|Cafe Presse by Lois van Baarle (loish.net)|
One year and a few days ago, I gained representation with Barry Goldblatt Literary, and my agent and I decided to take my epic fantasy series, The Children of Man, into traditional publishing. Most weeks, I get asked on my various online haunts, if there’s a release date yet for Forge, the third book. And my answer for the last year has been the same. There is, as of yet, no release date.
It hasn’t changed on my FAQ page, because there’s, unfortunately, nothing to report.
I’m so thrilled and honored that you, my beautiful readers, are anxious and hungry for the next installment in Faela and the crew’s adventures. I am beyond fortunate to have such a wonderful and enthusiastic readership. I just ask, again, for your patience with this process.
I want to get the third book into your hands as badly as you want to read it. Maybe more. This, however, is my path, the one I chose. And even with all the waiting and waiting and, you guessed it, waiting, I don’t regret that choice. At all.
Over this past year in the agency, I’ve learned more than I can relate in this post. The agents, editors, artists, and writers of BGL are gracious, funny, smart, supportive, and talented. They’ve taught me so much about publishing, about writing, about story. Through their stories and friendships, they’ve challenged me to improve every day. To push my prose till it sings, to dig deep and build my fiction on emotional truth, to tell the stories that terrify me to write, to trust myself and my voice, to never put jellybeans in white wine.
(Seriously, PSA time, folks, avoid jellybeans in white wine. TMYK, shooting star.)
As this community has stretched me, my writing has grown and is growing. And you, dear readers, will reap that benefit in a tangible, real way when the last two books of The Children of Man are published.
So this is my official statement of, honestly, there’s nothing to report, no new information. I wish there were. Just like you, we’re still waiting. But as SOON as I have news, I will shout it from the proverbial rooftops of the interwebs. I promise.
Now back to writing.
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