With your support, the fifth book in the series--as with the first four--hit the NY Times. You've made 5 releases in a row all NYT bestsellers. THANK YOU. With the 3rd book in a series (in children's or teen), the books move to the series list--which is crazy-hard to reach. You, however, made the series appear on that list with Fragile, Radiant Shadows, & now Darkest Mercy.
. . . AND you put Darkest Mercy on the USA Today bestseller list too!
*sends many hugs*
What a way to celebrate the end of the series!
Release day itself was pretty fabulous, too. I had fun doing the live stream, and reading your emails/FB/twitter/msg-board/print letters celebrating the release. I also celebrated by going out for dinner on release day with one of the Wicked Lovely film producers.
ON THE FILM
I continue to be so excited to work with the film team, especially my fabulous producers & screenwriter. It seems like such a strange process, though, in many ways like writing a book. How? Well, out there waiting (as I do for books or films I want to see!) you can't see the process, all of the things that go on between starting and it getting to you. With books, there are revisions, copyedits, galleys, cover design, meetings on so many things, and with films, there are revisions (on the screenplay), meetings, strange last minute requests that always seem time sensitive (note: these happen in the book process too), yet almost all of those are steps that no one sees.
Last fall I sweet man said to me "it must be great to just get to sit around and write." I laughed out loud. I didn't mean to, and I immediately explained why & apologized in case my moment of outburst hurt his feelings. Luckily, it hadn't. . . although he did admit that he was sad that his illusions were shattered. He told me he wanted to think that the job I do was one without a lot of actual, yanno, work bc he wanted to write some day. I did admit that the days when my job is good--when the muse is dancing or that first copy is in my hands or readers astound me with wondrousness--it's the best job in the world (aside from motherhood, of course!)
The waiting parts are always hard, though, and the not-sharing things is hard. I like to share my glee. It's always more satisfying to share than not. . . but all I can say is that we are moving forward, not as fast as some would like, but the project remains positive & my producers & studio remain amazing.
I am getting a lot of "are you sure this is the end of the series?" questions. I am. This story is over. Could there be other stories in this world? Maybe some day, but it's not where I'm at now. Now I'm finishing up Carnival and then I'll be back to the 2nd adult novel (which lacks a title). After that, I'm contracted for the new YA trilogy (which I call Shadowlight). . . so Darkest Mercy really is the end of this story, but thank you for the love that makes you want to hang out with these characters a bit longer.
I did, admittedly, write some WL World short stories--"Old Habits," "Stopping Time," and "Cotton Candy Skies" (which are out in ebook format only so far), and a story in Enthralled (Sept 2011) anthology. Those and "A Hoard" will be in the short story collection, Faery Tales & Nightmares (February 2012). That collection will also have the selchie story ("Love Struck") that was in Love is Hell and a few very short stories that have nothing to do with faeries.
Yes, to those asking, the print story collection will be in the UK, Australia, & NZ too.
And as of yesterday, "Stopping Time" will be released in Germany too.
Yes, you can get signed copies of Darkest Mercy. I signed a pile of them at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, CA, and yesterday I signed them at Fountain Books in Richmond, VA. Both stores ship worldwide.
No, I am not not doing many events. I will be at RT in Los Angeles, CA (April); Booksoup in Hollywood (April); and FaerieWorld in Eugene, OR (June). All event details are on my website. I am doing a few tour stops for Graveminder, & I will sign WL books there too. The only of those I can confirm right now is Kepler's in the San Fransisco area on June 3rd.
The first industry review on GM came in on Darkest Mercy's release day too! I won't post te whole thing, but the closing lines of it were:
". . . the emotional dance between Rebekkah and Byron will captivate female readers.
Fantasy-horror fans will demand more." (Kirkus, Feb/March 2011)
Here's hoping that they're right, & you all like it. Of course, I was also pleased that they had as much trouble as I do deciding the genre! It's for "female readers" and "fantasy-horror" readers. Yeah, that whole "what genre" thing kicks my ass every time it comes up . Relieved that it's not just me!!! :)