Where Did Solfleet Come From – Part 6: Growth (And Where Is It Going?)
This past May 7, with all rights once more belonging to me, I resubmitted a newly-polished manuscript under the shorter and much simpler title of Solfleet: The Call of Duty to the same major publishing company that had previously shown enough interest to comment and invite me to resubmit. My sincerest hope is that that company will choose to publish it as though it had never been published before. After all, as a military science-fiction novel it is right up their alley. Military science-fiction is what they do. I also hope that company will follow up by publishing the second book in the series, Solfleet: Beyond the Call, which I expect to have completed by the time I hear from them about the first one—I am far closer to the end than I am to the beginning. The third book, tentatively titled Solfleet: Above and Beyond, would naturally follow. Then, if all goes well, I will wrap up the series with…well, with about a dozen more books.
There are no guarantees, of course. It is very possible that the publishing company that currently has the manuscript will choose not to publish it. If that happens, then I will seek out other alternatives. Solfleet has a following. It might not be a huge following, thanks to the original publishing company’s lack of…well, pretty much everything, including professionalism…but it is a following nonetheless. Therefore, if in the end I do not find a better alternative, I will publish my Solfleet novels myself in as many digital formats as I can, so that all who want to read them will be able to do so.
I am no longer using the “multi-level” titles on the books, but in my mind they still fall into those categories. At this point in time, I already know where The Excalibur Trilogy is going and how it is going to get there. I also know how The Timeshift Saga storyline is going to end three or four books after that first trilogy. I even know how the conflict against the Veshtonn is going to end several books later, and how the entire series will end three books after that.
I have developed and outlined far too much to sit back and watch it die if the potential new publisher chooses not to publish the manuscript it currently has. So, one way or another, my entire Solfleet series will be made available to the masses.