Sometimes you meet the morning with a smile. Sometimes, the morning meets you.
Thanks to everyone who had a hand in this.
So I got an e-mail from Bob this morning covering the release dates of my most recent novels, Commune 4 and All Gifts, Bestowed. The news is not what anyone wants to hear, I’m sure, but there are some very good reasons for why it has played out as it has. I’ll explain the situation here.
At play are several key factors:
The last year has been a pretty crazy one, both for Bob and myself. We’ve seen these Blue Heron titles (and the Commune Series right along with them) grow in popularity within the audiobook market space; really to degrees that are unprecedented. From the perspective of the average reader, I’m sure it all just looks like another book on Audible and it makes sense that Blue Heron’s titles should be slugging toe-to-toe with some of these other major properties that have the benefit of massive publishing houses behind their marketing.
But I assure you, this is not normal. Bob’s recent successes in the last year have brought him some unexpected clout under the Blue Heron banner such that he now has access to certain coveted features that we just didn’t have in the past; features like pre-order links and concrete release dates. This is all rather new and has been a learning experience for all of us.
Part of that learning experience includes figuring out how Audible coordinates these activities with the publishers they partner with, and this leads me to my next point. The date given thus far has been a hard release date of March 19th for Commune 4, which I think we all would have loved to see. But due to the low-level minutiae of the platform at large, this is simply not to be. It really comes down to coordination issues, a few assumptions, and a general unfamiliarity with these new opportunities to which we now have access.
What does that mean for you, the reader? Well, it means that you should see a pre-order link for Commune 4 on April 5th and the audiobook will go live for sale on May 10th. All Gifts, Bestowed will have a pre-order available on April 26th and go live on June 7th.
My sincere apologies for the mix-up. We’ll get this all sorted out as quickly as possible and have the process well ironed out in the future.
That’s right. The ebook format for Commune Book Two is back in action, once again. My publisher is working fast to get the paperback and hardcovers up on on Amazon as well, just as they’ve done for Commune 1!
Not only did this guy sit down and put his thoughts together regarding my series, he edited a whole damned video together to present it. I’m shocked and humbled by this. Check out his other work, too, he does a damned fine review.
I rarely respond to these. Most of the time, I don’t care and sometimes, they’re good for a laugh. But Kurt is a guy who likes the books and thinks I was forced into stretching out #3, so I want to address that. Here’s his review from Audible:
Love This Series – But Book 3 is a Waste of Time
Publishers are forcing authors with a successful first book to push their storylines out to four or more books versus the standard trilogy. The result is often unsatisfying, go no place, books like this one. Literally nothing of substance happened in this book – NOTHING! The first half was spent simply licking the wounds from all the action at the end of the 2nd Book. The second half was spent setting the stage for the 4th Book. Gayou is an outstanding writer and the amazing ability of R.C. Bray goes without saying, but frankly everything that happened in this book could of been condensed into one or two chapters in a true final book. So I hate to be critical because I have enjoyed this series and like where the storyline is going; but publishers need to quit forcing authors to S T R E T C H things way out when they don’t have the depth of content to make a meaningful book.
So, my recommendation is to pay your dues, buy the book, and try to stay awake for 18 hours. That way we can all hopefully enjoy an amazing forth book. We are counting on you Josh!!!
Thanks for your consideration in reading this series and you concern on the matter. No, I wasn’t forced to stretch the series into four books by a publisher. I wrote the 3rd book to be as long as was needed for specific reasons. I get you feel as though nothing of substance happened in the book. This is because you have read it passively. If you can stand it, you might go back and take another pass.
I have buried within this book all of the answers and keys to Jake’s past. There were two goals: get the reader up to speed on Clay’s group and get the reader up to speed on Jake.
But I’m not going to just give you Jake outright. I’ll never give you 4. I’ll only ever give you 2 + 2. That’s the kind of writer I am. I don’t want to just give you a story. I want to build a story with you. I want you to be part of the process. Because I cannot sit in the room with you and tell the story, this is the best way to do it. I give you 2 + 2, and you must find 4. 4 is hidden in the story that happens off the page.
I hope you see this, Kurt. You’re not one of the guys who simply said, “Blech, this book is garbage!” You just missed the trick. I think if you know that a trick is there, you won’t feel as though this book is a loss. I hope you see this, and that this works for you. And if you see this, come over to the Super Duper Funtime Shitbus group on Facebook. There are so many cool people over there theorizing about this stuff all the time.
And if you’re not Kurt, but you’re seeing this, I hope this explains a few things. Come over to the Facebook group anyway, and say “hi”.
The ebook and paperback for Commune 4 goes live starting December 8th!
Get ready for the end.
This despite the numerous download issues that were reported this morning. Thank you all so much for putting me on the map.
This morning I approved the finalized chapters for C3 over at ACX. That means the book is now running through Audible’s quality control process, after which it should post to Audible, iTunes, and Amazon. This process usually takes between 10 and 14 days, so it’s looking pretty damned close. I’ll notify you all through every channel I have once it’s available for purchase. The final run time on this one clocks in right around 19 hours.
I want to take a minute to congratulate R. C. Bray for the work he’s done on this entry. The man continues to transform my words into things greater than they were when I first cobbled them together, often times taking the characters in directions I’d not anticipated, though his instincts always end up being correct in the end. Anyone could “narrate” these books but Bob performs them in ways that continue to shock and amaze.
I am, indeed, a lucky man.