About two years ago I signed a contract to write a spinoff from the Seven Brides series. I decided to write about Salty from ROSE. I finished that book now titled NO ONE BUT YOU. The book was scheduled to come out this past September. I even have a cover which I hope you can see on this blog. In December of 2009, I signed a contract to write the last two books in the Night Rider series. Both were scheduled to come out in 2011. This past summer, my publisher came up with a new business plan and everything changed.
Dorchester decided that, beginning in September 2010, they would publish books only in ebook format. They said that a trade size would follow in about nine months. That meant No One But You, which had been advertised for sale as a paperback, would now be released only in ebook format. If you find the paperback version advertised for sale, it should be listed as out of stock because no books were ever printed.
I’ve just received a list of Dorchester’s publishing plans for the first nine months of 2011 and No One But You is not on the schedule. I don’t know if it will ever be released in trade format.
Now about the last two books in the Night Rider series. The first book, about Ivan Nikolai, was due to my editor in September. In August I learned that my publisher had decided not to pick up the contract we’d agreed on the previous December. So the last two books in the series will not be published by Dorchester. I’m presently talking to an editor at another company about picking up these two books, but it’s difficult to sell anyone on the idea of picking up the last of a series begun by another publisher unless you’re someone like Dan Brown or Nora Roberts.
There’s one additional complication for me that links to Dorchester’s financial difficulties. No books are being shipped from the warehouse. So once copies my books that are already on shelves in bookstores are sold, readers will be unable to buy any of my books without finding them in used bookstores, garage sales, or buying them in ebook form. This may change, but I don’t know if, when, or how.
Now that the depressing part is over, I’ll try to be more cheerful. I am finishing up NOBLE TEXAN, Ivan Nikolai’s book and will start on the last book in the Night Rider series in January. I can’t allow Laveau diViere to go unpunished. I have an idea for a short series after that, but writing it will depend on getting a new publisher who likes series. Not all do.
As some of you know, my marriage fell apart about four years ago. My life has been quite different since then but it is full and exciting. I hadn’t expected to have so many challenges at my age, but they say it keeps you young. I’m not so sure that it doesn’t wear you out so much you just think you’re young because muscles that haven’t been heard from in a long time are speaking up loud and clear. There’s also a lot to learn about starting over on relationships that’s even better the second time around.
I will keep writing, but at a slower pace.