Today the phenomenal Stacia Kane took over the daunting task of taking our place on the blog. She will tell you how hard it actually is to keep a secret as an author and how the wait for the next book is out of her point of view. We all know her Downside novels created a huge Terrible Fever- a well deserved one because let’s be honest her books are unique and wonderful. Be sure to answer one of her questions at the end of the post to win an fabulous prize pack.
So, any of you who follow my blog or my Twitter—if any of you reading this do—will be aware that I finished the fourth Downside book, which still doesn’t have a title, a few weeks ago. This afternoon I heard from my wonderful editor, who (huge sigh of relief) loves the book.
Hey, we writers can’t take this for granted; we never know how a book is going to be received, not ever. And chances are the one we like the least is the one readers like the best. I know that’s true for me. I felt CITY OF GHOSTS was the weakest of the first three books, but everyone seems to love it. But the point is, I write the book, and I feel however I feel about it and I hope, but there’s always the chance that my editor will email me to ask me who the hell I’m trying to kid with that big pile of messy stupidity I sent her, and did I really think I could get away with that? So, luckily, I managed to dodge that bullet one more time.
But. In a way this next stretch is even harder to get through. Not just writing the fifth book, and then the sixth. That’s going to be fun, and I’m looking forward to it. No, I mean the wait.
Not just the wait, but the worry.
It’s exciting to know what happens next. It’s exciting to think—to hope—that readers will be excited by this scene or that, or that they’ll love that line as much as you will, or that they’ll be pleased that X or Y happened. It’s exciting to picture their reactions when they finish the book. Sure, it’s scary, because they might hate it, but in general all you can do is try to be optimistic. And having my editor tell me she loves it does help a lot with that.
But it takes so long. Having the secret—in this case, having another three books’ worth of secrets—begins to wear. It’s already starting for me a bit; I might see someone guess this or that and want to tell them they’re right or wrong, but I don’t want to spoil anything (and if it’s a reader conversation I’ve stumbled across—as opposed to one on my blog or @ replied to me on Twitter—I don’t join in, just like I don’t read the Goodreads group some readers set up. It’s not for me, it’s for you guys, and you shouldn’t feel like I’m always peering over your shoulder to see what you’re saying).
It’s just…it’s like planning a surprise party for your best friend, but that friend’s birthday isn’t for a year and a half yet. You have all the plans laid and the work done, but now you have to keep your mouth shut about it for that long. And you want to tell. You want to tell because you’re excited, as I said above. You want to tell because you can’t wait for the reaction. But you can’t tell, and it’s some weird form of torture, because you’re supposed to be promoting this book and the series, and making people anticipate the next book, while at the same time not telling them anything that will happen in the next book.
I’ll put up the first chapter, of course, but not until we’re much closer to the release date (which I don’t have yet). I’ve posted a couple of little excerpts, yes. But how many of those can I post without giving away the whole book, you know? Especially because I don’t want to give spoilers, and as the book goes on—beyond the first three or four chapters, really—everything has to do with that book’s plot and that book’s characters, so it’s all spoilery. And at what point are you just being kind of a jerk, posting little excerpts from, say, the sixth book, which won’t be out for another two-and-a-half years or something (Not saying it will be, I have no idea, I’m just saying it could be a while, is all)?
So it’s hard not to tell. And it’s hard not to worry. What if you all forget about it, about the series? What if you no longer care? There are so many other books coming out between now and then, it’ll be easy to move on from my little gang of ghetto no-hopers. Maybe the fact that I tried to give you some sort of ending in the third book in case I didn’t get contracted for more means you’re already satisfied with that ending and don’t want to read more. Maybe you’ll all be sick to death of witches by the time the book comes out. Who knows? So much can happen.
So next time you’re bemoaning the length of time between book releases, just remember. It drives us crazy too. We can’t wait for you to read our work. We can’t wait to entertain you again, and we really really hope we will.
What do you think, do you like excerpts? Spoilers? Is there a particular question you’re hoping is answered, or a particular thing you’d like to see, in the next Downside book? (I won’t tell you if it will or won’t be in there, but it’d be a fun way to enter the contest, right?)
Thanks so much for letting me come play today, Ladies! It’s always so much fun to visit Book Lovers.
Thank you Stacia, as always we loved to have you over!
Stacia generously offered to give away the first 3 Downside novels, signed to one lucky commentator!!
You’re also getting an extra entry for the main giveaway if you entered our Big Blogoversary Giveaway here.
All you have to do is answer Stacia’s question (only one or several, as you wish).
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)
Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).
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Giveaway ends on Friday February 4th and we will announce the winner on Sunday.