I have the other two book outlines written.
But I haven't decided whether I'll ever try to publish them, at least professionally.
For those of you who, like me, always imagined how wonderful it would be to publish their dream novel, think again. It's not fun.
I wrote Destiny's Embers, from scratch, several times. The first draft was written from omniscient POV (ala Lord of the Rings). But RH wanted Destiny's Embers written from first person (i.e. pick a POV character and write it from their perspective) which was a lot tougher for me as I am relatively weak at writing descriptive text (I like telling stories, not writing scenes).
My writing partner, Dave Stern helped write a lot of the descriptive scenes (what characters looked like, were wearing, etc.). My focus was on the story.
There's a book's worth of "stuff" that had to be taken out of Destiny's Embers because it was story that none of the characters would have known about.
In the first draft, Draginol was the main character. Xander became the main character in the book because he's the most relatable (sic).
If anyone here has ever wanted their dream book published, or knows someone, they should bring their posts here. Because I learned a lot (LOT) about how books are made today versus what most people (myself included) thought they were made before actually going through the process.
One of my biggest beefs with the release of my book has been the Amazon reviews where a handful of jerks from QuarterToThree.com took their political vengeance (i.e. people who disagree with my politics from a political discussion forum) out on my book but never read the actual book beyond the free kindle sample.
My other biggest beef is that there's not much money to be made writing books compared to having a traditional job. While RH is happy with the sales of the book and have requested the sequel at some point, I'm not sure I could justify writing it. Unless you're at the top 1% of your field, it's not something you can easily make a living with.