In gardening, you often have to cut parts off a plant in order for the remaining parts to produce to their fullest. Rosebushes are the primary example of this, as smaller buds are sliced away so that the remaining flowers blossom to their fullest. This, naturally, is one of the cheesiest analogies a company can make when they have to cut out something that they had previously been putting energy into.
Unfortunately, while I typically detest cliches, this stands as perhaps the best analogy I can think of at this moment. And, as it happens, is something that I'm going to be partaking in. What do I mean?
In a previous post, I announced that it was in our plans to port all my current novels over to this website. And, for quite some time, that was my true intention. However, last Friday, I sat down to start the preliminary work of preparing the novels for transfer. I started on the first Project Nomad book, since it was the first book I ever wrote. Which, naturally, is when I noticed something odd.
It was terrible.
Now, don't get me wrong, I fully understand that most artists think their own work to be awful, especially their earlier works when viewed in light of their later accomplishments. I think I certainly fall into this category, as by the time I release a novel, I'm already halfway through writing my next book, and usually declare the new volume to be a vast improvement over the old. Nevertheless, there simply isn't getting around it. After my initial shock at seeing my early work, I went back over the novel in a more analytical light. The characters were one-dimensional. Characters that should have been traumatized by events simply walked it off without any consequences. My main character was a complete jerk to everyone around him.
And, with that, I come to my final point. I can't be more proud of my newest novel, Apocolyps Squad. I truly believe that it sits in a completely different class of writing than my previous books. The characters are more thought-out, motivations are stronger, plots are more compelling. I adore The Eternal Quest, I think that it's done and is doing more for my writing than anything else I could be doing. After having someone read those particular volumes, I would simply be embarrassed to have anyone go back and read my earlier works. I released Nomad without proper formatting, editing, or planning, and it shows. And so, with that... I'm going to be taking down everything that I've released up until this point (minus TEQ).
What does that mean?
Within a week or two at most, the Project Nomad trilogy and the Legacy of the Stonewielder books will not be available anywhere. They won't be available on Lead Pyramid, and I'll be discontinuing them through Amazon. If you, for some reason, still desire these novels, you'll have a very short time to pick up a copy. After that... Well, it's a new era for Lead Pyramid.
So where does that leave Lead Pyramid?
Simply put, I'm moving forward. My books are getting better and better, and I hope for that trend to continue as I continue to progress. Now, all that said, I'm not technically DONE with either the Stonewielders or Nomad. They were the first books I released for a reason. They are both near and dear to my heart, and I have no desire to be rid of them forever. As it happens, before this decision was ever made, I started work on a Nomad reboot. While I can't promise a release date anytime soon, I can assure you that I will be relaunching both series in the future, this time with a proper treatment that both universes truly deserve.
And, on that note, I will wrap this up. I don't regret releasing those six novels, as I truly believe that they were needed to get me to this point. They simply aren't up to the same quality standards that I am currently holding myself to, and for that, I need to cut them loose. I truly think that the future of Lead Pyramid is a bright one, and one that I heartily look forward to!
Until next time!