Whew. What a book.
Shortest book in terms of chapters, but longer in total words than Blue steel. On a personal level, I consider this the darkest book I’ve written to date. Mostly because it has the most sympathetic and likable bad guy (who I then kill off).
This feels like a good book to me, one which I’m proud to have written. I hope more of my stories keep as on-track as this one has. Which is remarkable given the nightmare hell couple weeks which I’ve only just now recovered from. I’m impressed with myself for handling that as well as I did and keeping the story on track.
Unfortunately, by all empirical measures, the Blue Steel series has been my least successful books by far. No donations at all, no new Patreons, no reader-funded bonus chapters, no one’s even bothered to add one update to the TvTropes or even make a single reader recommendation on any site… and I seem to be slowly losing readers, if slowly.
Pretty clear sign what I’m putting down is not resonating, and it’s time for me to walk away. Which likely means I won’t be revisiting Warren and company any time soon.
Not that I base what I write on what people read- I don’t- but I have many, many things I wish to write. Why continue on something people don’t seem to want when I can instead focus on stuff people might enjoy more?
So we’re on to the “what next” segment.
I’m going to complete the series I’ve already started. Threefold and Nothing Given are next, in that order. Then I’ll cap off both chains with their final (and as yet untitled) stories
At which point, 2017 should be looming. If Price still remains in limbo then as it has throughout most of this year, I’ll move on to a different setting altogether. More likely than not, it will be the Midara setting- epic fantasy settings seem to have a larger market than superhero settings.
I’ve gotten some excellent feedback for In Triplicate, which I will add during my reread and edit process over the course of this break week… I’ll note all changes in an appendix posted after I’m done with said edits. Most of them will be toward the end, with the intent of clarifying the Pairbond a bit more.
Threefold also pays a bit of attention to that (no surprise, huh?), and sees the return of the Greenwitch as a more important character to the story. More actual combat, as well.