“We both want to work at our own pace and take our time. We don’t want the stress of not meeting a deadline. If we don’t meet one, nobody has to know. When things are ready to be published, they will be up on the Release Schedule. We will announce them on the blog and in the newsletter. “
Will the snippets stop?
Does this mean you are retiring?
I will miss this blog.
The blog isn’t stopping.
Does this mean no more Artha pictures?
There will be Artha pictures.
Is Sweep of the Heart cancelled?
::laughs:: I know you guys can read. The only thing that’s changing is that we will not announce our projects until they are complete and ready for production. This way we hope to avoid endless emails asking if whatever we are working on is done yet. A little less transparency, a little more peace of mind.
Because you’re not contracted for anything, would you ever consider writing an entire short series and then publishing them on a schedule?
That is an interesting idea. For us to do this, we would have to meet three conditions.
One, we would have to be absolutely sure that the duology or the trilogy is strong enough to find its audience. Two books is double the investment of time and labor. If it comes out and flops, then we’ve wasted twice as much time.
Two, the idea would have to be engaging enough for us not to hate working on it continuously. We tend to switch between projects.
Three, financially we would have to be able to commit enough time to it and resign ourselves to not earning anything from new releases meanwhile. We can side step that one with a novella or two. Novellas take less time, so we could work on book 1, write and release an unrelated novella, and then work on Book 2.
There are advantages to doing more than one book in that manner. First, you can keep continuity intact vs trying to remember how tall someone is 18 months after you’ve written it. Second, if the book is good and you release them with like a month in between, it can really jump-start the sales. At the same time, when released like that, the series doesn’t have the time to really accumulate the audience, so it could go either way.
Anyway, it is a cool idea and we may consider it in the future if the right project comes along.
Will you still be working with the same editor when self published, or do you have to find another editor? It sounds like that’s the most important relationship and the hardest to find?
Our Hidden Legacy editor, Erika Tsang, is a fantastic editor, but she works for the publishing house. We will be looking for a content editor, a copyeditor, and proofreader for our upcoming projects. Ideally we can put this team together and continue working with them going forward.
Does any publisher own any new work in x universe? Or are you free and clear?
No publisher owns copyright to any of our work. If Gordon and I decided to write a Connor and Nevada novel tomorrow, we can. We are out of contract for the first time in our writing career. ::insert smiley face::
For some reason, you guys really seem to want the Kickstarter thing. We will think about it. The problem is, the only way we would ever do a Kickstarter is if everything was already written and then why not just put it up for sale? Unless you are after some cute loot boxes.
We finished our first book and weighed the pros and cons to find an agent and go for traditional publishing.… and our favourite author goes for self-publishing. What you wrote hit too close to what we fear, so it is time to rethink the approach.
Olga, we are established authors with an audience we’ve built over 15 years. You are just starting out. The ebooks are selfpublished in staggering numbers, and for a new author, there is a real danger of getting lost in the crowd. Mod R has linked some useful stuff in her reply to your comment. Try the agent first. It doesn’t hurt.
What was in the brewing pot in the picture? What is that teapot?
It is Vahdam Imperial Tea Maker with Milky Oolong from Harney and Sons brewed at 177 degrees. Gordon bought this pot for me out of the blue, and I love it more than I can explain. I will not use anything else now. I prefer clear teapots because I forget to set the timer, and I want to see how strong the tea is. The problem with clear teapots I used in the past, like the one below, is the infuser.
When you put the tea into the infuser, it expands as you see in my picture above. Digging it out of the diffuser is an exercise in frustration and if you have loose leaf chamomile, forget it. Chamomile goes to dust easily. The little holes get clogged, the pieces of chamomile get stuck, bleah.
The new pot has no such problem. The leaves free float in it, and then you set it over your cup or on the edge, and the tea drains down. Even if it doesn’t fit completely over wider mugs, as long as you can get it over one edge, it works like a charm. Clean up is a snap. Nothing gets stuck. Nothing gets clogged. The lid is attached and it doesn’t get lost. It’s BPA-free plastic, and I’m a glass snob, and I don’t even care. I am a convert.
I think I’ve answered everything. Okay onto the taxes and then Innkeeper.
I don’t understand how that new tea pot works… Like if you had loose leaf chamomile it wouldn’t clog or leave you with bits?
Here is the video. https://www.amazon.com/vdp/7c2d1a6fbd7544c68127185301e8b2e1?product=B078J3C15N&ref=cm_sw_em_r_ib_dt_riJH5m8naGkEU
After you are done, just rinse it.
Also out of stock! XD
Wrayth, it’s back in stock now!
I have real no need and certainly no room for more tea stuff, but I’m so tempted to buy this. I’d like seeing it brew and no loose tea bits or over compressed tea in the diffuser would be handy. It’s very intriguing. I also find it funny that Amazon has it available as a “Subscribe and Save” item.
Whoops meant to add:
Also is there a button to start or stop it pouring? XD
On the other hand it is so pretty to see all the loose tea floating around, especially the muxes with flowers in them!
Our favourite tea pot is actually a thermos bottle in a jug form with a lid! Keeps tea warm for almost a whole day! Best thing ever, as we often make tea & forget about it!
Congrats on your decisions, & I hope you have less stress going forwards!
Moderator R says
You can check out this video that illustrates how the device works, hope it helps ???? https://youtu.be/AJN59zjpPFM
Cheers!! It is totally magic lol.
I feel like if I wasn’t paying attention I would still try & pour from the top! XD
I have something similar and if I’m making enough tea for two cups and they aren’t clear glass, I hover the pot over the mug while pressing the base with my hand so I can watch how much tea pours into the mug.
Thanks for adding the details. I applaud your new boundaries and new approach but was a little worried there would be radio silence about projects. Yay to snippets!
Looks intriguing – I’ve just ordered one. Enjoy your deadline-free life!!
Thanks for the answers, plus good luck with your taxes. We just finished ours and got the word yesterday. Everything we owe is the ACA health care subsidy that we were overpaid. I have no complains, the subsidy has made health insurance affordable for us.
Nordstrom has the Vahdam brewer online.
I think you should receive a Nobel Prize for patience. You put up with so much. The repetitive questions must be mind-blowing! Hugs!
Cindy Montalbano says
I don’t know if this is the appropriate place for this question but I have searched and I cannot find where this question has been asked already. I have been trying to borrow faded blades from my local library. They’re saying it’s not available in e-book for libraries. I’m trying to determine if they’re just not finding it available to them for some reason or if it’s just not available in general to libraries. I see that it comes in Kindle form and maybe that’s the problem? I don’t know enough about this kind of stuff and I’ve been trying all morning to figure it out and my eyes are starting to wiggle and roll to the back of my head LOL. Unfortunately I cannot afford to buy e-books and I rely on the library for my reading material. I can request things if they’re available and they don’t have it on hand. But they’re saying that they can’t even get it. Soooooo please let me know if this will become available to the overdrive media app that the libraries use. Thank you very much and I love everything you guys do.
Moderator R says
Fated Blades is an Amazon exclusive and the ebook in particular is on Kindle Unlimited- this does limit availability unfortunately.
The physical audio edition should be available and ofc now they can also order a print copy. For more details and purchase links please see here https://ilona-andrews.com/other-fiction/#fatedblades
As for ebooks, whilst a new-ish agreement exists with DPLA to add Amazon Publishing titles to the DPLA Exchange, the process is slow and we do not have a specific date for Fated Blades.
Cindy – do you use the kindle app? If you do, send me an email (email@example.com) and I’ll gift you a copy.
I’m a librarian in an Australian university library with experience in acquisitions and there are definitely eBooks that are available for an individual person to purchase that we simply can’t purchase as an institution because sometimes publishers decide not to make it available to libraries with an institutional license.
The systems/platforms that public libraries use to provide access to eBooks are different from academic libraries with different conditions but I imagine they too encounter some titles they can’t purchase because of publisher/platform/vendor restrictions.
Donna Callahan says
Thank you for asking this.
I mean, who doesn’t want a stuffed First Scholar?
Karen the Griffmom says
And an Orro. And a Cookie. And The Best Dog Ever.
Oh my goodness…ORRO!!!
I’ve always wanted IA merch, but now I want cute loot boxes too! (You may regret putting that out there ????) There’s sooooo many possibilities! ????????????
Have you (or anyone who reads this) tried Rooibos tea in it? I have so many adorable tea strainers for single cups, but they always have far too big of holes.
I use a make your own tea bag from Adagio Teas for the smaller loose leaf teas like rooibos. They are big enough that you can fit enough tea for a whole pot.
Thanks for the follow up. I just wanted to say thank you Ilona and Gordon for all the time you spend with us, on your blog, at virtual events. I love your books, but I also love spending time reading your blog and reading the comments by the BDH and Mod R.
Carrie S says
Heh. If you start thinking seriously about a Kickstarter, you should talk to Melody Pena. She’s the artist behind Windstone Editions, and we broke Kickstarter during her last one in 2020.
If I was not already an ardent fan, you’d have had me at “cute loot boxes”. Your worlds are so rich, that this would be wicked fun. Tea? Stuffed lions? Clan Jackal T-Shirts? Inkeeper tassles for brooms? Skins for Zoom calls? Bookmarks!! So down for that 😀
That pot reminds me of one I got years ago from a Teavanna place will have to see if I still have it.
I was wondering when you mentioned trying to remember how tall a character was, do you make bio sheets on main characters?
Moderator R says
Short answer is “no”, longer answer is expanded on here https://ilona-andrews.com/2018/writing-questions-characters-part-1/
Hope it helps 🙂
Thanks Mod R! Yes it did help
Judy cohen says
In retrospect I was starting to act like a stalker, checking the blog hourly.
Thank you for getting me through the pandemic, now back to life.
I will buy all your books, whenever they are published.
As I own all of your material, I wonder did you ever have a real flop?
Absolutely. Like everyone else, we had flops, although I suppose it is somewhat relative.
Alphas was a flop critically. It sold well, but the reviews were less than stellar. It seemed to be too much of a departure from our regular tone.
The Edge was somewhat of a flop commercially when compared to Kate Daniels. It is still a NYT and USAT bestselling series, and had it been our first series, it would have been considered a resounding success. But Kate was much more popular, and it became clear that the Edge sales would not be catching up to KD. The Edge was also judged to be too realistic and depressing by much of its intended audience. Romance sells a fantasy and the Edge does get pretty dark.
It was a humbling experience, and neither of us regrets it. 🙂 It taught us to be selective with the new series and showed us that paying attention to the needs of your audience is very important. Now when we consider a new book we want to rely on from the commercial standpoint, the first question is always, “Who would read this?”
Do you think the greater success of KD was because Kate was an ongoing character and the the Edge changed protagonists with each book? Just curious – I loved the Edge books, but the KD books will always be my favorites and in part, I think, because of the continuity of her character throughout the series.
This is interesting, because the Edge series is about the only PR genre series I read. The realism is what makes it relatable to me, and nothing about it seems as depressing as RL to me. Of course I’m not exactly neurotypical, but how many people truly are? Do we even have a good definition of the term?
And before anyone starts worrying, I’m not depressed. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt in high school, learned mad coping skillz. Life is good, even before the next chapter shows up. Although that definitely helps.
I really enjoyed the Edge series, tho I felt pretty neutral about the final book. I reread the first two regularly, along with Innkeeper. I think what I enjoyed was the depth or maybe complexity of the books and that they were dark but still had a happy ending. Kate was dark too, so I don’t see why people would find that less appealing for the Edge. I think what I loved best about the Kate books was watching the growth of the characters. There was more continuity from book to book which made it easy to find characters you loved. And that may well have made it more popular.
You do have a built in audience for your books, but I completely understand the need to reach new readers too. I was a latecomer to your books, finding an Innkeeper in my Amazon recommendations and going for it. Did not take me long to grab everything and then wait with bated breath for the new ones, hehe!
I have a similar (albeit plastic) teapot we got in San Francisco from David’s Tea. I do still prefer my Brown Betty (especially as I use paper sachets for my Harney Scottish Breakfast), as you still need to clear out the loose tea from the screen at the bottom of the diffuser.
…Gordon and I decided to write a Connor and Nevada novel tomorrow, we can.
Great idea! Looking forward to it. Tomorrow?
Karen E says
Tea Recommendation. First LOVE HARNEY AND SON’S. But try Formosa Red from Red Blossom Tea. This isn’t a daily drink tea as the price point is a tad high. But, it is so good as a treat.
Loot box? BDH perks up….
Seriously though – now that I can afford special Hard Back editions – I’d love to see them available for pretty much everything – although I READ eBook format. I love that you’re essentially free to do what you want, even write more in existing series.
I even loved the Edge and Alphas – and adore Kinsman. But I can get why the “target” audiences may not have embraced those series.
I’ve also added that tea pot to my wish list. I hate cleaning out the different tea infusers and would prefer fewer “bits” in my tea – and 16 oz is big enough to do tea for 2! I also REALLY want a Zojirushi “water boiler” because I can set it to the correct temp for different teas and keep at that temp…..
K.L. Johnston says
I love that you are making your own rules, your own deadlines and your own way. Free range writing? Rogue publishing? Whatever – its great.
I’m more than willing to wait for anything you produce because it is always a quality read.
But what I love most immediately is that teapot.
Thanks for doing what you do.
So we will get births without the gender reveal? As long as you keep writing, we will take whatever crumbs you give us! Thank you for continuing the magic.
Jan Bogle says
Good for you on your decision to take more control in your method of publishing. The decision seems hard but many authors get screwed on the money end because of the publishers and even many bookstores. Since an author is the talent of in the field they shouldn’t be the least paid and should NEVER be ignored about their wishes on presentation of their work. After all it is their baby.
You are great talents. Keep it up. Please!!
CUTE! LOOT! BOXES! Please
Ideally cute boxes (for the feline over-ladies) of cute loot (for their pet human).
And thank you.
The feline over-ladies…acknowledge your existence. And allow me to take pictures of them in their cute box(es).
Tea drinker here. Also a mom of 3 tiny tots.
This will change your life: Breville BTM800XL Tea Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003LNOPSG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_VAQ0BZ5WK9561VPKERD9?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
It is expensive. It’s worth every penny and more.
We are not rich. We live frugally. This was a huge splurge Christmas present from my husband a few years ago and I am not kidding when I call it life changing.
Do you want perfectly brewed tea – according to the temperature and time you prefer every morning when you wake up? Or just, throughout the day?
It NEVER over-steeps. It lifts the leaves back out. You can reheat the pot to your desired custom temperature and also keep it warm.
It’s amazing. Easy to clean. And clear, too. ????
Wow. I never knew this tea maker existed! Auto Start!
I’ve seen an even fancier green tea milling machine while traveling in Japan, so, not so over the top.
Jesse Wendel says
I have a Brivelle oven. Expensive, and worth every penny. I cook 90% of my oven items there. It works perfectly. Every time.
As a company they are amazing at making kitchen product# that just work better than anyone else.
Mary Cruickshank Peed says
I have some authors that I buy everything they publish (backlist, anthologies, short stories, newsletters, etc…). Nora Roberts was the first on the list. The list is short, but you are certainly near the top. If you published a dictionary I’d buy it.
So do what you need to do, as long as you keep writing.
I love that you post a chapter every Friday. Things have been busy and it’s such a nice little break to read about what is happening at Gertrude Hunt every week. Thank you
Kickstarter huh, I have heard that when one writes 5 secret extra novels during ones spare time one can break kickstarter records with books, so try that! Sanderson being a maniac aside, seems like I should read the blog post before this. Though I guess I got the gist from this one.
I’m so excited for where you are heading! And really happy you have reached a place where you have the freedom to explore all these amazing options.
In terms of why do a Kickstarter, I think the main benefit is pre-selling print copies. With a funding campaign, using whatever platform, you would have guaranteed sales of at least a certain number of print copies which would alleviate some of the risk in self-publishing in print form and potentially drive down printing costs if the bulk is large enough. Given the timelines I see on Kickstarter, it looks like its common to not do any printing, or even print layouts, until the campaign finishes. That way if there isn’t enough sales to justify all the costs that go into publishing in print, the campaign fails and little cost is sunk. I think of it as an alternative to print-on-demand options.
Also, loot boxes are amazing. 😉
I will read your books no matter how you publish them! They have gotten me through some tuff times. Your writing is very much appreciated. I love your teapot. I have a cheaper version from Teavanna. I hope to upgrade one day!
We will read whatever you write whenever you write it. Just take care of yourselves. But I do like the loot box idea ….
Book Devouring Horde Member #42 says
Some cute loot boxes, please.
I would give you money for cute loot boxes, no question.
Oh my god. I wasn’t worried about the blog shutting down and everything stopping until I read the multiple denials of it. I mean if someone denies something so much it has to be true. I’ll miss you BDH!!!
Hahahahahahaha! Good one!
Moderator R says
Sometimes I think I can still hear the Horde ????
My mental voice for the BDH has always been something like a mix between the Borg and whatever I mentally hear when Navada uses her voice. Also we say things to HA how people under Catalina’s control speak to her. “The publisher was mean to you? They are a dick. Tell us where they live.” – but all in the Borg voice. Nightmare fuel basically
Moderator R says
Resistance *is* futile, after all.
Bill G says
“We are out of contract for the first time in our writing career. ::insert smiley face::”
A Piddle Pot? It wees into your teacup?
Audrey L says
Does this mean you might be more inclined, or perhaps just more able, to consider projects you’ve wanted to write but have had to put aside? The snippet we got not too long ago from an almost completed book that was deemed too out there? The story you’ve mentioned wanting to work on, but only if you could hire someone else to pretend to be it’s author? (**Wink wink**A Roman novel**wink wink** lol). Or will you still be facing the same types of pressures in that regard despite being self publishing now?
I love this blog so much. Even when I’m so stressed that even reading my favorite authors is difficult, I can come here and be entertained, schooled and take a breath. I do appreciate that. I’m going through a bit of a rough patch now and this made me smile all the way through so, thanks!
Cute loot boxes!!! I would buy every one, just like I buy every book!! Seriously.
Truthfully I just hope I can get whatever you write from barnes and noble I prefer nook, to Amazon but that is me. Audible for the audiobooks and now have added graphic audio books, still prefer the original when my head hurts. Am working on printed version from bookstores, when I can, don’t have one close to me, so happily order them from anyone when I have extra cash.
Thank for everything you’ve done for us, and started drinking tea because of your recommendations so thanks for that too
I’m glad yall are free to do what you want. Thanks for all your work.
Asking a writer when they are done their project is the equivalent of Bouda tickling a polar bear with its claws to see what will happen. Nobody likes the result. Blog is fine, more stories goodie. This big fat bear is happy.
OMG, Loot boxes! ????????????
I love white orange tea – always refreshes my mind.
Thank you for dispelling my worries, regarding traditional publishing. The self-doubt is still here but I think it is part of a deal when you write the book.
I’m looking forward to reading your books, is some calm unforeseeable (hopefully near) future.
Helen Holck says
Your relief in making this change and the anticipated freedom shines through as you further explain it to us all. It sounds wonderful. Time to think, be creative, try new ways write. You two have certainly earned. You know we’ll buy whatever you write. I love the picture of the author with the quill and big eyes
Thank you especially, from the gothic grey stone spires and misty green fens of Cambridge UK, for your teapot tip. Your diaspora appreciates it. Though I’m now imagining the BDH descending on the vendors and them selling out within hours, like a HA book release.
Edge is awesome, with a special depth and imagination that few other contemporary authors can reach – glad to hear that despite the commercial aspect, you don’t regret it. Maybe it’s a bit like Michelango, Dali or Morriseau – artists can go through darker periods in their creation cycle, which means some pieces may be a bit less popular en masse, but it means the range and scope of their portfolio it much more intriguing overall? Edge is one of those which gets re-read constantly, always with new discoveries and fresh enjoyment, in our library lakehouse.
I loved the comment from earlier, someone who just has any new releases from HA set to be purchased automatically 🙂 Makes sense.
Anyway, thank you very much for being wonderful writers, and helping us all stay (somewhat more) sane in these crazy times!
People are emailing you demanding to know if you are done yet?
That is horrible and invasive, no wonder you won’t be posting updates. I’m glad you are stopping since it’s clearly stressing you, unsurprisingly.
I am going to spend most of the day now refreshing see if you posted Innkeeper. It’s just after 9am here and you are in America so it’s 4am.
Moderator R says
Heh. I’d say you have about 7 hours at least before the refreshing marathon can start ????
I think the fact that you can make even a grocery list entertaining should be proof enough that the BDH will consume anything you write.
:Ps, can we see Orro’s list for the Intergalactic Bachelor? 😉
I wouldn’t turn down some cute loot.
Yeah!! I pledged the Sanderson Kickstarter as much for the swag boxes as the books. I would absolutely pledge for House Andrews / BDH swag.
Other Barbara says
The Grand dogs 20mo. And 7 months are leaving later today but husband was researching safe chew toys..In case you need a dog toy..
Other Barbara says
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Oh that is too good.
The BDH reminds me of my students sometimes and their end-of-semester reflections:
“Dr. X said blah blah blah.”
No I didn’t. I said nothing that vaguely resembled “blah blah blah.” What on earth did I say that that your brain translated as “blah blah blah?”
HA is sooooo patient. Glad y’all will continue with the wording and are able to set better conditions for that.
I am super excited for this new chapter in your professional lives – it will be interesting to see what comes of the new freedom and I look forward to buying the results!
I’m also very excited about the mention of novellas – novellas that check in on characters whose main stories are done make me so happy, I love to see the “where they are now” even though that is almost never territory for an actual new book.
Gotta agree with both paragraphs! Looking forward to whatever comes down the pike.
I was trying to cut back on material possessions. Nevermind. I’m on #teamlootboxes Give us a 10 little ones and 2 big ones a year. ModR has the time – right? Tea one month, a plushy next month… If you sign up for a year, you are matched with someone in your country to trade Festivus presents (so you only have to mail us 11 presents, we send each other the 12th!).
I like all the books. I buy all the books. Please concentrate on writing all the books. I’m making work for ModR and the rest of the team here.
With regards to writing a short series and concerns about it finding an audience. You two have a built in audience that will read anything you release and have been – the BDH! I know it’s difficult to trust that, to think that a new project or way of doing things will be the exception. We really do love everything! I certainly do and I would bet that a lot of others here do to. A good test would be to put out an unconnected novella and see what happens. See how quickly we snap up those advanced sales (like we did with Fated Blades – from an old long dormant series.)
I am not being either facetious or a suck up, but seriously: Is it even possible that you guys could write a flop? I just can’t picture it. I do have my favorites among your series, but I’d buy anything with your “name” on it.
I have a similar teapot – they are wonderful indeed!
My question though (because who doesn’t love more questions!) is what is your teapot sitting on?
Love your work guys. Always happy to sit back and wait for what we magic your throw our way. No pressure at all. You do you 🙂
Me reading the “out of contract” part means we, the BDH, could in theory some day far in the future get a Conlan book, or George being arbitrator book, or some unknown but equally awesome book from completely new world. I am okay with not knowing what is currently being worked on because I love it all. It also means since I do not know what is being worked on that anything is possible, i.e. far in the future (after Julie’s and Hugh’s stories being done) maybe, just maybe a Conlan book. Julie is awesome and any other child of Kate and Curran would be also amazing. Ohhh…future Helen book would be cool. A girl can dream.
As the kickstarter idea it would probably be too much work but maybe BDH can get awesome official merch mugs/shirts etc with “put down that cow” from Hugh and other amazing one liners like that.
After reading today’s Innkeeper I want to exchange George’s arbitrator book for a Gaston book, that would be awesome.
I was hooked on the tea pot right up to the point of . . . where would I put it? I’m trying to cut down on kitchen counter clutter. Whoever designed the kitchen in our home apparently never spent any time cooking. I’ve seen bigger kitchens in RVs. Ditto with the linen closet. The house is a 3BR but the “linen” closet suffers the same malady as the kitchen. So we surmised that whoever the architect was, they neither cooked or did the laundry.
Interesting as always. I did wonder about snippets since we wouldn’t know the project, but just decided you’d probably want to whet the bdh appetite at some point. Thanks! Another post is always welcome to break the humdrum of daily living.
Kate Birkel says
I like the idea of not announcing a new work until it is actually finished. In my years as a reader and a bookseller, I have read too many books that were totally messed up because the author was working against a deadline and had to come up with something or forfeit a goodly chunk of advance money to the publisher for missing the deadline.
“Are you done yet?”must be like “Are we there yet?” When you are on a cross country road trip.
Since you’re self publishing now, I wonder if you’d ever consider reprinting the Kate Daniels series but in hard cover. I collect my favorites and would dearly love to see these books get some fantastic new book covers and come out as a collector’s set. I have a signed copy of your first hardcover and it’s so beautiful. And lonely ????
Tracy, you are speaking my language! This would be amazing.
Very cool teapot, thank you for the video. I love my tea and have a cupboard and half full of teas. I might have to surprise myself on my next birthday. I am very happy to hear that you have total control of your writing and sales. Congratulations!
Cindy Marlow says
I’m only going to comment about the tea and teapot because the rest of the stuff is kinda laughable to me…when did readers come to think that they could dictate anything to writers? You either love and trust the writers (like I do you two) or you don’t and you move on…Nuff said.
I have a bottom dispensing teapot that I’ve used for at least 9 years. I love it…except when I accidentally set it kitty wampus on the base and it leaks all over the counter. As you can see from the photo, my tea setup includes a 20 oz mug, smokey lapsang souchong, and a well-loved teapot. It’s been my morning ritual since I gave up coffee 3 years ago. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I have mine.
I wish we were friends. I get such a kick out of you.
You had me at:
“Will the snippets stop?
What a clever time waste removal.
I’m so glad someone asked about the teapot! I had no idea Vahdam had this. I’ve tried multiple solutions to the sticky loose tea residue and this one looks like it might be the better answer. Plus it just looks nice. Also, love milky oolong. It became my travel tea choice – just pour and go – no sweetener or dairy necessary.
All the best on the new direction.
As a self confessed loose leaf tea snob I fully support your endorsement of the brewer! I have a similar one and adore it. I will not use anything else at this point!
Thank you for taking the time to answer questions. I didn’t have any but found it an interesting read:)
Faith Freewoman says
Boy, would I love to be part of your self-publishing team!!! Not least because I ADORE your books…the Innkeeper series, the first Aurelia Ryder book, and the entire Kate Daniels series are among my favorites.
As a full-time freelancer, I mostly do copy and line editing in various combinations, but occasionally have extra fun doing developmental editing when it’s requested and my expertise can be helpful.
When you’ve issued a call for editors or proofreaders in the past, I studied your requirements, especially about what you DON’T want done, and, while I sometimes make suggestions regarding writing and storytelling, I see myself as being there to support the author’s goals, not to play a fiction-writing Pygmalion.
I’ve been editing for decades, but fiction editing for about 10 years. I also read 3-5 books a week for both pleasure and professional development.
So far I’ve edited more than 400 novels and, as you’ll see if you check out my web site, a lot of them have won awards, and one series, the Celtic Brooch Series, is in frequent competition with Diana Gabaldon’s *Outlander* books for top-selling/Kindle Unlimited time travel series.
My web site manager is working with me on a site overhaul, but all the info on the site is up to date (except the covers at the bottom), so here’s my calling card:
Thanks for considering me, Ilona and Gordon and your valued sidekicks! And congratulations. I bet you’re gonna LOVE being your own boss(es). I sure do!
Jo Ann Robinson says
I’m not sure that you have received this notice (or even care), but the Facebook Group Discover SciFi Has listed the five SFF Novellas and Standalone Books. FATED BLADES is listed as one of the five. The writeup mentions “incredible worldbuilding, intense action, and sizzling romance”. The writeup also has a mention about The Kinsmen Universe as a collection of two novellas and a short story being set in the same world. Links to Amazon, audiobook and paperback sources are provided. BRAVO!
– Jo Ann
Moderator R says
Thank you so much for letting us know, Jo Ann! 🙂
Re: Kickstarter, from what I can tell, they are a lot of work but can be rewarding. A few authors have mentioned the ease of social sharing results in far more initial Kickstarter sales than they usually receive through pre-orders.
I’ve contributed to a few fiction Kickstarters, and they basically act as an additional ebook pre-order where backers receive the ebook a couple of weeks to a month earlier than publication date. And for the authors, they are using funds to help pay for paper copies, audio, stuff like that. They set a lower initial goal that’s easy to meet but will pay for the minimum fees and hassle involved. Backers can pledge for other formats with the understanding that they won’t receive them at the same time as ebooks.
But I would never back something that hadn’t been written! I also think most readers, especially if they aren’t already fans, really just want the books, not the swag. Brandon Sanderson’s campaign has the majority of backers only getting the books in one format or another, and he has a ton of super-fans.
Honestly, it’s just really cool how you are licensing your stories into cool forms I wasn’t familiar with, like games and graphic audio!
Love it. Team Andrews all the way!
I am always up for a little swag. How about
a “Special Snow Flake” teacup for winter mornings?
Sending a little light and a prayer.
Cymru Llewes says
Oh! It’s like a Clever Dripper coffee brewer! Neat!
I tend to brew a pot of tea using the drip coffee maker. 3 heaping tablespoons of loose leaf tea per “12” cup pot. The permanent filter catches most of the dust so you don’t get rafts of tea dust floating on top of the tea.
I hereby commit to buying anything and everything you write whenever you write it in whatever order you write it whatever length it is. I promise I will and I will likely love it. At least I will think it interesting.
Just so that you know. I live in Australia, and apparently a lot of libraries have a policy of not buying self-published books. I understand the reasoning, as there is a lot of crap that I wouldn’t even accept for submission to a publishing company to be worked on, but it may affect your bottom line.
Just thought you should know. I do not know if libraries outside of Australia also have this rule.
This is actually an intresting question. I’m from Germany, and I think libraries don’t exactly have this rule here, but they will definitly buy a lot less self-published books. We can request books though, so self-published books from well-known authors shouldn’t be a problem.
However, now that I’m thinking about it, I’m a bit concerned that self published books may not get translated, or maybe only after a long period of time or not very well. I’ve seen it often enough. I would read it in English anyway then, but I do have to admit that I mostly prefer my mother tongue. And the books will definitly not be in libraries in English. But that won’t cut House Andrews profit, tough, I guess.
Moderator R says
Foreign publishing houses will continue to buy the rights from House Andrews, as it has been until now ????.
This is not a new venture, House Andrews have been self publishing since 2013, in tandem with their traditional contracts.
Innkeeper Chronicles, Iron Covenant, Blood Heir, Kinsmen- they are all self published and have been bought and translated in other countries ????. If you want to help speed up the process, please email a local publisher who publishes fiction similar to IA and let them know you would like to read their books on your terms. House Andrews are very happy to sell foreign rights to other countries.
I have to remember who told me about it, but I just heard there is an electronic version that will lower the diffuser in water at whatever temp you’ve chosen, then raise the diffuser so your tea leaves never over-brew. Must find it!
But now I have shared the good news that such a magical thing exists.
So glad someone asked about the teapot and you answered it … I really wanted to know that one, too! 😀
The kickstarters I’ve bought for books that had already been published (Mother of Learning, Cradle) had different options like hardcover, fancy “leather” hardcover, regular paperback, and some swag. Plus there’s a lot of people out there that go gaga over “true” first editions. I saw someone sell an ARC for $500 because it was the “real” first edition (ridiculous). And some of them have stretch goals that include things like more artwork (Mother of Learning) or added extra snippets (Cradle will have more bloopers and some extra scenes for the first books)
And loot is always welcome. I didn’t go for the Brandon Sanderson loot because $600 is a lot of money for not knowing exactly what you are getting, but would throw money at Kinsmen, Hidden Legacy, or Innkeeper trinkets without hesitation. An Order badge from Kate’s world (wink wink) would be awesome too
As soon as I saw that teapot I ordered it. Got it last night and I LOVE IT!!!! Thanks so much for sharing it.
I’ve never thought about the Kickstarter, but I’d be absolutely thrilled if there was an option for a loot box where you could get a signed sticker/bookplate. I tried to get one when you made the offer that if you bought the Emerald book (I might have the book confused) from specific small bookstores you’d get a signed sticker, but they sold more books than they had signed stickers, and I didn’t order fast enough. So I didn’t get a signed sticker. And I’m disabled, so even if a signing event is close enough to drive to (some of them have been), I’m not capable of standing in line to get one.
I would 100% be down for cute loot boxes on Kickstarter if you do decide to do that.
For a while now I was surprised by readers . In their reviews they take star for clifhangers.How is this possible I thought?Trying to demand how and what an author shoud write.Some things should be nipped in the bud.
Just my thoughts…
Oooh, you should just do a kickstarter for Andrew’s family animal plushies. They’d be super cute and don’t require any big promises in any specific timeframe for publishing.
Joe Ellett says
I’ve been all ebook for years now because I have no room for another physical book. Even the “throne room”in our master bath has bookshelves on every wall, and they’re all filled.
I carry my Kindle Signature Edition everywhere, so I have instant access to thousands of books in my library, and the KSE is easier to fit in my jeans pocket than a single paperback ever was.
Unfortunately, this means that, for me, hardcovers and first editions are a thing of the past, as are signed copies:-( and I won’t get into the stupidity of NFTs, except to make a fervent plea that HA never goes there.
So I’m good if there’s never any merchandise or loot so long as HA keeps creating incredible stories.
Rozanne Cadotte says
I just started a re-read of Hidden Legacy. I’d forgotten so much (it’s been years). I love your writing, it’s so evocative when I can see everything in my head!
I’m so glad you have found your happy place in your way of dealing with publishing your work, less stress means a possibly longer career writing great stories! 🙂
Kickstarters are all about the loot 🙂
…I love those teapots … kids gave me one for Mother’s Day from Teavana. It prepares a generous amount of tea & the water flows freely through all those lovely herbs & tea leaves!
Congratulations on reaching the point in your careers that you can make these choices and perhaps gain back some more of the joy of writing with less of the stress of business end!
Thank you for sharing through the years!
I would be very interested in proofreading for you. I currently work as a proofreader, and have done so for the past three years. Please tell me how I can pursue this?
I also did a beta read for you in the past, for Sweep of the Blade, if that helps.
Moderator R says
Thank you for writing in ????.
House Andrews are receiving a high number of similar offers at the moment. All applications will be considered and then I will email everyone who was selected ????
30 Book a Month Reader says
From reading your blog, I realize Ruby Fever has been a chore to write. With your new freedom, do you feel you will continue the Hidden Legacy series? If someone has already asks this, I apologize.