If you’ve been following the little bar chart on the right side of this page, you know that I’m 80% through the first draft of Book 2 of The Chronicles of Mara Lantern entitled Broken Souls. I expect to be done by the end of next week. Then it’s on to rewrites and the editing and formatting process. I’m still hopeful that the book will be out before the end of September, but a lot depends on if it gets through the editing process without any major hitches.
I will begin writing Book 3, Broken Dragon, while Book 2 is being edited, so my hope is it will come out shortly before or after the holidays, again, depending on the editing process. I’m fairly certain I can have the first draft of that book done in time.
On a separate note, the launch of Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited program kind of threw a hitch into all of my evaluations of whether or not to remain exclusive to Amazon going forward. Unlimited allows readers to pay a monthly subscription fee of $9.99 to “borrow” ebooks instead of buying them outright, but Amazon compensates authors who participate.
Not to get too deep into the weeds, Broken Realms has gotten a healthy number of borrows and I’d like to see if this continues and what impact it has on sales. So, for at least the next three months, the book will remain exclusive to Amazon.
How that goes will determine whether it stays exclusive and whether or not the rest of the series participates in the Amazon programs. If you have any thoughts, feel free to let me know.