Apart from all the upset (literal and figurative) of selling our lovely home in Bordeaux and moving to the rural idyll, I have decided to make things even more painful—I am on the point of un-publishing my Green Woman series and signing a contract with Finch Books, publisher of The Pathfinders series, for a new edition.
Many of you will know my first YA fantasy series that I laboured to self-publish. Many of you, with your support and enthusiasm, were the reason the books were so well received and collected so many good reviews. It’s been a difficult decision to take, but I have reasons.
I love The Green Woman, and her world has become more complex and fleshed out with the subsequent stories—some published, many more gathering dust. It would be wonderful to see all the material published, but most of all, to know that the books are being read. This brings me to the first reason for taking my books down. I’ve said this many times before, but I may as well say it again, unless you are very lucky or know someone influential, no matter how good your book it, unless you market it, promote it and advertise it, no one will buy it. They won’t even know it exists. The Green Woman got off to a flying start when I published it, because of all the well-wishers who rallied round, bought and reviewed, and generally spread the word. Without them (you) its success would never have lasted as long as it did. But without the means to throw money at an advertising campaign, The Green Woman will sink in the morass of YA books available. She needs a publisher, since she can’t do anything about getting a different author.
The second reason for pulling out of self-publishing is that I have a follow-on series to The Green Woman, another three books as well as maybe a dozen short stories. I’m not up to the job of self-publishing this series, and no publisher is going to touch a follow-on if they don’t already have the first series. Self-publishing requires a lot of stamina, an easy attitude towards self-publicity, as well as a bit of spare cash. I don’t have any of those, a real loser when it comes to business acumen.
Finch Books like my work and they will give Deborah, Jonah, Hera, Amon, Zachariah, Oscar and all the others a new lease of life. And I hope, of course, that I will be able to stay in the world I have created and bring the next series, set three years later, three years older and more mature, to publication.
So, I’m pulling the plug on all The Green Woman books. It’s an awful feeling, but I think it’s for the best. All I can say is, thank you for all your support, and please don’t go away. I need you to hold my hand and keep passing the tissues until the sparkly new edition is ready.