Progress report

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As it has been a year and seven months since A Shattered Empire was released, and seven months since Revenant Winds was published, I thought it would be a good idea to outline what I’ve been up to and what that means for future publications.

A couple of decisions added complications, but overall they’re good complications! I have a few irons in the fire, so here’s a breakdown:

47North series

Shadow of the Exile (book 1) – October/November(?) 2018 release, not finalised but the time frame is firm
Dawn of the Exile (book 2) – April/May 2019 release

Will 47North want more installments in the series? It will depend on sales.

The Tainted Cabal series

Revenant Winds book 2 – my best guess is early-mid 2019. My two books for 47North put this project on the back burner, and working on this is next on my list.

The Necromancer’s Key hexalogy

Shadow in the Flame (book 1), is complete, as are outlines of all six books. Book 2 in the series is almost half written. With this project I have a few options, but at this stage I’ve focused on getting the manuscript in great shape. I expect I’ll be able to tell you more about what’s happening in a few months.

Raven series

Raven: Reawakening (book 1), is complete. Again, I’m focusing on getting the manuscript in great shape.

It might look like I’m all over the place, but there is method to my madness! As with any business, I had to look to the future and decide what would be best for my career as an author. So I decided that while I’m working on my unexpected 47North series, I would do all I could to get two new series in good enough shape to pitch to agents/publishers, if I decided to take that route — hence The Necromancer’s Key hexalogy and Raven series.

I can’t put a time yet on when the first books in these series will be released, as it depends on many factors. But I can say that although my novel release rate has been a little slow over the last few years, with three completed and two half completed manuscripts currently, my publication rate will significantly increase in the following few years. And I’m very happy about that!


Better late than never...!

I really do need to post more often. My excuse is that I’ve been extremely busy with the unexpected two books I have to write for 47North and Audible. My own fault for submitting an unwritten novel I suppose, but it’s not a bad situation to be in.

Here are some things I should have posted about a while ago:

Art of War anthology released!
I was lucky enough to be invited to contribute a short story for this anthology, and the authors my short story are appearing alongside blew my mind. Find it here: Art of War Amazon US 
And it can be found on Goodreads here: Art of War Goodreads

Sorcerer’s Isle by DP Prior
My primary “go to” editor, DP Prior has released another fantasy novel. A new book in a new series in a new world, which can be found here: Sorcerer’s Isle 
I haven’t had time to read it yet, worse luck, but you should check it out. Here’s a glowing review which will give you some insight: Sorcerer’s Isle review

Publishing news: Shadow of the Exile (previously A Dark Background) structural edit complete.
I delivered the manuscript early February, and since then it has had three full passes by Clarence Haynes, a veteran developmental editor with Amazon Publishing. I think it’s in sensational shape, so hopefully it appeals to the majority of readers.

Foreign Translations
Heyne in Germany will be producing a German version of Blood of Innocents, book two in the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence — and they already have a cover and a blurb — Das Juwel von Mahrusan

And I have also agreed to an offer from Gruppo Editoriale Fanucci in Italy, to produce an Italian version of A Crucible of Souls! Updates on this coming as soon as I know more.

Work In Progress
I’m now writing the first draft of Dawn of the Exile having just completed the developmental edit of Shadow of the Exile. On the side, I have also managed to complete the first book in a hexalogy that I have high hopes for — and hopefully I’ll have more news on this huge project in a few months. Book one is around 142,000 words. I also have another manuscript I’m tweaking — the first book in a sword & sorcery thriller series. So essentially, I have quite a few books in various stages.

Again, for those of you wondering about Revenant Winds 2, I’ll be working on it as soon as Dawn of the Exile is in good shape. I was a very pleasant surprise signing the 47North deal, but it means putting a few things on hold for a while. I’m confident I can still have Revenant 2 completed in a reasonable time-frame. I’m getting a lot of writing done, which is great!
You can keep up to date by checking out the progress bars on my website. Just scroll down from the home page on

A Dark Background audio deal

I can now officially announce I’ve signed a 2-book deal with Audible for the series I signed with 47North — tentatively titled A Dark Background!

Audible and I have developed a fantastic partnership which has worked out extremely well for both of us, so I’m very happy to sign another deal with them.

In Publishers Marketplace language:

Mitchell Hogan’s A DARK BACKGROUND books I and II, an epic fantasy series about a demon summoned by a desperate sorcerer and bound to serve against his will, to Audible (audio rights), in a two book deal, in a good deal, for publication in 2018, 2019.


If you read my earlier post on why I’m self-publishing Revenant Winds, then you’ll know that retaining audio rights is an important business aspect for me. Which is why this separate 47North and Audible deal is such a great outcome.

As the publication process of the series progresses I’ll have more announcements. So keep an eye out for more information!


A Dark Background overview:

A forsaken battleground buried by time.

A deadly secret warded by sorcery.

When Tarrik Nal-Valim, demon of the thirty-seventh order, is summoned by a desperate sorcerer known as Serenity, he is bound to serve against his will.

Serenity compels Tarrik to protect her from colleagues hellbent on her destruction, and it seems they have good reason, for Serenity is sworn to bring back a great evil, and all the battles the world has ever known will pale into insignificance when the Adversary is freed from his prison.

But Serenity is not quite what she seems—sorcerers never are—and before long, both demon and master are caught up in a terrifying flood of murder, intrigue, and insurrection. Tarrik is running out of time, as every step they take brings the world closer to the brink. For if Tarrik continues to do as Serenity asks, untold misery and darkness will be unleashed; but if he refuses, it will be at the cost of his eternal essence—a true death for one of his kind.