This has been a whirlwind, and I have learned so much and am so grateful. We did a pre-order at RocCon in Rochester, NY in mid-September, and followed it with a full launch at New York Comic Con in October. After which, the book was whisked to Detroit for Youmacon, Genericon in Troy, Anime Boston, Tora Con, Sci-Fi Valley Con.
I learned some rough lessons too. The first edition was edited, but errors still snuck through and I put out an updated edition in February.
The hardest lesson I've learned is that writing a sequel is not as easy as I had anticipated. My husband chides me, reminding me that the core story of Return to the Castle was the story I had written and re-written over a half dozen times before I froze it into its final printed form. It's natural that this story will be harder to lock down. My friend Jackie reminds me that readers who are already invested in the world will love it regardless, and hang on for subsequent books. Everyone has a certain favorite book in a series, it may not be the first, second or even third.
|Hooman, I has your notes and pen. You fail.|
As I'm caught in the mire of editing, I feel an enormous pressure. Simply put, I want this story to not suck, and I appreciate the fans who kindly wait with words of encouragement.