SALES FAIL//SERIES GOING DOWN
And from this royalty check, a certain book did not do well at all...and that leads to a decision on my part, taking in my agent's advice and my publisher's advice. If there is a series you love, but you don't feel you have the time or the money or the inclination to help out the author, that's definitely your choice (and money is tight everywhere. ) But the result is...that series you loved? It will be gone. That one or two characters you thought were the best thing since sliced bread...I'm sorry. I can't write books that don't make any money at all (as opposed to the tiny amount others might make.)
The constant wah wah of readers don't owe authors anything...well, that's true. I never thought any differently. I thought, however, that if a reader liked a series and wanted to keep it around, that logically they'd *know* buying it is the only way to do that. You don't buy it, the writer can't afford to write it and the publisher has no reason to publish it. I don't think logic comes any more simple than that. Readers don't owe me squat, but I thought they knew no sales=no series and if you truly loved that series but didn't support it, I don't think you can expect any kind of different outcome.
So now to CHIMERA. It will have to stand up and try to be a series now, because I cannot financially live on one series. Can't be done at my level of the game. Only one series means I go back to my real job which leaves little room for sanity or writing. Please buy CHIMERA, please support it in the way I've seen you kick ass and take names when it comes to supporting other works. Spread the word. Buy June 1st -7th if possible, but mainly buy it. I've never had to lose characters/series before and it hurts to know I won't see them again...that *you* won't see them again when I know many of you did love them.
And this is me waving from Gilligan's Island where the Professor just got kicked off and fed to the sharks. His ratings and sales left no choice. God, I miss those characters already. They were good characters and they had a lot of love between them--a lot of love, a lot of adventure, a lot of snark. It breaks my heart to say goodbye to them. But goodbye is all that's left. I hope you can help CHIMERA not go the same way.