One of the reasons, I haven’t been posting as much in the last few weeks is because I was finishing up work on a new novel in what is projected to be a new series in a new world. I’ve just turned in the initial manuscript. The tentative title [because the title’s never final almost until the book is published] is Isolate, and I won’t know for weeks, if not months, exactly when it will be published, but it’s most likely to come out in late 2021 or early 2022. I’m also not going to say more until I’m through with any revisions or edits requested by my editor.

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  1. Brian says:

    Excited to delve into your new world! In the meantime, is there an ETA on Fairhaven Rising yet?

    1. Fairhaven Rising is currently scheduled for release in February 2021.

  2. Dave says:

    I know there are probably several very valid reasons, but it does seem incredible to me that it takes SO long for a new book to be released. TWO years is WAY too long to wait. Like most of your readers, I suspect we want your latest work NOW!!

    1. The reason for the delay is simple — Amazon and B&N want to see a sales package for new releases at least a year before the release date, preferably including cover art and covers. They’ll bend that timetable for mega-best sellers, but not for others, or not often. Without that information they won’t commit to buying, and that makes it difficult for publishers, because hardcover printing has to be scheduled months in advance.

      1. Can you tell us how much of your income, in percentage terms, you make from Kindle sales?

        I understood that selling on Kindle if the book price in under $10.00 then you make 75% of that price. And of course you don’t need to hold stock on these editions.

        Just wondered if it would be worth your while to sell the Kindle edition earlier than your printed editions.

        1. I can’t give you that percentage without a tremendous amount of calculation. I can say that your 75% figure is three times the standard authors’ contract with publishers, in which authors get 25% of the net receipts. This means that I get more per book from hardcover sales than from even initial higher priced Kindle sales. So… no, releasing Kindle editions sooner would actually lower my income.

          1. Janice Kitchen says:

            Plus, it’s a way better experience holding the hard cover in your hands, smelling the paper, knowing you are holding that book you have been waiting for, and knowing that you will read it again and again!

            I have just reread the entire Recluse series again, this time I read them out of order. I just picked a story I liked and read the novels with that character, then moved to another random character’s story. It was kind of a neat way to reread the series.

  3. Ernest l Armstrong says:

    LE: I want to thank you for all of the years enjoying your books. I read them over and over again. When we get old, they seem like almost new!

    1. Michele Farmer says:

      I have to say “Ditto”. After reading 2 or 3 times I’m now enjoying on Audible. Such enjoyable hours reading Modesitte novels. Thank you.

  4. Grey says:

    I saw Quantum Shadows is available for pre-order on Amazon. Can you please put up a book link so we can get you the referral credit?

    1. The website should be updated to reflect that in the next day or so.

  5. John Dermody says:

    The first book of yours that I read was Gravity Dreams I bought it for my 61st birthday from that point on I was hooked and have collected every book you hae published. I have been reading science fiction and fantasy from the age of eight and although the golden age authors were good in my opinion your characters stand out head and shoulders above them all. I’m now in my eighties with failing health and one of my few regrets is that i’ll miss your new books if not quite as much as my great grand children. best wishes for all your new ventures.

    1. Thank you…I do appreciate your words.

  6. Cameron Arden says:

    I’d just like to say that your books are some of my most prized possessions, and I revisit them often and always.
    Thank you

    You haven’t updated for a while and I hope you are ok

    1. I’m fine. I’ve just been slowed down a bit by more than a few events beyond my control, but nothing to do with either my health or ability to write.

  7. Maurice Griffin says:

    I know you said you didn’t want to say much about the new book, but can you tell us if it is fantasy or sci-fi?

    1. Isolate is what my editor calls a variety of gaslight fantasy. There’s high-level steam technology, but no possibility of any electrical technology. A tiny percentage of the population consists of empaths and isolates [impervious to empaths, who can sense and project emotion]. It’s set in a constitutional empire, where the Imperador [emperor] has real, but limited powers. The release date will be a year from now — November 2021.

      1. Maurice Griffin says:

        Thank you replying. The book sounds amazing! I can’t wait! I have read and loved everything you have written, so I’m sure this will be no different.

  8. Robert F Mee says:

    I am looking forward to a new fantasy series from you! I have loved everything I’ve read of your fantasy, and am currently listening to The Magic of Recluce on Audible. I’m looking forward to Fairhaven Rising as well, of course, but things like the Imager Portfolio and Spellsong Cycle are so different in their magic systems! Thank you so much for all your writing!

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