Nevertheless, that's what I've been doing - I've been making sure students are ready to start up and I've been checking in with my publisher to see what is going on. I recall that on this blog I mentioned that book four would be coming out before Christmas. This was the original plan, but what with one thing and another, it has been delayed. I suppose this is natural with a "soft release" (a book release that doesn't have an official release date, but rather a general target), as opposed to a "hard release" (a book release that has a release date set in stone). Still, I have heard this past week that book four will be releasing on the 15th of February, American time. This will mean that it is available here on the 16th of February, God willing. That's kind of exciting, as the 16th of the second month (Ki Zion in Siana) is Rafen's birthday. So with all things going well, book four the second edition should appear on Amazon on Rafen's birthday. The paperback will appear probably a week or two after the ebook, as is fairly standard.
And second edition paperbacks are due to appear on Amazon at the end of the month, with all things going well. Hence, I should have some copies of The Sianian Wolf, Servant of the King, and The Fourth Runi in their second editions soon. When I do, I will post pictures and rave and be all excited.
In the meantime, I have an interesting announcement about Rafen, book one, up my sleeve, that will help make it more accessible to readers. I'll save that one for another day, but stay tuned.
It is a hard life being an author. I was reminded of that when I received nine sample copies of Rafen from Paul Greenburg's partner this week in the post. I paid to print these sample copies in NZ so that Paul could pass them around bookstore owners, who would hopefully agree to stock them in stores after that, when a bigger print run would occur. However, with Paul's death the end of that journey is summarised by nine beautiful Rafen copies sitting in my lounge, probably never to be used. A great shame, but at least I got further this time than I did with my previous publisher - this time, I was allowed to print some of my own books in my own country. Maybe in another five years, I'll be able to get them in stores in my own country. However, by that time the ebook market here may finally be big enough to render that far less lucrative, meaning I might be putting all my effort into items selling through online stores instead!
One thing I've learned through this process is that no one ever knows what the book market is going to do. Well, what can I say? "Luck, be a lady tonight!"