The One Where I Talk About Remanence, Confluence Book 2 (THE SEQUEL TO FLUENCY)
I get asked a lot when the sequel to Fluency is going to come out. I'm here to tell you today when that will be.
But before I do, allow me say:
1.) I'm relatively new to noveling. (READ: new=takes longer.)
2.) I've had a lot on my plate over the last year (those are personal details that I won't be sharing).
3.) Writing a sequel that lives up to a very successful first book is a lot of pressure.
4.) I've got two kids (anyone who has lived with children knows what this means.)
That said, I've been working hard on this book for about a year. Considering that it took me two years to write and revise Fluency, I think I'm gaining some speed here. I'm not interested in churning out books. I want them to be the best I can make them.
Remanence is near completion. I'll be finishing it up and doing my own revision through the end of the year.
I've commissioned the same cover artist to create the cover artwork that did the cover for Fluency and he's already turned it over to me. Stephan Martiniere works as a concept artist for film (Guardians of the Galaxy was one of his projects) and he had to finish work on a Spielberg film before he could work on this cover. It's SPECTACULAR. You won't be disappointed in this cover art.
I've hired a professional editor and scheduled him to work on the manuscript in early January. This will be a developmental edit. Story level--looking at story arc/character arcs/searching for plot holes. In general, this guy makes me look good. He's edited several of my short stories. We work well together. He'll turn the manuscript around in about a week and I'll take the rest of the month to complete that revision. Assuming there won't be a ton of rewriting to do, that should be just enough.
(Authors--if you want to know who I use for editing, please take a look at my author resources page.)
Also in January I'll be sending the manuscript to a few select expert beta readers--fans of Fluency who happen to be aeronautic engineers, physicists and so on. People who are essentially going to tell me if I've misunderstood or misrepresented the science in some way. There are a lot of technical details in this book. While they are a backdrop, they add a layer of realism that my readers enjoy. This is a step I can't skip.
In February I've got an editor lined up to do a line edit. This level of editing looks for grammar errors and typos. Some editors at this level also fact check. This is a time consuming process and will likely take all of February. My prose is pretty clean, but everyone makes typos or uses homophones on occasion.
In February, after looking at where I'm at, I will put the book up on pre-order for a March 2016 release. I won't name the date of the release until I'm sure I can do it. There are penalties associated with not making a pre-order happen on time. Remanence will be exclusive to Amazon for a while because Amazon has been very good to me.
More exciting news? As soon as the Remanence final manuscript is out of my hands, I'm planning to finish a partially completed novel that I started right after I finished Fluency (before I knew Fluency was going to sell the way it did.) That book is 50% complete and I'm planning to finish and release it in 2016 as well.
Druid (working title) is set in the same universe as Fluency with a new cast of characters and a different set of problems. It's a sort of superhero origin story.
Then I will return to Confluence series to complete that trilogy. (My plan has always been to go back and forth between the two series until both were complete.)
I'm sorry I couldn't bring you the book sooner. But I hope you enjoy it when it's ready. (And I'm really hoping the zombie apocalypse doesn't happen between now and then. What can I say? I'm a worrier.)
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***Additional edit: The clock starts ticking on the audio book AFTER the book is complete and ready for sale. Production takes a few months. So I'm guessing we'll be looking at June or July for an audio version.
Dear Ms. Foehner Wells,
11/15/2015 11:18:13 pm
I've been looking for a while as well. Looking forward to it. I'm gonna guess most self-published authors wont use your editor. They don't want to spend the money, hoping self-editing will suffice. I refund any book that has not been professionally edited. Even published authors release horribly edited books. Your book was one I remember enjoying very much. It's always much better to take your time. If I remember correctly, Harry Potter was over a decade in the making.
11/30/2015 08:00:07 pm
Loved Fluency, really captivating, edge of your seat book. Thanks for the great time spent, looking forward to the next one!
12/4/2015 07:55:01 am
I would much rather wait until you're ready to release it, than badger you to get it out just to satisfy my unicron-level hunger for good books! Take your time, I'm happy to wait :D
12/6/2015 07:48:47 pm
Dear Ms. Foehner Wells,
12/6/2015 09:54:39 pm
12/14/2015 06:52:32 pm
Take your time! Fluency reflects your attention to detail and makes it the excellent, gripping story that it is. It's a noticeable step up in quality from many other self-published books that I have read, and I appreciate that it is not formulaic. Loved your fresh ideas, and how the reader unravels the mysteries of the ship as though we were exploring it ourselves!
1/15/2016 01:28:05 am
Hello, Jennifer! I'm glad to hear that you enjoy the process, even when you have two children. I know what it's like, believe me. There is something special in your creations. I feel that I become a part of something important, you know. Thanks!
1/18/2016 10:35:02 am
I cut my teeth on the greats, Heilein, Asimov, Clark, Pohl, to name few. Fluency presented me with the same level of enjoyment, looking forward to Remanence!
1/21/2016 09:34:18 pm
As much as I loved Fluency and really want the sequel I would urge you to take whatever time is needed for it to fully develop. Think of music artists who spend their whole life writing, release a great record and then everyone wants another right away. Well it years, often many years, to lead up to the first one......anyway, I loved Fluency but I will love 2 even more because you don't feel pressure to release something before you are ready!!
2/6/2016 02:36:44 pm
I work in as related a field as there is to this series and I really enjoyed the first book. I echo what the others have said, take your time, do it right and always deliver a quality product. Years from now, what month the release happened will be forgotten but if it's a good book, the quality of the book will be long cherished.
3/29/2016 03:26:36 am
I know I'm just echoing the sentiments of earlier comments, but as a fan of the great golden age sci-fi authors, and living in Hong Kong, I do appreciate a number of aspects of the Confluence novels. 1. The imaginative story lines which incorporate character development, thoughtful philosophy and excitement. It is so very refreshing to encounter new ideas and ways of looking at the world. 2. Literate, contemporary writing that is stylistically elegant and succinct. 3. Oh the Gods be praised! Well edited text - both developmentally and line editing. E-reading technology is both amazing and extraordinarily convenient, but bad grammar and spelling completely jar this reader out of the imaginative world. Finally, Fluency was an excellent novel. What I did indeed appreciate about Remanence was your noticeable growth as writer and author. Thank you.
9/13/2016 01:44:27 pm
I loved both books. I read Fluency last year and when I saw the new book in auDibble I I bought it, but read Fluency again to be totally involved. Liked it even more than the first time I read it. I have twins and work full time on the side. How do you do it? Anyway, loved the second book and will patiently await the third. Take a rest up and thanks so much for the hours of good entertainment!
9/14/2016 06:41:38 pm
4/28/2018 07:33:10 pm
I loved this I couldn't put it down and can't wait to read Remenance. THANK YOU for a fun adventure
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Jennifer Foehner Wells
I'm an author of the Space Opera variety.
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