I have some important book news to share with you. I hope you'll read this message with care.
As many of you know, Night Owl's success on Amazon helped me score the literary agent of my dreams. For many years it has been my ambition to acquire a literary agent and to move through the traditional publishing process. If you've read this blog, you know that I even made an effort to find an agent for Night Owl, though I was unsuccessful. Another near miss in a litany of near misses. The story of my life.
So, after over a decade of rejection in various forms, I decided to self-publish. Now seemed like the right time. Self-publishing no longer holds a stigma. In fact, self-publication is often the preferred means to earn a living while writing and to reach a wide audience. I have met indie authors who turn down agents and editors in favor of higher earnings and greater freedom with their work. I have also met hybrid authors—writers who put out traditional titles under editorial auspices and continue to publish e-books on their own. I admire these writers. I've befriended some of them, spoken with them in depth about their literary paths, and asked them questions as I made decisions of my own.
I have heard strong arguments in favor of traditional publication. I have heard strong arguments against it. I have weighed my options with great care, because writing is my life.
That said, I will be publishing the Night Owl Trilogy with St. Martin's Press, with a very fine editor, and this is an exciting decision for me.
I know this news will disappoint some of you. However, I would ask you to consider me now. This is my dream—a book deal like this—and it has been my dream for many years. I want it in spite of any perceived disadvantages. I want it in light of them. I have found incredible passion and amazing people on my journey as an independently published author, and I may go on to publish independently in the future, but understand—I am 28 and I grew up reading biographies of Thomas Wolfe and The Paris Review Interviews and the correspondence of Maxwell Perkins and this is what I want. I want the agent of my dreams. I want an editor. I want too many cooks in the kitchen. I want a traditional book deal—even if this is the autumn of traditional publishing—especially if it is, especially now.
I know that signing this deal means longer waits between books, prices I cannot set, promotions I cannot control, editorial changes and advice, and perhaps less monetary gain than I might enjoy as an indie author. However, signing this deal also means professional editing of the books to ensure fewer errors, wider distribution (e-books offered across platforms, trade paperbacks, possible translations and audiobooks), and a reliable advance on which I can live as I work to produce the best possible book. Yes, some indie authors can manage all that without a book deal. I admire them. I am not one of them. Quite apart from wanting this, I need this.
And so I hope you will be happy for me as I move forward with the Night Owl Trilogy. The new release date for book 2 in the Night Owl Trilogy is summer 2014. Please, do not decapitate me. If you truly loved Night Owl, you know book 2 will be worth the wait, and if you are truly a fan of my writing, you will support me as I try to make the best decisions for my career. There are so many fine books to read while you await book 2. Yes, I put one hell of a cliffhanger in the epilogue of Night Owl, but I trust you're coming back for more than the satisfaction of your curiosity.
I trust you're coming back for Matt and Hannah.
I trust you're coming back for me.
Thank you so much, so much, for all your support thus far.
P.S. To lay a rumor (of my own making) to rest: Book 2 will not be paranormal. The whole trilogy will be strictly contemporary romance. I may, however, be writing a paranormal standalone novel or series down the road.
November 18, 2013 - NIGHT OWL by M. Pierce
Pierce's NIGHT OWL, about two people who first meet as on-line writing partners, safe and anonymous - but all that changes when they cross the line, to Jennifer Weis at St. Martin's, at auction, in a three-book deal, by Betsy Lerner at Dunow, Carlson & Lerner.