Archive through January 31, 2016

Janny Wurts Chat Area: Arc 4: Sword of the Canon: Destiny's Conflict: Status Updates: Archive through January 31, 2016
   By Jon Moss on Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 04:33 pm: Edit Post



You are amazing.

Have a glass of wine on me. :-)



   By Dina on Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 04:36 pm: Edit Post


   By Julie on Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 06:26 pm: Edit Post

Yaay! Have a glass of wine on me as well. Or perhaps we should all lift a glass together!

   By Annette on Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 07:30 pm: Edit Post

Congratulations Janny. :-)

   By Sleo on Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 09:07 pm: Edit Post

Yay! Our hero always brings the goods! I can't wait!

   By Brian Uri! on Monday, October 26, 2015 - 04:47 am: Edit Post


   By Paige Madison on Monday, October 26, 2015 - 11:42 am: Edit Post

Woohoo! Congratulations! I bet you're so happy it's finally written!

   By Hellcat on Monday, October 26, 2015 - 12:02 pm: Edit Post

Congrats Janny! Enjoy &insert beverage here


   By Julie on Monday, October 26, 2015 - 02:01 pm: Edit Post

About that snippet?

   By Annette on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 03:38 am: Edit Post

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?

   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 01:06 pm: Edit Post

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 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.

   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 01:18 pm: Edit Post

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.

   By David Cornelson on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 02:36 pm: Edit Post

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?

   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 09:38 pm: Edit Post

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

   By Julie on Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 11:32 am: Edit Post

Lovely light at the end of the tunnel. Perhaps next summer then?

   By Sharn Davies on Thursday, November 05, 2015 - 10:48 pm: Edit Post

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

   By DarthJazy on Saturday, November 07, 2015 - 01:27 pm: Edit Post

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.

   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 04:09 pm: Edit Post

Starting revisions on Ch Set 4 - that puts me 235 pages down the staggering stack. 650 to go.

   By Annette on Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 04:15 am: Edit Post

Thanks for the update Janny, hope it all goes that fast for you.

   By David Cornelson on Friday, November 27, 2015 - 10:06 pm: Edit Post

You know Janny when you report numbers..we all try to math it out for a publish date.

But I love the numbers.

   By Janny Wurts on Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 02:01 pm: Edit Post

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.

   By Gary Coady on Tuesday, December 01, 2015 - 02:41 pm: Edit Post

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.

   By Dorothy on Friday, December 04, 2015 - 02:59 am: Edit Post

Janny-thank you so much for posting the link to the video of the Friesians. My daughter and I loved it! What beautiful animals.

   By Julie on Friday, January 01, 2016 - 02:36 pm: Edit Post

Wishing you Janny and your fandom all the best for 2016.

   By Annette on Tuesday, January 05, 2016 - 02:46 am: Edit Post

Any news on how the polishing is going Janny?

   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, January 06, 2016 - 03:18 pm: Edit Post

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.

   By Annette on Wednesday, January 06, 2016 - 05:34 pm: Edit Post

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.

   By Rhubarbs on Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 11:20 pm: Edit Post

In welcome anticipation ;)

   By Janny Wurts on Monday, January 11, 2016 - 06:06 pm: Edit Post

Wow! That is awesome!!!!!!!!!

   By Annette on Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 09:16 pm: Edit Post

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. 41/829192793858875/?type=3&theater

   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 12:13 am: Edit Post

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. ;-)

   By Annabelle Ang-Bok on Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 07:46 am: Edit Post


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.

   By Dina on Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 10:09 am: Edit Post

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.

   By Annabelle Ang-Bok on Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 12:56 am: Edit Post


   By Janny Wurts on Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 01:16 pm: Edit Post

Hi Annabelle Ang-bok - that's lovely to hear.

Status Update: I am past halfway by page count, and working well into chapter 7.