December Update on VULCAN’S FURY

Vulcan's Fury: The Dark LandsVulcan’s Fury has been coming along nicely, and I’m on track to finish the working draft by mid-January 2016, if not before. My target is 100,000 words (that’s just a rough estimate, obviously), and I’m at 89,000 now, so we’re getting there!

That brings me to a strategic decision I’d like to get your input on. In the past, I’ve generally alternated projects between story lines. For example, I wrote Legend Of The Sword (one of the In Her Name novels), then Season Of The Harvest, then jumped back into the In Her Name universe to write Dead Soul, then Bitter Harvest, etc.

I honestly can’t tell you why I originally decided to do things that way, but after a lot of thought I’ve come to the conclusion that a better way might be to take a story line – be it something new like Vulcan’s Fury or in an existing universe like In Her Name – and just keep writing until the story line is finished (which, in the past, has typically wound up being a trilogy), then publish the sequence of books as they’re completed.

As with most things, there is good and bad news with that. The good news is that for those who enjoy Vulcan’s Fury (and I hope that’s most of my fans, because in my mind this story is in some ways akin to In Her Name: Empire), you won’t have to wait too terribly long to get the whole thing, although it’ll probably still take a year-plus, as I can only write so fast.

The bad news, such as it is, is that if I do this we won’t be returning to the In Her Name universe until after the Vulcan’s Fury story line is finished. But once we do, you’ll get a big dose of bad-ass Kreelan warrior mayhem.

Anyway, I’d appreciate any input you might have on this, so please feel free to post a comment below!

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7 thoughts on “December Update on VULCAN’S FURY

  • Mike

    Thoroughly enjoyed the In Her Name series and it was well worth the wait so I am not going to complain if new content in that series takes a back seat to Vulcan’s Fury which I am sure I will enjoy as well even if everytime you post on the subject I have to remind myself it isn’t Trek 🙂

  • Robert christensen

    I feel that as the writer, you need to write what feels right for you. I would rather wait longer for a great book than read a book that has been pushed out before it should have been.

  • Olly

    It’s unclear why if you stick to one story line until it’s done, you’d need to wait until the end before publishing the whole sequence? Can you not stick to one story line/universe but publish books as they go? Did I miss something important?

    • Michael Hicks Post author

      Yes, I’d publish them as I go. Sorry if I didn’t make that clear! The main thing is just that I would just keep focused on a given story line until I finished it (or at least a major arc, like a trilogy), rather than interleaving. Sorry for the confusion! 🙂

      • Olly

        Ok that makes sense. So in answer to your question, for me personally I don’t mind either way. I read all your books anyway and wouldn’t mind getting a whole arc in sequence nor would I mind interleaving. Interleaving builds up more suspense in the wait, sequential is more immediately gratifying. Both ways are winners. Which way works best in terms of the business of being a self-pub author?

  • Diane Jensen Deller

    What to do, what to do. Well I’ll chow down on Vulcan’s Fury, probably love it, will want them all asap but will what since I have too. But this in no way gets you off the Kreelan hook, I expect boocoo Kreelan after Vulcan’s run…