I’ve always heard, “The time to look for a job is when you already have one.” However, sometimes that isn’t possible and this just happens to be one of those sometimes. Many of you have been asking when the second book in my Chip Hale Handyman Mystery series will be coming out. Unfortunately, that’s difficult to say since my publisher and I have parted ways before it was released. It was totally my decision and I now find myself in the difficult position of finding another publisher to continue the series. I am excited and hopeful about my prospects, but have no idea just how long that will take and, at this point, all I can do is keep you posted on my progress.
Thus far I have completed three books in the series and am about two-fifths the way finished writing the fourth. It’s difficult to judge the length because I don’t write from an outline. Nevertheless, I feel blessed that my stories unfold and entertain me about the same way they do for you, only a little more – no, make that a lot more slowly, taking anywhere between six-months to a year to complete. There are many aspects that factor into the writing process including editor demands, publisher deadlines, shameless self-promotion efforts, and life in general. Fortunately, only life in general has any impact at the moment.
The fact that my first book is now out-of-print doesn’t negate my efforts at shameless self-promotion because it just isn’t smart to allow that entertaining story to slip from your memory banks before a new publisher can resurrect the series. And, as soon as that happens I will let you know.
Thanks for your understanding,