Last night I completed the epilogue of Volume IV. At one hundred and seven thousand words it is roughly the same length as Rise of Shadows. Because I use an iterative writing process this is pretty close to what the final draft length will be.
It has been a while since I posted an update on where things stand with the series, so here is your update!
First, the Wiki: It is in place and people can start using it. While I have put a decent chunk of information in it, there is a lot more that needs to go into it sill. I would love for some fans to help build it out. *hint* *hint* For now, I am updating it slowly as I can find time.
As of right now, all three books are available in paperback form from Amazon Createspace! This move allows me to cut the price of the paperbacks from $14.99 to $7.99! We have received our proof copies and the quality is virtually identical to Lulu, just costs half the price and ships in half the time. It is pretty much a no brainer to switch.
Rise of Shadows has been out for a little while now, and is selling well! Right now it is out selling Academy 2-1, which means at least some of you have been sitting around waiting for Shadows to come out and are snatching it up now. I have been stalling on producing the hardcover and paperback versions intentionally to allow time for any grievous errors to be noticed by readers. Since none have come in, I plan to start working on them this week. It typically takes a few days to get it submitted, and then I will have to order proof copies, which typically have problems that I will need to correct and resubmit. This process usually takes about a month to work out. I hope it goes better this time, but all I can promise is that work is under way.
We are making great progress here on preparing the final manuscript to be released. Several pre-readers are working through the book and we expect feedback from them soon. In addition, we have received back from our new editor a marked up manuscript that we are working through. We also have a low-res version of the cover art. So we are poised to release Volume III very soon. I do believe it is the best one yet!
Volume IV is well under way with about seven thousand words written so far. I have not yet decided on a title for it, but it will likely be something like “Era of Darkness” or “Age of Shadows.” Once I make up my mind I will let everyone know.
Until then keep watching this site, and our Twitter feed (@LostTales) for news and updates!