It’s been almost four years since The Codex of her Scars was published. Four pretty frustrating years for me, and for those of you who have wanted to see where the story goes.
I hadn’t reckoned with the craziness of the publishing world. I assumed publishers promoted the heck out of the works they pay for, but alas that is often not the case. In the case of Codex, other than finding the perfect narrator in Steven Pacey, the publisher has done nothing. Codex is barely visible on Audible, and after all this time has only 121 reviews. Sales figures are middling at best, due to absolutely no promotion, and royalties… oh my goodness, I had no idea how much publishers cream off the top. If I had independently published Codex, I’d have made thousands of dollars, based upon the sales it’s had (plus I would have been able to promote the book myself– a Chirp audiobook deal, if I published through Findaway Voices, would have been massive, no doubt). Instead, I get next to nothing.
You live and learn.
If not for a contractual obligation to give the publisher first refusal on any sequels, I might have finished the series by now, but I’ve been searching for alternatives to this dismal state of affairs.
Finally, I’ve decided to go ahead with the ebook and print versions of book 2, and I’ll deal with the audiobook issue when I get to it.
I’m currently working on two Nameless Dwarf novels, City of Tombs, and a ghost writing commission, but I’ve manage to squeeze Sorcerers’ Isle 2 into my schedule. I already have a first draft for the opening scene, and it feels good to be back in Branikdur and rediscovering They, Snaith, and Pheklus the Clincherman.
I’m hoping to have a cover design to show you in the near future.
Meanwhile, please check out book 1: The Codex of Her Scars. It’s certainly pretty grim in places, but it’s probably one of my best books to date.
It’s currently enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, but if you prefer print, the hardback edition is absolutely gorgeous!