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Serpent’s Keep sequel coming in 2018

My time is generally divided equally between development and marketing. I wish it wasn’t so, marketing isn’t on my list of favorite things to do, but there it is. If you’re gonna be a successful writer, ya’ gotta market. If you write books that no one reads, then what you’re doing is a hobby, not a profession. At least that’s what they say. Man that sounds harsh. Maybe there’s a gray area in there somewhere. I’ll bet a lot of writers live in the gray area.

Enough talk about marketing. Over on the development side, where the fun stuff happens, I currently have a number of projects I’m working on. Or rather, I have three that I can honestly say I am actively working on, with a bunch of others in my holding queue at various stages of development.

Of the three projects I’m actively working, two are screenplays and the third is a novel. More on the screenplays next time, today I want to talk about the novel.

As I noted elsewhere, I began outlining the sequel to Serpent’s Keep a couple of months ago. When I published Serpent’s Keep back in 2009, I hadn’t intended to write a sequel, but the demand for one has been there almost since the novel went to print. To be fair, while Serpent's Keep does have a conclusion, there is most definitely an opening to a followup. Questions are answered, issues resolved, and yet... well, I won't go there. If you've read the book, you know, and if you haven't, you should...

I anticipate completing a SK2 draft next Spring, editing it into the Summer and publishing in the early Fall.

I’ll provide updates on the progress of the SK2 project here on the blog. I’ve also set aside a corner of the Serpent’s Keep book page over on greybeard where I’ll be putting quick update notes, so be sure to check that out from time to time.


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