Archive through November 27, 2016

Janny Wurts Chat Area: Arc 4: Sword of the Canon: Destiny's Conflict: Status Updates: Archive through November 27, 2016
   By HJ on Friday, September 02, 2016 - 03:09 pm: Edit Post

Hi Janny!
It has been FAR too long since I was last on your page. I get updates in my email... I can't tell you how delighted I am to see a publish date for Destiny's Conflict. Having loved your books for nearly 30 years, especially WOLAS, this is a major milestone and just makes me so excited about 2007. A sweetshop year! So much to look forward to. Can't wait to see the artwork for this new book and I am counting down the weeks until I hold it in my hands :-) Cheers! xxx

   By Janny Wurts on Friday, September 02, 2016 - 03:56 pm: Edit Post

HJ! Welcome back!!!

Julie: lovely to hear from you!

Just a notation: participation on this forum is grand (I truly enjoy everyone's comments) - it's largely invisible to the bigger world, though. Folks come here after they've found the series.

For anyone wanting to join the To Ride Hell's Chasm discussion on GoodReads here's the group link:

Other cool news: I have the draft for The Decoy going into second revisions - yes, it is a Wars of Light and Shadows universe story.

And there is another one coming right after this one, for Evil is a Matter of Perspective.

So missed DragonCon due to Hurricane Hermine, but - working in consolation.

   By Ben Crofts on Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 03:12 pm: Edit Post

September 2017? Yay, great news.

Been away from here for ages, so had to do a password reset.

I've Book 1 of Arc 4 looking at me balefully, as if to say: "So, you going to read me now?"

(Quite seriously I'm clustering arcs now as I don't remember the story years later.)

   By Ben Crofts on Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 03:17 pm: Edit Post

Also, I can't stress how good it is being able to get info on where a volume is up to.

Fantasy SF seems to be notorious for authors starting a series then, after a volume or two, it all goes deathly quiet.

Now I'm very much open to the fact that things happen, the best laid plans go awry, no plan survives contact with reality etc, but what helps massively in those situations is an author being willing to talk about it. I think people will be understanding but in order to be so they have to know about it.

That Janny does this is a major credit to her.

   By Janny Wurts on Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 05:13 pm: Edit Post

Ben - absolutely, I try to be transparent about where things are, and it lets the readers know the project is moving forward.

I have 'paused' this month to complete two Athera related short stories - which will (all going well) publish pretty fast - easing the wait for that Sept 7 17 pub. date.

I have the artwork to go, cover and interior - you'll get previews and status as I finish out those stages.

And when I get that part of production DONE, the folder for Song of the Mysteries will be opened up with a status thread for the start of that draft. The speculative threads and commentary will stay locked until Destiny's Conflict's release - but you will be able to see where I am during the year running up to pub date for this one.

There are very real factors messing with writing schedules: cost of living has quadrupled!!! while writers' incomes across the boards have fallen. I write EVERY SINGLE DAY, but the attrition of cost vs income means sometimes I have to do other things, freelance (painting pictures to sell, teaching riding) to make ends meet. The train wreck of the rights dispute for Empire's e rights has sucked a vacuum in those royalty checks - very drastically, in fact - and I have a mother in her 90s.

There is no lack of commitment HERE, not a whit. The 'set up' for the grand finale, and the pacing of Destiny's Conflict - where there is no room for slop - all had to be precisely right, and there are other factors (inside detail, re, the industry) all playing havoc. I've had to spend a ghastly amount of time doing 'marketing' related stuff to keep this series moving on the internet marketplace.

It all adds up. So your note here, that it matters - really matters to me.

If I've said it once, I'll say it again. I committed to this series 20 years before VOL I was even sold. And I am just as committed to it, today. Destiny's Conflict will bear that out.

When you get to read it, we can all discuss what went into the making of it.

   By Ben Crofts on Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 04:20 pm: Edit Post

Oh wow, that's cool.

Belated thanks, been a busy week.

I suppose I should be older and more jaded about this by now, but this sort of communication still remains very cool for me.

   By Janny Wurts on Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 12:01 pm: Edit Post

The completed manuscript for Destiny's Conflict is officially into the first stage of production: in the copy-editor's hands, and quite well along.

So the words are making their way through the process well in advance of that Sept 7 17 pub date.

   By Annette on Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 05:00 pm: Edit Post

Any news yet of a interest in doing a hardback version?

   By Janny Wurts on Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 05:08 pm: Edit Post

I haven't heard that there won't be a hardback; when I turn in the artwork, I will prod and see. though god knows, I was blindsided by the shift done on publication of Stormed Fortress. We are a year out, and press runs, etc will always be determined by numbers and the going climate of book sales. No telling what the backwash from Brexit will bring, or how shaky the British economy will be, recovering from the shock. I could ask, now, but honestly, I think it's too early to have a defining picture, so far out.

My hope is that we'll get an expansion of readership off the two shorts going into the two upcoming anthologies. That could boost the picture quite a lot, if they draw in a new audience.

   By Gill on Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 01:08 am: Edit Post

Thank you Janny, the idea of two anthologies is wonderful. Though I have the back stories of "Curse..." on my Kindle I hope they will be included in these books.

   By Janny Wurts on Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:08 am: Edit Post

The backstories you have on your kindle were originally printed in three other anthologies.

These will be the same: they'll appear, one each, in two different anthologies (alongside other authors' stories).

The invites to participate have expanded the opportunity - for you, to get more Athera material that opens certain areas in greater depth, with reveals you may not have expected, and for outreach: readers who've never heard of the series will get a peek into the Wars of Light and Shadows universe.

So the stories you have on your kindle won't appear here - these stories are new material.

And at least one of them is going to blow the lid off a whole packet of assumptions.

   By Gill on Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 11:38 am: Edit Post

Thanks for the explanation. If it's not too much trouble could you tell me the title of those anthologies and the new ones if you know

   By Janny Wurts on Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 11:46 am: Edit Post

Original anthologies (in print, not sure if they are e book available or not)

Child of Prophecy appears in Masters of Fantasy, edited by Bill Fawcett and Brian Thompson, published by Baen Books.

Reins of Destiny appears in The Solaris Book of New Fantasy, edited by George Mann, published by Solaris.

The Sundering Star appears in Under Cover of Darkness, edited by Julie E. Czerneda and Jana Paniccia, published by DAW books.

All of these three shorts, also, in e format in the store.

The new anthologies, upcoming:

The Decoy is completed and accepted for Unfettered II, edited by Shawn Speakerman, Grim Oak Press

Black Bargain is in progress, and targeted for Evil is a Matter of Perspective - edited by Adrian Collins, and launched via Kickstarter.

   By Gill on Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 02:05 am: Edit Post

Thank you Janny. That was extremely quick and detailed. Did not mean to push you into replying so quickly but thanks anyway.

   By Dorothy on Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 07:05 am: Edit Post


   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Saturday, October 01, 2016 - 01:57 pm: Edit Post

On track to get Black Bargain (Kickstarter participation in the EIAMOP effort and all), but have to turn my attention now to The Decoy. You do keep me on my toes, Madam Talespinner. ;-)

   By DarthJazy on Wednesday, October 05, 2016 - 09:23 am: Edit Post

Who here thinks Janny, our favorite author, should give us a snippet for my birthday?

   By Julie on Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 10:46 am: Edit Post

I do!!

   By Annette on Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 05:42 pm: Edit Post

I am always ready for a snippet, especially for a special day. :-)

   By Maurice Peter Vialle on Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 06:15 pm: Edit Post

Missed my birthday too

   By Julie on Monday, October 17, 2016 - 11:22 am: Edit Post

A major decade is coming up for me in November. Was a young adult when started reading Janny's tales WAY back in the day (hint: books were printed, people wrote letters). A snippet would be lovely!

   By Janny Wurts on Monday, October 17, 2016 - 01:44 pm: Edit Post

Snippet - I have been BURIED working on the two short stories that relate to Athera. They are ten times harder to write than 'just any' short, set anywhere - I have to X reference ALL of the surrounding history, and ALL of the connections to the main sequence of the novels/

The deadlines for both of these were VERY tight after the finish of the novel, and I've literally been nonstop working/no sidewards glance for anything.

The payoff: you get two shorts (the first is in production, the second, into final polish phase before submission.)

The INSTANT I get this one out the door, I get to clean the office and then - bliss - consider a snippet of the novel to whet your appetite.

So very soon, now....

   By Annette on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 12:28 am: Edit Post

Thanks for the reply Janny. Looking forward to reading a snippet, when you have the chance to find one for us. :-)

   By Janny Wurts on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 05:57 pm: Edit Post

A reader tweeted that they pre-ordered a hardback copy of Destiny's Conflict, today.

Anyone care to research it?

   By Annette on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 07:48 pm: Edit Post

Amazon UK seems to have the hardback, but they do not have the trade paperback, only other format is the kindle version. I would say it is a mistake.

   By Gill on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 03:36 am: Edit Post

Preordered the book from Amazon UK. There is no front cover as yet but guessing that willl appear when Janny is ready. Just a year to wait. Hurrah

   By DarthJazy on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 02:30 pm: Edit Post

woohoo the link says it'll come out on my 40th birthday. i think this pre order is off since it says the book is 400 pages and I do not recall any book in this series being that small.

   By Ben Crofts on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 04:49 pm: Edit Post

Yep, I've just placed an Amazon UK preorder too.

Normally, I'd wait until nearer the time but this one needs it much sooner.

   By Auna on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 11:49 pm: Edit Post

I'm such a greedy reader. Not one day after I've devoured Brent Week's latest (woohaha!) here I come back to Janny's site after a long hiatus, already pining after when the latest WOLAS will be in my grasp.

Still a year out (whine whine) but at least we have a date! And two short stories coming!

And maybe a snippet! Though don't do the snippet if it will delay things because I need the book more!

Black Bargain - now doesn't that sound ominous! Can't wait to see what these shorts reveal.

   By Brian Heins on Friday, November 11, 2016 - 12:59 am: Edit Post

Long time lurker on these boards. I have to say that WoLaS is my favorite fantasy series and I recommend it to all of my friends whenever they ask me for good fantasy to read.

I wanted to say thank you for all the hours of joy and suspense you've given me over the years as I follow Arithon's adventures. Your imagery always captures my imagination! Your hard work is evident, and very much appreciated.

I'm also tickled that the next book is slated to release on my birthday.. :D

   By Janny Wurts on Friday, November 11, 2016 - 10:56 am: Edit Post

Thank you!! And we'll both be looking forward to your birthday, with two short stories (Athera related) in the pipe to release before then.

Thanks for checking in.

   By Richard Myburgh on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 08:53 am: Edit Post

Hi Janny

This is my first posting. I have read all your books so far WRT Athera and WoLaS. I am super excited that the next book will be available in Sep 2017, but the wait is driving me nutz!!!

Love all your work and thank you.


   By Janny Wurts on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 10:36 am: Edit Post

Hi Richard Myburgh - welcome here! And thanks for the very lovely words - don't be afraid to hang out with the crowd, it's a great group of people here.

   By Raelene Monahan on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 03:31 am: Edit Post

**potential spoliers - if you haven't read that far**

Glad we are that soon will be the next book in the series,
Till then we all can spout about our crazy wild theories.
Will Arithon and Elaira reunite and then cast down
the Koriathain with the gifted knife of great renown?
Will Davien rejoin the Seven to fight the mighty fights?
Or will he venture forth to create havoc at new heights?
Can Lysaer with the help of Daliana young and brave
Resist the mistwraith’s pull? Or will to the curse he cave?
What many threads and unseen paths will our tale teller spin?
We’ll just bide until September when the tale will begin!

   By David Cornelson on Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 09:52 pm: Edit Post

283 days...