In case you noticed, there was no Walk at Dusk update for today. That work will be going ahead for a release this year, although later than I originally anticipated due to a host of setbacks in my work schedule that have prevented me from having the time to do the editing and re-writes necessary to finish the project. I will resume posting samples and updates in the near future, but don’t expect a full release here on DVS Press like I have done in the past.
I also wanted to take a week or two off from those posts to put out something new I have been planning, which is a fairytale that will tie in with Garamesh and the Farmer, which I released late last year in both kindle and audiobook format. My original plan with that tale, as well as the one I will put out, was to put out a series of 99 cent ebooks with audiobook companions, then to collect these stories into a larger paperback or hardback (possibly illustrated), as well as offer a larger audiobook. The smaller size affords me a few advantages:
- It lets me hit a really cheap price point for anyone new to my stories that doesn’t want to buy Muramasa or isn’t interested in science fiction.
- It lets me put out an inexpensive audiobook companion and also (possibly) offer the audiobook via youtube or soundcloud for free.
- The audiobook is of a manageable length (1-2 hours) that I can do in a short burst, whereas Muramasa will take much longer to finish.
- It gets me practice making covers and recording audiobooks, as well as more practice working in the audiobook market.
- The project is more time-bound, so it won’t languish in development hell like a few other of my books (they’ll all come out, just given time, even Dissonant Tides, which is a much bigger project than most people realize). I can go from writing to market much faster, which also gets more content out to readers who are interested in it.
- The stories are independent, but can contribute to a long-term goal, a real creative win-win.
I will also likely make Garamesh and the Farmer in its current published state into a “first of a series” in its metadata, which will help me tie these novelettes (and 1-2 additional ones) into each other for marketing purposes. Stay tuned for more content regarding this new project!