I’m delighted to announce that I’ve committed to writing another three full-length novels in the Elder Races. I’ve developed a new story arc that I’m really excited about, and I can’t wait to share it with readers!
Unfortunately, I was unable to make a contractual match with my publisher Berkley. After deliberating long and hard, I’ve decided that it’s time for me to strike out and self-publish the upcoming new stories.
For the time being, what this means is:
The books will continue to be available through multiple e-book venues.
There will be both print and audiobook versions.
I have a continued commitment to getting my books into as many foreign translations as possible, either on my own or via a publisher.
They’ll continue to be available in libraries. I’ve worked out an agreement with the Nelson Literary Agency to achieve distribution to libraries. (Yay!)
For now, they will NOT be on the shelves in bookstores. Readers will need to buy them online. (While this may certainly change, it is the current reality.)
The really good news is:
I’ll be able to move much more quickly and put out stories in a much more flexible manner than a traditional publisher can. This means I can release more often and tell stories that didn’t fit well within contractual word limits. I’ll also be more involved in creating eye-catching cover art, which is a personal favorite of mine.
I want to thank my former agent Amy Boggs at the Donald Maass Literary Agency for everything she has done on my behalf. Amy is everything kind and literate, and I’m grateful for our tenure together.
I also want to thank my former editor Cindy Hwang, and the entire Berkley team, for the great collaboration we enjoyed publishing eleven titles together over the last six years. It’s been a pleasure and an honor to work with them, and I wish them all the best.
So, that’s the business side of things! For now, as an author, I have gone completely Indie.
This does not mean that I believe traditional publishers are bad, and if the right kind of business deal from a traditional publisher came my way, I would certainly consider signing with a traditional publisher again.
This simply means that I’ve reached a stage where being an Indie author – for now – meets my current business and creative needs, and I believe it will be better for my readers.
More good stuff!
I’ll be releasing more information on the upcoming Elder Races stories in the near future, but for now I’ll let you know that I’ll be taking the new story arc across the big puddle to England. The set up for the new direction is in book #9, SHADOW’S END, which releases on December 1st.
Readers will get to fall in love with new characters, keep in touch with old ones, and discover just how much more there is to the Elder Races universe with a much wider story canvass. There will be more world-building, history, magic, and adversaries.
I’m also excited to explore more novellas in the Elder Races, for those storylines that are too delicious not to write yet don’t warrant their own full-length book.
And as an added aside, I’m also hard at work developing a sexy contemporary romantic suspense series. I’m thrilled with this new series concept. New ideas are continually popping up in my head, and I can’t wait to share the stories with readers!
2016 is going to be very exciting!