Mitchell's 2019 round-up, and what's happening in 2020.

2019 – Revision, revision, revision…

Christmas is over, New Year’s is approaching, and so another year has passed by. Although I got a lot of work done in 2019, the year felt a lot more stressful than usual. I put that down to the fact I did far more revision than anticipated, which meant less time to write, and my two daughters getting older and cheekier.

End of 2018 recap: I signed with Joshua Bilmes at JABberwocky. You can read all about that here. And I signed a six-book deal with Audible for THE NECROMANCER’S KEY.

Most of 2019 has been spent revising and squeezing in new writing when I can, all with the aim of getting a few novels ready for Joshua to shop around to publishers. We decided to bring the quality of the novels up as much as possible, so that all were in fantastic shape (publishers aren’t looking for good, they’re looking for special). If that meant spending an extra six months to bring a novel’s grade up from A- to A, then so be it.

So as of right now I have three novels in publishable shape, all first in new series: SHADOW IN THE FLAME, book 1 of THE NECROMANCER’S KEY hexalogy; RAVEN: REAWAKENING, a sword & sorcery thriller; and FORGED IN COERCION, set in my Sorcery Ascendant world.

There should be news in the first half of 2020 as to what’s happening with each of these new series. With audio off the table for THE NECROMANCER’S KEY, my feeling is that I’ll self publish the series as most, if not all, of the big publishers will not sign print and ebook rights if audio is off the table — and if this happens the first three books are likely to be released in 2020!

I’m also now able to do whatever I want with the short story I wrote for the Art of War anthology for charity, THE LAST ARROW. I’ve revised the beginning and ending, taking the story to a more logical and grimdark conclusion, so all that’s left now is to decide what to do with it.

So writing wise, what does 2020 have in store? I can now revise the next two books in THE NECROMANCER’S KEY hexalogy. Both are written, I just need to go over them taking into account all the changes and feedback for book 1. While I’m doing that, my main goal is to write a third book in THE INFERNAL GUARDIAN series (potential release mid-2020), the sequel to REVENANT WINDS, and possibly get stuck into a new Caldan book. Though depending on any publishing deals this may change.

As I’ve said before, all of these other novels took a lot of time and effort, which delayed the sequel to REVENANT WINDS, but it had to be done in the the best interests of my career, and my goal of remaining a full-time author.

If all goes well, then 2020 will be my year of getting back into the publishing game. Right now my best guess is that I’ll release at least three books, and another three in 2021, which will almost double the books I’ve published!

My heartfelt thanks yet again to everyone who bought my books, or left a review, or helped keep me sane on social media.

Happy New Year, and have a wonderful 2020!

 


4 comments

  1. Mills says:

    Can’t wait for the third instalment in the Infernal guardian series!

    • MitchellH says:

      So glad you enjoyed the first two books! I’m busy writing the third, and with any luck it should be out mid year.

  2. Steve says:

    I’m interested in this new sorcery ascendant book. I really liked the magic system in that one

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