The sequel to Henchmen will be called Arise rather than Henchmen: Arise. The compound title just didn’t work for me. That story is done, edited, changed, edited, modified, edited, and pretty much ready to go. I’ve got one guy still doing a beta read and I’d like his input before I publish, so I’m holding off for the time being. I’m pleased with the way it turned out, but knowing me I’ll make another pass or two through it before I publish.
After I was mostly done with Arise I looked back through Henchmen, looking for some bit of trivia I had forgotten and was thoroughly disgusted at what I found. There are some good moments in that novel, but damn, the intro sucks ass. So, since Arise is coming out I decided to do some clean up on Henchmen.
I’ve been doing clean up for nearly a month now. It’s got a whole new first chapter, huge parts of the second and third chapters have been stripped out or rewritten (or both). I hadn’t really doubted it, but some of the criticisms I got were spot on: takes to long to get started and is very ambiguous about the formation of the group. It starts with more of a bang now, there’s more interaction between the characters, less exposition, and generally more reasons why things are happening.
I’m tentatively targeting late November for re release of Henchmen and release of Arise.