As of this post, Villains Inc. is available on Amazon.com. To be more precise, the first episode of Villains Inc., Preemption, is now available. I am publishing Villains Inc. as a series of linked novellas, one a month, the final episode–along with the complete novel plus glossary and appendixes–in December.
So what is the sequel to Wearing the Cape about? As with the first book, a whole bunch of stuff. It explores stranger aspects of the Post-Event world; it continues the story of Hope Corrigan as she grows as a hero; it introduces superhumans who haven’t decided to put on the mask and tights and operate under codenames; and it introduces a new set of Bad Guys–in this case a “supervillain team” modeled after the real-world organized crime ring, Murder Inc.
Why new villains? This isn’t the comics; the master-villain from WtC is out of the picture, and most of the members of Chicago’s supervillain gangs are in prison for a good long while. Besides, having explored the world of supervillain gang-bangers and supervillain terrorists, I decided it was time to bring in supervillain mobsters. They have to be around somewhere…
This is as good a place as any to talk about my plans for the Wearing the Cape series and the Post-Event setting. First, I anticipate at least two more stories after Villains Inc., both involving Astra (although I’m making it up as I go along, I do have a general idea of where I want her to end up). I am also working on a spinoff story, Bite Me: Big Easy Nights, which features Artemis as the main character. If Bite Me is well-received I may turn it into a separate series.
Beyond these projects, I have a YA Adventure story, Tales from Sitka-by-the-Sea, I may eventually get back to, and a science-fiction story, Worst Contact, I have sworn to finish. In the way such things work, I started both Tales and Worst Contact long before WtC and its successors.
It has been quite the adventure so far; I self-published Wearing the Cape at the end of April and spent a few weeks soliciting reviews from various bloggers. With positive reviews, WtC has enjoyed moderate success–I expect 400+ sales this month. I’m not exactly in best-seller territory yet, but my numbers are climbing, and I expect Villains Inc. to take off even faster since a bunch of my Amazon reviews end with “please tell me there will be a sequel!” How will the episodic release approach work out? I have no idea, but it’s one more adventure.