Happy Monday! We’ve gone the whole weekend without a scorpion sighting, so I have high hopes. Mod R has been collecting your questions, so today we will tackle the first batch.
Are you still thinking about releasing part of Maggie as a blog serial? Will you be able to traditionally publish if you do that? Are trad publishers ok with sharing part of the book? What is the limit?
It depends on the publisher. A typical excerpt level is usually specified either in the contract or in the publisher’s policy and tends to be limited to 5,000-10,000 words. But it is sometimes negotiable depending on how good of a case the author can make for releasing it.
Will there be a blog serial this year, please?
Probably not. At least not a novel length.
Typically we have 2 new releases every 12 months, meaning that in a space of 12 months, the readers get a full novel and maybe a novella or sometimes a second novel.
In the past 12 months, we’re released Sweep of the Heart (a very long book), Magic Tides (a long novella), and Magic Claims (a novel). I know it doesn’t seem like it, but Magic Claims came out less than three months ago. And we have posted several short stories. We are finishing another novel, so this is our most productive year probably ever.
Online serials take a lot of work and energy, because we can’t make drastic revisions later, so we have to get it right the first time.
Dear BDH, we love you and we are working hard. We are doing our best.
Will Graphic Audio adapt Hidden Legacy?
I do not know, but I hope they will. We are definitely open to it on our end
Will there be an Innkeeper 2 season on Tapas?
I would like it to be, but the man who championed that project in-house has left the company. We haven’t given up on it, and if the printed edition sells, we can definitely revisit that topic with Tapas.
What prompted Avon to release Hidden Legacy with new covers? Will there be new covers for Catalina’s trilogy too?
Burn For Me came out in 2014, so the covers were getting long in the tooth. The market has shifted.
Covers popular in mid-2000’s, targeted at catching the reader in the store:
Covers popular in mid 2010’s:
You can see the change in cover trends driven by advent of ebooks. Large shapes. If there is a person, we are doing a close up, because the covers from the previous decade are difficult to see when they are shrunken to the thumbnail on your device. Some covers, like Nalini’s, are still detailed, but the detail blends into a pretty background when in a thumbnail.
Covers popular now:
As you can see, these are simple object covers. They are simpler, cheaper to make, because there are no people featured, and they put emphasis on font rather than image. This is driven in part by self-publishing, because these covers can be put together from stock images and still look very professionally done.
I timed myself. The goal was to slap it together as fast as I could. 27 minutes, 4 stock images, 3 versions of the cover with different saturation.
A graphic designer who knows what they are doing can do it better and faster than me. I won’t subject you to my typography – I am truly terrible – but someone with better skills can put a title on it, something like Of Thorns and Blades, and it won’t look that different from what’s on the market.
Avon wants to appeal to the new generation of readers, because they want to sell books so they are following the trend.
When you write other books in the Hidden Legacy world, if they are self-published, will you try to match the new style of cover?
Yes, if possible. Why confuse the readers if you don’t have to. But we may go with something else as well. We like to keep our options open.