Month: June 2018

Audio Deals Completed – Free From Literary Purgatory

Audio Deals Completed – Free From Literary Purgatory

Howdy readers. I’ve got some good news!

Over the last year or so I’ve been a little vague about what I’ve been working on. This was for a very good reason; I was in negotiations with Audible for audio deals that cover most of my backlist and for a new science fiction series I’m calling Solar Reach. Due to various reasons, it took a little longer to get these deals over the line than I had expected, but it’s all sorted now. The contracts are signed and things are moving into place.

So, what does that actually mean?

Firstly, it means that the two Blackstar Command books, Prominence & Magnitude—written as A.C. Hadfield—are going to be produced by Audible Studios and released as audio books. By the way, if you haven’t already read my other post, then surprise, I’m A.C. Hadfield! It was a pen name of mine all along, although I know many of you had probably already guessed. You can read more about that here.

Secondly, it means that by the year’s end you’ll be getting new novels from me. Solar Reach is a trilogy of books that I’m placing in a new setting I’ve been working on for a while. It is a unvierse that I intend to set a lot of my future stories in. The timeline will stretch from current day through to the far future. This will allow me to write almost any kind of story: standalone novel, trilogy, long-running series, novellas, short stories, and different genres, all under the one unifying umbrella.

The first set of books in that universe (yet to be named) is the Solar Reach. It’s a sci-fi story set in the not-so-distant future and based purely in our own solar system. It’s gritty, relevant, and as much as I possibly could achieve, based on realistically-extrapolated technology. Robots FTW!

The first book of the Solar Reach is already finished—although I’ll be making some changes to it to help set up this new universe—and the other two are plotted. I should be starting work on the second book in July.

When will these be out?

As mentioned, I’m hoping before the end of the year, but if the last 12 months have told me anything, it’s that life is unpredictable. Also, as Audible need about 90 days lead-time to produce the audio so that we can simultaneously launch the print, ebook, and audio versions, it means it’s more likely going to be towards the very end of the year, as I’m planning on having the 2nd and 3rd book finished while they produce the audio versions so that the entire trilogy can be released close together.

I don’t know about you, but I hate it when I read a great book and the others aren’t available very soon. I’ll be sure to share any more news on these books as they progress. I’ll be posting excerpts and samples along with the cover reveals when my excellent artist has completed those.

It’s difficult to explain how much of a limbo state I have been in over the last couple of years. I’ve moved twice, had to deal with physical and mental issues, and got stuck in the decision of where to go next with my work. Now that the audio deals are done and that I’m committed to the new series, it should be full-steam ahead again barring Ragnarok or the Rapture.

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