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The Adventures of Iric Collection

Sep
25

If you have followed my blog since the beginning, you will be familiar with my “Adventures of Iric” series of flash stories, many of which have been published elsewhere. This series represents a substantial amount of work on my part, and I feel it is time to do something more significant with it.

I have compiled all the stories into a single document. It’s just over 19k words now, and I’m sure it will break 20k once I add in the necessary descriptions and character development that is required of a novella-length work but was missing in the flash stories.

I plan for this work to be my first self-published book. It will take some time, though–a couple stories are still awaiting external publication, and I will need to get a cover made and do more revisions. Still, I hope to have it done and on Amazon by the end of the year.

The Iric series began as a world-building exercise for my first book In the Valley of Magic, but grew into something more. I still have not received any positive replies from agents on the book, and I am becoming convinced that the unconventional structure of the book is a deal-breaker for them. Agents are risk-averse by nature; they want something easy to sell. They are not looking to roll the dice on innovation. Thus, I may have to go the self-publishing route on that book as well, despite my resistance.

For now, I am going to focus on The Adventures of Iric, as a preview of the world of In the Valley of Magic. I also have my novella, The Nightingale, being released by Fantasia Divinity early next year. We just completed the cover and have to finish editing now. I also have my episodic fantasy series Call of the Guardian, coming out soon on Fiction Vortex. I am three 10k word episodes in to a 10-episode series, so I have a long way to go with that one. Man, I am busy, ain’t I? I think the novel can wait.

I’ve become very fond of Iric as a character, and I hope you will join me in celebration when his adventures are formally released.

~J.M.

3 Responses to The Adventures of Iric Collection

  1. You certainly are busy! But in a real positive and productive way. Well done on pulling all of this together. I can’t imagine it’s been easy. Things have really accelerated for you over the last year. Disappointing news about the agents though. But you have great skill and attitude, I’m sure you’ll do well whatever path you choose. (You’ve just inspired me, yet again, to get myself in gear. Keep meaning to get some short stories submitted somewhere as an interim.)

    • J.M. Williams

      You should play the publishing game! It’s nerve-wracking and depressing 😀 But seriously, your stuff deserves a wider audience.

      • I need to dig out that list of flash fiction sites again and start submitting the odd piece and depress myself gently. 🙂

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