You are amazing.
Have a glass of wine on me.
Yaay! Have a glass of wine on me as well. Or perhaps we should all lift a glass together!
Yay! Our hero always brings the goods! I can't wait!
Woohoo! Congratulations! I bet you're so happy it's finally written!
Congrats Janny! Enjoy &insert beverage here
About that snippet?
Just wondering, having looked at what we can pre-order so far, the Aussie's can pre-order the kindle version, the trade paperback version is up on a few sites, but no hardback version. Do you know yet Janny if there will be a hardback version? How were the sales for Initiate's Trial, good enough to get another hardback?
Annette: I have no idea on hardback - if you want a CLUE on sales of Initiate's Trial, do a comparison check of registered copies/ratings and reviews at either
Then compare the number you see to ANY OTHER FANTASY TITLE!!!!! and you will notice very quickly how well the title has been supported by readership....an author is ONLY as good as sales on their last book.
I can deliver the quality; I can't do the word of mouth....reader support carries the day once the books are published.
No posted page for a hardback could be ominous; I don't know. The numbers talk.
There needs to be more other readers chiming into the discussions online....thank you profoundly to all of you who have done this. It is critical to establishing readership. Times have changed. Participation here at Paravia doesn't outreach to new people.
Publishers only care about the bottom line.
For Instance: today. On r/fantasy (some of you may have joined that forum to post for the AMA) - there is a thread titled 'What do I do now' put up by a reader who has just completed Erikson's very broad, very complicated Malazan series, and looking to find something new.
Light and Shadows was fortunate to get a mention, here but - ! It was by a reader WHO HAS NOT READ IT YET, so that undermines the effectiveness.
If you are in r/fantasy, IF you know Erikson's Malazan and liked it - a chime in post by a reader saying why Light and Shadows may work for this reader would be seen by a lot of eyes.
I always see a jump in stats when there is an intelligent response to forum questions - it HAS to be knowledgeable, and it HAS to be spontaneous, and it needs to be done by someone who is a member of the community who is established there.
This is the stuff I cannot do. Self promo wears out your welcome.
So now that the writing is done, what's the timeline/process? I imagine a small dragon stops by to pick it up and fly it to London where gnomes turn it into typeset pages and faeries take your intended cover and hand sew it on each volume. Amazon drones take them across the world and drop them down chimneys.
Am I right?
Hah - I wish. Hardly.
If I work on revisions/polish of language at a rate of 20 pages per day, I can be done in 50 days. You will note the time I finished, today....I run those pages frontwards and backwards. Then I have to key in the changes.
Then proofing and final check.
Then the manuscript gets turned in; they put it into production, while I draw the interiors and do the cover art.
Last two books there was no editor on the job working the copy; I had to do more after copy-edit; Initiate's Trial required six more weeks of my work to reach the form you see it in publication today.
If things go the same route, then I will be starting the draft of the next book (Song of the Mysteries) in April '16.
None of this 'timeline' accounts for: interruptions, caring for Mother, holidays, a convention as guest in November, proofing of a backlist book for e release, the constant work of social media/essential to keeping awareness current since it has been a long wait from the last release. Or worry. There's worry. :0
Lovely light at the end of the tunnel. Perhaps next summer then?
Congrats on the draft. The Malazan empire series is not broad though in my opinion I thought it was good. Doesn't hold a candle to Paravia though
I hope spreading the word to my patrons at the Library has got you more sales. When ever I get a Science Fiction or Fantasy fan I tell them to try Janny. With any luck this will help increase your sales.
Starting revisions on Ch Set 4 - that puts me 235 pages down the staggering stack. 650 to go.
Thanks for the update Janny, hope it all goes that fast for you.
You know Janny when you report numbers..we all try to math it out for a publish date.
But I love the numbers.
You really can't project at this stage, either can I. I've plowed through 275, now, with 710 to go. Some days have no distractions, some are left footed from the get go. I work whenever I can, and most nights very late.
Current soundtrack: E. S. Posthumus, Manju.
You can hear it (with a stunning video of today's Friesians, originally bred as war horses for knights) - surely will lift your day, it is breathtaking.
Ready for it, whenever it's ready!
I just found another tidbit in SF this weekend that I never noticed before! Jaelot, eh...
Also, I came across a really interesting musical group this month; Irish-inspired bodhrán and fiddle (also bouzouki, mandolin and others) and Austrian-inspired yodelling.
Janny-thank you so much for posting the link to the video of the Friesians. My daughter and I loved it! What beautiful animals.
Wishing you Janny and your fandom all the best for 2016.
Any news on how the polishing is going Janny?
Holiday havoc is over, finished out a difficult chunk in the past few days; now have to break off again to do taxes. This part of the year is sheer hell for continuity. Once the accounting is done, progress will level out. I've just been ramming through marking up and marking up draft; not done the usual and key entered the changes, so the stages of completion are really uneven; makes it difficult to measure as the markup isn't the finish point.
Be patient, I am working fast as possible. Have not even paused to put up a snippet, that's how pressured.
Thanks for the update Janny. I was not really expecting a snippet now till you finished and sent it off. Hence the curiosity about how far along you are.
In welcome anticipation ;)
Wow! That is awesome!!!!!!!!!
Janny posted an up date on facebook, with a couple of peeks at Chapter 6 if you really want to closely inspect the photo. Janny was careful as usual, no spoilers.
I don't do facebook any more, but chiming back in here (after a crazy 3 months or so!) to wish energy to the Tale Spinner and wings to her polishing pen. ;-)
I just finished rereading the series (first time with Initiate's Trial)! Too excited now to sit still and having trouble keeping my sleeping baby asleep. Haha!
Thanks so much for all your hard work, Janny. I've been reading bits out loud to my daughter - she's only 5 months old but the first taste of Fantasy she's ever had was WoLaS. Hahaha.
That's excellent, Annabelle! Get them while they're young. 😁 I wish I'd thought of it sooner. Then reading decisions with my son wouldn't be such a spirited but lengthy debate.
Hi Annabelle Ang-bok - that's lovely to hear.
Status Update: I am past halfway by page count, and working well into chapter 7.