So….Sentinels of New Orleans fans. Here’s what’s up with DJ, Jean Lafitte, Alex and the gang….
It took six months and an ultimatum, but I have finally received word that my publisher does not want to publish the final book in the series. What does that mean for you as readers and for me as an author?
First, don’t worry—there WILL be at least one more book in the series. It will be the last in the current story arc, but now that I control the series, the door is open to, say, also making the book a spinoff start of a new SENTINEL WARS series so that new readers can come in without having read the previous books. Or, more likely, the book will simply end the current series and leave open the possibility of a new series set in the vast Sentinels multiverse. (I suspect Jean Lafitte still has some life left in him!)
Another plus: timing. Instead of two (or three) years between books, I can publish the new book, tentatively titled FRENCHMAN STREET, as early as November. I’m shooting for early next spring for a release date rather than put it out right before the holidays.
Negatives? Well, the cover won’t match the rest of the series, since the model who portrayed DJ on all the covers came from a photo shoot to which I will not have access. I have confidence that a good cover designer and I can find a solution, however.
Another big question mark is format. If you’ve followed the series in print, you know that it has been a royal mess, so to speak. The publisher released ROYAL STREET only in trade paperback. RIVER ROAD and ELYSIAN FIELDS came out both in hardcover and trade paperback. PIRATE’S ALLEY and BELLE CHASSE came out only in hardcover. For those of us (i.e., everyone) who like to have our series in a matching set, that has been a nightmare over which I had no control. I still have no control over how the first five books came out, but am pretty sure that FRENCHMAN will come out in trade paperback rather than hardcover because of the cost. I am still exploring my options on that, however. If you have a preference, let me know in the comments. It might be that I can have a limited number of hardcover copies available signed from my website.
Thoughts? Preferences? Ideas? My prolonged illness this winter has slowed everything down, and ILLUMINATION is at the top of my priority list. But Sentinels will not be far behind.
Sound off here! I’m really interested in hearing where you’d like to see Sentinels to go next, or if it’s time to put it to bed.