Thursday, August 11, 2011

Books, Resurrected

They're the worst six words an author can hear from an agent: "Your Series Is Not Being Renewed."

What does that mean? It means the three books you wrote didn't wow enough buyers. Your dreams of making bestseller lists fell short and the stories you'd planned for Book 4 will have no audience.

Tragic.

And then you have to answer all the emails asking, "When is Book 4 coming out? I can't wait to read it!"

Heartbreaking.

Or so it used to be.

My first three books revolved around the world of antiques and collectibles. The topic has always been a passion of mine and it made sense that I would begin my career writing about something I knew and loved. So I invented Molly Appleby, a single, pleasantly plump, middle school teacher-turned reporter and set her loose on the world. She wrote articles for Collector's Weekly, ate way too much junk food, hung out with her mom and her two cats, and developed a serious crush on a hunky coworker. She also stumbled on dead bodies and priceless valuables. I had a ball writing them.

But the series was canceled and until recently, I thought it was dead in the water. But ebooks give our canceled series second lives. Sure, we might only sell 5000 copies instead of the 20,000 the publisher was hoping for, but we'll take it.

Heck, the books might catch fire and sell 50,000 copies! You never know.

So I jumped into the epub pool this month and edited, polished, and republished my Molly Appleby books. And now, finally, I can work on Book 4, and tell the
readers what happens between Molly and her man.

Do you have an ereader? If so, I'm offering A Killer Collection at 99 cents for a few weeks (on all types of readers). The other books, A Fatal Appraisal and A Deadly Dealer, are priced at a reasonable $3.99.

I hope you'll give Molly a try!