It’s been a short while since a real blog post, but I wanted to share a glimpse of what’s going to be going on for Tellest for the foreseeable future.
In May, the second of the five Tales of Tellest novellas are going to be available in eBook format on Amazon. Son of the Storm will follow Mageborn to virtual shelves, and will begin making way for The Tinker’s Tale. Meanwhile, I’m hard at work trying to make sure that there’s no delay between that story and Awake, the fourth Tale to release (likely in July/August). What’s been happening is with every sequential story I release, the narratives keep getting longer. I could tell Adelia’s first story in eight chapters, but Bolt’s was nine, and Maximus’ was ten. I’m at eight now for Venathryn, but I have a feeling I’m going to split the conflict of this chapter into two smaller morsels before sliding into the resolution. I wouldn’t be surprised if it hit eleven chapters. And because The Fall, the final novella of 2014, is so crucial an event in the history of Tellest, I can say almost definitively that it’s going to go long as well.
The good thing about that, at least from my point of view, is that my mind is getting anxious to write long form stories again. I love the novellas, and the pacing of them. I even have ideas in place for a Tales of Tellest volume two for a few years down the road. But my heart is always set on the horizon, and these novellas are typically about a time long past.
Let’s talk about the future again. Here at Tellest, I wanted to try and offer other storytellers a chance to express themselves and grow – both in readership and in talent. The interviews, I think, are a good example of us succeeding in that mission. On the other hand, we’ve been trying our hand at the writing prompts for a while, and they have never really picked up in momentum the way we wanted them to. We’ve had a couple of entrants, but as no one is competing, it’s not really driving anyone to be the best they can be at their craft. Don’t get me wrong, the stories we’ve had submitted have been top-notch.
For now, what we’re going to do is put the writing prompts on hold. I still stand by the idea that it’s a good move, but it might just be the wrong time. I fully anticipate that we’ll bring it back when Tellest starts to see some more traffic.
To that point, we’re hoping to see more traffic in the next few weeks. Leo has been working on the new cover for The Bindings of Fate and we anticipate we’ll reach our intended timeline for a grand rerelease by May 27th, the three year anniversary of the book’s publication date. Back then, we were still considering The Child of the Stars trilogy straight up fantasy, and not “young adult” as it is now. With the new cover and more accurate genre tags, when we make our first big push, I’m hoping to see a bit more attention than what we’re used to.
For now, we hope you’re continuing to enjoy the content we’re releasing every week. We appreciate every one of our fans, and wouldn’t be here without you!