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The female has had a lot of comments lately asking (or quietly grieving) that the next Vigilante Magical librarians book has a 12-18 month release window. I know, I know. Waiting sucks. It does! But, as we of the Furred and Frond management do enjoy being transparent, we’re going to take some time to talk shop with you, so readers know what and when to roughly anticipate upcoming books:
The female is tentatively considering moving the release of Wild Wolf from December to January. Preorders will remain intact, and there is no penalty for a singular move of up to 30 days. She will know by November if she will change its release date.
Yes, this is a ‘safe the author’s sanity’ move, and it will only be done if her and her editor cannot guarantee the book will be perfectly ready by its original predicted release date. Wild Wolf was chosen because it has the fewest number of preorders at current of the three books scheduled for December.
Note: this will only be done if and only if the female cannot make her brain do the work required to launch on time.
We’re blaming COVID. (Because realistically, it is COVID’s fault.)
Unfortunately, the male’s aunt passed away from COVID recently, and because she lived in Canada and they have very strict quarantine requirements, the humans cannot attend the services, which will be held in early September. (Long story short, please wear your masks, please take extra special care with your aging loved ones, and for fuck’s sake, please take COVID seriously.)
Let’s just say the female has had many readers and friends who have been sick with COVID, who are recovering but aren’t well even after they’ve tested negative, and this illness is no joke or conspiracy theory.
Anyway, that’s the story of how the female has been delayed on getting things done. Her emotional and mental state isn’t bad all things considered, but right now is hard.
So, let’s discuss the Vigilante Magical Librarians series. In the end of Booked for Murder, it was announced it would take 12-18 months for the next book to release. There is a good reason for this.
In 2020, the female will be releasing the following books: A Chip on Her Shoulder, The Flame Game, Murder Mittens, License to Kill, and Wild Wolf. In January, she will be releasing Dirty Deeds with Faith Hunter, Devon Monk, and Diana Pharaoh Francis. In March, she will release the first of a Mag Rom Com spinoff trilogy involving the Devil. In May, she will release Catnapped.
That is a lot of words to write, and despite common belief, the female is not a machine. She’s a very tired living being who works very hard.
It took six months to write Booked for Murder. There is zero reason for the female to believe that the next Vigilante Magical Librarians book will take less than six months. As such, the 12 month estimate is really and truly the absolute earliest she can produce the book.
While the female is prolific, she is only prolific right now because she works seven days a week for often fourteen hours daily.
She does not wish to work that schedule any longer. It is brutal, it is destructive to her health, and she does not earn enough per book sale to even come close to warranting the stress and strain put on herself.
Yep, we’re saying it, humans: $5.99 per copy sold, of which the female only receives 70% minus transfer fees, is not worth seven days a week, fourteen hour a day days. It’s just not. And while we realize it would be ridiculous for her to charge much more than what she’s doing for a book, she’s happy with her current pricing scheme; it balances her need to pay the rent and the bills, and it makes the books accessible to most people… and those who can’t afford the books can inquire with their public libraries about copies. (Please do. Libraries are wonderful.)
As such, please be patient. In 2021, the female is moving to no more than five days a week and eight hours a day.
No more twenty to thirty days in a row of working without a single day off. No more working from when she gets up to until she goes to bed. Her current work street is 30 days without an actual break. Yes, she worked while she went camping, somewhere around five hours a day. The one day, she worked closer to twelve, because the male was reading and so she took advantage of his desire for quiet time to write. In good news, she did (mostly) work on a fun side project.
We appreciate how much you enjoy her books and your enthusiasm, but in 2021, the workload will be decreased. Five days a week with eight hours a day is fair.
What is happening now is not fair.
What she is currently doing is destructive and not fair. She made promises, so she kept them. She will not continue to work as hard moving forward.
As soon as the current commitments are fulfilled, this is how preorders will work.
Three months after the book is completely finished, the book will release. This will allow the female time to handle the pre-publication work, from scheduling promotions to having the audiobook versions produced if the book will be getting one, and getting paperbacks done. This should allow for audiobooks to release substantially closer to ebook editions.
It will significantly lower her stress levels, too.
Please note that audiobook production will be on a case-by-case basis. Once the book has 2,000 ebook sales or preorders, assuming it does so within a month of its release date, the book will be queued for audiobook production. Why 2,000?
That’s roughly how many preorders of the ebook copies are required for the female to cover the costs of audiobook production and make enough to put some food on the table and help pay the rent. After the first month of sales, truth be told, backlist sales become a much smaller portion of the female’s income, which generally means the new releases need to carry paying the rent, staff, and bills.
This is non-negotiable; she isn’t even going to consider audiobook production on a book unless it has at least that many preorders or sales, and only if it does so early in the book’s life. That means some series will not be getting audiobooks.
Booked for Murder and a Chip on Her Shoulder will be getting audiobook editions, as both titles have reached these numbers. The Flame Game and Murder Mittens, when they release, will be queued for audiobook editions.
It is unlikely the Royal States series will have immediate audiobook production done, as they rarely reach that many sales near release. (They’re closer to the 1,000 mark in terms of preorder sales, and it is questionable if they will perform well enough to hit the threshold. It will be approached on a case-by-case basis.)
This does put audiobook production in a position to be completely reliant on the ebook portion, but the female cannot continue accruing a huge amount of debt on gambles that won’t pay back, and at least this way, the gamble is being buffered by the success of the book getting the audiobook version. So, in the future, if there isn’t an audiobook version available, it is because the ebook didn’t sell enough copies around its launch.
She just can’t afford to keep flinging money at a product that isn’t going to sell or earn back its production costs. We’re sorry. We know some of you enjoy audiobooks for various reasons, but the bills associated with their production are lethal.
This is the best compromise she could come up with for those who enjoy audiobooks. At least this way, the ebook will have made enough where the female can produce the audiobook and still pay her staff, the rent, and so on.
That’s probably not what you wanted to hear today. Again, we’re sorry. The female does not have the energy or willpower to deal with crowdfunding, patreons, or anything else of that nature.
She wants to write books.
She doesn’t want to need to write 80,000-120,000 words a month for all eternity. Something has to give, so yes.
The female will no longer be maintaining this brutal place. We hope you are patient, but the reality is, she wants to be happy, too–and being pressured to write 80,000-120,000 words a month, plus time required to edit the books, plus time to market the books… is just too much.
So, the next time a new preorder is announced, it will be sometime in 2021, it will last for three months, and we’re sorry to the readers we disappoint. If you need new authors to try because my updated schedule makes you unhappy, starting on September 8 or so, we will be running a book faire to thank authors who have just been awesome people and helped the female… we are sure you’ll find some books you can fall in love with there.
But enough is enough.
The female deserves to be happy, too–and that means saying no to 7 days a week, 14 hours a day.
Which is what is needed to give you one book a month.
So the next time you wonder why an author writes only one or two books a year… it is because they have a life.
Right now, the female does.
There are only books.
The next book coming out is A Chip on Her Shoulder, releasing September 1. We really do hope you love it. It’s the female’s current favorite.