As I’ve mentioned before, I’m working on a trilogy set in the Bane of Souls/Journey to Altmortis world. The first book, Kingdom Asunder, is essentially finished (I always leave the final proofread until just before release). The second book, Traitor’s Prize, is undergoing its first major redraft and I haven’t start the third book yet (working title is Crown of Blood).
At this moment in time it’s likeliest to be self-published, although there are some other avenues I'll explore. However, if it is to be self-published then I need to decide on how to release (specifically, how much space to leave between each instalment).
I’ve put up a poll on Twitter, here.
If you’re on Twitter, please do click the link and vote for either 1 year, 6 months, or 1 month or less.
From a writing perspective, there are swings and roundabouts for large and small gaps. Large gaps mean you can release the first book sooner. Smaller gaps mean you get more momentum because you do the pre- and post-release marketing stuff and by the time that’s done it’s onto the next book (and by the time readers finish book 1 there’s not long to book 2), but you do need to finish or almost finish the whole trilogy before the first entry can be released.
As a reader, my own pace has slowed to snail-like proportions, so I don’t mind the year or more between Stormlight Archive releases, or the years between A Song of Ice and Fire. Unfortunately that also means I’m not (from a reader’s point of view) a good judge for how faster readers might like things.
Another factor I need to consider is releasing more Sir Edric books. If I released trilogy entries every six months, releasing Sir Edric stories as well would cram far too much into too short a space (as well as leaving me with a fallow period after the last trilogy entry). So, a six month gap would probably mean releasing the trilogy all in sequence, then Sir Edric, whereas a year gap might mean alternating (every six months or so) could work.
So, if you could check out the poll that’d be very useful. If you’re not on Twitter and don’t want to be but do want to have your view taken into account, do feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll use the magic of arithmetic to add that to the results.
The poll lasts for five more days after which I’ll put the results up here.