Update on next book

Hello all!

Just wanted to give everyone an update on my next alternate history book. First off, the book is coming along very well. It should be done by July. There have been a few changes. First a change of title. It was provisionally titled Flags and Glory. This has been changed to Flags and Honor. Second there has been a change in how many books will compose the World War I story arc. I had originally planned on a four book arc. I plotted all four at the same time and together they have a total of over 400 chapters. At the rate the manuscript is growing the four books would be extremely long over 100 chapters each. I toyed with the idea of telling the story in eight books instead of four but decided that that would make them too short. In the end I have decided to publish the 400+ chapters in six books. Their provisional titles and the years of the war they will cover are:

Flags and Honor (1914)

Guns and Glory (1914-1915)

Blood and Earth (1915-1916)

Iron and Fury (1916-1917)

Death and Hell (1917-1918)

Dust and Ashes (1918)

The first book will deal mainly with the build up to the war  and its start. The last will deal with the end of the war and its immediate aftermath. My idea with the titles is to reflect the way people view the war at each particular stage. I’m also considering giving the world war I series an overall name. My early idea: THE WAR TO END ALL WARS.

Next, I thought I’d let everyone know who the Presidents of the CSA and USA are.

Jacob Dickinson is President of the Confederate States of America

Joseph Foraker is President of the United States of America

I hope to have Flags and Honor out by July of this year.

For my next post, I’ll give a character list.

Thanks to all my fans and readers!

 

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5 thoughts on “Update on next book

  1. Robert says:

    Great to hear.

  2. Brian says:

    I’m surprised that the progressives are able to pull off the election. Is that support coming from poor economy or from areas of the country not affected by slave uprising? Also, how is the Confederacy going to handle the switch to oil? The Confederacy will have a huge advantage over the North with the Texas and Oklahoma fields. I’ve been enjoying the series so far; looking forward to the next book!

    • The economy was a major factor. By the 1910s it had been made worse by a trade embargo by the US, Britain and the nations in their sphere of influence. A lot of folks just want to see economic prosperity again.

      The second factor is that “black codes” governing freed negroes and creating a fully segregated society have been successfully instituted, to the extent that many people who had been “on the fence” about emancipation are now okay with it because they’ve been convinced that White supremacy has been safe guarded and guaranteed. All blacks have to carry papers. Free black men have to be gainfully employed or they can be arrested for “vagrancy” and spend the next two years wearing stripes and being leased out by the state for all kinds of labor.

      A third factor is that the CSA is still dominated by the old planter class. For the most part those seeking emancipation are doing so because it is the profitable thing to do. A planter is paid by the government to “free” his slaves, he invests that money in an industrial venture, and then as a bonus his former slaves remain and work for a pittance because they have no where else to go. The people most opposed to emancipation are the poorer whites who by and large support the Populists. The problem however is that in most Confederate States in order to vote you have to 1)pay a poll tax, 2) own a certain amount of land, and 3) pass a literacy exam. These measures were put into place decades earlier by the ruling planter elite to help keep the common man away from the polls and further cement their own hold on the reins of power. The Populists were able to fire up the common folk, but because many of them could not vote it did no good.

      I’m happy you are enjoying the books!

  3. Brian Murphy says:

    Great to hear that everything is coming along well. Though, I’m a little nervous about the future of the Confederacy since the last book dealing with the war will be called “Dust and Ashes.”

  4. Robert says:

    I was just considering on which side the Japanese would end up on and I was wondering if in this universe the French had sent military missions to japan and if so wouldn’t these mean that the Japanese would be predisposed toward the French? Especially is they were offered something nice like Korea, Formosa, or other British or unaligned territories. The French might even decide that some of their colonies were more trouble than they were worth and sell them to the for their help and consolidate other possessions. Especially if the French will be as strung out as it seems they will be.

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