An open letter to Kurt Schwoppe…

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!!!

Dear Kurt,

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”.

Josh

Commune 3 Production Wrapped 10/31. Audible Release Imminent!

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.

-Josh

 

Commune 3 Audio Release Date on @audible_com – October/November

Okay, a lot of you have been pinging me for updates on the audio release of C3, so I spoke recently with R.C. to confirm.  The man has a stacked schedule, as you’re all, I’m sure, aware.  Right now he’s wrapping up books for the Craigs; Mavericks for Alanson and Over the Hill for Dilouie.  And as I know that a lot of my readers are just as excited about those other books, I don’t mind saying that waiting just a touch longer won’t kill us.

So, here we go.  And C4 chugs along happily in editing – there should be no problem in having it ready to go when Bob is ready for it, so we can expect to see the final book in the series sometime around Christmas.

Take care!