I got some good news this week. A while ago, I sent the third book of the Shadows of Tomorrow trilogy off to the publisher. This week, I got a response and they have accepted it. I had hoped that they would, especially given that they published the first two books in that trilogy and even produced an audio book of Shadows of Tomorrow, but I still wasn’t sure. The contract I signed for the other books only gave them first rights of refusal on the book, not any sort of guarantee that they would publish it.
It would have been really awkward if they’d said no at this point, because finding a publisher for the third book in a trilogy that’s already had two books published would have been a real challenge. Anyone I approach would probably wonder why I wasn’t going with the publisher of the first two, so I’m really glad that I don’t have to be in that position.
We’re a long way from the book coming out, which I’m sure will upset one of my coworkers who has been asking for news about this book’s publication since about five minutes after she finished reading the second book. It takes a while for a book to go through the publishing process, with all the stages of editing that involves, but I will keep the blog updated as I get more news. Watch this space.
I just wanted to give you a quick update of where I am with my writing right now. What feels like quite a while ago now, a novella of mine called A Monster’s Kindness was accepted by Less Than Three Press. I’ve just had edits back from them, so I will be spending a lot of time in the near future going through those.
I don’t have a timeline for the publication of A Monster’s Kindness. It will depend on many things, including how long I take to go through the edits and whether another round is required after this, but this book should definitely be published sometime this year. I will keep you posted as it gets nearer to the time.
The third book of the Shadows of Tomorrow trilogy is finished. I’m just putting the final touches on that one before I send it to the publishers. I’m sending it to the same publisher that published the first two books in the trilogy, so I’m hopeful that it will get accepted quickly, but there’s no way to know for sure. Like any submission, I have to keep my fingers crossed. Again, I will keep you posted as I learn more.
I said in last week’s post that I’ve finished the first draft of the next Codename Omega book. I’m letting that one sit for a while. It’s actually good timing getting the edits back because it means I can focus on Monster for a bit to get some distance on Omega before going back and doing the second draft of that.
There’s something really nice about having all these projects in there different stages and seeing the progress moving towards all these new books.
While I was on the writer’s retreat which I posted a review for last week, I finished off a novella. This was a gay, fantasy, romance about a man being sacrificed to a monster and finding that the monster showed him more kindness than his former neighbours. I submitted it to Less Than Three Press, a publishing house that specialises in LGBTQ+ romances (a number of their titles are on the queer reading list), and I received the automatic response saying that I would hear back from them in approximately six to eight weeks.
When I saw an email in my inbox less than a week later, my heart sank, because the response was so much quicker than I expected and, from experience, rejections are always significantly faster than acceptances. I saw that email and I knew that my story had been turned down.
Apparently acceptances can be that fast because they had said yes. They sent me a contract to publish the novella as an e-book, which I have now signed. The book still has to go through the editing process, but watch this space for more news as it comes out.
This is the fastest I’ve ever had a story accepted and it’s made me more than a little excited. It’s always a thrill to have a story accepted, but to have it accepted in less than a week on its first submission is something different. I can only assume that it means they really liked it and I can’t wait to share it with the world.
Shadows of Tomorrow, the first instalment of the Shadows of Tomorrow trilogy, is now available as an audiobook from Audible, read by Jake Urry.
This is the first time one of my books has been converted to an audiobook and I’m really excited about it. It’s been an interesting process, from listening to audition samples, through freaking out because the narrator pronounced one of the names differently from how it sounds in my head, to getting the final audio files.
It will be interesting to see how the story is received in this new format.
If you want to get a copy of the audiobook, you can head over to Audible to buy it. If you haven’t used Audible before, you can sign up for a 30 day trial and get a free audiobook download – which could be Shadows of Tomorrow.
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I’ve got a few quick announcements for you.
Firstly, I’ve mentioned in a previous post that my short story Reading Between the Lines will be included in the Mischief Corner Books quarterly. Well, that quarterly is now available. You can get it now on Amazon.
My second announcement is that one of my novels, Shadows of Tomorrow, will soon be coming out as an audiobook. The publisher has sent me the first lot of audio files for approval. I don’t have a release date for the audiobook but watch this space. It should be fairly soon.
My final announcement is that I will be going on holiday next week. I’m not sure what the internet connection is going to be like at the hotel I’ll be staying at, so the blog will be taking a brief pause. I’ll probably start posting again on Saturday 10th September.
Later this month, Mischief Corner Books will release their next quarterly and one of the stories included will be mine. Reading Between the Lines is a little different from what I usually write, and not just because I very rarely write short stories. It’s a contemporary romance about two boys falling in love as they argue about books – one likes sci-fi and the other reads classics. I got to have fun with references to some of my favourite books in their debates.
Overall, it’s a very light hearted piece (though it touches on a couple of dark issues in places) and the editor described it as “very sweet”. As I said, it’s different from my usual work but sometimes the inspiration hits and you just go with it.
I will be posting a pre-order link when it becomes available and adding it to my books page.