In response to some questions/comments on my past two posts, I feel I need to say that it's not actually my decision as to whether there'll be another Elizabeth Goodweather book after the one coming out next year. It will be the publisher's decision and they'll make that call based on sales.
Sad but true -- it's a business. If a series isn't continuing to sell more with each new release, the publisher will often drop the series. And when a series hasn't done that well, it's unlikely that another publisher will want it.
So what's an author of a dropped series to do? Often the author will come up with an idea for another series -- under a different pen name.
Why a different name? To entice booksellers and readers to take a chance on this 'new' author. If Glamora Tynnsdale's (made up name) books about a amateur sleuth who is also a professional tuba player haven't done well in the past, evidently booksellers will be reluctant to order her new series about a psychic CPA who solves murders -- unless that new series is written under a different name -- say, Tynnsdale G. LaMore.
Silly games. But the reality of publishing is this -- it's all about the bottom line.
I still have good ideas for more Elizabeth books though . . . and conventional wisdom says that it often takes five or six books to really establish a series.
We'll see. I feel good about Under the Skin which is coming next October. But only time and sales will tell if the numbers are good enough to warrant more Elizabeth books. It will be probably be 2012 before it's clear one way or another. More waiting . . .
And, yes, I'm still waiting to hear if my new characters find favor with Herself. Maybe if I changed my name as well . . . Victoria Elan . . . Victory Lane . . .
LV - January 2012
6 years ago