Gathering the Hoard
There are many reasons why I shouldn't guess potential release dates for my upcoming books, the main reason of which is that I'm usually wrong. In this most recent case, I was very wrong. LT3 has provided me with all the upcoming dates they were able to schedule this far ahead of time and pretty much all of my guesses proved to be way off. Here's the official dates (which are subject to change, but should be mostly accurate at this point), so mark your calendars:
The only book that LT3 has accepted for publishing that is not on that list is Kelpie Blue. If I might guess (and at this point you've hopefully realized that my guesses aren't worth much), I would say December 2017 or January/February 2018.
In other news, Dragon Soldier, Dragon Detective, Dragon Adventure, and Dragon Home will be released in print in Supernatural Consultant Volume 2. This print compilation continues from where Volume 1 left off and should be released around the same time as Dragon Home in August.
Supernatural Consultant Volume 2 is also being considered for release in audio. The decision hasn't been made just yet, but I have been told it is on the list of potentials.
And the last bit of release news is that once the edits for the reprint of The Dragon's Hoard series are complete, the series will be submitted for translation into Spanish.
Some of you may remember my telling you that my Dragon's Hoard Series will be going out of print this June and that I was working with LT3 to renew the contract. I have finally gotten confirmation from LT3 that this is going to happen. All four books in my Dragon's Hoard Series are undergoing edits right now. Once the editing process is complete and a new contract is signed, my Dragon's Hoard Series will be reprinted.
What does this mean? Honestly, since this is the first of my books I've renewed a contract for, I'm not entirely sure. I know the series is being re-edited, but I don't believe there will be any substantive changes to the overall story. I'll be able to say that for certain once I see the edits, of course. I don't know if there will be new covers for the series, if there will also be a reprint of the print book, or how the new version will be made available to readers that own copies of the old version. It looks like I will find all of that out as it happens, so check my blog postings for additional information as I learn it.
What I do know right now is that I promised my readers a short story collection for this series four years ago and I have yet to deliver. There couldn't be a better time to debut those stories than when the reprint goes live. I've therefore put aside everything else I've been working on in order to focus exclusively on getting the short stories completed. At this point, I have finished writing four of the six stories. The last two are the two most difficult ones. The first is focused on how White and Eldest met, but I haven't started writing it yet. The second is about the long-awaited day when Tori is considered an adult. I've written about 2k words for it, but am a bit stuck on how to keep the playful vibe when Tori wants to grow up so badly.
If I can get both stories completed this month, and get the entire set edited and ready for submission, hopefully these stories will be in your hands not too long after the reprints come out.
My life got crazy what with my new job and moving to a new city. I couldn't keep up with the writing schedule I had been following previously, and setting writing goals each month was just adding onto my stress levels. Now I feel like I'm settling in and figuring out my new writing schedule. I want to start planning my goals again, but I still feel like I have a ways to go before I'm that organized. That said, I do have two things I want to get completed before the year is out:
My goal for November and December is to make a lot of progress in both of those stories. Yes, if I write for anything else on my to-do list I won't be upset, but it's good to have some goals to focus on. Hopefully by the time the new year rolls in I'll be that much closer to writing regularly again.
October 3, 2018
If A Butterfly Don't Fly
November 14, 2018
The Coup and the Prince
December 12, 2018
Mell Eight is an author writing with LT3. For more information about Mell and her writing, please visit her website: http://melleightfiction.