We are home, yay.
The RT was very nice and laid back, compared to other years. We really enjoyed meeting friends and readers. The Book fair was overwhelming. We got a really long line in the beginning, got through it, then the second line formed, got through that, then people kept coming up and being very happy that there was no line, heh. Considering that we are between releases and really have nothing new to offer, I thought it went really well.
I got to sit next to Patricia Briggs at the Award Ceremony. She is lovely. Her husband, Mike, was very nice as well. Met Grace and Patrick Draven again – they are still awesome – and Elizabeth Hunter. Met Diana Pharaoh Francis, Jessica Claire, and many others. Sharing meal with Jill Smith was a highlight. 🙂 Also meeting Erika Tsang, our Avon editor, at the rotating tower restaurant was awesome.
Let’s see, met Diana Gil, who is a new editor at Random Penguin (I refuse to call it anything but that.) The panels went well. In the middle of my panel, I manage to refer to Jennifer Estep as Chloe Neil, which I have no explanation or excuse for, as I know both of them and I don’t usually confuse them. Gordon let everybody curse on his panel, which was hilarious. I was sure that we’d get fired by the end, but they asked us to moderate again next year.
I looked at the Twitter feed and I got misquoted twice. Since I am not on twitter and the pro-feed is ran by Nicole, I don’t feel like correcting it. Whatever.
Now on to the unpleasant announcements.
White Hot has to be pushed back. Sorry, guys. I know you are waiting for it. We dropped the ball.
To get it into your hands in October, we would have to turn it in by June 15th and that is not a feasible scenario. We could write a crappy manuscript and shove it out there, but who wants to do that? We would like to write the best book we can, because you deserve our best effort.
This is happening because the last year was extremely promotion heavy. To be blunt, for the first six books of Kate Daniels series there was no tour. We would visit a city or have a local signing. Magic Rises was the first “tour” we had and I think it was basically two stops, Beaverton Powell’s and Mysterious Galaxy. There may have been Seattle in there too. I don’t remember now. We occasionally did signings, but mostly on our own. Like going to RT – this is an out of pocket trip for us.
So, we didn’t expect a lot of publicity when Magic Breaks came out. We went to RT, as usual. And then they hit us with the tour, in which we crisscrossed the country. Houston, Portland, Atlanta… it kept going and going. Then New York Comicon. Then Kiss Con, etc. Skype appearances. Interviews. Blog posts. We traveled so much last year, our teenagers were unhappy we were out of the house so much. Every parent of a teenager will know exactly what that means. 🙂 We were in Seattle forty-eight hours before Thanksgiving hoping the plane wouldn’t be delayed. We were not prepared for that level of promotion. We should’ve started saying no, and but the self-imposed pressure to support the first hardback and the first in the series was a bit intense, so we didn’t. Gordon held up better than I did. Combined with family pressures, grandmothers almost dying, daughters going through things, and so on, that year nuked me.
As the result of that, we had to play catch up and try to save what we could. We got Magic Shifts in on time. Everything else collapsed like dominoes.
Missing the deadline is really, really bad. We had only done it once before, due to serious medical issues. It means we broke the schedule. Everything crumbles, the editorial schedule, the publicity, the sales teams, everything. This is so not the impression we wanted to make at the new publishing house. And we will lose about 30% of our annual income because we are paid as we meet the deadlines. Bleh. But that’s our problem, not anyone else’s.
So, as the result of all of this, we declined a tour and public appearances for Magic Shifts. We are going to spend the summer at home, writing White Hot and hopefully the next book in Avon series. The hope is that the break between Hidden Legacy 2 and 3 will be very short. I will try to get the details for you when the dust settles. Avon is being very understanding. They are not happy, but our poor editor, Erika, tried to make us feel better, which was very generous and tactful of her.
So that’s it. The SiP will be finished next week, then we are taking a week to plot the hell out of Hidden Legacy, and then begins the marathon writing session of doom. 🙂 Today I am going to clean all the things, so there will be a nice comfortable work environment on Monday, and hopefully everything else will settle into its place.