I'd like to say that I've taken the last month off, but to be completely honest with you, I had three weddings, I'm still moving into my new house, and I just spent the last week locked in a cabin writing.
But hey! On the bright side, Blackflame is doing disturbingly well.
It has sold faster than any of my other books, and in fact its success has helped my other books too; Soulsmith earned nine times more this month than it did last month.
I bow to you in thanks!
More soon, when hopefully I get some breathing room. In the meantime, I'll leave you with these random out-of-context lines from Skysworn:
The Lord of Specters opened its beak once more, and a voice issued forth like a distant chorus singing a dirge. “Tell us the name of your enemy,” the raven said.
In the Blackflame Empire, when you wanted an Underlord dead, you had precious few options.
5/29/2017 10:26:22 am
Does this mean Skysworn is next? While I'd like books from the other series, I also love Cradle.
5/30/2017 12:56:47 am
Actually cloning wouldn't work you need to construct an exact replica of his physical form and then implant a copy of his brain patterns into it
5/30/2017 10:36:58 am
But then you'd get divergent Wills! Each Will would start being different like the Bobs in We Are Legion by Dennis Taylor.
5/30/2017 12:09:37 pm
I'd say that's still cloning, just more advanced (and in this case required) refinements of the cloning techniques.
5/30/2017 08:46:14 pm
I think what we need is something similar to what was in Kiln People by David Brin. He could write multiple books at once and then just upload the memories of each copy at the end of the day.
6/1/2017 05:03:40 pm
6/1/2017 05:45:49 pm
Will would almost certainly get himself banned by Amazon by writing three or four different sequels to the same book. Each book would be slightly different at first and then quickly spiral in different directions. They would all argue on the blog and delete each others posts before too long, and eventually, they would hunt each other down until there was only one. This Will would then be The One. The One Will would have super powers. At this point depending on which Will was victorious would determine what future this Will would pursue, but it is unlikely that Super Will would continue a career in writing.
5/29/2017 11:05:41 am
You actually started working on skysworn? That's awesome. I want to read new adventures in the traveler's gate's world as well but ever since I bought and read Blackflame, I can't wait to read the following 10 (you said 13 books in cradle right ?) iteration in the serie.
5/29/2017 11:51:49 am
Sleep not any more, work more!
Words of Radiance was March 2014, and Of Dawn and Darkness was December 2015.
Maybe just maybe... they like it more because they have you to shed some light on some more obscure parts of the story. It might also be EE takes on darker aspects (mature) and your readers arent used to that. Could be alot of things really. And if you want everyones opinion on it maybe make a post about it and ask your readers what they think? Or at least discuss it?
5/29/2017 12:50:16 pm
You're alive! Keep up the great work. I am off to find an angry turtle for a pet.
5/29/2017 12:52:34 pm
Congratulations on your new home and all the weddings! Great timing for you to be able to attend.
5/29/2017 01:18:01 pm
Just getting some skysworn ideas down before working on elder empire?
5/29/2017 01:18:47 pm
It feels a tad selfish to pester you about Skysworn so soon after the release of black flame, but I had some road trips and read through cradle 1-3 again, and the dragon advances.. My hunger roils in my core, and only your authorship can clear my channels of the burning urge for more! You're amazing, and you absolutely deserve all the success going your way! Keep up the good work! I tell people about your series all the time, and they ask me how many books I think you'll have in the series. My stomach drops out at the thought because this adventure is too much fun to read, and re-read! I've read one four times now, two three times, and three twice. Already anticipating four!
5/30/2017 10:06:24 pm
6/1/2017 08:17:50 am
Core, dude, core! Where did you imagine the core to be when you read them?? O_O
5/29/2017 01:22:19 pm
You got married three times? that seems a bit much.
My first two wives each died mysteriously on our honeymoons, leaving me with their vast fortunes. My third wife is doing great, though! We're on our honeymoon.
6/1/2017 02:21:28 pm
If your third wife dies as well maybe you should think of a different place for your honeymoon....
6/1/2017 05:47:30 pm
The most disturbing part of the OP is this talk of dancing puppets. I'm afraid Will, I'm very afraid.
Lord of the Tower
5/29/2017 01:22:45 pm
Congrats Will and you started writing Skysworn already!!!This tower Lord is Very pleased!
5/29/2017 01:32:11 pm
CONGRATZ Will!! You didn't mention to the fans the 4.9 out of 5 raiting on the book for Kindle reviews. No easy feat with 278 different reviews!
5/31/2017 06:56:02 am
Based on Eithan's reaction and questioning, I believe the appearance of someone with two cores is quite the anomaly. An unsouled (pure madra) is also quite rare, but as much as it can make many things more difficult, it seems the blank slate also provides many opportunities.
5/29/2017 02:47:06 pm
We have awaited your emergence into the light, oh Will, pallid and squinting though you may be.
5/29/2017 02:57:06 pm
Gah, I meant ride the wave, the surf is up. Apparently I'm dyslexic. And two metaphors in a row, that's ugly.
I wish you could edit them too, Coldsteel.
5/29/2017 03:10:09 pm
Hold up now! Writing for the last week and quotes from Skysworn?? Does that mean Skysworn is next and not EE??? Maybe it's obvious but I need that confirmed please... :-)
5/29/2017 03:56:25 pm
Will, don't you DARE hurt Eithan :D
5/29/2017 04:37:29 pm
Lindon, save Eithan!
5/29/2017 04:31:15 pm
I knew you would put back OKAK again
5/29/2017 05:18:32 pm
First, very happy for you on the success of Blackflame. Definitely the best of the three so far in this world.
5/30/2017 12:51:11 am
I also wonder, why aren't the Elders trying to kill all humans on Asylum? As I understand it, it would destroy the world and free them? Or did they already try only for the Abidan to emprison them again?
5/30/2017 12:42:58 pm
I have a wild theory that the Elders are imprisoned on a single world in Asylum and that to hold the integrity of the iteration there are multiple inhabited worlds. It would make sense that they would therefore be unable to break the prison by depopulating that planet. Conversely, the elders cannot break the prison on their own so rather than culling their world they try to cultivate/manipulate powerful humans to help them escape.
6/1/2017 05:16:22 am
You're talking about stuff I have no clue about, which book did it talk about the elders and kelarac and achmagut?!
6/1/2017 08:06:42 am
That's part of the Elder Empire series, which is a tale told through both sides in parallel books. So good.
Sorry for the huge delay, April! Here we go!
6/17/2017 08:38:08 pm
Thanks for the responses.
5/29/2017 11:20:42 pm
Just picked up Unsouled two days ago and just finished Blackflame today. I have to say that this was one hell of a ride. I was a bit dubious when kindle recommended me this book, but once I saw your name I knew I had to have it. Absolutely amazing and I only wish I found these books further in the future so I wouldn't have to wait for the next one, that being said I know it will be worth the wait.
5/30/2017 06:09:31 am
I have to imagine you are both thrilled and daunted by the success of the series. Similarly to the last book i can imagine it makes it hard to justify working on other series.
5/30/2017 06:34:23 am
I think it is time to update the progress meter from "Blackflame progress" to "Skysworn progress"...
5/30/2017 10:13:37 am
You accidently wrote Skysworn, I think you meant OKAK
6/1/2017 05:08:19 pm
Ahem...I heard it's actually Traveler's Gate and it contains a cameo by Dr Who.
5/30/2017 08:53:54 am
Will don't go back on what you said for the third time you have an obligation to finish EE so please finish it
5/30/2017 09:41:40 am
This might not be a popular sentiment here, but that is just not true- Will doesn't have an obligation that dictates he has to finish one book/series before another. First and foremost his obligation is to himself, and developing his career and success as a writer.
5/30/2017 10:07:30 am
5/30/2017 10:21:01 am
Obligation might have been too strong of a word, but following through on promises you make should count for something.
5/30/2017 12:07:02 pm
I feel ya and totally agree that if Will writing WE he is making a mistake and kinda wasting his time. From the reader comments seems like a lot of people dropped EE in the middle or end of 1at book. Some loved it. First WE book is ranked 6,819 on amzn ( not a lot of buyers/fans). Why would book 2 or is it 3or 2a ( if those series go sequentially or parallel or perpendicular), become popular. Even if it the best book of all times it is impossible to buy because it is hard to restart the beginning of series after dropping it before. Kevin OLeary would probably advise him to take EE series behind the garage and shoot it. But then again, maybe Will wanted to complete EE for those few fans, ..sighing.. While A LOT of Cradle fans will wait to part with their money.
5/30/2017 01:22:58 pm
I can understand both sides of the coin on this debate (I absolutely LOVE cradle) but at the same time, I feel that finishing EE is still a solid decision. At no point in his career has Will made as much money as he has with Cradle, and this gives him some freedom to pursue and finish a less successful venture that will still flesh out his multiverse. When Skysworn comes out afterwards, he will get a fresh wave of major purchases to carry him into the new year and/or start the new year with a bang. Just my two cents on the matter.
5/31/2017 10:22:50 am
One thing I'd just like to clarify, this isn't even really an argument for Cradle, per se. Rather I just want to refute the urge to remain beholden to an old promise.
I've read this discussion, and I think I might surprise you with my opinion here:
7/10/2017 07:08:00 am
April is wrong in the aspect of leaving something unfinished. Well, not wrong. She is proving Skysworn should be written next as most of the scenes are already written for it. *_* I love your logic.
5/30/2017 02:50:07 pm
I bet Will publishes EE next even though it is clearly not the best thing for him financially. He has pretty much shown he values his commitment to his readers through his participation here. As someone who couldn't ever get into EE and didn't even finish the first book, I would be thrilled if he decided otherwise.
5/30/2017 08:21:44 pm
Actually, I have experience with a somewhat analogous situation. My husband is self-employed and has at various times passed up higher paying contracts to take lower paying ones, for a variety of reasons. Also, it's not like anyone is saying he shouldn't write skysworn. He will still write and get the income from it no matter what order he writes them in.
6/1/2017 08:04:08 am
It is totally Will's right to write what he wants but I personally will stop reading his books if he doesn't return to EE. If he leaves one series unfinished then he can leave the cradle series unfinished if for instance he returns to the house of blade series and it sells better than Cradle. I think a sense of trust between writers and readers is essential. I think also with what we know about the multiverse the Cradle series may actually be enhanced with a return to EE to setup a broader tapestry.
I will certainly finish EE, Jeff. Not finishing it isn't in the cards. It's only a question of what my eleventh book release is: Skysworn, or OKAK.
6/17/2017 08:48:00 pm
Definitely finish Skysworn if that's sort of delay we are talking about. I do enjoy it and am thrilled by its success.
You go to bat for my reader participation, and then I don't respond for two weeks. I am shamed, John. Shamed.
5/31/2017 02:19:00 am
A few months ago, his rough estimation was that Cradle is going to have around 12 books, but that number can, of course, either increase, or decrease.
I'm going to need to ask your opinion on that, Phillip (and anyone else who reads this). Because my estimation of the main story was twelve books.
6/17/2017 08:52:44 pm
I would vote for slowing down some. The biggest thing that I have felt was missing from Cradle is seeing more of the world and people around him. It's not unnecessary padding. It's a nice cushiony layer that keeps you from hurting when you sit in the same chair too long.
6/18/2017 07:47:01 pm
Please slow it down on Cradle! Let's see more paths, more fighting, more world back story. The world is huge, let's see more of it!
8/23/2017 08:50:51 am
It would be very cool if you slowed it down a bit so we can see more of Cradle, but don't slow it down too much! Keep the story going as well. I enjoy the fast pace that you set in these books.
5/31/2017 02:16:48 am
Many people seem to think that by giving an extract from Skysworn, Will indirectly tells us that this is the book he writes next.
5/31/2017 07:17:54 am
That's right...Will should write EE instead of Skysworn...who really cares about selling more books...what is money anyway? It's just paper ;-)
5/31/2017 09:43:22 pm
Books are just paper, too...
6/1/2017 05:12:10 pm
What about the idea that damming a river provides opportunities to farm in the desert? OKAK means he can build an even larger base through the first 3 Cradle books before launching Skysworn...at which point he rockets to #1 due to anticipation and overall success guarantees us continued production?
More information coming Wednesday, but here's a spoiler:
6/18/2017 06:17:53 pm
That seems very reasonable and looking forward to things. Didn't you say in a previous blog post thread that December is often your worst time to do a release and that it's better in January or February? I wonder if you should give yourself that extra month or so to finish up Skysworn, and then do OKAK Late January-ish? That'll give you an extra release this year, help keep you funded through the rest of 2017, plus allow you to release OKAK at a better date, which isn't really all that much later anyway.
5/31/2017 06:24:13 am
Any chance the books will be turned into Audi books?
5/31/2017 06:50:59 pm
I'd like Cradle, but when is shera coming back. Or how about the audio book for city of light. IT'S BEEN ALMOST TWO YEARS.
6/1/2017 01:45:14 pm
I promise I'll start elder empire and finish up to the most recent, but you should consider put your next book to a vote 😈 Put it up on kickstarter or a competition of sorts with different commitment levels and the higher total commitment amount wins! I understand some EE readers will be sad, but maximizing utility is important 😌 the needs of the many outweigh the few. Plus, Lindon hasn't succeeded by not-skipping a few things. 😈😈
Despite I want, EE is still a pretty good series. The magic system kinna baffles me on the whole soulbound, reader and intent business. I do like Lindons story more than EE but its still good. Also i think an author should write what he wants to write and just be honest about what hes doing. (Obviously theres a limit though GRRM and Ruffuss are prime examples and it fustrates me just thinking about it -dont set dates and break them T.T) Otherwise u might end up with the same plot (because the general is usually planned) but told in a more dry, insincere or even dreadful manner.
6/2/2017 07:19:15 am
The EE books are my least favorite of Will's series. It's not that I don't like them, I just like them a bit less than the others. There are two main reasons why.
Wow i thought i was the only one whom found Shera crazy act a little disturbing. I mean for most the book it showed she likes bottling up her emotions then it makes u wonder if she has any. Apart from that shes very selfish and really apathetic. (She kinna catches me as the type whom kills kids for money or food) Then again it might just be shes a female and hard for me to relate to. (For all we know all women are crazy [ jk ] )
Just to clarify Will. I think Shera is a well-written character and really brings to life what a cold-blooded killer is. I even understand how she may have gotten the way she is, we are all just accumilations of our experiences. Gotta congradulate u on that, most authors skimp around the "bad" aspects of the "dashing rogue" and try to make u feel sympathy for them. Which is totally dumb from my POV. I just find it hard to relate to her. I liked Lucan though too bad he died.
Vote: There will be no vote. I don't usually put what I'm going to do to a vote, honestly, because I like having the freedom to decide. However, I DO often turn to votes or polls for advice. I like to base my decision on what the readers want.
...as for the fact that she's a woman, I originally drafted Shera and Calder as two women. Then, when I decided that I needed a man to helm one story and a woman the other, I initially planned on going the other way around: with a woman on the sea and a man in the shadows.
6/17/2017 08:26:11 pm
Maybe I shouldn't admit this publicly but I do somewhat identify with Shera. I can understand being in an extreme situation and feeling your emotions start to shut off, so you have to use something other than your feelings to judge the situation. With Shera, the combination of that and her, shall we say, unusual? moral outlook makes her an interesting character to read. Especially when laid next to her extreme loyalty to and trust of those who she counts as friends. I wish we saw more of Lucan and Meia. We see a lot of Calder,s character in how he interacts with the crew. Perhaps more Meia and Lucan would make Shera more relatable?
In EE the premisis of the story is awesome. Being an Empathetic Clairvoyant would be so cool. (Apart from the day to day aplications, never again would we truly be uncertain as to who kill who) I think it took me really long to undersand the magic because really in your other books your main characters are learning about the magic while growing in power. In EE your main characters Calder and Shera never really explore the magic. Lucan does so a bit with the Emperor, but it really took me that death match (Emperor vrs Incarnations) to see fully see the magic throughly. And the series made alot more sense on the 3rd and 4th reread.
6/18/2017 06:09:50 pm
I must admit that I'm surprised to read that others find Shera less interesting than Calder or that she's hard to relate to. If anything, I've found I've loved her storyline and had to struggle a bit to get through the Calder books.
8/23/2017 08:58:01 am
Personally, I love the magic system.
6/2/2017 11:14:41 am
Untitled, the Way of Untitled
6/4/2017 06:45:39 am
6/8/2017 06:24:49 pm
This one will wait patiently for whichever wonderful book comes out next.
6/17/2017 03:26:13 pm
My Pitchfork is ready regardless ( I've been playing Breath of the Wild, so I have any number of implements upon which to skewer!
6/19/2017 07:03:58 pm
Ill skewer you scrawny nerd book writing a$$ any day
6/18/2017 05:22:33 pm
Will, you are awesome. I love all your books to-date and really have enjoyed how EE seems to have grown you as an author. It would be neat to add an anthology set when all are done with the books combined so chapters go chronologically - flashbacks aside.
Thanks, Wynstro! That means a lot!
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