Two posts in one day.
This post is made because I didn’t put things clearly on Friday, and poor Mod R had to suffer from my incompetence. Thank you to everyone for your supportive messages! We appreciate it. This post is for everyone who is worried that their favorites will be abandoned.
What is an anchor series?
An anchor series is the author’s primary fiction series. An author can only have a single anchor series or they can have several series during their career. Kate Daniels and the Edge ran concurrently. Kate Daniels was the anchor series, a primary series we were known for at the time, while the Edge was a side series.
Why do you need a new anchor series?
Having an anchor series allows an author to have a steady income stream by bringing in new readers. While this might seem very odd to many of us, over time people tend to abandon long fiction series. Their reading tastes change, or the author’s creative direction changes, or it becomes simply too much to keep up.
A lot of people hesitate to jump into a long existing series because it requires too much time and money. Not everyone. Plenty of people do pick up older books. But statistically speaking, a long series presents a barrier to entry. We need to be gaining readers to continue our career.
Look at Instant Pot. Instant Pot had massive sales during pandemic. It’s a great appliance. Everyone loves it, right? They filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June. What happened? How could this be?
Everyone who wanted an Instant Pot bought one and they are very well made. They don’t break so you don’t need to replace them. Instant Pot literally saturated the market. If they had come up with a different product while Instant Pot was selling like hot cakes, they might not have been in this position. Peloton, same story.
While books are not Instant Pots, some similarity exists in that an author must produce new and exciting things to stay afloat.
Why can’t you just do a spin off as an anchor series?
We tried that with Blood Heir. While it sold in record numbers, it failed to pull in new readers, and in part it is the BDH’s fault. BDH loved KD so much that any time a new reader asked if they could read Blood Heir on its own, the existing readers jumped in and told them that no, they should read the entire KD series first because the relationships are so much deeper and they will miss out.
As an aside, the book pushing ability of the BDH is without equal.
So, KD is very loved and we are very lucky authors. But this just goes to show you that people do hesitate picking up a spin-off from an existing series because of the fear of missing out or being confused.
So no, it’s can’t be anything related to an existing series. Because every professional review will start with, “This is a spin off” and new readers will skip it, which defeats the purpose.
But Roman and Arabella and …
No. New. New thing. Not spin-off from old thing. This doesn’t mean we won’t write spinoffs. It just means we need something in addition to them.
But I know this author and they did…
Each author’s career is individual and unique. What worked for that author will not work for us. We are doing our best to continue to deliver cool stories to you in the best way we know how.
Does this mean we are not getting the sequels we want?
No. We are planning on concluding the hanging arcs of our other series in the next 2 years, hopefully, if nothing catastrophic happens. Remember how Hidden Legacy came out, and we still finished KD and wrote Innkeeper? This is “in addition” to existing stuff, not instead of it.
Does this mean you are not inspired to write in the existing worlds?
If we weren’t inspired, we wouldn’t be writing in them. We only work on what we want to work on.
If you have two years of work planned, why are you worrying about it now?
Because we would like the anchor series to be traditionally published. That means 12-24 months wait for publication after we deliver a manuscript. We must think about 3 years in advance.
The end goal is to provide the BDH new cool stuff to read without a long delay.
No. I went into in the previous post, but basically Maggie might be too niche to have a wide appeal. But we love it and we are going to work on it so we don’t regret it in the future. It is a challenge and challenges are good for the creative soul.
For the sake of all that is holy, tell us what is next? Tell us something!
After Maggie, it’s either Iron and Magic 2 or Wilmington 3. Both need to get done before Blood Heir 2. This doesn’t mean that we won’t put out shorter fiction of some sort or have a small side projects but in terms of novels, that’s what we are looking at.
Will you tell us when…
No. You will know which it is and when it is once we are ready for preorder date. We must be confident that we can deliver.
But why are you not writing the things I want right now?
Because we are not machines. We experience ups and downs, we have emotions, we have problems and sometimes we put off projects because we know we are not in the right headspace to do them justice. We don’t want to churn out crappy books.
I hope this clears things up and puts some questions to rest. Thank you so much for being enthusiastic about our work and kind to us as people even when we are sad sacks of sadness. We really appreciate all of you.