Hi! I have news!
Some of you might have noticed that I’ve been working pretty hard on this thing called Cell Story. Like that I have a finished draft, and that I’m revising it, and that I seem very committed to it. That’s because I am. That’s because it’s going to be published!
In case you can’t read that screen shot, the text says:
Author of the INCARNATE Trilogy, THE ORPHAN QUEEN Duology, and co-author of the forthcoming MY LADY JANE, Jodi Meadows’s new fantasy trilogy about a girl stripped from her political family and imprisoned, her fellow inmates who know more than they say, and a dangerous secret about illegal dragon trafficking that might be her only hope of escape, to Kelsey Horton at Katherine Tegen Books, in a good deal, by Lauren MacLeod at the Strothman Agency (World English).
The deal was actually made several months ago, so I’ve been sitting on this news for a long time, but because of Reasons we haven’t been allowed to share. But now we are! Yay!
So, to answer a few questions before you ask them:
Is this a trilogy?
Yes. Three books.
How about novellas?
I don’t know. Maybe. Novellas actually take just as much time for me to write (on a shorter deadline!) as novels, so if I write one or some, I will have to be very inspired about it. But there’s always a chance!
When will it be out?
The first one is currently scheduled for Fall 2017.
Can you make it come out sooner?
No. I need to finish working on it, and then it needs to go through production, and while all that is happening, I need to get a jump on book 2 so that it can come out in Fall 2018.
Are there dragons in this book?
Yes! There are dragons. Big dragons. Little dragons. In-between dragons. Eat-your-face dragons!
Is there a cover yet?
There isn’t even a title yet.
Why no title?
Because I have to come up with new ones. I had working titles, but publishers will often ask authors to change titles they don’t feel are strong enough. So until I find new titles that work even better, these books can fondly be known as Cell Story, Cellar Story, and Cellist Story. Haha. Maybe not. If you want something real-ish, we can call them the Fallen Isles books, but be aware that Fallen Isles may change, too.
So explain your book schedule again?
March 1, 2016 – THE BLACK KNIFE (OQ novella 4)
April 5, 2016 – THE MIRROR KING (OQ book 2)
June 7, 2016 – MY LADY JANE (with Cynthia Hand and Brodi Ashton)
Fall 2017 – Fallen Isles book 1
Fall 2018 – Fallen Isles book 2
Fall 2019 – Fallen Isles book 3
There’s well over a year between MLJ and the first Fallen Isles book?
You’re not wrong.
Why? Usually your books come out in Winter.
That’s also correct. But not these books. These books will be Fall books. We will all have to get used to this weird new schedule. And I, for one, won’t miss wondering if snow will force me to miss events. Plus, I plan on using those extra few months to make these books extra great.
Are these books related to INCARNATE or THE ORPHAN QUEEN?
Nope. New characters. New world. New rules.
And that’s it!! I have to get back to work on this book now, but I’m really, really excited that I’ll be able to share it with you!
Edit: You can already add all three books to your TBR on Goodreads!