Queen’s Move is up to about 75,000 words, and coming along nicely! However, with this week being a holiday in the United States, I’m planning to take the week off. There are a few things that I want to get feedback on, however, and some other news I want to share. This blog post will likely be a little long.
First of all, I would like to get feedback from all of you on my audiobooks. I’m currently looking at a major issue for Lilith’s Shadow, as Sarah Goer is currently booked until June of 2020. This means that if I want to hire her for Queen’s Move, the earliest the audiobook could come out, unless someone cancels, is July of 2020. Below is a link to a survey where I’m going to ask your opinions on a few things about audiobooks (how long you’re willing to wait, your opinion on changing narrators mid-series, what audiobooks you’ve listened to, and which of my narrators you like the most.) No identifying information will be collected, so please, if my audiobooks are important to you, take the survey. It will be open for 2 weeks.
Speaking of surveys, the other survey about my series has closed, and I will be sharing some of what I learned from it later this week. I found it fascinating, and thank you to all those who took it!
Now, news on the audiobook front! Both Crisis of Faith and Hell’s Ascendant are in-production, and I’m hoping to have them live before the end of the year. Gabriella Cavallero is narrating Crisis of Faith, and Sarah Goer is narrating Hell’s Ascendant, so I’m really looking forward to seeing them go live!
Changing the subject back to Queen’s Move, I’m afraid that I had to change artists away from June Jenssen. Not because I disliked her art, but because she no longer had the time to work on my projects. She was deeply dismayed to have to inform me of this, and gave me the contact information of several other artists who could pick up the job when she cancelled. The one I chose is Tanya Alinery, a talented artist who I feel has a similar style to June, and who has done a minor project for me so far. I commissioned her to create three sketches (shown below) of Warden from Lilith’s Shadow as re-designs of her suit, post-Down with the Queen. These sketches were shown to my Patrons on Patreon, and I let them vote on their favorite one. (You can open the images to see the full size version of each.)
I’ll be perfectly honest. Choosing between the different styles of characters would have been hard for me. The second, more magical one won handily, but the third also got a fair number of votes, so in the end, a version of the second picture is Warden’s usual outfit, while a somewhat different version of the third will likely be combat armor she wears over it when going into battle.
Alinery is currently working on the cover for Queen’s Move, and if it goes well, I hope to have her paint covers of the other books as well! We’ll see how things go. I’ve also got a few other art pieces in negotiations, but I’m not going to jump the gun on announcing them just yet.
I hope everyone is having a great month, and that the week treats you well!