A Shift in the 2019 Plan: Ichabod and Lloyd

So, I was thinking that I would start working on The Longbow of Ichabod Brooks when August hit.  Just some night work or using days when my parents want to do something with my son.  Well, I usually count up the chapter sections and divide by 3 to see how long it will take.  I average 19-20 days, which doesn’t include getting anything done on the weekends.  This collection is going to take 32-35 days without weekends and barring any distractions.  That’s a problem since I still have to edit War of Nytefall: Rivalry and the main series should take precedence.  If I jump onto the Ichabod project then I risk setting up another 6 month of crazy work next year.  So, what can I do about it?

I can delay the book by a year and take my time writing the 13 short stories.  I can do one or two between projects or use next summer to write it.  This also feeds my most recent idea of switching between Ichabod and Bedlam for summer releases.  After all, Derailing Bedlam was written last year and only needs editing.

So, summer of 2019 might see the return of Cassidy and Lloyd as long as I’m still writing and publishing then.  I’m wondering if I should make it a bundle of the first three books instead of just the new one since they never seem to get any attention.  This would be a lot more work and it leaves me wondering what to do with the other two that people have already bought.  Honestly, I haven’t seen much movement on my Windemere bundles except for the KU free pages.  Might just stick with the the one book, but I have time to figure it out.

So, I wanted to just write about the change since I kept talking about Ichabod coming back in 2019.  Feel free to voice your opinions though.  Hope some people are looking forward to Cassidy and Lloyd coming back with a few familiar faces in tow.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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15 Responses to A Shift in the 2019 Plan: Ichabod and Lloyd

  1. I vote for Cassidy and Lloyd. I really enjoy them.

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  2. Similar to your post about Kira, you have to write what you feel. Gotta admit that Ichabod is my favorite though.

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    • This is more practically than emotion. I don’t think I’d be able to write and edit Ichabod while maintaining Nytefall. One or both of them would suffer due to it being a tighter deadline. I’ve been looking for a way to bring Lloyd and Cassidy back too, so this helps both series.

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  3. That must be really annoying, knowing that you have spent so many hours writing and editing and not seeing any movements. Do what you do best, but also don’t make life hard on yourself.

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  4. It’s ultimately up to you, but here’s my two cents.

    If Cassidy and Lloyd’s story is closer to being ready, finish that up first. As for how to publish it… If the first two are already out as individual books, just publish this one as an individual book too.

    I’m looking forward to the Ichabod stories, but if you need an extra year to get them done, take that year. It’s not like you won’t be publishing other things in the meantime. Plus, it’s better for you and the stories themselves if you take what time they need you to take, rather than attempting to force them to be ready sooner.

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    • Thanks. I’ve seen other authors release a new book as part of a bundle, which had me considering it. The first two books rarely sell too, so I was trying to think of a way to boost them.

      It does feel like people like Ichabod more than Bedlam. At least from the comments. Both have the same sale rate for some reason.

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      • I can see your reasoning behind the bundle thing, but then there are the people who have already brought the first two books, who would now have to technically own two copies of those to get tbookthree. Another option would be to release the third one as another individual book, but also make a trilogy bundle available at a price where anyone who hasn’t yet got the first two can feel they’re getting a great deal by buying the bundle. I know a lot of authors do that one.

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      • That would require 2 covers and I don’t have the money for that. It might come down to a single release. Thankfully I have a year to figure it out.

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      • Makes sense. Well, good luck with it, whatever you decide.

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  5. Reading your blog post has made me stressed out over how slow I write. It took me 3 years to write, edit, rewrite, edit, beta readers, rewrite, then proof and publish The Sleeping Serpent. I started to write another book, then shelved that one to write a sequel to The Sleeping Serpent which I have been writing for two years and still only on the first draft. I have read a number of articles about the speed with which to write and release. I don’t write genre fiction – neither romance or thriller or mystery. It is psychological women’s fiction. Maybe if I didn’t read blogs, and read and review other authors, I might have more time. But I do like to stay involved in the community. Is it OK that I take a long time? Charles, best of luck with what ever you decide — I am sure either decision will be a good one.

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    • It’s fine. Every author has their own speed and I’ve found that I’m a freak of nature with my speed. Also, I spent 7 years honing my style and designing my world then another 10 outlining 30+ series while working a ‘real’ job. So, I walk into each first draft with years of notes and daydreams. This really skews my completion time since I feel it should add a few years to each idea.

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