This is a long post which has nothing to do with Ellora’s Cave, and everything to do with Courtney Milan. It’s like I remembered that I actually run a business or something…?
The whiplash version of this post: I’ve hit several milestones involving large numbers, The Duchess War is free, I’m playing with pricing, I will have a short story up in the first-ever RWA anthology, my next book will be a New Adult contemporary romance, and the first book in the Worth Saga will be out next May.
Want more details? Follow me below the jump.
First: I wrapped up The Brothers Sinister series this year–meaning I now have three complete series out there, an accomplishment that seems surprising and vast. I cannot imagine myself having another three complete series, ever, and yet unless things go weird, it will probably happen. Somehow in my head I still see myself as at the beginning of my career. Obviously, I need to adjust that internal expectation.
Here’s my personal adjustment. By my count, I’ve published the following:
This Wicked Gift – 28,781 words
Proof by Seduction – 90,304 words
Trial by Desire – 90,508 words
Unveiled – 99,930 words
Unlocked – 27,707 words
Unclaimed – 89,217 words
Unraveled – 93,525 words
What Happened at Midnight – 35,273 words
The Lady Always Wins – 18,547 words
The Governess Affair – 32,597 words
The Duchess War – 97,113 words
A Kiss for Midwinter – 37,635 words
The Heiress Effect – 102,404 words
The Countess Conspiracy – 91,440 words
The Suffragette Scandal – 95,491 words
Talk Sweetly to Me – 34,119 words
Total: 1,064,591 words
In other words, sometime in 2014, without my quite noticing it, I published my millionth word of historical romance. Also sometime in 2014, without my quite noticing it, some reader bought my millionth book. These are both momentous things, and I wouldn’t have been able to do either one without the readers, librarians, and reviewers who have enjoyed my books and told others about them.
So, thank you all so much.
I have the best job in the world and you can’t imagine how happy I am about that, and I’m looking forward to the day that I can announce that I’ve published another million words of historical romance.
And that leads me to…
Second: I can’t think of a better way to thank you all than this. I’ve made The Duchess War free right now, and you can get it at these places: kindle | iBooks | nook | kobo | google play | smashwords | all romance ebooks.
It will remain free through the holiday season. If you’re in the UK and you want to get this free on Amazon, please report it available at a lower price on the Amazon page, and hopefully Amazon will get with the program already.
Third: I’m tweaking pricing (er: to clarify on average, it will go slightly up) over the next few months. I have pretty much convinced myself that I’m going to start pricing full-length novels up to $4.99 as a general rule, and possibly (still arguing with myself on this) novellas up to $2.99. But, because I want to reward people who get in early, I’ll be launching full-length books at $3.99 for the preorder period and for the first few days, and the novellas at $0.99.
If you want to make sure you don’t miss that early bird bonus, sign up for my new release email list. I always respect your inbox. You can easily unsubscribe, I only email when there’s a new release, and I never give away emails to anyone else because that’s rude.
Speaking of new releases…
Fourth: I have a short story coming out in RWA’s first ever anthology. A Right Honorable Gentleman is short (about 7,000 words) but I really, really like how it turned out. You can read more about it here. It’s coming on February 12, 2015, and it will be in an anthology with 18 stories in total–over 100,000 words of story–ranging from contemporary to paranormal to historical to LGBT–for the low price of $4.99. I hope you like it.
But speaking of other genres…
Fifth: As it turns out, a million words of historical romance is a lot of words. I’ve mentioned in the occasional interview that I have ideas for books that are not historical romances. I mostly haven’t written them for a lot of reasons—there’s an obvious and clear demand for my historical romances, and given a choice between writing a book for which there is an obvious and clear demand, and writing a book in another genre for which there is not an obvious and clear demand, practicality and general business sense dictates that I write the former.
This isn’t a problem. I love writing historical romances. I don’t think I will ever stop writing historical romances.
I have been working on the first book in my next series, and the major problem I have had is that after a million words of historical romance, I need a break. It won’t be a long break. It won’t be a permanent break. But you deserve to have me give you books that I am excited about writing, and I deserve to be writing something I am excited about. After several months of trying to get excited about something that I need a rest from, I shifted gears and started to work on a completely different project, one that I’ve been mulling over for years. I’m extremely excited about it.
You? I don’t know if you will be excited about this book at all, and you don’t have to be, and it has been honestly freeing to write with the expectation that everyone will hate this book. The book is called Trade Me, it will be out at the end of January, and you can read more about it here. I hope I’ll have the first chapter up soon, and you can judge for yourself whether you want to be excited, too.
Finally, sixth: So when will the Worth Saga start? Now that I’ve taken a little time off, I can better judge. You’ll have the first book in May of 2015. I feel fairly confident about that.