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Over the last couple days, I've mentioned here and there I'm in the process of evaluating career options, and a subset of that evaluation is choosing the fiction projects that'll come up once Breath of Stone is launched in the coming month(ish).


The overall career stuff is... complicated. A matter of deciding priorities, time expenditures, current needs, future plans, and professional satisfaction. Some things are working wonderfully, but I'm not certain I want to keep working them. Other things are more risky and will require time investment, but I'm drawn to them nonetheless. We shall see. :-)


Anyway! It was suggested I share my Next Project Dilemma to see what y'all might want to see next. So! *drumroll* Here are the fiction projects on the horizon!


Books Three and Four of Desert Rising: These are the SheyKhala novels, picking up after Breath of Stone. These are long books—at least 125K words each. They take awhile. That said, Book Three is completely plotted and partially written. Book Four is partially plotted.


Tomorrow's Bones: Continuing the story of Sword and Chant. Chant was written as a stand-alone, but was always the opening to something more. This is a story that nags me often, but has a much smaller audience (at least at this time).


The Slaughterer: Something completely different! A stand-alone about a bounty-hunter pulled into his family's decision to run a kind of Underground Railroad for magic workers.


Suffragette Story: This one dropped into my brain, almost fully formed, during last year's Sirens Conference. It's alternate/secret history of the fight to gain women the right to vote, complete with magic and martial arts.


The new series I still struggle to describe: If I had to describe it, I'd say it's paranormal rural, but sometimes urban, contemporary fantasy. There are ghosts and small towns and historical sites and some city settings and sentient elements being manipulated as weapons. Each book is shorter than my usual tome, and I'd likely complete three of them before even publishing the first.


So... There are considerations that must be taken into account. Current faithful readers, market sizes, audience potential, variable time to be invested on each project...


But I'd love to hear what you think! The reader's perspective, the writer's perspective, your perspective.


Help me out here, my darlings! Talk about preferences as a reader, scheduling experience as a writer, knowledge, gut feelings, EVERYTHING.

Crossposted at Blair MacGregor Books.  Comment here or there.



Date: 2016-05-06 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com
Cheering you on!

Date: 2016-05-07 02:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] blairmacg.livejournal.com
Thank you, thank you! (And I am SO looking forward to the next Change book!!!!)

Date: 2016-05-07 01:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenoftheskies.livejournal.com
Writers' perspective first:

If Book 3 of Desert Rising is partially written and completely plotted, and you'd like to get something out sooner rather than later, that's where I'd start.

Also if the Suffragette story is fully plotted, there's another good starting point.

I'd ask whether you're burnt out on Desert Rising since you've been working on it for a while, or whether you're super jazzed about it since you'll have Book 2 out soon.

Which book seems like the most difficult to ignore?

If it was me (and it's not), I'd pick one novel to focus on for now and I'd do experimental writing on another novel or two in order to get a feel for what I really wanted to work on now.

Readers' perspective now:

I'd love to see the rest of Desert Rising because you've raised so many intriguing questions and presented the reader with many possibilities for an outcome. In other words, want to know what happens next.

At the same time, I'd ask: does Tomorrow's Bones cross over any with the Desert Rising series? I know they take place around the same time period because you mentioned some of the happenings from Sword and Chant in Desert Rising Book 2.

If the two series take place around the same time period, is it possible to work on both at one time, even if they don't actually overlap?

And, since I've heard about your paranormal rural before, too, I'm very intrigued with that.

The other stories sound awesome, too, and I'm sure, given time to think about them, they'll seem as exciting. It's just that I've heard of the others over a longer period of time.

So, what do YOU think your fans are most interested in reading? Do you think that intersects with what you're most interested in writing?

Date: 2016-05-07 02:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] blairmacg.livejournal.com
Bones doesn't exactly crossover with Desert Rising, as in, the events of one don't really drive the events of the other. But if I were going to write them in time-order, it'd be Book Three of DR, then Tomorrow's Bones, then Book Four.

I do want to--need to--publish on a much better timeframe. And I might try working on more than one project...

As always, I so appreciate your input. :)

Date: 2016-05-10 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
I'm *very* excited about Breath of Stone.

I don't know how to advise you! Since you're relying on writing for income, you have to strike a balance between pragmatism and delight--but I have no idea which projects are most pragmatic or most delightful. I'd be interested in anything you turned your hand to (though, like [livejournal.com profile] greylistening, I'm not quite so interested in the suffragette topic).

ETA: Oops, I put this in reply to you, [livejournal.com profile] queenoftheskies! I meant it as a general comment, but I guess I lingered here because I appreciated your way of addressing the question.
Edited Date: 2016-05-10 10:17 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-05-11 03:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] blairmacg.livejournal.com
I'm so glad you're excited. :) I've got the nerves about releasing this one, I tell ya!

And it is indeed a balance with pragmatism, though I acknowledge I'm much more likely to choose the delight side. Some will call that bad business. I call it MY business. :)

Date: 2016-05-07 02:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greylistening.livejournal.com
As your reader, every one of these ideas thrills me (except the suffragette one, because I'm not a big alt-history reader). I like your work so much that I want to see continuations of your two worlds, but I'd also be jumping up and down to see you do something new.

I know, I know, not helpful in terms of ranking projects. :)

Lessee... If I HAD to choose, I'd say that your new "paranormal rural/urban" series really intrigues me. But noooooo... do not write three before publishing! I want to see some sooooon!

Date: 2016-05-07 02:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] blairmacg.livejournal.com
The paranormal is one that's been rattling around in my head for--no joke--just shy of ten years. That's ridiculous, isn't it? Sheesh! But from the planning I've done, it looks like each would come in around 65K, so I could complete two in the time it takes me to complete one of the Big Fat Fantasy, so it wouldn't be like the horrendously long wait for Breath of Stone. (Yeesh, I hope I NEVER do that again!)

Thank you so much for jumping in! :)

Date: 2016-05-07 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thanate.livejournal.com
Not telling you what to write as all the new things sound intriguing, & if I ever catch up on my ridiculous backlog of unread e-books I'm sure the series continuations will be equally so... but in vague marketing thoughts, would your amorphous rural/paranormal thing possibly tie into a subset of the audience for American Gods? When is the TV show of that supposed to happen?

Date: 2016-05-10 01:00 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] blairmacg.livejournal.com
Hmmm.... I hadn't thought about the potential tap-in for American Gods. (And oh, I so hope that series is marvelous!)

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