Tor dropped my series.
As the title here says, it’s not the end of the world. I’ve already written the next two books so there is more Sarah coming. How/Where is still to be determined.
But before we talk about that I want to clear the air about a few things.
I get emails from fans who love this series. I know there are people out there who love Sarah and Katie as much as I do. I get it, I feel it.
It’s not about the characters or the stories. It’s not the books.
Look, they’ve won awards.
Spectrum Award Nominee for Best Novel, Black Blade Blue, 2011
Finalist for Compton Crook Award, Black Blade Blues, 2011
Spectrum Award for Best Novel, Honeyed Words, 2012
American Library Association: Over the Rainbow book list. Black Blade Blues, 2011
American Library Association: Over the Rainbow book list. Honeyed Words, 2012
So that’s not the issue. I know these books have broken some new ground out there. To tell the truth it’s a numbers game. The books just did not sell enough to keep the publisher happy. They are a for-profit company and at the end of the day it all comes down to the total number of units sold.
Honeyed Words didn’t sell as well as Black Blade Blues. Forged in Fire sold better in hard back, but not as well in trade. They won’t be putting a mass market out for Forged because they believe that the ebooks are replacing mass market. Not something I agree with, but no one asked my opinion.
I love my editor. She’s top notch. This is just one of those things that happen to writers and books, no matter how much folks love them.
As I told a friend of mine, this is me leveling up as a writer. Now I have that achievement unlocked: dropped series. What I need to do is write the next thing and move on.
Writing this makes me feel like I’ve let all of you down. I know I’ve been pretty devastated by this. When you are a new writer and dreaming of your first sale the thought of having a series dropped isn’t even something you can conceive of. But I took it personally which shut me down for a while. I’ve been on auto pilot for too long and I’m fixing that situation. I’ve decided to start a new series and am deep into the outlining phase. Not sure when I’ll start shopping the new one, but I’m anxious to finish writing it.
There are some short stories out in the world, looking for homes. I’ve written several this year, which is good. Keeps my feet wet in story. But I need to get back on the horse and finish a new book.
Stay tuned for news of that. It’s just a matter of time.
And for the next two Sarah books, I’m in conversation with one of the industry’s superstars to get some professional advice on whether or not I should launch a Kickstarter for the new Sarah Book and self-publish it. I’ll post, of course, as soon as I figure something out.
Feel free to let me know what you think about the Kickstarter idea, or anything else, for that matter.
This is just a thing. I’ll get past it. There is more story swimming in my head than I could write in three life-times. Right now I’m going to play in a new one for a bit, see how the world gels around me.