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Book news

Dear Readers,

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.


M. Pierce

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

Fiction: Women's/Romance

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.

196 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Book news”

  • Megan

    November 20, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I think for most of us we knew after reading Night Owl it was only a matter of time before you had a deal if you decided to accept one.

    Very sad to hear we have to wait till summer of 2014 for the sequel but super excited it will not be paranormal in nature. I won’t lie that had me a bit worried.


    • M. Pierce

      November 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      It had me worried too. Thank you so much for your support. Sorry about the wait, but I really hope it’ll be worth it.

  • Jessie

    November 20, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Congratulations!! hold on tight it’s only up for you. Yes waiting for book 2!

    • M. Pierce

      November 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you! Many hearts for you.

  • Barb

    November 20, 2013 at 11:30 am

    CONGRATULATIONS ! ! ! ! Great news for you. I loved Night Owl and can’t wait for the 2nd book. (And very glad it won’t be paranormal)

    • M. Pierce

      November 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      I’m glad too. I was not having an easy time writing book 2 as a paranormal book. So glad I’m going this way. Thanks for your support!

  • Steph Nuss

    November 20, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Holy Schnikes! St. Martin’s Press! That’s awesome. Congratulations! It’s authors like you who inspire aspiring authors like myself to continue towards our dreams! I look forward to reading more of your work!

    • M. Pierce

      November 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you so much. Don’t give up on your dream.

  • N. Michaels

    November 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Congratulations M!!!
    That’s every writer’s dream, and if they’re saying otherwise, they’re lying! lol. Book are meant to be read and I understand completely where you’re coming from, I grew up with my nose in a book or a notebook penning away my stories. That’s an amazing achievement! (I won’t lie… yes, I am green with envy LOL)
    On a finale note, congrats again you 28-year-old rabbit owner! :)
    Write on! 😉

    • M. Pierce

      November 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Hahaha. You mined my extensive biography for that “28-year-old rabbit owner” bit, I just know it. Thank you so much.

      • N. Michaels

        November 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm

        Had to tease you 😛 and you’re welcome! :)

  • Julie

    November 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    All the best, I loved night owl, can’t wait to read the next part of the trilogy.

    • M. Pierce

      November 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you!

  • Shannahan

    November 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Hmmm either my reply back last night (yes 18 hrs ahead) didn’t go through or you really are closely guarding your identity. You are an intriguing one.
    Re your haters on amazon, their comments make for interesting reading. Some people are so sheltered if they think the sexual relationship between Matt and Hannah is not normal – or maybe they have boring sex lives.

    • M. Pierce

      November 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      I just approved your comment, sorry about that.

  • Lisa

    November 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I love Night Owl and have re-read it twice already!! As disappointed I am to hear that the 2nd book will not be out till summer of 2014, I am very excited for you. It just means many more re-reads for Night Owl in the future. Good luck and can’t wait for Book 2! :-)

    • M. Pierce

      November 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      You’re so kind, thank you. Your support means a lot to me.

  • T. Drake

    November 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Congrats! Wonderful news, I’m thrilled to read it. You’ve earned it. :)

    Looking forward to book 2!

    T. Drake (it’s growing on me!)

    • M. Pierce

      November 20, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you!

  • J.M. Sevilla

    November 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    How exciting! This is huge! I hope you have been celebrating. There will always be people who try and knock you down, what matters is those who uplift you and make it all worth it.
    Congratulations, M. Pierce, you deserve it!

    • M. Pierce

      November 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      Hey, thanks!

  • Alexa

    November 20, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Congratulations on your success! What a thrill it must be to achieve a dream of yours. I loved reading Night Owl and have to say I can’t remember the last time I was so intrigued by an author. You have definitely created quite the air of mystery around your identity. I can’t wait to read the next in the series….Good luck writing!

  • Cariad

    November 20, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Nothing nicer than hearing that your dream came true.
    Well done you! And best wishes for the rest of the series.

    • M. Pierce

      November 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Thank you so much. And thanks for your help with promotional stuff!

  • Tracy J

    November 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    We all have to pursue our own dreams in the hopes that they do finally come true. Know that Night Owl hooked me as a devoted reader and I look forward to ALL future publications. Will patiently await Book 2. If Night Owl was in print, it would be one that would remain among my collection, as it is, it is marked as one of my favorites on my Kindle. 😉
    Best of luck in all your endeavors.

    • M. Pierce

      November 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Thank you so much Tracy. There will be a new Night Owl paperback in 2014; I can’t wait to see it.

  • Michele

    November 20, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    yeah for you!!! I’ll wait for the summer and I’m good without paranormal!!

    • M. Pierce

      November 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Sweet! Yeah, paranormal will have to wait — but I’m good without it, too.

  • Anita

    November 22, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Congratulations on living your dream!! I loved Night Owl and had marked my calendar for the release in January. Very disappointed that I will now have to wait until June, but I am thrilled for you finally realizing your goal. Kudos to you!!

    • M. Pierce

      November 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks so much for understanding and supporting me in this decision. I hate to make readers wait, but I think it’ll be worth it. A better book with wider distribution — in the end, that’s better for everyone. Thanks again!

  • Niola

    November 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I so enjoyed reading Night Owl….I am recommending it to all my friends and family…..continued success!…..can’t wait for book 2… Can you make it late spring…lol.

    • M. Pierce

      November 24, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Thank you! You’re very kind. I wish I could make it late spring, trust me.

  • Tamara Myers

    November 22, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Wow! Just wow! Just finished Night Owl, I’m completely intruiged!
    Congratulations on conquring your dreams, many wishes for all your future conquest! I will certainly be looking forward to Matt and Hannah’s continued love story, they are true inspiration to what True Love/lust can be! Much love :-)

    • M. Pierce

      November 24, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Haha, I like that — “True Love/lust.” So right. I’m really glad you liked the book, thanks for letting me know!

      • Tamara Myers

        November 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm

        My pleasure

  • Mila

    November 23, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Congrats it’s absolutely amazing! I have to admit I don’t know much about you, I just finished reading Night Owl and I loved it. Your deal is well deserved. I’m sure the next book will be worth the wait. As someone who loves reading, writing and a few other things mentioned in the book it struck a chord with me. You gave me a little bit of everything I love. Keep ‘me coming!

    • M. Pierce

      November 24, 2013 at 12:20 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I truly appreciate your support and patience.

  • Lisa Cerreto

    November 24, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I loved Night Owl, I am almost done with the book and wanted to download another of your books only to read your next book won’t be out until June 2014. I’m looking forward to the release date.

    • M. Pierce

      November 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      Thanks so much. Sorry for the wait; I’m still writing book 2, and then it must move through the editorial process. However, there’s much to read in the meantime I’m sure, and come summer 2014 you’ll have book 2!

  • shannon vogt

    November 25, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Congratulations , can’t wait for book 2 , absolutely loved Night Owl

    • M. Pierce

      November 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you Shannon!

  • Janett

    November 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    If this is your dream come true then, congratulations! I’m happy for you and wish you the best in the world. Yes, waiting is a pain, but true fans of your talent and the book will be there when book 2 and 3 are released. Don’t let anyone put you down for making your dreams come true!

    • M. Pierce

      November 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Thank you Janett! This really is my dream. I’ve chased it down and beaten it into submission. TMI?

      I really appreciate your support!

      • Janett

        November 27, 2013 at 7:58 pm

        LOL No, not TMI. You definitely have my support. All the best, always.

  • Bonnie

    November 26, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Congratulations on achieving the success that you have. I support your efforts and choosing your own path. We must all be our own best friend and take care of ourselves first, or we’re no good to anyone else.

    Thank you for the fantastic book, Night Owl. I look forward to the next slice of heaven next year. Best of luck in your writing!

    • M. Pierce

      November 27, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks for your support Bonnie. I truly appreciate it. I’m so glad you enjoyed Night Owl. Best of luck in your endeavors as well!

  • Tracey Stiffler

    November 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Fantastic! I read Night Owl in one sitting! I just could not stop. So emotional and heartbreakingly wonderful! I will eagerly await the sequel.
    Congratulations on acquiring your dreams! I wish you much and continued success!

    • M. Pierce

      November 28, 2013 at 3:02 am

      Thank you so much.

  • Alice

    November 28, 2013 at 5:25 am

    I loved Night Owl! I’m an avid reader (one or two books a day). Is book two available for pre-order? Congrats on your success.

    • M. Pierce

      November 28, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks! And re: pre-order, not yet. I’ll post here when it is.

  • SL Siwik

    December 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I am so happy for you! I can understand the move completely. Now instead of focusing on marketing and all that other jazz, you can do what you love most- write. But, summer 2014? You’re killing me! I’m blabbing about your book to anyone who will listen. All I say is, “Trust me. It’s life changing. You’ll never look at books the same again. Buy it.” I even talked two reading groups to read your book! I feel like a groupie now. Ha! Totally worth it to see you reach the success you deserve. Keep writing. Don’t sweat the deal. People will come back for more.

    • M. Pierce

      December 2, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      This is the kind of message every author wants to get, so thank you! And I’m really glad to have your support re: the deal. You’re right — I needed to take it, in a sense, to be able to focus more exclusively on my writing. Speaking of writing, I better get back to it. Thanks for pimping my book; that makes my day, seriously.

  • Lisa N.

    December 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    You are an amazing, phenomenal writer. I thoroughly enjoyed Night Owl and am so relieved to hear that you are not going the paranormal route. Although I am disappointed to hear of the release date, I anticipate it will be worth the wait.
    Night Owl was so well written, I have trouble deciphering real from fiction and it makes you all the more mysterious….making me question if there is a real Hannah, is it even possible for a 28 yo to write that well…to have the writing style of such an old soul….who is the real M. pierce. Kudos, Mr. Pierce, you did what many writers aren’t able to do….you left me speechless.

    • M. Pierce

      December 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Lisa, thanks so much for this comment. I’m really honored by what you’ve said. And I’m glad, too, that the “paranormal route” got vetoed (torpedoed?) by The Powers at Be — because to my mind, it’s not fair to change the genre mid-series. Not fair to readers. If I do go paranormal, it’ll be in another book or series.

      Anyway, thank you again! You made my day with this comment.

  • Stephanie

    December 9, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Just finished Night Owl last night, and I loved it! So happy to hear that your dreams are coming true and that with this new deal you will be able to focus on your writing and will have other people to worry about the other stuff for you. Can’t wait for the second book. Good things come to those who wait, and I know this next book will be great! Thanks for a great book and congrats!

    • M. Pierce

      December 9, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you Stephanie! It’s awesome to have reader support in this regard. I’m so, so glad you liked my book. At the end of the day, I wrote NIGHT OWL to entertain readers, and if you’ve been entertained, I’ve done my job. That’s satisfying to know. Thanks again.

  • Kerri

    December 11, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    My heart thanks you, so much! Night Owl is sitting on my TBR list on my kindle, and I WILL definitely read it, just not yet. I am a freak about cliffhangers, I cannot handle them, I even cry sometimes when they happen. So that said, I will anxiously await with everyone for all your books to be out and from what I am hearing, they will be amazing! Thanks again for the heads up, no one will decapitate you, communication is key. :)

    • M. Pierce

      December 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks for this comment Kerri. I hope you enjoy the book(s)!

  • karly

    December 12, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Congratulations! I’m so excited and can’t wait!

    • M. Pierce

      December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you!

  • Kathey

    December 12, 2013 at 5:27 am


    • M. Pierce

      December 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Hahahaha. Kathey, I just laughed so hard. Great comment…

      Thank you! I’m very excited about working with an editorial team, and excited about producing a better/more widely available book for readers. God bless you too.

  • Jessie

    December 21, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I have complete respect for this message. As there are always a downside to an up, it also says that your hard work has paid off. Hands to you for making a dream come true. I respect that goal and dream and hope one day to be in your shoes. disappointed to have to wait for book 2? sure! wont everyone be? Book one was great. But as they say. best comes to those who wait. Congrats.

    • M. Pierce

      December 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks so much for your support. Don’t give up.

  • Tawnya Peltonen

    December 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I came here in search of a place I could buy a signed print copy of Night Owl and found myself distracted by your interesting and witty posts. I am, as you might remember, a new stalk…er fan of yours and this news is SO exciting! As a book blogger I know that getting a deal with a big publishing house is the dream of SO many authors and I’m so incredibly happy for you. Night Owl is SUCH a fantastic book. I’ve read well over 150 books this year and it is by far my favorite. I sort of stopped reading erotica after the whole 50 Shades craze hit and I’m not sure what made me pick up Night Owl, but once I did I COULD NOT put it down! I STILL cannot stop thinking about it! I’ve given it to so many friends, family and followers I’ve lost count just so I had people to talk with about Night Owl and the total mindfuck it provides.

    Congrats on the book deal! You totally deserve all the good things that are happening and (I’m sure) will continue to happen for you!

    Merry Christmas!

    • M. Pierce

      December 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Hey, Merry Christmas to you too! I’m thrilled to hear you think so highly of my book. That’s what every author wants to hear. And um… I want to hear it the most, so… *Hoards the praise*

  • jacqueline

    January 6, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Awesome read, thanks! Reminded me a little of one of my favorite movies, Wonder Boys. What do you recommend we read while we wait your sequel?

    • M. Pierce

      January 7, 2014 at 2:00 am

      I love that movie.

      Let me think on the reading recommendations. That’s a tough question.

      Thanks so much for reading Night Owl, and commenting here.

      • jacqueline

        January 7, 2014 at 9:04 pm

        Omg, i just got to the page in the book where you referenced that movie, crazy! Mind link! I hear michael douglass as Matt ‘s voice. Im almost done, sad to have it end. You have incredible talent, this is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Are you keeping your gender a secret? Sorry if its a stupid question, I’m new to your web page.

        • M. Pierce

          January 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm

          I need to watch that movie again. That and Good Will Hunting. And Interview with the Vampire. And The Crow. All my old school guilty pleasures.

          • jacqueline

            January 8, 2014 at 5:12 pm

            You said it! I need to see wonder boys again imminently! No guilt here, love it with pride. Speaking of which… Finished your book, and am amazed I’m fortunate enough to correspond with one of my favorite authors! Good luck maintaining your anonymity. If you are a female, kudos for creating a male character who feels masculine and real. If you are a male, congrats on all the swooning chicks!!! (Matt is one sexy dude, much hotter and better written than the guy in book that is in a class by itself…) Thank you again, I’m now going to look into your reading referrals . Looking forward to following your career!!!

          • M. Pierce

            January 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm

            Thanks you! So glad you enjoyed it.

  • Anamarija

    February 5, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Wow, now I’m in a “Awwweee” moment. Was this kinda …autobiography??? Or just a popularity trick, like Daft punk, hiding their faces and all :) Nevermind.
    Read the book,couldn’t put it down… wrote a review on GR… And where the f* was I on 21 January?! Not coming to your chat…arghhhhh…. Wait, let me check out that… I was reading Beautiful bitch, saw date on my review. Ranting much?:) Oh, yeah, I just wanted to say that you reminded me of my ex. But, for realz. We met online, and he called me his little birdie. Yeah… and I hated goodbyes, but he was an asshole, after 7 months together. Breaking up in a text message. Anywaysssss…good times:) Loved the book, 4/5* from me.

    Take care,
    greetings from Croatia♥

    • M. Pierce

      February 8, 2014 at 12:53 am

      Thanks so much for writing the review! I’m really glad you enjoyed Night Owl.

  • Jade

    February 6, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Good for you! Absolutely loved the first book so as much as it pains me to wait I know the second book will be well worth it! Also glad to know it’s not paranormal! Not my cup of tea and would have been devastated to find that out in the second book lol keep up that writing! genius! Love your work :)

    • M. Pierce

      February 8, 2014 at 12:28 am

      Thanks so much Jade.

  • Michelle

    April 14, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Kudos to you! I am so happy your dream was realized and am not surprised you were snapped up by a traditional publisher. Night Owl is my favorite book, and I cannot wait to own it in print. In fact, I have preordered it and own the audiobook as well.

    • M. Pierce

      July 22, 2014 at 12:20 am

      This is what every author wants to hear. I feel honored that my book is your favorite. That’s just the best. Thank you, Michelle.

  • Sheri Lynn

    June 25, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Ok. I know I’m a little late to the party (as usual) but I just seen this and feel I must comment on all the things! So basically, I just want to say how proud and happy I am for you! You deserve all the things. You win all the gold stars!! You should really incorporate stickers on your page. That would be kick ass. Shit. Can I say ass here?? Sorry, if not. Anyway, thank you for your words, your friendship and for bringing me so many ladies that I truly love and that I have met because of you and night owl. I wish you nothing but success and all the good things on your journey. (look, no ACF’s!!!) this isn’t a true Sheri post without one at least. Sooo…,I hope you have a good moaning. I mean a good mounting. ❤️

  • Tanya Brien

    June 25, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Crazy stuff huh! It is hard to believe that you have been writing for so long and had continuous rejections to have your work published. I mean really did they read any of it?? It is amazing how the universe works, and for finally someone to notice your work and your greatness after you had successfully self published Night Owl. It was just meant to be, meant to be for this time in your life! With only 4 days left for Night Owl to come out in paperback I hope you can truly take it all in, enjoy it, embrace it and sit back with a tube of pringles and saviour this special moment. It’s special to us, your readers. Okay enough of this mushy nostalgia crap, it’s starting to get to me, can’t wait to have that paperback in my hands and so looking forward to the next in the series! x

    • M. Pierce

      July 21, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      It really has been quite a journey for me, from anonymity to publication. A struggle — and so worth it. Thank you for being on this journey with me. I’m loving it, and I’m always moved when I hear that someone enjoyed the book, and esp. when I get to know you better (as I have a bit) in the FB group. Cheers Tanya.

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