A note about the structure of the series: There's a three-book main arc. And there are three supplemental books, covering events that happened before the main story or are happening during the main story, but from a different perspective. When I was going to release this whole thing on the interwebs, I was going to release things simultaneously, as follows:
Book One/My Empire for Ashes
Book Two/Jessa & Fenris's story
Book Three/Mask and Marionette
(Why do most of these not have names? This was supposed to be a comic book, then it was a web serial; Shayara is name enough for that.)
My Empire for Ashes was the first one Drollerie acquired, so it was going to be the first one out - but it's not the ideal intro to the world. Mostly because it is very focused on the Telenias and Katrina, and not on the world, and as white cisgender heterosexual monogamous characters, they're not totally representative. MEfA was originally intended as a flashback novella, and it just plain works better that way.
And the main story works better when it starts with Kieran going into a Very Important Meeting.
So we're doing that!
Which is a big relief. Something in me was aware that this wasn't quite right. Solved!
I have a lot of writing to do. (I suspect that I will be saying that forever.) And Wiscon has lit a fire under my ass regarding it, because I have figured out a bunch of really cool stuff I can do with the story, and I am excited again. So there.