Books, news, & views from Karen Traviss

New series on the way.

I'm still working on SACRIFICIAL RED, book three of the Ringer series, but I thought it was a good time to let you know that I've also got some new novels lined up that you probably weren't expecting – and, to be honest, neither was I. I'd scheduled an urban fantasy series for later in the summer, but then something cropped up that warranted a change of plan.

Fellow indie authors Jason Anspach and Nick Cole asked me how I felt about collaborating with them and building something new in their growing and very successful
Galaxy's Edge universe. I suppose you could call it a meeting of brands. We saw eye to eye on so many things that it seemed like a good idea – no, a great idea – so when Sacrificial Red has been put to bed, that's what I'll be doing for a while. For those folks who've already asked me what's happening to the Ringer series – it'll continue, of course, along with other new series as I add them. Oddly, writing several series at once is generally easier for me than focusing on just one, because ideas for series A often come up while you're working on series B, and so on. Brains are weird things.

Anyway, I'm still working up a concept at the moment, but it'll be set in a different part of the universe and in a different timeline to the current Galaxy's Edge books, and not co-authored, in other words these books will be written just by me. (Because I have no idea how to write a book jointly with anyone. My brain's not wired for it.) You know by now how I tell a story. You're going to get memorable characters, mucky politics, and ordinary people rising to the challenge of extraordinary events. If you haven't caught up with the Galaxy's Edge series yet, now is the time to start. You can even try one of their short stories for free if you
sign up for the mailing list. Go on. You know you want to.

I've been publishing independently since 2014, and in that time the indie world has changed out of all recognition. It's not Big Publishing’s poor relation any more: it's business-savvy and it's taking a significant share of the market. Because it's made up of individual authors and small presses, it can innovate and adapt faster, which is why it's changing both the sheer variety of books available and the ways that books reach the reader. One area where it's developing fast is collaborations between indies to give them a better chance of competing alongside big multinational publishers.

Book collaborations, where authors co-write novels, is as old as the hills. But the kind of collaboration we're talking about is more ambitious – groups of indies pooling their resources on everything from editing and marketing to building franchises. Where writers already have a brand, harnessing those brands together for a project can be good for everyone. As Jason said to me, this is the next stage of evolution: first came Trad Pub, traditional publishing, then came Indie Pub, and now we're in the early era of what he's dubbed New Pub. New Pub will be good for authors, and also good for you as readers. The whole independent publishing movement is about creating more choice and letting authors and readers connect without anything else getting in the way. New Pub kicks that up a notch.

More will be revealed in the coming months, so keep an eye on the
Galaxy's Edge blog and Facebook page, as well as this web site and my social media.