To anyone that celebrates, I hope you had a happy new year and have an easy fast!
The response for Dragon Soldier has been beyond amazing. Readers really seem to love it, and that has me so excited! I was incredibly busy the last few weeks, so I never got around to posting the new cover, but it's as wonderful as the rest of the series. You can check it out here! Dragon Adventures, the next book in the series is completely ready to go. All we're waiting on is the cover, but the editing is done. I hope to have the official release date for you very soon.
Sticking with news about my Supernatural Consultant series, I have been writing Dragon Spy again. I finally figured out one of the reasons the story wasn't flowing correctly was because the prologue really needed to be chapter one instead. I started writing a new prologue, which introduces a new dragon, and it's already looking so much better! There's still a lot of little plot details to work out, but overall this story is really starting to take shape.
I have also finally finished the preliminary round of edits for Kelpie Blue, which is still slated to come out in January. The prelims were a beast to get through, and it took me a lot longer than I had hoped, but I did it and the story looks so much tighter because of it. I'm also super excited to start working on a different series. As much as I love my dragons, taking a break to play with a feisty kelpie was awesome.
Next on my editing to-do list are the prelims for Magnified. I think I got into a groove with Kelpie Blue, so I'm hoping to carry that forward and blaze through Magnified. I am also expecting the first round of edits for A Little Fairy Dust, my fairy tale anthology. It's a huge book, so it will take a little longer to go through the editing process, which is why I'm expecting it to land in my inbox any day now.
I am caught up on editing. Shocking, I know, but I don't have any edits to complete right now. The copy edits for Dragon Soldier, book five in my Supernatural Consultant series, are complete and off to the proof reader for final checks. I also completed the first round of edits for Dragon Adventure, and expect the second half for Dragon Home to arrive soon, but until then I have no edits on my plate!
Which means I finally have free time! Normally, I'd be taking this opportunity to get some writing done, but that's unfortunately not going to happen this month. I have been spending every free moment wrapping fragile things in paper, packing boxes, and bringing what I can safely carry on my own over to the new house. I already spent one long night cleaning and measuring for new appliances. Area rugs are arriving by mail and the place is slowly starting to feel like it's mine. Even after the moving van comes and goes, I know I'm going to be spending a lot of time I would normally devote to writing to unpacking instead.
What does this mean in the long run? Not much. NSP still has 25+ of my books to evaluate, edit, and publish. Anything I completed now would simply go to the end of that very long list and you wouldn't see it for a few years. While there are books I would love this chance to get ahead on (Codified being number one on that list), I have to be pragmatic here. Taking the time to get my real life in order is just as important as completing more of the research Codified needs. Truth is, one of the big impediments to my writing has been my environment. I'm constantly interrupted by annoying neighbors being obnoxious, and that hasn't been good for my writing for a while now. After the move, when I have my own, quiet, place, I do feel that writing will go better. Hopefully next time I get a nice break between edits I'll be in a position to really get some writing done.
You read the title of this post correctly! I have some new release dates to share with everyone. These are tentative dates. I only have the release month and they are subject to change, but I'm so excited to have them to share with you. Here's what I've got:
I know March seems like it's really far away, but there's a lot to get completed before then. Multiple rounds of edits, of course, plus everything else that goes into getting a book ready for publishing. I'm a little concerned that they're all getting released so close together, as it will be A LOT of work on my part to get all those edits completed, but this is the fastest everyone involved can work to get my books back out as soon as possible.
As you can see, Dragon Detective and Dragon Soldier were both accepted for publishing at NSP. I'm hopeful they will also accept the last three books (and I'm hopeful editing the entire series again will galvanize me into finishing Dragon Spy).
I have also submitted both books in my Wizard Wars Series to NSP. Ground of Resurrection (book two) was the one you all got to pre-order, but were never able to read. I don't know where they might fit into this release schedule should NSP accept them, but I'm looking forward to finding out.
Some of you might have noticed that when Dragon Soldier was posted on LT3's website and on Goodreads, the release date was March 8, 2017. I noticed too, especially since I've been saying for months now that Soldier wasn't going to come out until April. I have investigated, and it turns out the new date is correct; LT3 decided to move the release ahead a month. That's great news for everyone anxiously awaiting the conclusion to Nickel and Platinum's two-part story.
I didn't mind the date change, except it now means that I will be releasing one book every month for seven straight months. Magnified started it off in September, then Dragon Detective in October, and Elemental Ride and Ner Li in November and December. I still have to complete The Case of the Wandering Wolves for January, Ge-Mi: Part One for February, and now Dragon Soldier in March. That's a heck of a lot of work to squeeze into the same time frame, but it's doable.
Then I found out why Dragon Soldier was pushed up a month: LT3 wanted to create some space between the release of Dragon Soldier and the release of Dragon Adventure, the next book in the series. Dragon Adventure is slated for a May release date (I don't know the exact date yet, but I have submitted an inquiry to LT3 to find out more). It was deemed that releasing Dragon Soldier in April was too close to the release of Dragon Adventure in May, so the solution was to move Dragon Soldier earlier. What this means is you will only have to wait two short months between books in this series, which I know is more great news for readers anxiously awaiting each subsequent book.
(On a side note, as of writing this blog post I only have approximately 10k words left to write in Dragon Spy. I have also started planning the story that comes after Dragon Spy, which will feature Nickel and Platinum again, and I am trying to decide if Alloy's story should be a full sized one or if it would be better suited as a short story like Adventure and Home. Needless to say, I'm really enjoying writing this series and I honestly hope you're enjoying reading it.)
The warning LT3 posts on every pre-order page on their website that release dates are subject to change is a very apt one in this case. Regardless of the change, I'm very excited about how things are going for this series and on March 8, 2017 I know you will be too! Until then, feel free to pre-order Dragon Soldier: https://lessthanthreepress.com/books...
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Mell Eight is an author writing with NSP. For more information about Mell and her writing, please visit her website: http://melleightfiction.