What’s Next for 2022

It’s a new year!  Here are my writing plans for the next few months.

My first and highest priority is finishing my new book.  For those who don’t know, this is the first volume in a new urban fantasy series that I’m hoping to be working on for most of this decade.  The first draft is currently up to 80,000 words, which includes a fair bit of edits and rewrites.  I’d been hoping to have the book finished by the end of December – unfortunately the rewrites took longer than I’d hoped, so the new deadline I’ve set myself is the end of January, and I’m going to push myself to try to make this one (I really want this book completed so that I can get the publication train rolling).  The good news is that I’m pretty pleased with the book and the setting, so I think there’s a good chance that you guys will like it too!

Once that’s done I’m planning on writing a second Alex Verus short story/novella.  This one is going to be set after Risen, as a sort of minor epilogue to the series, and will focus on one particular character who had some larger-than-usual question marks hanging over them at the end of the book.  I’ll probably do the bulk of this in February, and I’ll publish it online shortly afterward, in a similar way to what I did with Favours.

On the website front, the next two posts will be a couple of Ask Lunas – I’ve got a backlog of questions which I’d like to clear out.  I’m still planning on running the Ask Luna column for a while long, but I’m intending to gradually taper it off over the course of this year.  Now that the main series is finished, the series timeline isn’t progressing in parallel with the real-world timeline any more.

Somewhere along the line I also need to do the Author Commentary for Risen.  This’ll probably take a while, firstly because it’s going to be a long one, and secondly because I’m still getting some interesting feedback on Risen from the reviews I’m reading.  Some of them make me realise things about the book that I hadn’t previously thought about.

And finally, I need to catch up on my email.  Thanks to everyone who’s written in following the publication of Risen and the end of the series, both in email and in comment form.  Most of the emails have consisted of fans saying very nice things about me, Risen, and the Alex Verus series in general, so thank you all for the praise!  I’ll try to reply to them all properly when I get a moment, but I wanted you to know that I really appreciate the messages.  I’m glad so many of you have enjoyed the series so much!

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7 Responses to What’s Next for 2022

  1. Alicia says:

    I’ll miss your Ask Luna posts!
    Although, to be honest, she could get a bit cranky sometimes and no wonder! I’d get cranky too with all those questions about Richard’s & Morden’s motives/plans/history/what they like to eat for dinner.
    Still, those blog entries are fun & I’ll miss her snark.

  2. Bob says:

    Looking forward to the new series and the novella post Risen.
    I read a review which was negative of the epilogue of Risen. The reviewer echoed the early criticism of Alex’s attitude toward Luna and said Ann playing the little housewife, happily baking, was insulting. I must admit I didn’t feel that way but the reviewer was insulted by the characterization. Any thoughts on this?

  3. Benedict says:

    Bob: Please don’t ask me for comments on other people’s reviews of my books. If the reviewer wanted a response from the author, they’d have posted on this blog or otherwise gotten my attention.

  4. Justin says:

    I picked up book 1 due to a waterstones recommendation on a trip to UK from Oz in 2019. It’s lovely to come late to the series and put the final book down with everyone else. Now really looking forward to the précis for the new series. A real pleasure reading your work. Looking forward to more.

  5. Adam Darby says:

    “that I’m hoping to be working on for most of this decade.”

    *squeals in utter delight*

    REALLY looking forward to this new series!!!

  6. Susanne says:

    I can’t wait! (I#m just finishing Forged … and I love! Alex Verus) I started reading the series in German (I’m german, obviously) and could not wait for the further translation, so I read the following books in English. And now I’m looking forward for the last Alex-Verus-Story (it is waiting on my Kindle).
    (BTW: The german translation of your books by Michelle Gyo is excellent!)
    I hope, your new series will be published soon! Biting my nails!
    Greetings from Germany!

  7. Betty says:

    Gosh, I can barely believe the series is over. I started reading it shortly after the first books were published and it’s been nearly a decade of my life when I was waiting for the next book whenever I finished one. I finished Risen within 24 hours and… I loved it. I screamed at the end though. Thanks for everything in this series and really looking forward to the new one.

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