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Book Is Coming… Eventually

The bank gets heisted at least once a week. Superheroes spend more time showboating for the cameras than helping the citizens. And everyone who isn’t already a hero or a villain wants to become one. Well, almost everyone. Alice just needs to keep her head down, earn her college degree, and then she’ll finally be able to find a real job, far, far away. Too bad a super scary villain just blew up the restaurant where she worked and her paycheck along with it.

Now, one of the town’s most famous villains is coming out of retirement, and he’s holding henchmen auditions. For Alice, her only way out of this crazy town might be to embrace her evil side.


There you have it. The premise of the book I’m working on, The Henchman’s Survival Guide. Pretty cool, right? (Please let them say yes. Pretty, pretty please let them say yes!)

There’s just one little, itty, bitty, ritty, vitty, jitty problem.

It’s going to be a while until you can read it.

I know, it’s already been a long wait. If you want to know why I’ve been pulling a George R.R. Martin on my readers (sorry, George, I love you and am insanely jealous of your world-building skills), check out my last blog post about how I wrote not one, but two failed first novel drafts before finally getting my writing groove back.

The good news is that things are coming along with The Henchman’s Survival Guide. The first draft is written, the first round of edits are done, and my beta readers are tearing it to shreds.

The not-so-good news is that I’ve decided to hold off on publishing the first book until I finish a solid draft of the second book in the series.

The reason I’m doing this is both for writing purposes and businessy stuff (yuck). The writing reason is that The Henchman’s Survival Guide takes place in a slightly futuristic world. It’s taken me a while to become comfortable with the world and the backstory that comes with it. As I write the second book, I want to ensure that it all matches up with the first book and presents a consistent world and narrative. I wouldn’t want to run into a big issue in the second book and realize that I’ve cornered myself in the first book.

The second reason for delaying the book launch is pure business (bleh). I know you all are loyal to the last and would wait years between books if you had to. Decades even. Hell, you’d cryogenically freeze yourselves just so you could read my entire lineup, right?

… Right?

But most readers aren’t so talented, wonderful, loyal, and practically a genius like you. With so many books constantly hitting the market, an author who can’t produce quickly is apt to be forgotten. By waiting to publish the first book until the second book is at least halfway through the development process, I can publish them closer together, limiting the down time between books, and keep readers engaged in the world so that they will be more likely to wait for the next book in the series.

It’s a totally practical plan, but it sucks, because it means that you’re going to have to wait a little longer to get your mitts on this fun and exciting story I’m weaving.

That’s why I’m asking for your patience… again. My goal is to publish The Henchman’s Survival Guide this year, but it will likely be toward the end of the year. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the readers who have stuck with me and encouraged me even when I had to toss the previous two books I was working on.

I think you’ll find that The Henchman’s Survival Guide is going to be worth the wait, and I hope to post some cool, behind-the-scenes looks at the process of creating that story sometime in the future.

So much to do! Back to editing.

J Bennett types on computer

See look, I’m editing so hard right now.

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