The One Where Shane Signs to Publish His Second Novel

Everybody pull up a chair and settle in–I have a big announcement. It’s been a little while since I’ve been able to write one of these posts, but here we are again. I’ll wax poetic no this a bit more later, but in case you’re busy, here’s the news:

I have signed with GenZ Publishing to traditionally publish my second novel, The Smoke in His Eyes, in Fall 2017. gen z

Now, it’s clearly still very early in the process. I’ve just signed this week. I have been following GenZ over the past couple of years, though, and I feel really good about this partnership. I actually interviewed the founder and CEO of GenZ, Morissa Schwartz, a little while back on Virtual Napkins TV. You can hear more from her by clicking here. According to the GenZ website, they publish fewer than 10% of the manuscripts they receive, so I’m feeling pretty honored.

Read the GenZ announcement here.

A few words on this book: The Smoke in His Eyes is a spiritual sequel to A Year Since the Rain. The characters and story are all new, but both books share a universe and a mythology. So I guess what I’m saying is, you can expect some more magic and you can expect to meet a new character who will remind you, in some ways, of Nona. You might even learn more about Nona if you pay close attention.

In promotional interviews for A Year Since the Rain, I often made it a point to talk about how writing that novel was, in a lot of ways, an accident. It started as a shitty poem about missing a girl. It evolved into a short story about a town going through a drought. Eventually, I had to admit that the book was a novel. And here we are.

Since then, I’ve come to believe that–if the first book is an accident–the second book is incredibly on purpose. It was more of a struggle, and in a lot of ways, it has been a much more rewarding endeavor.

The.jpgI won’t hold you up any longer. Just know that sometime–hopefully in time for the holidays–we will be celebrating a brand new Shane Wilson novel! Between now and then, you can look forward to the usual ramp up of news and information–cover reveals, release parties, readings, and the like.

Thank you, if you’re reading this. Thank you even if you’re not.

Here we go again!


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