Yes, I am still planning on releasing my sequel to Catskinner’s Book. And it should be before the end of August.
However, I am fighting against fatigue and burnout right now, and I need to prioritize my energies. Quite frankly, Cannibal Hearts is a low priority for me. It has been a lot of work for me, and I am not expecting much return. Trying to market a book that isn’t just like other books that are already out there is an uphill battle.
When I started writing it, I still had hopes that Catskinner’s Book would somehow “take off” and that I would have a market for a sequel. In fact, the opposite has happened. Once my friends and family bought their copies, sales have fallen to basically zero. What I thought of as a fairly massive marketing push earlier this year resulted in a lot of copies being given away, but no sales.
So I am not expecting Cannibal Hearts to sell, either. I will finish the edits and get it out there, and I figure I’ll sell a dozen or so copies to those people who liked the first book, but I’m not going to knock myself out doing it.
I know this sounds self-pitying and angsty, but it really isn’t. I am not giving up writing, and I promise I won’t start smoking clove cigarettes and wearing black eyeshadow. I am looking at the situation realistically. I believe that both Catskinner’s Book and Cannibal Hearts are good books. They just aren’t books that I can sell.
So I will concentrate on projects that I can sell. I really believe in The Fauxpocalypse Project, and I am excited about doing more anthologies. I think I have figured out how to make them a win/win situation for the authors, the publisher, and the readers. That’s work that I want to do because I think that there will be rewards, both personal and financial. Working with other authors is great fun.
Hammering Cannibal Hearts into shape is work that I feel obligated to do. It’s discouraging to put effort into something that I don’t think is going to pay off.
But I will finish it. It’s being proofed right now, and I’m not far from the ebook version. The print version will be out eventually.