The release of Chosen of Chaos went pretty well, and I’m happy for the most part! There was one thing, and I think that’s that I didn’t manage expectations of the story quite right, just based on some of the reviews. Despite me being mildly concerned that the lack of an overarching plot pushing things forward, none of my early readers seemed concerned about it, but it appears to have been a point of some contention. Just to clarify, I personally saw the story as being closer to a serial in format, composed of several adventures. On Friday I updated the book file to reflect this, splitting the book into six parts, so if you haven’t seen that, you can get Amazon to push the update. Nothing else changed, though! Oh, and I did have an overarching plot for book 2 from the beginning, so when I get to that it’ll be somewhat different. Now, on to other information!
I have a narrator contracted for Chosen of Chaos, and the audiobook will be coming, though it’ll take some time. The audiobook of Queen’s Journey is in-progress, and should be finished around the end of March, and will go up on stores as soon as they approve it. I’ve also been working on Queen’s Gambit, which is up to ~28,000 words at this point, and I’ve been idly working on Adept of Chaos as well (~10,000 words there). I’m making progress!
On a slightly different subject, I suppose I ought to talk about a few of my plans from the beginning of the year. Chosen of Chaos has thrown off all my plans, as has my bought of writer’s block that I had in February, but that wasn’t the biggest issue I ran into. Ironically, having too many potential projects ran me headfirst into a bit of choice paralysis, which didn’t help the writer’s block at all. The issue is that I had two series that needed completion (Lilith’s Shadow and Soul Bound) and a couple of new projects, as well as old series I’m planning to continue (looking at Through the Fire here). I eventually decided that I need to finish the first two before moving on, but at the same time I can’t let myself ignore my new ideas or they’ll stagnate.
One thing I want to note. I cannot write the next arc of Through the Fire until Soul Bound is complete. As I told someone recently in my Discord server, the events of Soul Bound are going to reverberate through the region, and it’s going on close to concurrently with what happens in the next arc of Through the Fire. Comparatively, Through the Fire won’t have a noticeable impact on what happens in Soul Bound, so it needs to be written in that order.
Now, if Chosen of Chaos does incredibly well, it’s likely that I’m going to juggle things around a bit. Or a lot. There’s something to be said for striking while the iron is hot, after all. However, at the moment it’s going to be a secondary project while I finish Queen’s Gambit and the as-yet unnamed book 2 of Soul Bound (the name will depend on whether I finish the arc in the next book or not). Anyway, that’s what I have to say! I hope everyone is doing well!
Oh, and if you enjoyed Chosen of Chaos, please leave a rating or review if you have time! Reviews make an enormous difference.