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.

Thank you:

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.

Moving forward:

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!

12 Responses

  1. Katy H says:

    Congratulations on your decision to go indie and I really look forward to reading more of your books. I love the Elder Races stories, particularly the Dragos / Pia stories.

    I’m excited about the new story arc, but one request; if you are going to set some / any / all of a story in England, please get a native English person to review the language. I’ve found this incredibly frustrating with other authors and even given up on series because the attempts at local slang and colloquialisms are so clunky as to be painful.

    Many thanks x.

  2. Anne says:

    Wonderful news! I’ve got my husband reading your Elder Races series… he is on Book 3 right now and enjoying them very much… which makes my month you can bet! Glad there will be more books coming out for us to enjoy together!

  3. Angela B says:

    I LOVE the Elder Races series! I first listened to them on audible at work (I’m a farmer), and it really made a long day driving in the field pass by swiftly!

    My favorite are the Dragos/Pia storyline books! But I love dragons, so I’m biased.

    I’m SO SO SO glad you are writing more books. I’ll be after them no matter what format they end up in.

  4. CF says:

    How exciting for you! I myself am thrilled that you are self publishing, I purchase all my books on ebook format and don’t purchase from “print publishers”, because I hate DRM. So I’ve collected all your novellas on ebook and purchased hard copies of my favorites elder races novels. But I really Fto read ebooks.

  5. Lottie Duff says:

    Thanks. Signing up to keep appraised on your books,. They are wonderful. I am an Audible listener, and I love all your work. Thanks for all you do.

  6. Rebecca says:

    I wish you success in all your adventures in self publishing. I’m especially excited that there will be more stories more quickly!

    Will the elder races still be available in audio?

  7. KathyS says:

    I was so excited today when Kobo sent me their current newsletter & there big as life was Drago Goes to Washington. I immediately bought it (D/L). I absolutely LOVE the Drago, Pia, Liam books & novellas. Can’t wait for your next 2 releases. This made my day which had been bad up to this point. Now I have something to look forward to later today.
    Signed up for your newsletter.
    Keep up the great books & congrats on going Indie.

  8. MikiS says:

    Wonderful news, and good luck in your new venture into being an indie author!

  9. Pauline says:

    just posted review on Dragos goes to Washington, another great read, I loved it just wish it had been twice as long, hope there will be a full length follow up. Best of luck with the self publishing I’m sure it will go great for you, looking forward to reading all future books

  10. Kaetrin says:

    So glad you will be continuing to write the Elder Races series. It’s one of the few PNR series I still read (and love).

    Also excited about the contemporary romantic suspense! Yay!

    Hope the self publishing venture goes well. 🙂