This is a horrible post and one that I wish I didn’t have to write. But I do, I definitely have to write this. It’s in relation to a failure on my part and one that I have to fully acknowledge to those readers who’ve read the Future of London books and wonder why the series (which began in 2016) is not complete.
Here’s the truth. I’m not sure there will be any more books. And yes, I’m well aware that the series is not finished and that the last time I wrote anything about this, I stated that book six was coming.
That was me being super optimistic. Thought I could do it, but I was wrong.
How did this come up? I received a comment on Facebook today. In short, a gentleman asked where the next book is the series was – a series that for the most part, I haven’t touched since the fifth book was released in 2017. I’ve worked on and off on the sixth book (as related in ‘Let’s talk about the Future of London, part 1’ – a much more optimistic post than this one), but it’s moving so slowly and it’s usually at the end of the day that I try to tackle this after writing other material and then performing other author-business related tasks throughout the day (ads, admin etc.) Add this to the demands of everyday life and it doesn’t leave a lot of time to work on anything else. Like having a life, or something closely resembling one.
Why don’t I work on FOL in the morning during creative/writing time? It doesn’t sell. I like the series a lot, but it really doesn’t do anything in terms of moving the needle. And quite frankly, as well as being passionate about writing and creating stories, this is also my job. Working on a series that doesn’t sell isn’t smart. I have to juggle the creative and business heads and right now, the Future of London makes no sense to either head.
This was a series that I started when I didn’t know what I was doing, at least in terms of how to make a living as an indie author. I understand that people who’ve invested time and money in the series aren’t going to like hearing that. I can assure you that it’s not only about money (if it was I wouldn’t be writing for a living and I wouldn’t have worked as a musician for ten years either). However, I can’t justify the energy, time and money investment in writing a series that does not sell. Added to that, I’m in a much different head-space than I was in 2016/2017 when I was releasing books in the Future of London series.
These days I’m writing what I’d term psychological thriller/horror/suspense. I’m not sure there will be anything on the post-apocalyptic or dystopian front from me in the future.
I’m contemplating taking the FOL books off Amazon because it’s not fair for readers to start a series that didn’t have a proper ending. I don’t advertise the books anymore. I don’t know, we’ll see how it goes.
Despite the fact that the series is incomplete, I’m still proud of the world I created. It was original and exciting, which makes it a pity that it didn’t catch on. I’m not surprised though – it was always a bit of an outsider in terms of what’s going on in dystopian fiction these days.
I’m not slamming the door shut completely. Just saying that there is at present, precisely zero chance of me working any further on the series. That’s about as clear as I can be. If you’re one of the FOL readers and that pisses you off, I’m sorry. You have every right to be annoyed. I’m annoyed with myself – I’m not in the habit of starting something and not finishing it but I think the break from FOL was just too long. All the other series I’ve started, I’ve completed.
Should have stuck to trilogies, I guess.
I’m well aware that I’m letting valuable readers down. I hope those who enjoy my work will forgive me for this and stick with me. If not, I totally understand you bailing, storming off to Amazon and leaving one-star reviews. I get it. This sucks. It does for me too, believe it or not. But this is where I’m at right now.