Heh, you thought there was something good in this post. There is not. Okay, so maybe the little bit of excitement. Let’s take these one at a time.
Erika Tsang liked Wildfire.
She said she liked it a lot, especially the frying pan. The edits are coming back to us sometime later in the week, so the book is not a total gut, and we’ll do our best to stay on track for the announced release of August 2017.
Nancy Yost liked the proposal for a new book.
And that’s all we are saying about it. Still needs work.
Kisscon in Austin.
Avon is doing a Kisscon in Austin in March, specifically on March 23rd. Details are to come, but it will be held at Book People and they will have some White Hot ARCs. We’ll be there, together with people much cooler than us. They’re still hammering out the details. More on that later.
Still happening. Gordon, for some odd reason, really wants to do it in the serial format, like the Innkeeper, but it is a very violent book with a lot of explicit sexual content, because that’s how Hugh rolls. If we do it, we’d have to lock it under an 18+ warning and we may limit readership.
Kate 10 Release Date
We are looking at May of 2018. Before you scream, here are the reasons why:
- We’re pretty fried and we want to write a good book.
- We have two new books coming out this year, which means a lot of additional publicity, and we want to be there for important things such as our youngest – hopefully – graduating from high school. Knocked on wood and spat over my shoulder just now. When your kid tells you, “I want to do IB,” and you say “Okay,” you don’t realize exactly how much work IB courses are. She has a 4.4 GPA but so much stress.
- It takes about 6 months from turning in the first draft for the editorial process and printing process to happen, and the 2017 is already scheduled, so if we forced a book in at the end of the year, we’d be taking away marketing from someone else. A little more on the way it works: publishers have a monthly budget. They can only put out X number of releases per month, otherwise books conflict with each other and releases from other publishers. There is only so much retail space. It’s similar to the movie business. If there are too many similar movies, they eat into each other’s profits and publicity, because there are only so many movie screens. The first solid opening they have is May 2017, where we wouldn’t conflict with Patty or Anne Bishop. We don’t want to compete with other Ace authors. We also don;t want to compete with ourselves. With two books scheduled, adding a third means risking you guys getting sick of us.
- But the main reason for the delay is that Kate and Curran have fundamentally changed. There was Kate, then Kate and Curran, and now there is Kate, Curran, and a baby. What powers will the baby have? How will he affect things? We have to figure all this out and it takes time for things to line up. We’ve got the first couple of baby scenes and they are funny, but nothing concrete yet.
We don’t know if we’ll do a full length book this year. We may, however, do a couple of novellas, in the same format as always. So watch this space, we’ll have more for you as it develops. It’s kind of going to be a very sporadic year in terms of actual work, because of the added publicity demands, so Gordon and I are hoping for shorter projects. It’s easier to do a 25K novella than a 95K book. We used to be able to travel and then jump right back in, and now it’s been three days since the conference, and I’m still stuck on the name for Hugh’s new horse. Good news, Charlottians (?), we’ve wrecked Tryon Street. Now it’s just like Atlanta… 😛
UK Paperback Issues
We are aware that UK readers have difficulty preordering mass market edition of White Hot. We notified our publisher, and they are on top of it. This will get resolved. If you are ordering hardcover version, it is NOT an actual hardcover. Again, it is NOT a hardcover. It’s a paperback in stiff binding that is sold to libraries in US. We do not know why Amazon decided to mark it as a hardcover.
I think that’s everything.