11.19.2015

Some News About THE LAST SUPPER, or The Importance of Recognizing Failure And Moving On

2008-2015
Gone but not forgotten
Well, THE LAST SUPPER is officially off the market. Rights have reverted back to me. I have all the files, and I am free to do with them what I wish. After about a year of my publisher doing everything known to man to get this book up off the ground, we came to the conclusion that it was DOA. Being the great people they are, Hobbes End offered to return the rights to me, because they felt like they weren't doing right by me with this title. Due to the misgivings I've always had about this book (I'll get to that in a sec) as well as always being happy to have the rights back to my work, I decided to take them up on that offer.

I am not sure what my next move with TLS will be just yet, though. I could turn right back around and upload it under my own name/imprint. Or I could place the book back into the trunk from whence it came. Right now, my heart is in the latter place (I'm too busy with current work to revisit it right now regardless), but who's to say I won't resurrect it at some point? What good is a Last Supper without a little resurrection, anyway?

Really, though, it's okay. As sad as this probably sounds, I'm in total acceptance mode and not upset about this. As I said before, I've always had some misgivings about this book. We had numerous production delays, so by the time it finally came out, enough time had passed that I was no longer sure whether this book was representative of the kind of fiction I want to write or be known for. It used to be, but that was back when I was bold (or naive?) enough to think a woman could have a thriving career as a science fiction author, and that the gender barrier was a myth. I've learned a lot since those days and understand the landscape a lot better than I used to. But I don't entirely blame that for this book's lack of success. Dystopian is a saturated market at the moment, and people have had their fill of it. It's a harder sell, harder hard to break away from the pack and stand out as unique. The odds were just not in my favor.

Also, and most important, STRINGS kind of changed everything for me and sent me off into the direction toward the place I feel most at home as an author, and that is in dark suspense. While I still do intend to work in fantasy/sci-fi in the short form, I intend to make my bread and butter writing modern day contemporary suspense/thrillers. STRINGS showed me I had a niche for my style. TLS, being the oldest of my works, was the book that showed me I could write at all, and it opened a door to a relationship with one of the best publishers I've had the privilege of working with. It also earned me a starred review on Publishers Weekly, which was one of the greatest surprises of my career. So I will always be grateful to it that way.

We did the best we could, but sometimes things just don't work out the way you hope. Despite any setbacks one has in this crazy business (and I've had more than a few), I have learned that there are always bigger and brighter things in front of you, but only if you forge ahead, and that's what I'm choosing to do now.

By the way, do still have paperbacks remaining that I intend to sell until the supply has been fully exhausted, so the next several shows I do, expect to see copies at my table. They'll be considered collector's items now.

Thank you to all who have read and enjoyed THE LAST SUPPER. It means the world to me.

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