It’s time to admit defeat.

With less than thirty days remaining until the planned release date, I’ve only written about two thirds of the first draft of Lost Dogs #10. The book was originally meant to be released two days ago, but I moved the date, and I’m not able to move it again.

This gives me two options:

  1. Release an unfinished book.
  2. Cancel the release and publish the book when it’s done.

Put like that, it’s an easy choice.

Sure, the previous books in the series haven’t exactly been polished to a shine, but they’ve been read by beta readers, and they’ve had the worst issues ironed out of them. They were good enough to be published.

This book is not.

This book has issues.

It’s not just that it’s far longer than any of the previous books – it’s also a more complicated story than what I’m really able to pull off. That’s not going to stop me from writing it, but it will take me longer than I thought.

How much longer?

Initially, I thought another three months would be enough, and it might, but it also might not. I first wanted to aim for July, to be safe, but let’s say September, just to be extra safe. It feels pretty shit having to cancel like this, and I don’t want to do it again.

Better safe than sorry.

I also want to do something for those of you who have pre-ordered the book. There are few things as rewarding as knowing that someone liked my story well enough that they’re willing to buy the next book before it’s even released. I want to acknowledge that.

To this end, once the story is done, whenever that is, I’ll make it available for free for a limited period of time – up until the commercial release. That way, anyone who takes an interest in my story can read it as soon as I’m ready to share it.

To get a notification of when the free pre-release of Lost Dogs #10: Nothing Left to Lose is due, follow me here, or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I’ll make sure to post about it as soon as the book is available.

Finally, I’m very sorry I’ve had to cancel the book. It tastes of failure, and I’m not happy about it. I think the other option, to release an unfinished story, would be worse, though – and I hope you agree.

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