After much deliberation, I’ve decided that I’m not going to be releasing my second book “Twin” next month as planned.
This may be bad news for those of you who have contacted me after reading “Gifted” to find out when the sequel would be available (and thank you so much – your interest and support really does mean the world to me) but it honestly is for good reason.
I’ve learnt some valuable lessons since I released “Gifted” back in 2011, the main one being that despite best laid plans, life always has a way of intervening. That’s why the release date for “Twin” has been subject to more delays than the British Rail network. Now, “Twin” is actually finished and I could rush through the rest of the editing and stick it out there for the reading public, but as I’ve said in previous posts, it’s not going to be up to scratch. Added to that, if I’m lucky enough to have “Twin” generate as much interest from readers as “Gifted” did, then will come the burning question of when will the third book “Nemesis” be released?
And that’s where things get complicated.
I recently got a promotion of sorts in my “real” job (yeah the 9 to 5 that actually pays the mortage and keeps me in shoes, not the one in my imagination where I’m a mega successful hybrid of Enid Blyton and Stephen King) which is good news in some respects, but not so good for my writing aspirations. Because promotion also equals EXAMS. And ASSIGNMENTS. And – urgh, I hate to say it – STUDYING.
So for the next 12 months, the most exciting thing I’m going to be writing is 20,000 words on the importance of risk analysis and international financial regulation regimes and I highly doubt anyone is going to want to read THAT.
In a nutshell, this means that writing what I actually WANT to write (and you hopefully want to read!) is going to have to take a bit of a back seat and if I released “Twin” as planned, there could end up being quite a wait for the conclusion.
But this got me to thinking about the series as a whole. Looking back on “Gifted” now, I can see for myself loads of things that I could improve about it and I now also have the benefit of feedback from you, the readers. So instead of rushing out “Twin” and then leaving readers hanging for the last book, I’m going to take a bit of a time out.
BUT come September when the dreaded exams are done and dusted (assuming there are no re-sits necessary!) I will be back on the writing wagon with a vengeance!
The plan will then be to release all 3 books (including a revised edition of “Gifted”, although not so dramatically that you need to re-read it to follow the next two) so there will be no waiting to see what happens, plot quirks perfected and no ropey editing! Bazinga!
Thanks so much for the support you have shown “Gifted” and I hope that, when it is finally out there, you will find that the completed Evangeline Devine series is deserving of the wait.
And in the meantime, as always
Happy Reading! 🙂