Status Report: Down in the Tunnels

Good Friday, readers. This is a pretty exciting Friday for me as next Friday marks my first convention appearance; I’ll be talking more about it next week in the lead-up to the con itself, but suffice it to say that I’m both anxious and excited. I think I have just about everything I’ll need (though I’d like to know a little more about my table size), and I’m currently planning my table layout. I would normally say that this means no Friday post, but I’m considering the idea of blogging the event as it goes along, supplying you with pictures and some descriptions of what I’ll be seeing. I expect to arrive around 1:00 Friday afternoon and stay there into the wee hours. Pretty exciting stuff.

This post is not entirely about that, however; this post is my semi-monthly status check. I’m currently focused like a laser on City of the Dead, and don’t think I’ll be touching anything else until it’s entered beta reader status. I think those of you who have been waiting for the sequel will find that to be good news. The book is currently around 72,000 words with a significant portion still left to be written; I’m at the 32,000 mark in a significant rehaul of the first half of the book. Let’s just say that it’s already approaching the size of Corridors of the Dead and still has at least another 30,000 words to go. I think it’s going to be roughly the size of Room 3.

Oh, and we’re currently developing the cover. Look for a similar look to Corridors of the Dead and the Station, with a scythe and circuitry taking center stage.

One of the struggles with writing a trilogy, and especially a serial trilogy as I intended this to be from the get-go, is how much information from the previous book to dump on the reader up front. I’m trying to find a good balance with my critique group, but it’s still very, very tricky. I think I might have found a solution to the whole mess, though! City of the Dead is going to release in two editions. The first will, of course, be the book by itself, for those who have read Corridors and want to continue their journey; for those folks, I’ll include a glossary and am tentatively planning a map of the Aethyrs (this may or may not happen, it’s in the embryonic stage). The second edition will incorporate Corridors of the Dead into one volume called Among the Dead: Matty’s Journey. The transition between the two books will be seamless, and it will not include the glossary, though it may include the aethyric map.

So this begs the question: is an omnibus coming once the third book drops? Absolutely. I’m still deciding on what sort of bonus material those will have, but I don’t plan to shortchange any buyers, whether they get in on the ground floor with Corridors, pick up with Matty’s Journey, or buy the whole thing once it’s finished. This will mean seven separate SKUs (including the two standalones of the Station and its successor, both of which will be in the collected editions) for a trilogy, but I’m okay with that and I don’t think I’m the first to do such a thing. I’ll be sure to price them competitively so a buyer of Corridors who then picks up City won’t get a better or worse deal than someone who buys 1 and 2 combined. The same will apply to the omnibus, of course, with Portal of the Dead; as things stand now, City will likely cost 2.99, with Corridors permanently dropping to 99 cents. This means that Matty’s Journey will be 3.98, which is a whole lot of book for not a lot of money.

I definitely plan to put out my first short story collection between City and Portal, along with a couple of non-fiction books about publishing. My fervent hope is to get the trilogy finished up in mid-2014, but we’ll see how that goes. For right now, Matty and crew are fighting through the tunnels beneath the former Watcher complex, ready to encounter a mysterious foe who will challenge them like never before.

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