Thursday, August 22, 2013

Big Changes Afoot for THE LOST Trilogy

Okay.  I've got some news to share about THE LOST, THE MISSING, and THE FOUND, my forthcoming trilogy aimed at adult readers.  And while I suspect some of you aren't going to be thrilled about what I'm about to say, it really is great news for the books.....

Here's the deal.  THE LOST was scheduled to be released from the Luna imprint (division) of Harlequin on October 29, 2013, which is just a bit more than two months from now.  It's all set to go.  Written.  Edited.  Copyedited.  Proofread.  Cover finalized.  Everything.  However, in the interest of giving the trilogy the best launch we possibly can, it was recently decided that the trilogy should be shifted from Harlequin's Luna imprint to their Mira imprint (same publishing house, same editor, different division).  Mira is a significantly larger imprint than Luna, with more marketing muscle, and a list that spans a wider range of genres.  As a result, under the Mira imprint, these books are more likely to find their way onto both fantasy shelves and mainstream fiction shelves, and therefore into the hands of a wider range of readers -- which is great news.

With this change of imprints comes a change in release schedule as well.  Essentially, it was decided that the books should come out closer together -- 4 to 6 months apart rather than 7 to 9 months apart -- so readers will have access to the full trilogy within a shorter span of time.  This is also great news, both for readers and for me.

However, and this is the part some of you may not be thrilled about, fitting these three books into the Mira release schedule required a bit of juggling, and to make them fit, they had to delay publication of the first book, THE LOST, from November 2013 to June 2014.  Soooooooo, the new publication schedule (tentatively) looks like this:

THE LOST -- Harlequin/Mira -- June 2014
THE MISSING -- Harlequin/Mira -- December 2014
THE FOUND -- Harlequin/Mira -- April 2015

While the release of the first book, THE LOST, has been delayed by about seven months, the shorter time between books means that the third book, THE FOUND, will come out right around the time it was always going to come out.

So that's the big news.  I apologize to those of you who were looking forward to reading THE LOST in November, but this change should be really good for the trilogy overall and the more compressed release schedule will mean shorter waits from book to book.

Plus, the release schedule for my YA books remains unchanged, with CONJURED coming out just 12 DAYS from now and my next YA, MIND OVER MAGIC, coming out around a year after that.

CONJURED -- Bloomsbury/Walker -- September 3, 2013
MIND OVER MAGIC -- Bloomsbury/Walker -- Fall 2014

So it looks like I won't have two books out in 2013 after all.  Just the one, CONJURED.  But if this schedule holds, I'll have three books out in 2014!!! Should be quite a year!



At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Valerie G. said...

Yay for you, and boo for us! I was looking forward to some new SBD reading this fall! Ah, well. :)

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

Valerie: CONJURED comes out on Sept 3rd so you will have a new SBD book this fall! And the three books (THE LOST, THE MISSING, and THE FOUND) will come out in much quicker succession!

At 4:23 PM, Blogger Jazz said...

I'm happy for you. Sounds like great news for your career as a writer. As a reader, well, at least I'll get the third book sooner this way. (Long view.)

At 8:01 AM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

Jazz: Thanks so much. I wish book one could come out sooner as well, but I totally agree re the long view. Definitely great news for the trilogy overall.


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