Just a quick update, the Into the Labyrinth paperback is now available on Amazon! (The wait for the Jewel of the Endless Erg paperback should be significantly shorter, I promise.)
So despite my hopes on getting Jewel of the Endless Erg out in January, it’s not going to be out until February, because (redacted conspiratorial yammering about government agents and aliens or some such). Let’s give it a rough estimate of February 7th for now- I can’t wait to see what people think of it!
Now that I’ve successfully fought off the New Year’s Hangover Beast, time to post some updates!
So the most important news: Mage Errant Book 2, Jewel of the Endless Erg, is being edited as we speak. It should be out here in January! Expect new locations, much bigger action scenes, sometimes friendly cultists, dragons, and Hugh stressing himself out again. Book 2 is quite a bit longer than Into the Labyrinth– 77k words compared to ItL‘s 56k words.
Once book 2 is out, I should be starting on book 3 pretty shortly- already have it largely planned out, so it should go pretty quick. I’m loosely planning an April release for book 3! I’d like to keep to a three month schedule with the series- it’s a fairly punishing schedule, so no promises that life won’t force delays, but I’ve been able to handle it with two books in a row so far! Mage Errant is loosely planned for six books right now, so I should be finishing it sometime in early 2020 at this rate. (I originally had the series planned longer, but ended up cutting out a lot of what I decided was filler.) Though, if I ever start making enough to quit my day job, I might be able to increase the pace. (I can dream)
Oh, and apparently I’ve been nominated for an r/fantasy Stabby Award for Best Self-Published Novel- so that’s pretty awesome. (I’m up against Will Wight, Andrew Rowe, Mike Shel, and Rachel Aaron, among others, so definitely no chance of me winning, but it’s still really flattering.) If you’re interested in voting, it’s running now!
I’ve seen a really wonderful amount of support from the indie fantasy writing community (special thanks to Andrew Rowe, who has been really supportive and given me some great advice- if you haven’t already, check out his book Sufficiently Advanced Magic), from readers, and from r/ fantasy over the past few months, and it’s been incredibly encouraging. Releasing my book out into the world was pretty scary, and you’ve all been incredible. Thank you so much.
Also, definitely going to try and be better about updating this blog more frequently in the future. At least once a month.
If you got a copy of Into the Labryinth while it was free or early in its release, you might want to go ahead and re-download it- a new version is up that has the typos and errors corrected.
I’ve already hired an editor for the second book, so it shouldn’t be an issue for Book 2. (Which is coming along nicely- should still be able to meet my December/January goal.)
Into the Labyrinth, the first book in the Mage Errant series, is now available on Amazon. While not the first novel I’ve written, this is the first novel I’ve published! I hope you enjoy it! And as an added treat, Into the Labyrinth is free through the end of Friday.
From the Amazon description:
Hugh of Emblin is, so far as he’s concerned, the worst student that the Academy at Skyhold has ever seen. He can barely cast any spells at all, and those he does cast tend to fail explosively. If that wasn’t bad enough, he’s also managed to attract the ire of the most promising student of his year- who also happens to be the nephew of a king. Hugh has no friends, no talent, and definitely doesn’t expect a mage to choose him as an apprentice at all during the upcoming Choosing.
When a very unusual mage chooses him as apprentice, however, his life starts to take a sharp turn for the better. Now all he has to worry about is the final test for the first year students- being sent into the terrifying labyrinth below Skyhold.