Wow. It's been five months since I last updated this blog. Which shouldn't be surprising, as I've been blogging less and less over the years. I mostly do my blogging now (albeit at a micro level) over on Twitter and sometimes on Facebook.
So, looking back at the year, I only released one title, and it was really just a re-release of an old title. My zombie novel that's not a zombie novel has always been a favorite of my books, but it's never really sold well. I finally realized that its original title wasn't doing it any favors so I decided it was time to try something new. Hence calling it Land of the Dead and giving it a new cover. And, well, it shouldn't be surprising that within a year it sold about the same amount of copies the old novel did during its entire three-year run. Which of course makes me wonder just how successful the book may have been had I thought better of it and released the book under Land of the Dead in the first place ...
So yeah, no new releases this year, but that doesn't mean I haven't been writing. I've been writing a lot, specifically on one book that was kicking my ass for a while. It doesn't help that after writing 20,000 words I realized I needed to go back and do a major revision to make the novel work. Also doesn't help that halfway through writing it I had to take a pause to revise a YA novel I wrote years ago so that my new agent could try to shop it around. It's a book that I wrote during the Hunger Games craze, so it's a dystopian YA, and it got some great feedback from publishers but ultimately it came down to the fact that dystopian has overstayed its welcome. Which of course makes me wonder what might have happened had my last agent shopped it around when I showed it to him many years ago, but his excuse had simply been that he'd never had any luck with YA books (should have fired him sooner, in retrospect). Anyway, the book really isn't a YA so much as a SF thriller that happens to have a teenager as its protagonist. Could I have released it on my own this year? Of course. But it's the first book in a trilogy and I didn't feel it would be fair to readers to release the first book in yet ANOTHER series without first finishing a current series.
See, I think about y'all.
So the new novel is with my agent and we'll see what he thinks. Based on feedback from other pre-readers I think he's going to dig it, but you never know. Either way, as this is a standalone, it will be released at some point.
What's coming up in 2016? A lot, hopefully. I revealed the cover to my new book to newsletter subscribers last week, and will make an official reveal next week. That book is coming in March. The rest of the year? More Holly Lin. Yes, that's right — more Holly Lin. And, of course, the third and final book of the Man of Wax trilogy WILL be written, though to be honest at this point we're realistically looking at 2017.
Finally, I didn't read as much as I'd wanted to this past year. I clocked in at over 40 books. Here are the books I read in 2015 that I enjoyed for whatever reason and which you might enjoy too. If you have any books to recommend, let me know in the comments. Have a Happy New Year!
- ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (ebook)
- SHOVEL READY by Adam Sternbergh (hardcover)
- DINNER WITH THE CANNIBAL SISTERS By Douglas Clegg (ebook)
- WORLD GONE BY by Dennis Lehane (ebook)
- BURNING DOWN GEORGE ORWELL’S HOUSE by Andrew Ervin (paperback ARC)
- GHOSTMAN by Roger Hobbs (ebook)
- SIGNAL by Patrick Lee (ebook)
- GOD’S KINGDOM by Howard Frank Mosher (hardcover)
- RED MOON by Benjamin Percy (ebook)
- THE SHORT DROP by Matthew Fitzsimmons (ebook)
- UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION by Laura Hillenbrand, read Edward Herrmann
- INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY: THE STORY OF AMERICA'S MOST SECRETIVE RELIGION by Janet Reitman, read by Stephen Hoye
- THE SURVIVOR by Gregg Hurwitz, read by Scott Brick
- STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson, read by Macleod Andrews
- FIREFIGHT by Brandon Sanderson, read by Macleod Andrews
- A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS by Paul Tremblay, read by Joy Osmanski
- SAVING CAPITALISM: THE NEW RULES FOR SHARED PROSPERITY by Robert Reich, read by Robert Reich
- BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates, read by Ta-Nehisi Coates
BOOKS THAT I'M READING AND HAVEN'T FINISHED YET BUT WHICH WOULD PROBABLY MAKE THE LIST
- ZEROVILLE by Steve Erickson (ebook)
- HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN by James Lee Burke, read by Will Patton
- DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch (ebook ARC, comes out mid-2016)