fall, September, if possible.
  • A second anthology will be expected during the Summer or Fall if my publication schedule for Reformed Mage falls behind.
  • Beyond that schedule it is my hope to quickly follow up the first novel with material from the second book of Reformed Mage. My main goal at that point is to possibly release the prequel of Reformed Mage #2 before the end of the year and the entire novel just after the new year.
  • From there the schedule gets a little more murky as I may release an anthology or be ready to release Reformed Mage three. That will come clear as soon as I make considerable progress on everything, but it certainly fills up the calendar nicely.

Thanks for stopping by today and catching up on the latest news and my plans for the rest of the year. Next week, I’ll be back with the specific release information about An Arrow Against the Wind print edition. Please leave your thoughts in the comments and share or reblog this post. I’ll reply to comments as soon as possible.

Project Updates: An Anthology, Print Edition and a Prequel

Hello to everyone! I know I been absent for us several weeks, but it’s been that busy. I hope everyone is well during this difficult time and hope I can offer a bit of distraction from the difficulties we’re all facing.

Progress, though somewhat slow is continuing in many ways. Over the last several weeks I’ve been picking up some steam as I work toward several goals at one time. Here’s the latest:

Anthology Projects

A possible cover.

My memory is dim on the point of mentioning anthologies earlier, but my intention is to publish several of these this year. These books will stem from short stories already written and which I’ve decided to share more widely. I’m excited about these projects and spending some time brushing up the stories for the first anthology. My hope is to release the first one within the month if at all possible.
If progress is good enough, I’ll share more about it next week.

One of the main holdups is deciding on a title for this anthology but I’m going with a working title of: Curses Dark and Foul. Your comments about the title are welcome but each story will involve a curse. After that, the next priority is settling on a cover that suitably represents the anthology.

Just have to finish the print cover

An Arrow Against the Wind Print Edition

I’ve also been making some progress with my print edition for An Arrow Against the Wind. The print formatted version of the book is now complete. I am working to adjust a print cover which I hope to have done in short order, but releasing that print version is very close at hand. I’m already working on the formatted version of The White Arrow and very excited to complete the series and print as soon as possible.

Reformed Mage & the Series

The biggest news is that I’m planning the preqeul/prologue for the first book or Reformed Mage with a target release date during the summer depending on how fast it’s ready. I’m doing some dictation for this content now. One of the main goals in writing this book is that it npth triggers me and challenges me with adding details about characters and the world building into my existing manuscript. So the project is twofold, releasing a prequel later in the summer and supplementing my thinking about the series and my ongoing revision.

As already mentioned, my main goal is to release a full novel beginning with the first book of the Reformed Mage series this year. If that’s going to happen this year, I will have to get with it and complete the revisions so I can send it to my editor as soon as possible. There’s also work on the cover which needs to be done, but that will happen over the next couple of months as the editing cycle continues. The main goal right now with the manuscript is completing the revision which includes some additions. Since I’ve reorganized all of the material that I first wrote for the series, I’m now working on a reconstructed order of the book that keeps me on task.

So those are the developments with all of my immediate writing. Of course there are more editions of the Reformed Mage series in the works with a rough draft already written of books two and three. The hope with the first book is that it will make all the editing easier to complete other books as I move forward.

That’s all for now, I’ll be back next week with more about what I’m doing immediately and some possible dates on releases for print and my first anthology addition. Thanks for stopping by today and visiting with me. Please share this post as you see fit over social media or a reblog and I’ll stand by with respond to your thoughts as soon as I am able. Don’t forget to leave an opinion regarding the anthology title: Curses Dark and Foul.

Surviving Magical Attacks without Being a Mage

Note to Archer’s Aim readers: what follows is a short treatise from Wishton Ackford from my Reformed Mage book where he reveals a little about his interactions with magic as someone who possesses no magical abilities.

As someone with a predominant background in writing, investigations often prove challenging for one such as I. Too frequently, I find myself in dangers for which I never prepared as a younger man. It’s true the streets and taverns of Cal Rindon can hold their own threats at times, but these are not as unpredictable as they are with my newest chosen profession.

Being out of work taught me much about taking care of myself since I lived in places where crime and threat went hand-in-hand. But that environment was relatively short-lived compared to the rest of my life and the several years of investigatory work with my partner Mandlefred Mandeheim. Cutthroats can be avoided in any number of ways, even fought off if necessary, but a destructive spell is not so easy to avoid. Likewise avoiding some of the other nefarious characters with whom we interact challenged me in the beginning of the business partnership.

Manny taught me new skills of avoiding contact and escaping conflict. Unfortunately, many of these skills were learned on the job in dangerous conditions. One might think one deserves hazard pay from these frequent encounters, so we do charge clients for risk and danger involved.

My first learning curve was how to stay out of the way when magic comes along. But this is not so easy in some circumstances. Magical traps with curses of all kinds can often be set off and may have lethal effects. Manny is a top-notch mage with skill at disarming these many traps but care must still be taken. Of course, I came into possession of a fleer gun with which I can provide myself a modicum of self-defense when conflict arises. This is too often the case during our investigations and can occur at a moments notice. I’ve learned to keep my hand in my pocket and ready with the fleer gun based on circumstances but those are not always predictable.

My training has been besed on Manny’s spy-craft which he learned from his many years performing that job with the Imperial espionage service nicknamed the “sniffers”. Manny taught me how to create quick disguises to throw off pursuit as well as recognizing individuals who may be following me or laying traps for us. But when I first began I knew little of investigation and the other skills necessary which I have described. Experience has taught me much and I’m all the wiser for it as well as more circumspect with my actions. Unexpected magic attacks from the shadows is now a common occurrence for me, but I’ve found the work rewarding and steady.

Danger is ever present one investigates criminal troubles and there are few indicators of the surprises which lurk seemingly at every corner. Even common criminals can catch you unaware. With Manny along on the cases and the training he’s provided me, as well as learning from experience about magic, I’m far better prepared than when I began to meet all the challenges which all too often arise in this business. The real eye-opener has been how much magical crime goes on in Cal Rindon and, I suppose, and other locales. The other non-magic users in the world are seemingly oblivious to the many dangers around them. But then, the Imperial government has taken many steps to quell much of the criminal activity which can be done with magic.

Thanks for reading today and I hope you enjoyed a little deeper foray into Wish’s world and his adventures with Manny in their investigations. Your reactions and thoughts are welcome and please feel free to share the post as you like. I hope to release the first book of the series later in the year if work progresses well in the next month or so.