As always, there’s a lot of exciting things going on in the B.K. Laboratory. I wanted to share a little of what is planned for the rest of the year and beyond, and some news about a change in direction for me as an author.

Before we get into what’s coming next, I think it would be best to take a quick look at what has come before. Last year I was plugging away at what should be a fairly long science fiction novel. I decided one weekend to take a break to avoid burnout, and wrote a dark fantasy novella.

Then I wrote another, and another, and an anthology, and a cyberpunk novella, and a heroic fantasy novella…. In the meantime, I had also started up a company and began a career as a publisher, not to mention launching my own literary magazine with the help of my business partners.

So, that weekend off turned into a year of crazy levels of productivity, but alas my novel was still simmering on the back-burner. I think this was the best thing for it, since I’ve learned lot about writing and editing over the course of the last year.

Which bring us to now. After receiving reviews of my various novellas, there’s been one common trend:

My biggest critique? I wanted more. 

I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for part 2.

I wish the next book was out already.

I look forward to Book 2 of the trilogy!

My only complaint is born merely of anticipation. I want more!

As much as I love being able to tell all these different stories, it is important to me that my readers be happy too! In the interest of that, I’ve rearranged my commitment to the publishing company to free up more writing time, and will be shifting my focus away from novellas and to full-length novels.

This first brings us back to the science fiction novel on the back burner: What Once Was Home. I’ll be committing most of April to finishing this manuscript and hope to have the revised draft to my editor by mid-May.

Find out more about What Once was Home here!

The other big change coming from this is that the project I was currently focused on – Parting the Veil – is going to be delayed. It was coming out this summer, but it will now have a release in the fall. This is not only because of the time being spent on What Once Was Home, but also because I’ll be making Parting the Veil a novel instead of a novella! The outline for the story already has a lot going on, and as a novella it was going to have to be a very streamlined plot that didn’t delve too deeply into certain things. The potential for a novel-length story is definitely there, so I’m going to make that happen.

Find out more about Parting the Veil here!

Now, there were quotes up there from readers anticipating the next book in a series or trilogy. Not to worry! Between these other projects, and contiguous with them, I’ll still be working on my novellas. The focus will be on delivering highly anticipated sequels, and I will not be starting any new series until these are out there. Among these projects are Companions of the Stone Road, the sequel to Warriors of Understone; and Night Life, the sequel to Night Shift.

All of these projects and more should be completed before the end of this year, and I’m looking forward to many more exciting things in 2020!

4 thoughts on “What’s Next for B.K. Bass?

  1. Good day to you, B.K., and I hope it finds you well. It’s good to hear that 2019 is shaping up into a year to remember for you. You know, I could have written this post 30 years ago… well, minus the publishing company of course! I had a loose-leaf notebook two inches thick, every page an idea for “the greatest story ever told.” They come a lot faster than you can write, don’t they? The gift I would bestow on you if I had a magic wand would be to recognize early in the process what’s worth developing and what’s going to waste your precious time. I had the years back that I wasted chasing ephemera down blind alleys…

    Well, just to let you know, I am writing again, but for myself and a handful of fans. Not chasing publication seems to have broken the mental log jam that had me stalled; I pray it never finds you! Best of luck, brother, in all that you put your hand to!

    ~ Jack


    1. Thank you so much, Jack. I really appreciate the advice! I’m definitely finding more focus, and I think this change in gears will lead to some great things. Good luck to you as well with your own writing!


  2. Good luck with it all. I have tried to write fantasy for twenty years but only seriously for the last five or so. I started something that I love writing but is really convoluted. Back end of last year after a year of illness and redundancy I decided to write some short stories that were not fantasy related. I have now written five or six horror/sci-fi or speculative stories and I’m half way through a crime/suspense novel. Mirroring your comments it was the best thing I could have done, I’m really enjoying it again. Hope to eventually get some of my stuff published. For once I am finishing things. You wouldn’t believe how many synopses and the first 5 chapters of books – actually I bet you can. However in all that rambling I wish you luck. I will read your novellas soon (have a huge reading pile) and look forward to your sci-fi novel. Regards and thanks for recent support regarding submissions to Kyanite. Gary.


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