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What’s on the Horizon?

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I posted anything except sharing other posts and helpful information. It’s been busy of late so my time to write anything for Archer’s Aim has been very limited. I may have mentioned some weeks back that I was dealing with a health situation that sapped my energy. I’m happy to report that I’m feeling much better and have been able to accomplish a lot in recent weeks.

The recovery is just in time for a working vacation on a cruise with the literary agency where I’m represented. I’ve been making preparations for the trip and everything on the docket for the onboard writing conference, including the opportunity to make some pitches to industry representatives. I’ve been developing all the necessary documents and sharing them with my agent which has taken needed editing time so I hope it will work in my favor when the time arrives. It may be a working vacation, but I’m looking forward to taking time to relax since I really had no opportunity to take any vacation for several years due to my time unemployed and then working as a contractor the last year. I’m looking forward to the break.

Otherwise, I’ve been hard at work with writing, trying to catch-up on projects that progressed far slower than I wanted last year. I’m happy to report I’ve completed a revision of my longest novel code-named “Mage” and turned it over to my agent. Regardless of the submission outcome, I’ll continue working on the project and progress toward publication sooner or later.

I have another project entitled, All Things Forgotten, which is a YA Fantasy Adventure with some possible gamlit elements to it. I’ve completed a revision of the manuscript and turned it over to my editor who will do me the honors of ripping it to shreds so it can be vastly improved. The work may take several more months but I’m targeting late April for a possible publication date though that might be wishful thinking and it slides into May or June. I’ll share more about the book as things progress but there’s a lot of work to complete before it’s ready.

Next is my other full-length novel code-named “Glove” which has been at a standstill for months due to my flagging efforts with the other books. I restarted work on this manuscript on the first of February and I’m well over half-way through the revision. I’m very excited about all my books but this one has been on my mind for a few months and I think it will turn out well. It will go to my agent for submissions which is why it and Mage have code-names at this point. If nothing changes, I’ll work on publishing this book around September or October but there are a number of decisions to be made as with Mage.

I have another book that is nearly completed as a rough draft. Honestly, I’ve shoved it aside for a while to fully focus on these other books and I’m just about ready return to work on it. It’s my Hopeless Knight book and the manuscript is likely only a few days of dictation away from being completed, after which, I’ll delve into revising it to send to my editor as we work through rounds of editing. This book is more of a sword and sorcery with some possible gamlit elements mixed into it. I like it a lot and hope to publish it during the mid or late-summer. I’ve got so many books in the mill from my work last year that I can start releasing them as soon as they are ready and this one will be in the mix.

What’s next? Well, I will continue editing but I’m also going to begin plotting the next books for each series that I’ve started, then dictating them. Additionally, work on the parallel short sequel to The Bow of Hart Saga will go into development for possible publication late this year, probably early next year. Likewise, I will begin plotting and developing the longer, direct sequel to The Bow of Hart Saga for publication sometime next year. The short sequel is necessary to set-up some of the elements of the sequel that involves Athson and Limbreth so that’s the delay and not all the other books in the hopper.

Dictation will become a daily process once again as I begin work on all the next books. I expect to churn out quite a few rough drafts throughout the rest of the year and then editing for publication throughout 2020. It will be busy but, as long as I retain my energy, I should accomplish quite a lot since I’ve proven to myself how much editing I can accomplish in a short time. I’ll keep moving forward and share developments as soon as I can. Thanks for reading today!

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The Bow of Hart Sequel in Play

The Bow of Hart Saga

It’s been over a year since the last book of The Bow of Hart Saga was released and the last audiobook version launch just last week. I’m working on print editions to arrive soon too.

Over the last year, I’ve dictated drafts of the beginning books of four entirely new fantasy series and I’m currently working on some edits for those. I’m a bit up in the air about how those will be published, especially two of them that could go traditional, hybrid or self-published routes. I’m enjoying developing those new books very much though the progress has been much slower than I want. Those books should make an appearance this year depending on what happens and I’m looking forward to completing them as soon as I can. It’s nice to have a back-log of writing which I plan to start releasing as soon as I can so look for that publishing schedule over the next several months.

Lately, I’ve been toying with the ideas of a sequel to The Bow of Hart Saga. It’s all in the very raw, beginning stages and I don’t even know how many books it will involve – but it will be either a stand-alone book or a series of three books. It will be developed around Athson and Limbreth as readers can imagine. What exactly will happen? Well, I’m not saying just now but it will get interesting throughout the book(s).

One detail I know for sure, I will be developing a parallel novella series that I’ve already considered for over a year. Part of it is written and would entail some background to what’s to come based on a new character from another part of Denaria, far in the west, beyond the lands inhabited by the giants. I do know this little series will have plenty of adventure and a heavier role for giant characters. In the end, it will point toward the new series to wrap-up everything around Athson and Limbreth. My hope is to develop the entire series and release the editions close together as well as the one I’m considering about our star-crossed lovers.

That’s all I have for today. I’ll share more about all my writing developments as they progress. In the meantime, please follow me on Amazon, BookBub, Facebook and Goodreads. I’ve been working on private groups for fans on the latter two so contact me if you are interested. I plan to share more of what’s happening with new books in these locations. Contact me directly if you are interested in being a member where I’ll share some special information as books move toward publication.

Thanks for reading today and your interest in The Bow of Hart Saga. Just a reminder if you haven’t had time to read all of the series yet, An Arrow Against the Wind and The White Arrow, while all three are now available on Audible and Kindle Unlimited.

To Sequel or Not to Sequel – It’s a Good Question

Hello to all the Archer’s Aim readers. Life has been a whirlwind lately but I’ve been making some progress on several writing projects. However, I wanted to pause and answer a question that seems to get bigger and bigger with each month:

Will there be another book to The Bow of Hart Saga?

Based on the number of these questions I’m getting, there likely will be another book but not as part of the core trilogy that is currently out. I know that I left the door open for another book or two and that was somewhat by design. I understand that, while I’ve wrapped up the series nicely, there are fans who want more. Honestly, the request for a sequel cropped up from my daughter who also asked for a prequel series. So, I left the saga with a bit of an opening to move toward a sequel as opportunity allowed.

 

Why not just write another book or two for the saga? There are several reasons not to write anything new immediately. One will become clear very soon. However, another reason is that I have several other projects in the works that are under proposal to publishers at the moment. I need to complete these as soon as I can. I’m also working on development of another series named The Broken Shield Chronicles

Yet, I have been getting the requests for more about Athson and Limbreth and I’m pleased so many people like these characters and want more from them. Since I’m getting these sequel requests, I’m happy to give readers more as soon as I can. I have begun consideration for at least a sequel and maybe another trilogy along with a prequel.

However, to provide a further taste of the world of Denaria, I’m also going to write a short series named the Goddess Veil. Each book should be short but will include some possible cameos from a few minor characters in The Bow of Hart Saga as well as a villain (readers can guess who it is). I just need some time to get this series and the sequel underway as fast as I can.

I suppose I never expected this debut series to do as well as it has so I never planned anything else except to finish what I started long ago (meaning several decades). Let me start the process now and ask readers a few questions:

Who are your favorite characters?

What do you see happening to some of these characters?

What questions do you still have about Denaria that you think would interest you in a sequel?

A few ideas have presented themselves to me so far, but I’d love to hear readers thoughts about what intrigues them so I can address them. Are you interested in learning more about Withlings? Do dwarves interest you? Are there other places you see on the big map that draw your attention? Do you want to know what happens in Hart? What will happen in Grendon?

There are any number of ways another book can go and I’m happy to consider suggestions. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below this post or contact me using my email address or other social media. If you would like to read some alpha or beta material, please let me know and we can set up a discussion group somewhere or you can join me in my Facebook or Goodreads private groups. In the meantime, look for a big announcement about The Bow of Hart Saga next week that should clarify why I’m waiting just a little while with the next editions and why I’m leaving the series in its current form as a trilogy.