Monday, April 21, 2014

Her Ladyship On Hiatus

It's been a marvelous sixteen months for me here at Disenchanted & Co. with all of you. I've never created a blog strictly to promote my books, so it was a great learning experience. It was also a lot of fun exploring the series behind the scenes, showing you my different creations and sharing my love of all things Victorian. I also appreciate the support for the books from all my visitors.

I would love to tell you that there will be more books, but at present the series sales don't merit that for the publisher. As I will have nothing new to add to the blog, I am going to put Her Ladyship on indefinite hiatus.

While it's sad that we can't continue the journey with Kit & crew right now, I've already had two series that my loyal readers revived, so there is always hope. If you want more books, you can help make that happen by giving copies of the books as gifts, lending your copies to friends, recommend the series to other readers, and otherwise spreading the word.

In the meantime, I have to earn a living, so I must move on to the next thing. If I have any good news in the future, I will definitely post it here, and if you'd like to stay in touch, please stop by Paperback Writer where I blog every day.

Thank you for sharing this adventure with me. It was a blast, and I hope we'll pick up where we left off someday in the near future.

65 comments:

  1. Oh no. That's so said. I really enjoyed Kit & Company. Fingers crossed for a reboot!

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    1. Thanks, Marie -- I'm keeping my fingers *and* toes crossed, too. :)

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  2. Oh! I'll miss this blog. :-(

    But I'll keep on reading Paperback Writer! :-)

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    1. I'll be there every day, Deb. Rain, shine -- well, if a hurricane hits us, maybe not . . . . thanks for being a loyal visitor here, too.

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  3. I love Kit and Company! I'm sorry to see this go on the back burner, but you do have a lot to keep you busy and you never know... :)

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    1. Exactly, theo -- it really is a 'you never know" situation. The books are still selling well, just not enough to rate a third, and I've had so many e-mails asking me when the next book will be out I felt I had to share the sad news. I have faith in Kit & crew, however, and if enough readers care, their next story will be published someday in the future.

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  4. Hey lynn! I was having heck posting my comment under anything other than anonymous for some reason. But my name serena and I LOVE THIS SERIES. I am bummed I am all caught up in the love triangle now we might not get an ending. Once I found this series I bought both books back to back and read over the weekend. I signed up for the newsletter so maybe we will get good news.

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    1. Thanks for being persistant, Serena -- and I will send out any good news about possible future books via the newsletter.

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  5. While I completely understand your reasoning, I have to say that I am very sad to hear the news. :-( I adore this series and your characters. There is so much more that I long to know. I hope that someday you can share with us the rest of Kit's story.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words and the support, Jen. I hope for the same, and since I've had two series comebacks in the past I am not giving up entirely on Toriana -- just moving on so I can pay the bills. :(

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  6. And the blog ate my post. :-( Anyhow, it saddens me to hear the news. Thank you for sharing Kit's journey, and I hope we get more in the future!

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    1. No worries, both came through -- I'm lagging behind on moderation tonight because the dogs insisted I take them for a walk. :)

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  7. Wow so depressed I just discovered these and I haven't read any of your other series yet. These just looked so good to me I took a chance sad now that I won't get more at least for now. I'm new to you but I realky think having facebook would help easier to share posts and get things attention.

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    1. Thank you, Anon, and I am sorry that (for now) there won't be any new books. I also appreciate the suggestion of using Facebook, which I know is very popular among readers. I have some problems with the lack of control Facebook users have with their pages, and some of Facebook's advertising policies, so I can't use it to promote my work.

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  8. Oh buggers. I so love Kit and the world she lives in...and you know I have a serious crush on Dredmore. And I've truly enjoyed all the background info you've shared on this blog. Sigh...I'll miss it--all of it.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, and I'm going to miss it, too. But no regrets here; it truly was an amazing experience, and there is always a chance we'll be able to visit Toriana again someday. :)

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  9. Anon again my name is Carrie didn't make a profile. I will try your other books for now. But wanted to add how much I was enjoying going around saying "poxbox"

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  10. Well look what happens when I go away for a couple of days! I can understand the reasoning, but having shared the journey I'll miss the blog enormously. Please continue to share your love of Victoriana with us on PBW and here's hoping for a re-boot some day.

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    1. You are a joy to chat with, Fran, so wherever that happens, I'll be happy. :)

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  11. I just finished Clockwork Wolf and I really loved Kit & Co. Maybe you can bring them back in another form?? Think about it They were a lot of fun

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    1. Thanks, Cat -- and I do hope to revisit the series someday if sales justify more books for the publisher.

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  12. Just my luck! I loved this series as well as all of the others even though I'm slightly behind in my TBR pile. So how about I strike the lottery and give you half of the money to help foster new ideas to self publish the rest of Disenchanted and Co? Who needs publishers anyway...Thanks for the great series you never disappoint

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    1. I would love for you to win the lottery, Lanette, but not for me or my books -- spend the money on yourself and your family! And when possible give a little to those who are in real need, too.

      I have plenty of ideas for more books, but self-publishing for profit is not in the cards for me (for one thing it is a huge amount of work, and you have to be very tech-savvy, which I'm not. I have nothing but admiration for writers who go that route.) I have always valued the editorial process as well as the excellent production and distribution a writer is offered via traditional publishing. I have had such a great experience working with Pocket Star on this series, too, that I don't want to ruin a chance to work with them again by striking out on my own. So all things considered, I am content to stick with what I know, see if the readers are willing to provide support for future books, and hope for the best.

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  13. This is a wonderful series Love it so much fun to read MORE Please

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  14. I have read and enjoyed many steampunk novels and these hit the spot just right ...I laughed and snorted in a most unladylike fashion reading the first in the series now I am onto book the second long may the series continue

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    1. I have to leave that in the hands of the readers now, but I'm confident that (eventually) we'll be able to revisit Kit & crew and go along on more of their adventures.

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  15. Ah that`s sad news... :-(( I loved the series and was hoping for much more. I never was a big fan of ebooks and all that - but I hope that selfpublishing will get much easier in the future and that you will be able to sell whatever you think your readers will like. I will buy anything you write - that`s for sure.... Hopefully Toriana is only taking a nap for a while and will come back!

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    1. I appreciate your loyal support, Susanne -- and I love the idea that Toriana is only taking a nap for now (hopefully a short one!)

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  16. I am so bummed! I am dying to know who Kit will fall in love with and read continued stories of her adventures. I read all sorts of Victoriana, Steam. Punk, Romance and Fantasy/PsyF books and have to say that the two in your series are some of my favorite. I really hope that this series get's the re-boot. I am also a fan of many of your other books, but have to say Kit is one of my favorite characters. Thank you so much for creating her.

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    1. Thanks, Anon -- I appreciate you investing in Kit's adventures, and as I've mentioned you never know; readers may choose to help by spreading the word about the books and sales could build to the point that the publisher asks for more novels. I certainly hope that's the way it goes; I would love to write more books in this series.

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  17. I am totally loving this series. i am very disappointed that there wont be any more of this series! and to find out what happens with Kit, Lucien and Doyle. the suspense will drive me crazy.

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    1. I know it's frustrating, Susan, but I'm hoping reader support will turn that around and I can tell more Toriana stories.

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  18. I cannot believe this! I just bought the series and finished it all in 2 days. I can't remember the last time a series pulled me in so fast. I hope there will be future books as the love triangle is too good not to resolve. I am keeping my fingers crossed for more to come.

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    1. Thank you, Jenifer, I appreciate the kind words, and will keep my fingers crossed with you. :)

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    1. Keep the faith, Mitzi -- readers who want more books can do incredible things to spread the word and restart series. I've already watched it happen twice with my other series work, so I'm hopeful history will repeat itself.

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  20. Why the heck are you still writing for publishers? You'd make SO MUCH MORE MONEY self-publishing given your output, and you could write whatever you feel is selling well enough. Seriously. I used to chat on your PBW site oh, years ago, when I was traditionally published under another name. I will never, ever, ever go back. With my own hand-picked editors, the quality is enormously higher, series work better, production is on a better schedule, and I can go as far in any series as I feel like the numbers justify.

    You've got fans, you've got a name, and you write fast enough. You can make six figures a year and barely crack the top 5000 on Amazon by selling a few books steadily every day.

    Try it with just one new series. You don't have to go all-in. Give it a shot and see what it does for you. Chances are you'll be able to sustain beloved series much better because you're not trapped in the print distribution system any longer.

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    1. I appreciate the advice, V., and I'm glad indie publishing has worked out so well for you. Many of my writer pals are having the same type of success with their self-publishing endeavors. I have nothing but admiration for writers who choose this path, but for many reasons it's not for me.



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  21. This sucks big hairy donkey balls. :(
    But I have every confidence that it will be back.

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    1. Thank you, Raine. I will do my best, and I know the readers will, too.

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  22. Gutted....so love this series that I just only discovered...

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  23. I just read this. What can I say? I'm very sad about the series. I really loved the characters. I read your Darkyn and I want more of them too. Are they selling for you? They seem to be the big fad right now. Do you have new things in the works? I know facebook sucks big time but it does seem the way to go for advertising. Especially in the book groups. While I still had a business page (closed it) I was promoting this series to everyone and they all seemed very interested. I hope it helped your sales at least a little bit.
    So what's next for Lynn?

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    1. At the moment I'm taking a short sabbatical from Publishing, Diana, while I sort out some real-life stuff and decide what I want to do. My current editor has indicated he'd like to work with me again on a new project, so I'm planning to pitch him as soon as I've thought over my options.

      I appreciate your support, too -- my career has always been in the hands of my loyal readers, and like you they have been absolutely wonderful.

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  24. How can I further support you? Simply love kit & dred, Merlin and all characters! If these don't merit for publishing, then what will? They are truly fantastic!

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    1. I appreciate the kind words, lm. The best way you can support books you love to tell other readers about them. You can do that by writing product reviews, post about them on discussion sites or blogs, and simply word of mouth to other people you know who share your love of books. This is the kind of advertising that every publisher wants, every author dreams of and absolutely no money can buy. :)

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  25. I really loved this series and was looking for the next book/release date and found that there wasn't one. Your publishers crazy, this series was great. Is there someone we can write to to help bring it back?

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    1. I'm happy you enjoyed the books, Pam. I love this universe and writing these stories was a joy.

      Publishing is a business, however, and publishers make their decisions based on sales numbers, so writing to them won't change things. Honestly, spreading the word about the books and getting other readers interested in them is the best way you can help get me another chance to write more.

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  26. Oh no! I'm rereading the books a second time after
    Purchasing them in April. Here's hoping the series is revised or that you can post an epilogue if not!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Soya -- I've got lots of hope, too.

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  27. I also wanted to say I loved this series and I just found it and was hoping for more. I hope you get the opportunity in the future to add more to the story. However, it give me the chance to try some of your other works. Good luck!

    Lisa

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. At present I'm tinkering on a short story set in the Toriana universe and posting it online every week as I write it -- the latest version can be found here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzylBQC3SyqoV0lkS2JEVXZaQUU/edit

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  28. I too hope you get to finish the trilogy soon in the future. I really loved the series...it's been hard for me to find a good steampunk series and I fell in love with all the characters. I read the 1st two books in about a week, just loved it! And realized I'd read your Darkyn series a while ago, and loved it, so glad I was able to 'rediscover' you. Thanks for the stories, I understand pAying bills is important, but feel like I lost a friend, i'll miss Kit and Co. Here's to a giant leap in sales soon!

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  29. I was so confused when I first started reading this series but easily fell in love with it. Hope it comes back soon. I want to know what happens next!

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  30. Lynn, I hope that you will be able to finish the series. I don't think the description or the cover do the books justice. They both turned me off, but I decided to give the book a chance based on the reviews. Maybe the publishers would give them a second chance? I need everything to work out between Kit & Dredmore! thanks!

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  31. I just joined Goodreads so that I could give Disenchanted & Co. and The Clockwork Wolf good reviews. I never saw these books displayed at my local bookstore. Oddly enough, I bought the one from a hospital gift store while waiting for my husband to come out of surgery. Can't believe that it hasn't been a hit, but perhaps it wasn't advertised well? I'll be buying a new copy of both books and giving them as a Christmas present to my sister. We both loved The Parasol Protectorate, and this series is equally as good. I'm doing my part to try to get it brought back!

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  32. I'm very sorry to hear that you'll put Disenchanted & Co. on hiatus but I can understand why. I throughly enjoyed it and I sincerely hope that you will someday come back to this story. I really want to know what happens next.

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  33. I began reading your work with the Disenchanted series and loved it so much I moved on to the Darkyn series. I love Kit and co and hope very much that you find yourself able to return to this world. Like others, I would love to know the outcome of Kit's romantic dilemma, tho I admit I am rooting for Dredmore.

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  34. Awww. I was hoping this wasn't true. Love the series. Anyway to self pub the rest?

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  35. Just FYI for everyone who commented and anyone who visits in the near future, I am going to make the move to indy publishing, and plan to make the next book in the Disenchanted & Co. series my first title. Right now I'm still in the writing and planning stages, but expect an announcement on the release date before the end of the year.

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  36. Lynn this sounds great! I'm so excited you are going to continue the series! I'll keep watching for it!
    Thank you!

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  37. Yay! I can not wait. I need to know what happened with Kit and Dredmore. Excited for the announcement.

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  38. Wonderful news about the latest Disenchanted book. I really enjoyed the 1st 2 and was looking forward to reading more!

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