It’s been a rather frustrating week, all things considered. Having a cold threw my planned schedule right out of tune <grin>.
The good news is that I’ve completed the first set of edits for The Sergeant’s Apprentice and the manuscript is now in the hands of the publishers. The cover is nearly completed, so the only thing delaying publication are the second and third sets of edits. Hopefully, they won’t take very long.
The better news is that I’m planning to start writing We Lead on Wednesday, which will be the third and last of the Vanguard books. Hopefully, I’ll have the first draft finished by the end of the month, but … we will see.
The slightly less good news is that I’m having problems deciding on the shape of the next few Ark Royal books. I’m planning a stand-alone – The Longest Day – covering the battle of Earth (running in line with The Nelson Touch), then perhaps another stand-alone following a makeshift escort carrier with a ragtag crew. (Civilian spacers and the dregs of the RN.) After that … I’m not sure. Any suggestions would be warmly welcomed.
The somewhat worse news is that I’m behind on answering emails and PMs. I’ll try and answer everyone tomorrow morning.
Anyway, this is my planned schedule for the next few months:
December – We Lead (Ark 9)
January – The Zero Blessing
February – The Long Road Home (ALE 4)
March – The Fists of Justice (SIM 12)
April – Wolf’s Bane (TEC14)
May – Becalmed (Angel spin-off).
June – Cat’s Paw (The Unwritten Words I – Bookworm sequel.)