For Real, Though, I'm Writing!
I am, I swear!
I thought I was going to be able to get Of Dawn and Darkness out in September, no problem. Turns out it was a problem. I'm spending every day working on it, and I can GUARANTEE that I'll be done this month.
Why can I guarantee that? Because I'm leaving for a trip to Germany on the 28th. So all my writing and editing has to be done at least before then.
Sorry it's taking me so long, but the best I can say is: I'm going as fast as possible!
Instead of devouring me like a swarm of piranha, how about this: let me know in the comments what I can do to make this delay up to you. I can't promise I'll have the time to do it, but I'll try!
And in the meantime, here's the final cover for The Elder Empire - Second Sea, Of Dawn and Darkness.
10/1/2015 02:37:43 pm
Um, publish the book 3's in November and December? :-)
10/1/2015 02:45:39 pm
Just start with House of Blades; "Book 0" is some Amazon crap that they make me do so that the series syncs up right.
10/1/2015 02:39:48 pm
You are busting your ass pushing out books at a rate way beyond most authors, in a format that has never been tried, with no massive publishing house helping you sort through a lot of the editing bullshit. Worry not, my friend, you write your book at your own time and pace, and it will get read when it comes out. Looking forward to it a lot! Especially because the first set had me 100% on team Calder, yet because I only got Shera's this time, I have found myself leaving towards her side of the field. Looking forward to seeing if you can sway me back towards Team Pirate once more.
10/1/2015 02:46:51 pm
Thanks as always, Aaron! I really am working as fast as I can.
10/2/2015 09:04:20 am
I find myself prefering Calder's point of view because... Shera herself has experience of why a system with one Emperor works! Just set up a group of assassins with a Reader to kill the Emperor if he begins being corrupted. That is the sort of failsafe that can't really be replicated for multiple Regents because there is probably a limited number of candidates to be said failsafe, and the issue of one Regent being corrupted is just as bad as an Emperor.
10/5/2015 12:49:19 pm
Ideally, in the view of the Consultants, there would be far more than four Regents. Effectively, each region of the Empire would divide into self-governing countries.
10/1/2015 03:58:43 pm
But... I like piranhas.
10/5/2015 04:58:48 am
I'm not sure if I can let you do that; I'm afraid of being poisoned and dragged into a Misery situation.
10/6/2015 01:04:12 am
Hahaha. Best author reply ever
10/1/2015 04:32:33 pm
I WANT IT NOW!!!! It's ok Will just don't pull a B Justin Shier and become a doctor and neglect your series.
10/5/2015 05:00:35 am
I don't know who B. Justin Shier is, but let me assure you that as long as I can support myself writing, that's all I'm going to do.
10/1/2015 04:33:17 pm
Also, the cover is amazing.
10/5/2015 12:51:17 pm
Thanks, April! I liked how this one came out.
10/1/2015 06:26:15 pm
This might be a bit much, but a Valin teaser would be sweet. I think it was Gardens of Mist, one of the chronicles, that had the strugle story in tartarus? Freakin awesome.
10/5/2015 05:01:06 am
Glad you enjoyed it, Ken! I had considered this, so we'll see.
10/1/2015 07:02:56 pm
No rush. Never any rush. You make most other writers I follow look like Ents. Take the time to make it as good as it needs to be.
10/5/2015 05:01:31 am
I understand; I make them look tall and covered in bark. I get that a lot.
10/1/2015 08:44:31 pm
I feel as though I am the piranhas lol!! You're probably my favorite author, so as long as you are writing I'll be waiting!
10/5/2015 05:02:07 am
I was a big fan of this cover.
10/2/2015 06:03:39 am
What can you do? Well just get it finished, or don't if you dont think its good enough. You know your call.
10/5/2015 05:02:36 am
Well, I plan on doing some writing in Germany, but not in German.
10/2/2015 12:42:58 pm
If you do not want to be devoured by a "swarm of piranha", how about a school of piranha?
10/5/2015 05:03:45 am
No, piranha schools are too strict. They're not scary; a delinquent, man-hungry piranha would never make it in. It's when they swarm that you have to watch out.
10/5/2015 05:04:39 am
10/2/2015 07:24:35 pm
Just do whatever you feel like. I'm happy to wait as long as it takes for you to finish up, don't feel obliged on my account.
10/5/2015 05:05:15 am
I'll...do my best? Is there something about German washing machines I should know?
10/2/2015 08:26:21 pm
Question, is this series part of the Traveler's Gate universe? Because that would be sweet
10/5/2015 05:06:11 am
There's an unconfirmed possibility that it may be part of the same multiverse as Traveler's Gate. Once a world is destroyed--say, by reality-devouring Elders--it is broken into Territories.
10/5/2015 01:09:53 pm
10/6/2015 06:16:13 pm
Lol that was a theory I was having while reading the elder series and that cover looks absolutely perfect! To make it up to me hmmmmm how bout either a snip-it from the time Valin was traveling through that place where he found Valinhall or something about the origin of anyone of the elders?
10/4/2015 01:21:15 am
What ever happened to pre order? I would have already ordered the next three books and could just sit back and waited for delivery. Love your writing, keep it up.
10/5/2015 05:07:17 am
Thanks, Loren! Unfortunately, as much as I love pre-orders, the way Amazon does it right now costs me visibility. And visibility = sales.
10/4/2015 11:54:14 pm
Make someone not dead in this one? That would make it up to me at least.
10/5/2015 04:57:43 am
In this one, everyone's dead. Everyone. It's just Shuffles chuckling as he looks over a ship full of bodies.
10/5/2015 08:21:35 am
Shuffles is hilarious. Always need more Shuffles. But is there hope that a certain someone turns out to not be dead?
10/5/2015 12:43:28 pm
I don't know if you can take my word on this, because I lie, but no. There is no hope. The dead will remain dead.
10/26/2015 06:48:45 pm
What are you, the Doctor?
10/5/2015 06:59:40 am
Will I just got to say you are on top of my favorite authors list.
10/5/2015 12:38:49 pm
Thanks, Daniel! I'm always amazed and humbled to hear anyone say they enjoy the books that much, because I was never sure if I could write anything good enough for you to enjoy. Somewhere inside, I'm still surprised at every positive review.
10/6/2015 06:29:21 pm
Hypothetically, if your village burned down and you had to seek revenge, do you think you'd write about it?
10/9/2015 10:34:40 am
Only if there were magic involved. If my family and friends were killed as part of an evil plot to cut off my SECRET MAGICAL DESTINY and that destiny gave me superpowers, then yes. I'd definitely write about it.
10/5/2015 09:20:56 am
Really cool Cover!! Is your cover artist for the Elder Empire books the same one as the Traveler's gate cover artist??
10/5/2015 12:51:39 pm
Nope! Same designer, different artist.
10/6/2015 01:20:24 am
I will kindly, and benevolently, allow you one more month to complete Of Dawn and Darkness. However, in case you take much longer than that, I am on my way to the hardware store to purchase a shovel, which I will use to dig a pool for the pirhanas I just ordered online.
10/6/2015 08:06:50 am
Piranha shovels are the best shovels.
10/7/2015 01:57:24 am
If you are by chance at Frankfurt (Main), and want to make a trip to Limburg or Bad Ems contact me. It is a nice place for boating, hiking or cycling though maybe not this time of the year. But as we Germans say, when we are not busy complaining about the weather: there is not such a thing as bad weather, there is just bad cloth. Limburg has very cute timber framing houses and we had this Bishop, who build himself a palace with a marbel bathtube and his own chapel, and who got fired by the pope for it.
10/9/2015 10:31:29 am
I'm staying with a friend of mine in Berlin, but I know he plans on some kind of travel, so if I end up in Frankfurt I'll send you an email!
10/8/2015 07:33:45 pm
The Travelers Gate series was one of my new fantasy favorites in years--and you actually finished in three books.
10/9/2015 10:30:14 am
10/12/2015 11:37:02 pm
I need Calder's side of the story, I've been sharpening my cutlass for months. Why have you be holding out on us? Everyone knows you can write novels in like 3 or 4 days. Don't go Rothfuss bro!!
10/15/2015 09:41:56 am
Hey, I've still got like a year and a half before I enter The Rothfuss Zone.
10/22/2015 09:53:26 am
Don't rush it! Take your time, I can wait
11/11/2015 02:36:54 pm
I would LOVE an animated Traveler's Gate series, but I'm pretty sure that's ridiculously complicated.
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