2016 was a really busy year for me. I had four books come out, an Audible novella, and several short stories published. I also had my first leatherbound limited edition release.
If I look back at my career, I’ll have a huge year with a bunch of releases, then a smaller year with one or two, then another huge year, so on. It isn’t that I write faster or slower (I’m pretty reliable at about 2 1/2 a year) but in publishing you need to get your items on the distributors calendars way in advance so it just works out that way. 2016 was abnormal because I had three collaborations in there.
The next (6th) Monster Hunter novel is Monster Hunter Siege. It comes out in August. The rough draft is done, and I’m going through now and doing an editing pass. I really like this one. It’s back to Owen and progressing on the main story line. I finally get to give some screen time to the Big Bad that I’ve been teasing for several books.
The Monster Hunter Files anthology, featuring a bunch of awesome authors playing in the Monster Hunter universe, is done. I don’t know the release date for it yet. You guys are going to love it. For the table of contents:
Check that out. I got all sorts of cool writers. 🙂
The next (3rd) MHI collaboration is Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints, with John Ringo. Don’t know the release date on that yet. I’ve got to get Siege out the door first. This one is waiting on me.
Sarah Hoyt is currently working on the rough draft of Monster Hunter Guardian (a Julie Shackleford novel). It takes place during the same time as Monster Hunter Siege.
There is also going to be a collection of my short fiction put out by Baen. I do not know the release date of that yet. I’m putting together and sending Toni all of the stories soon. I’ve actually written a bunch of short fiction, but since it is scattered all over in a bunch of different anthologies over a bunch of years, you guys have missed a lot of really fun stories. And for all the people who have been asking, yes, Tom Stranger will be in there, so there will finally be a version in print.
Speaking of short fiction, coming out in 2017 I have a story in the upcoming Aliens anthology (I get to write a Gun Stories episode for the M41 Pulse Rifle), the upcoming Joe Ledger Unstoppable anthology (Rudy does a psyche eval), and a Bubba Shackleford original Monster Hunter story in the Straight out of Tombstone anthology. Out right now is the Forbidden Thoughts anthology and they reprinted one of my original Sad Puppies essays in it. I’ve got some other short fiction coming out in 2017, but I don’t think those anthologies have been announced yet, so I can’t say what they are.
I hope to have Sinners and my short story collection off to Toni during the 1st quarter. After that I will be working on the sequel to Son of the Black Sword, which is called House of Assassins. The 3rd book in the series is called Destroyer of Worlds.
Audible has asked me to do another Tom Stranger original. I haven’t gotten that on the calendar yet, but because 2 hours of audio works out to about 20k words, I will probably be squeezing that in somewhere between the books above. The next one is called The Adventures of Tom Stranger: A Murder of Manatees.
I have a bunch of other books under contract to write, but I’ve got to do these things in order. There are more Grimnoir novels planned, different trilogy, set in the 1950s, more MHI novels (lots), and a 3rd and final Malcontents novel (Into the Dark). I’ve also got some stand alones that I’ve pitched, but the existing series are the ones that pay the bills, so I’ve got to squeeze them in when I can. Basically if I don’t have any new ideas or get any new contracts, I’m booked from now until the early 2020s.
In related news, in 2017 there will be a new version of the Monster Hunter International Employee Handbook and Role Playing Game, this time using Savage Worlds rules. More details to come.
If you want a leatherbound MHI, judging by the first one, get on those fast. The first run sold out fast. The rest of the series will be coming out over the next couple of years. I think the next two are up for preorder now.
There is also going to be a leatherbound limited edition of the Grimnoir trilogy, but we’re doing something special there. These are FANCY. More details to come.