Hi everybody! I did not expect to be updating here again, but I have some very exciting stuff to share. I've written about this on my personal site as well, so I'm just going to crosspost from there.
Preemptive PS -- this happened because of you guys. "Thank you" doesn't begin to cover it.
Last July, I self-published my first novel. I'd been working on it a long time, largely thanks to the posse of Kickstarter backers who funded my writing time two years prior. The original plan was to pursue traditional publishing, but when that hit a snag, I decided I owed it to my backers to get the book in their hands as soon as possible. I stopped writing queries, hired an awesome cover artist, and put it out there. Some folks read it, and liked it. People said they'd like to read another. I was satisfied, and figured that was that.
A little over two weeks ago, I received an email from Anne Perry, an editor at Hodder & Stoughton. She'd read my book. She liked it. A lot. She wanted to know if traditional publishing was something that interested me. I said yes. A few emails later, she offered me a contract.
I said yes to that, too.
Bowled over though I was by her interest, I didn't jump in without a lot of thought (and pacing, and fretting, and keeping my partner up way too late over Skype). This book means a lot to me, and I wouldn't hand it over to just anyone. But after a bit of back-and-forth, I was convinced that Hodder was the right house for me. They get it. They understood why I wrote this thing, and they like it for the same reasons I like it, and they're so on top of their game it makes my head spin. Everything about this feels right, and I am very, very excited.
Since publishing after self-publishing is kind of a tricksy thing to do, here are the details for what that actually means:
- The ebook will remain on sale through me (via Amazon) until March 15. At that point, my publisher will take over sales. In other words, yes, the ebook will be staying put (there'll be a day or so of downtime while I hand over the reins). However, it's no longer available via Barnes & Noble (for now, at least) or Smashwords.
- I will no longer be selling paperback editions.
- Hodder is a UK publishing house, so the book will be printed there first. Hardback will go out in August, followed by paperback down the road.
- A US publishing deal is still being sorted out. I don't know yet when it will be available on this side of the pond.
On top of all this is a second piece of bewildering news. As was announced today, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is on the shortlist for Best Debut in this year's Kitschies. I have no idea what to say except for that apparently the cliché about it being an honor just to be nominated is 100% true.