So, as some of you may know, my next novel, Dread Pirate Arcanist, releases Sept. 17th (a mere 5 days away!)
I’m anxious for the release because this is a sequel novel. Sure, I’ve had sequels come out before, but that was for my crime thriller series, not fantasy. This will be my first fantasy sequel release, and I’ve already had a handful of people tell me they’re anticipating it.
But now I worry.
I’m sure anyone who has ever created something can relate. That weird feeling of dread that accompanies the “man, I hope they enjoy it…” and the “what if they don’t?” lingers with you, even if you rationalize it away.
Long ago I learned that you’ll never make everyone happy. Of course some people won’t like my writing. That’s fine. What I’m really worried about is disappointing a fan–someone who already really enjoys my stuff and can’t wait for the continuation of a story.
Trust me, as a fan, nothing is as disheartening as picking up the next in a series (book or video game) and then being utterly disappointed.
(Since some people get upset whenever I talk about novels I disliked, I’ll use a video game comparison instead.) I loved the first Red Dead Redemption. The story was great. The world was fun. And the ending was shocking, but fitting.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is all that and more. When I played it, I had a great time, I loved the setting, and the story was entertaining. As a fan, I had a great time, and I eagerly await the third game in the series!
I’m also a fan of Mass Effect. The original trilogy is amazing. If you love RPGs, you owe it to yourself to grab the first game and enjoy that trilling ride.
Then they announced Mass Effect: Andromeda, and I was totally hyped. Couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
Unfortunately, this story ends in the saddest of tragedies, because Mass Effect: Andromeda was a train wreck mixed with an airplane crash, topped with dead babies. Just… awful.
I’m still disappointed. Even typing this out is hurting my soul because I loved the original trilogy so much.
As a writer, I don’t ever want to disappoint my fans like Mass Effect disappointed me. I want to give them a fun adventure with hilarious and memorable moments. I want them to think of my books like I think of Red Dead Redemption–enthusiasm for the next one, because you know it’ll be a return to fun.
Hopefully (fingers crossed) I have enough meta-comprehension to understand what is fun and what it’s. I think Dread Pirate Arcanist is better than the first, I really do. I’m excited for people to read it (and the few re-release reviews I’ve gotten have all be fantastic). But that doesn’t silence the voice of doubt that plagues my thoughts occasionally.
And I figured I would be open and honest with people, since we’re only 5 days away!
Hopefully you all look forward to Dread Pirate Arcanist!