The following letter was copied from my most recent email to my mailing list, since I couldn’t bring myself to rephrase it all in a blog post.
My Dearest Readers,
This is not a normal newsletter.
This is an announcement and a letter of apology.
And god, this was hard. Honestly, this felt like writing an email about how someone had died (don’t worry, no one has. I’m just being a drama queen). Anyway…
If you’ve been following this newsletter over the past year, you know that since The Sword of Kaigen came out, I’ve struggled to write the third Theonite book, kicked around half a dozen spin-off ideas, and struggled more. During my most recent boom of productivity (ironically, on Theonite 3), I came to an important realization about the Theonite universe. Namely, that it isn’t working.
I may have had fun (so much fun!) working on my various spin-offs this year, even nearly finishing some, but fun doesn’t constitute a cohesive universe. Between the size of Theonite’s cast, the breadth of its world, and the complexity of some of its content, I’m just not ready to pull it all together. Not at my current skill level. And continuously trying to spin-off from a story that itself isn’t working is not a good strategy. So, even though this breaks my heart…
I’m putting a freeze on the Theonite series and all its spin-offs, including Flameless, Jamuttaana, and Rage and Whisper.
To everyone who’s followed the Theonite books up to this point, I’m so sorry I’m not able to deliver more at this point, and I’m especially sorry for insisting for so long that more books were coming.
I was telling you what I thought was the truth.
When I published Theonite: Planet Adyn in 2016, I didn’t think for a moment that I was starting a series that I couldn’t finish. This was due partly to a lack of experience and partly to the fact that I had finished versions of the series back when I was a teenager. But my writing has changed so much since then that those drafts are no longer usable and I’ve realized that, as an adult writer, I lack the skills to make the series what it should be.
If I had more books to give you that were up to the standard you deserve, I would release them. Unfortunately, I just haven’t been able to wrangle the series into something worth publishing at this moment in time. I say at this moment in time because I’m still in my twenties, which makes me a baby in author years. Theonite is something I’ve been working on since I was twelve and will, I think, continue to work on for the rest of my life simply out of habit.
Just because it isn’t ready now doesn’t mean it never will be.
This isn’t the end of Theonite.
It just isn’t the right time for it.
I’m going keep working on this world in the background of my other projects until such time—maybe three years from now, maybe thirty—that the books are in shape for publication.
Thank you all so much for your support of the series. The fact that my first outing as an author received support at all means more than I can tell you.
I wish I could have delivered in kind.
So, what’s happening to the books I’ve already published?
Honestly, not much.
The Sword of Kaigen, being a standalone (and, incidentally, my main source of income), will remain for sale on Amazon in both ebook and paperback form as normal. Not going anywhere. Not touching it. Don’t worry.
I’m unsure if I want to take Theonite: Planet Adyn and Theonite: Orbit off Amazon or leave them with a note saying that the series has been discontinued for now. I’m open to suggestions. Regardless, if anyone wants a PDF of one or both books for their personal files, let me know and I’ll email them to you.
And what am I working on now?
Well, like four things. That seems to be a theme these days.
But here’s the fun part: you get to help me decide what I push to the top of the agenda and publish next!
I’ve thrown together a survey so you can let me know what you’d like me to focus on moving forward. I’m in a rare state of limbo right now, uncommitted, so this is your chance to nudge me one way or another.
One last time, I want to apologize to anyone I’ve disappointed with this announcement.
I hope you put your thoughts in the survey above and I’ll see you at the end of December with an update on where we’re headed next!
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