Omega: The Girl in the Box, Book 5
Crusader: The Sanctuary Series, Volume Four
(Title Withheld): The Girl in the Box, Book 6
Thy Father's Shadow: A Sanctuary Novella
Enemies: The Girl in the Box, Book 7
(New Series, Book 1)
(Title Withheld): The Sanctuary Series, Volume Five
Legacy: The Girl in the Box, Book 8
(New Series, Book 2)
Revelations: The Girl in the Box, Book 9
(Girl in the Box Book 10 to follow very early 2014)
Yeah, I know. I only released...what? Six books this year? Maybe not even. Let's see...Alone, Champion, Untouched, Soulless, Family and a couple short stories. But in fairness I also wrote half of Crusader and all of Omega, and I've really upped the amount of words I can write per day in the last month or so, where now I can just about double my previous daily output. So there's that.
Tell you what, rabid fans. If you don't hold me to it, I'll try for ten again this year (and if you try to hold me to it but I back off of it for my own reasons, you'll find holding me accountable about as easy as nailing jello to the wall. Good luck!). And since I've been full time as a writer for almost a year now, and I've learned a few tricks in the last twelve months, I think I might be able to pull it off this round. There are a few potential snags, of course, as there always are in any massive undertaking. One of them is that the Girl in the Box books are only going to get bigger from here on out, starting with book 7, as I start wrapping up the overarching plot to the series and bringing all the threads together. Same with Sanctuary; Book 4 is going to be big, Book 5 is likely to be the same or bigger, taking us into Game of Thrones territory with the size of the volumes. Another potential snag is that editing is taking me longer nowadays, because I pace myself on it to keep my sanity (I don't love editing the way I do fresh writing). My sanity may seem like an insignificant trade-off to you for faster releases, but I assure that for me, it is not.
As you can see up there, I'm also starting a new series. But why, you ask? Why would I do this to you - make you suffer, you poor unfortunate Sanctuary and Girl in the Box fans, who want nothing more than to see each of those respective series come to an end, so you never have to read one of my damned, torturous stories again...oh, wait. I hope that's not how you feel, though I'm sure you want me to get to it (it being the satisfying conclusion of the whole saga). Well, I'd like to get to it also, but I'd also like to broaden my career a little bit so I'm not a two-trick pony. More details on the new series to follow, but it'll be something different, something in the urban fantasy space but way, way far from Girl in the Box territory, and something I think hasn't been done quite like I'm going to do it.
There should still be plenty enough to keep both of the armed camps (please don't turn into Team Cyrus and Team Sienna) that are currently nestled outside my castle walls (boiling oil and sharpening of weapons well underway) happy in 2013. If not, alas...I can only do so much. Even if I could pull a James Patterson and hire an army of ghost writers to flesh out these books and write them for me so they could be churned out like some sort of bizarre Robert J. Crane factory of writing, I wouldn't. This is my stuff, and I'm kind of picky about it. Also, possibly a control freak.
Anyway, these are my plans. You'll notice there are no dates attached to anything. Why not? Because I never know when things are quite going to be ready and rather than arbitrarily assign a date which I may miss (and which will then cause me angst) I just release them when they're done. Sure, I could hold out on you, but why? When they're finished I turn them loose. About a month before they're ready I have a general idea, and I suggest when they might be out. Sign up for the newsletter and you'll never miss one (unless you send my emails to the spam bucket). I also tend to mention them on Facebook and Twitter, maybe even a blog post (which reminds me, when Girl in the Box 5 comes out, there will be a dedicated blog post here for people to weigh in with discussion in the comments section, VERY spoiler-heavy because of what goes on in the book - it's something new I'm going to be doing from here on out so you all can fight amongst yourselves - err, I mean so we can create a community). There are plenty of ways to keep apprised of what's going on in release world, and I try to make it easy for all of you, who I assume have lives, families, friends, work, etc to be keeping up with, to know when something new comes out. I'd like to make it easier, but outside of assigning those arbitrary dates and holding out on you until the date rolls around, I don't know how I could. For example, I think Omega will be out in mid to late January. If I wanted to be safe, I'd just say it'll be out February 14th. None of you would love me for that, even if it is Valentine's day, would you? So let's just say it'll be out by the end of January and call it good.
That's about all I've got for now. I'm sure this is going to make a few of you happy, a few of you may be upset ("WTFzorz only 3 books where is the Sanctuary love?!") and a few of you confused (Heather Rodefer is currently marking on her monitor with a purple pen to correct all the spelling and grammatical errors I have made thus far in the post) but I hope most of you fall into the first camp rather than the second (angry much?) or the third (crazy, just crazy, I tell you). I'm hoping to migrate more and more of you to the first camp as the year goes by, but if I fail then I'm sure that Heather would love to have all of you join her.
Actually...trying to publish ten books in one year? I might be the one who ends up there. Crazy? It could be the new normal.
Oh, well. Happy 2013, everyone!