From this point forward, I will allow prospective readers to set their own price when buying my books through Smashwords. “Free” is an option! I hope to apply this principle in as many places as I can, I’m just not sure where else I might sell or whether those platforms might support this.
Is this what efficiency feels like? Just giving you the most essential information right in the first sentence? Hm. I’ll have to decide whether or not I like it.
Anyway, that pricing is already in effect for The Necromancer and the Revenant: Resurrected Edition. You’ll find it in the usual place if being able to name your own price is that little extra intrigue you needed: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1022294
I will list a recommended price which I believe to be appropriate. However, I won’t mandate that anyone pay that price. I’m not sure how effective this will be as far as receiving pay for my work goes, but I don’t believe that matters: I don’t have a large enough following right now to be picky. More to the point, the ongoing debacle that is my country’s response to Covid-19 has mangled many wallets.
I will share my weightier thoughts on this as needed in the future. For the moment, I’d just like to state for posterity that certain events in The Necromancer and the Revenant in which a malignant, exponentially-spreading threat tears through the nation of Tresamer were mostly laid out in the first edition. I published this edition at the end of June 2019. Tresamer’s scatterbrained, self-destructive response to this threat was not a reflection on something that already happened to the United States, but something I knew would happen to us if it came to it.
I’m hardly the only such prophet, so don’t take this as smugness on my part. I? I’m just tired. A sentiment I know many others share. Enough. I can’t do much about the pandemic in a direct sense, but I can make sure that everyone is able to read my books as long as they have an internet connection and a suitable device.
So, the other question: what does this mean for my blog going forward?
Well, it was very admirable of me to bite the bullet and say I needed to leave writing behind in order to seek other work. As agonizing as it was, I’m proud of myself for making that commitment and keeping it up to the present. There’s just one small problem not unrelated to the above Covid concerns:
SEEK WHAT WORK?
On the one hand, it was truly important for me on a personal level to commit to leaving writing behind. A sacrifice that, for reasons I still don’t fully understand, I needed to make–or at least, believe I was making–so I might grow. On the other hand… there’s not much available which I can leave it behind for. Jobs are quite scarce in my area, and I certainly don’t have the resources or connections to tear my roots up and go elsewhere. I will look and apply where I can, but I don’t anticipate finding much.
So, does that mean I’m returning sooner than expected? Er… perhaps. “Perhaps” is the most I can safely say. I’m seeking to set my thoughts in order so as to hire myself out as a freelance editor, or perhaps as a writer on others’ projects. I will be starting on my much-delayed second draft of The Necromancer and the Reaping Spear–psst! Hey! You now have no excuses not to read the first book in the series in advance!–but as to writing on this blog? That will be a sporadic thing, I’m afraid.
I would like to rewrite some of my past writing advice articles to match my current development. This would leave them more mature, and decidedly less insufferable. Someone ferreted out and read my early 2018 piece about fantasy cultures, which prompted me to go back and look at that accursed scrawl, and… bleh. Just, bleh. Please do not read that one. It is very bad and full of unwarranted self-importance. I will write you a better version some day. Hopefully.
So, in short: writing and lore may pick up here. This depends entirely on how my job search fares. Well, almost entirely. In the extremely unlikely event that the attention my writing received during its free purchase period provides the spark needed to kindle a proper readership, and that readership evolves with equally-improbable speed into a solid revenue stream, then I will return to writing here with the same frequency I once showed.
I will try to do Loremageddon again this year, this time in October, but I’m afraid it’s unlikely to happen; it’s a huge amount of work and it would really only be doable if I receive that aforementioned improbable revenue stream. I don’t mind admitting that I burned out last year. As unhealthy as it is, I like hurling myself into a project, giving everything I’ve got, and arriving on the other end strung out and languorous. The problem is that I would need the freedom to take November off while I recover from said efforts, and I just don’t see how I’ll have the financial freedom to do so this year.
So, in brief: expect The Necromancer and the Reaping Spear to be released at some point in the next few months. Otherwise, I’ll post when I can post. Stay safe, readers mine–or if your circumstances make that impossible, then stay true to yourselves.