HUGE NEWS #3: The Merlin’s Blade Publishing Schedule!

Although it is apt to change, Zondervan’s publishing plan is currently like this:

  • Merlin’s Blade – February 2013
  • Merlin’s Shadow – August 2013
  • Merlin’s Nightmare – February 2014

So fans will only have to wait six months between releases, and not the usual year. After working since 2006 on the novels, it will be very strange that all of them will be out in a single 12 month window!

The only way I can keep up with that pace is that I’ve already written book 2, and have most of book 3 plotted out.

I thought this would be a good time to give thanks to God as well as to all those that have helped me along the way, not only in my writing, but also through life:

  • Christopher Board
  • Gary Thomas Wood
  • My wife and kids
  • My extended family
  • Mark Lattery
  • Richard Coleman
  • Tegid
  • L. B. Graham
  • Wayne Thomas Batson
  • Christopher Hopper
  • Scott Appleton
  • Douglas Bond
  • S. D. Smith
  • Brandon Barr
  • Keanan Brand
  • Marcus Goodyear
  • John Otte
  • Daniel Struck
  • Jeff Gerke
  • Randy Ingermanson
  • Jeffrey Overstreet
  • Stephen Lawhead
  • The Lausers and all the folks at
  • Frank Creed and the Lost Genre Guild
  • Judy Shoaf and the ArthurNetters
  • Nichole White and the others I met through
  • Nick Burns and everyone at Burns Family Studios
  • All my loyal blog followers, thank you for believing in me!
  • Rebecca Luella Miller and the others at the Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour
  • Les Stobbe, my agent beyond extraordinaire
  • Jacque Alberta, my editor at Zondervan

I can honestly say that there are lots of other writers better than myself that also deserve to be published, yet are not. All I can say is … Keep writing! Keep trying! You’re time will come if you don’t give up!

And everyone, make sure you tune in tomorrow to hear about some of my creative plans to promote Merlin’s Blade!

Merlin's Blade Preliminary Cover

Day One: Announcement of the publishing contract
Day Two: The revelation of the name of the publisher
Day Three: Disclosure of the publishing schedule
Day Four: Announcement of my promotion plans

2 thoughts on “HUGE NEWS #3: The Merlin’s Blade Publishing Schedule!

  1. Aw, thank you Robert. :) But quite honestly, that day was a memorable blessing for me… you guys have been such a wonderful addition to my life that I don’t even know how to say thank you! Seriously. It’s a God thing when friends like you come along… it happened when I never expected it to, and now I just thank him over and over again. YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!!!

    And I can’t WAIT to read Merlin’s Blade in February. I’m so excited, it’s not even funny!

    (BTW, my mom says congrats. She’s excited too. She was going to call, but couldn’t find your number at the time, so I thought I’d pass the word along. :D)


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