Inheritance Series – Spring Update

It’s been a while since I’ve done a news update, so here’s a rundown on what’s upcoming with the Inheritance of Magic series!

Inheritance of Magic #2, titled An Instruction in Shadow, has finished its copy-edits stage and is with my publishers as we speak.  I still need to do the proofreading and author questions stages (if you’re curious about what these are, I did an explanation here) but the version currently with my publishers is 99% identical to the version you guys will be holding in your hands this autumn.  Provisional release date is 15th October 2024 in the US, and 17th October 2024 in the UK.  Cover art is being done right now – I’ll post it up here once my publishers release it.

Inheritance of Magic #3 (currently untitled) is making good progress.  It’s up to 25,000 words, which probably translates to around 25%-30% complete.  I’m going to be working on this pretty much non-stop for the rest of the spring – ideally I’d like to finish some time around mid-summer, though late summer is probably more likely.  But it’s definitely going to be done by end of summer at latest, meaning that you guys can expect the finished book to be released around the autumn of 2025.

As for the blog, my main project for this year is going to continue to be the Beginner’s Guide to Drucraft series.  Next two articles are going to be on the Primal Limit and the Blood Limit, and both of those should be finished by the end of March.

And that’s about it!  Everything on my end is going to be quiet, routine, and busy for the next few months as I work my way through my list of writing targets.  Exactly how I like it, really.

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11 Responses to Inheritance Series – Spring Update

  1. Celia says:

    I’ve never quite understood exactly what the author questions are. Is it just “The proofreader says “Katherine” is spelled wrong – do you agree?” Or what sort of thing?

    • Benedict says:

      It’s mostly responses to responses. So in the copy-edits the copy-editor will say “hey, what Character A says in this chapter contradicts something in an earlier chapter”, and I’ll respond with “yes, I know”. Then they’ll either drop it or come back with another response. The AQs are the other response option.

      • Celia says:

        Ah, that makes sense! Thanks. My confusion came from the grouping of author questions with proofs in your blog. I have read the blog several times but still got the impression from that grouping that the author questions must be related to the proofreading of the proof… which seemed odd for what at that stage are mostly catching a few typos. 🙂

        • Brian says:

          in other words, he uses it as an excuse to torture his editors as much as he tortures the rest of us. :p

  2. Bill says:

    I didn’t know that! I had supposed that proof reading was just spelling and grammar corrections, not looking into inconsistences with the plot.
    Still book 2 is almost finished and I must wait 6 months before I can see it (plus TWO days after the US gets to read it!). It’s just not fair!
    However I am looking forward to my Friday Fix of Primal and Blood Limits…

  3. Nick says:

    According to Amazon we will be able to get “An Instruction in Shadow” from Audible on the same day as the US release which is good news for me! The new Hardback is two days later, and I’m wondering if a paperback version of the series will be produced in the UK? (Sorry but Hardbacks just aren’t very portable).
    Are you getting to choose the name (and front cover) of your books or is it the publisher that suggests these?

    PS: I hope that Hobbes is again on the cover of Book #2 !!

    • Benedict says:

      There’ll be a paperback edition in the UK as well, yes.

      Titles are a collaborative process between me and my editors – we go back and forth until we hit on one that we’re all happy with (which sometimes takes a while). I have much less influence on the covers, but they’ll still run them by me first to get my approval.

  4. Jason says:

    Great news!

  5. Jude says:

    Thank you for the updates! I really love the new series you built and I am incredibly excited to read the next book!

  6. Theresa says:

    Just started catching up again after getting re-acquainted with my local library. I’ll be happy to read back up on these blog posts!

  7. Bob says:

    Just ordered book 2 on Amazon. Looking forward to it. Do get reports on the Advanced sales of your books on Amazon?

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