Hello, readers and lovely new website visitors!
I’m incredibly sorry. I didn’t mean to completely disappear this summer, especially without announcing a formal internet break, but that is exactly what happened over the past couple months. Book 4, as I have mentioned before, is a beast. It is eating up all my time and my energy. I think it’ll end up being a pretty good book, but right now, it is demanding my undivided attention.
Sorry, poor neglected blog! And Twitter! And facebook, tumblr, and instagram!
And most of all, I’m sorry to you readers! I know Of Sorcery and Snow just came out, and you’re probably more eager to hear from me. I feel terrible about letting you down.
And here’s the other thing I’m really sorry about: the internet hiatus isn’t over. I’m only popping my head out of the revision cave for this post, and then I have to get back to crafting this draft.
The only reason I broke my silence?
Well, today is a special occasion. There’s absolutely no reason why you would know why. I actually only remembered, because I marked my calendar months and months ago–in seriously calmer times.
It’s the five year anniversary of me becoming a professional writer. I meant to write a really deep post about my journey, and instead, here I am, apologizing for my long absence(s). I think that gives you a pretty accurate picture of my life right now.
Before I disappear again, I want to quickly answer a few questions I’ve noticed.
So, here we go:
(a.k.a Frequently Asked Questions)
Will there be a Book 4?
Yes! Technically, it exists already. In July, it looked like this:
The first draft was over 500 pages long. Yikes.
This month, it is only slightly less humongous and unruly:
The second draft was less than 380 pages long. That still seems LONG.
(The bigger stack holds the chapters I still need to rework. Siiiiiigh.)
When does Book 4 come out?
We’re not sure what date it’ll be published, but right now, it’s scheduled to come out in Summer 2015. So, roughly, a year after Of Sorcery and Snow.
I’m sorry! I know it’s a long time to wait! That’s part of the reason I’m working so hard on it now. I want it to come out on time, so y’all don’t have to wait even longer.
Does Book 4 have a title?
Technically yes. I haven’t gotten permission to share it yet.
BUT I think I can tell you that the title was a suggestion from one of the readers who visited the **SPOILER** Boards. I told everyone then that I would share the title suggestions with my editor and agent, and I did. My editor ended up picking one that a reader suggested.
I’m planning a prize for this reader, and I’ll announce who this reader is when I’m allowed to announce the title.
What will be going on with Rory and Chase in Book 4?
Totally not telling.
But seriously, this is one of those **SPOILER** things I’m afraid to even hint around. Plus, since the book isn’t finished, nothing is set in stone yet. So, I really can’t tell you, because it might not be true in the next draft.
The site says I’m a spammer! Can you rescue my comment?
I will try. I’ve been trying to go through the spam folder at least once a week to rescue comments that don’t deserve to be there, but I have horrific news–news that has been keeping me up at night:
The spam folder has been deleting comments faster than I can go through them. In other words, we’re losing some comments forever.
I don’t know why this is happening. It’s never happened before. Earlier this year, I found comments that were almost a year old, and right now, I’m getting so much spam–like actual, slightly gross spam–that the spam folder tends to get overfull in LESS than a week. I think it has started to delete stuff on its own.
I created this website on my own, and I think we’ve reached the ends of my ability to maintain it properly. I think I’m going to have to recruit some professional help this fall.
I feel awful about this, and I wish I had a solution. I hope all of you are saving your important posts before you submit them to the potential wrath or mercy of this site’s overzealous spam folder.
Could we have a fanfiction-only page to go along with the **SPOILER** Boards?
A number of you guys have asked me about creating a page just for fanfiction. I’m immensely flattered that you guys have enjoyed the Ever Afters so much that you want to write a story within its world. I know it’s a pain to try to track a certain fanfiction when a) it’s not the only fanfiction in the 2,000 or so comments on that page and b) Larry, the spam folder/comment devourer, keeps eating your posts.
I haven’t answered the question until now, because I’ve been considering it.
And right now, my answer is…not right now.
I’ve thought about this long and hard, and at the moment, I can ONLY be responsible for this book. I can’t be responsible for extra content beyond that. That includes the short stories, blog posts, AND fanfiction.
And after the book (finally) gets turned in, well, it’s very rare for an author to be in charge of fanfiction for her own books. I’m not sure I’ll be the one to break the cycle. I’m still thinking about it.
When will the short stories come out?
Sometime after Book 4 is in. I’m going to need a project where I get to say goodbye to these characters, and those short stories will be it.
Have you gotten my email?
Probably. But I’m afraid I’m backed up on the email front–roughly five months behind by today’s estimate. I think I answered all blog comments up until June 23, and then I haven’t since.
I still plan to respond, but it’ll be a while before I can turn my attention to them. It’ll take even longer for me to get back to everyone.
Where are you??????????
Working on Book 4.
Thank you to Earl at Green Bean Books for the photo!
I did have this fabulous event with Green Bean Books at the end of July (see above), but besides that, Book 4 has dominated my life. I’ve been working ten to fifteen hour days. I’ve taken one day off since early May, and I spent it in bed, watching Call the Midwife.
I’m telling you this so that you know: I’m not ignoring you on purpose. I am doing all I can.
As I write this, I sense you on the other end of the screen. I sense you getting upset, maybe even angry: I’m gone for so long, and you were as patient as you could possibly be, and then you basically get a post about how I’m sorry but I can’t do the things you hoped I would do (at least right now)? A litany of apologies seems like a terrible way to repay your enthusiasm and your kindness. I know this. I kind of expect to get a few messages that contain varying levels of displeasure.
Please don’t think, though, that this means that I don’t care or that I don’t think about you. I think about you all the time. I think about you especially while I’m writing and revising. Of the five years I have been writing, thinking about my readers has been the only thing that has remained consistent. I imagined you before I learned your names, and after I got the chance to meet you (digitally or in person), you wowed me with your passion and your smarts and all-around awesomeness.
That is why disappointing you haunts me so much.
I would love to be able to give you all that you ask for. I would love to just keep up with this website like I did earlier this year. But I am human–and I’m limited by a human amount of hours in a human day. My human body is starting to struggle under the stress of this year, and I’ve been forced to admit: I can’t do everything.
But I have to finish this book.
Here begins the official internet break. I’ll see you again after Book 4 is done. :-/