The story of Hobson and Choi themselves will continue in the self-published book editions, the second of which comes out in January. However, future cases will be written in longer chapters, entirely with the books in mind. I thought the loss of week-to-week serialisation from my life warranted a few words.
I should stress, this isn't the end of the H&C story, merely the JukePop-based incarnation of it, but it's been a major part of my weekly routine and writing output for nearly two years now and I will miss it.
The characters will keep going in the book editions - the webseries runs up to the end of book #3, which I'm aiming to get out there by the kinda-middle of 2015. Book #4 will then be all-new post-#100 material, which I've already started writing so hopefully shouldn't take an eternity to appear.
I gotta get some food and I do want the main point of interest right now to be the actual story, so I'll cut my thoughts off here. A longer blog about the serialisation experience will probably follow at some point in the next few days.
Bye-bye then, guys. But only for now.
Yes, this is the second-last of these posts I will ever do, and let me tell you, it's tense. I'm a little scared to click publish as it brings the end a little closer. Wow, I'm going to have to start thinking of actual blog posts to make this site look used.
Anyway, I'm pretty pleased with this chapter as a pleasant character interlude before the mighty storm of #100. And seriously, it's one hell of a thing. The current draft is around 7000 words long, and although that will be edited pre-publication, it'll still be in that ballpark. Most likely that'll be divided into two chapters for its appearance in the book edition.
So yeah, big moments are coming. Prepare yourself.
It appears the launch of Rush Jobs, the second Hobson & Choi book, needs preparation. You can see an exclusive 100% real not-fake not-a-joke preview of the Case Two cover just to the right of these words. Enjoy!
But yeah, if you're someone who dislikes making Christmas plans in mid-November, best duck and cover, because we're about to talk late January 2015.
After The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf's relatively soft launch, we at H&C HQ are going bigger this time. Yes, it's a blog tour. This means that if you, the reader, run a blog about books (or something else you can easily relate back to H&C), you can host a post around the time of the Rush Jobs launch. This could be your own review of the book or a piece I've written or some combination of the two. We can work something out.
However, if you wish to be involved at all, you should register your interest by filling in the form here, which does include checkboxes to determine what kind of post you might want to feature.
In order to get everything in order for this blog tour, we've also put the new book on Goodreads, so if you want to announce your formal intention to read it, you can do that too.
Oh, and to make the Goodreads page look less skeletal, I've released the blurb for Rush Jobs, which goes like this:
Angelina Choi returns for her second and final week of work experience at John Hobson’s detective agency, ready for anything after their first successful murder solve.
After all that online buzz, they’re in phenomenal demand. Can Hobson & Choi solve a kidnapping, play chicken with corporate crime, beat back gentrification, save a dog from drug dealers and head off violent backlash from their last case?
Or will grim revelations about Hobson’s past leave them floundering in the chaos?
Rush Jobs collects the second major storyline in the Hobson & Choi saga, #1 on Jukepop Serials and #2 in Dark Comedy on Amazon, adding brand new chapters and scenes to the case.
Also included: bonus story Infernal Accounting, exclusive to this book. An unfortunate accountant is terrified of his first day working for Rush Recruitment - but they’re only a temp agency, right? How bad can it be?
So there we go. The countdown has officially begun. Apply now to be a tour stop! And yes, the real new cover, from the creators of the first one, will be unveiled at some point. Exciting times.
Wow, it really is ending soon. Luckily, I'm feeling quite calm about the whole thing today. Maybe I'll shed a tear in a couple of weeks, when it truly is over.
Or perhaps not - after all, I do have a load of book-related stuff, so it won't feel like H&C ever really went away from my end.
Also, I might be starting Book Four (or at least, doing some planning for it) this afternoon, so again, it's not really going anywhere. But first, I gotta get some lunch, I'm starving.
Yeah, the end is getting pretty nigh and I've coming close to changing my mind and continuing the serial a few times, but no. Let's stick to my guns. The end is coming at the end of the month. prepare your emotions.
I'll just have to distract myself with final approvals on the cover for the second book edition, which I'm in the middle of doing right now. Poor me.