So… the thing about Asend is… I’m going to hold off on publishing it. Indefinitely. It’s not because of issues with the book or because I don’t love you guys. Because I do. And this feels really, really mean of me to do right now after telling you it would be out soon. And I really wanted it to be out soon. I did. I still do.
But stuff’s going on right now. Not bad stuff. Stuff that’s good for me and the Trylle Trilogy in general. Possibly really good stuff. But it means that I need to hold off for now.
I’ll explain more if/when things are concrete. But right now, I just have to apologize. I am sorry. I really am.
Ascend will be out at some point. I can promise you that. But I don’t know when. And I love you guys.
So… I am sorry. But that’s all I can really say for now.
EDIT: Ascend will be out by January 15th.
The day I posted this originally, I was offered a publishing contract for the trilogy. They wanted me to hold off on publishing the third book, but they did offer editing and marketing for the books. I debated on what would be the best course of action. I was aware that I’d made a commitment, but I thought that given the abrupt change of circumstances, I needed to put the book on hold to think about things.
I set the date before the contract was offered. I did not know I would be offered a contract.
I declined the contract, in part because I would have to hold off on publishing Ascend. So Ascend will be out.
But because of the reaction to this situation, I will no longer be announcing the release dates of projects until a few days before they are released. When I hit the button for publish, that’s when I’ll tell you.
I am sorry for the negative reactions you have received. I think it’s a product of living in a culture of immediate gratification. Your talent for writing is a beautiful gift to others, and I know that like any artist, it requires a lot from you. This may sound cheesy, but I just wanted to offer support and encouragement. Readers can be pushy, but you’ve got to do what’s best for you, for your future. No matter when your next book comes out, I can only be thankful for the ones I’ve been lucky enough to read so far.
I wish you all the inspiration and resources you could ever need.
Oh my gosh! Must have third book now! AUGHH! Really enjoy the series! Thanks from a South Dakotan to a Minnesotan.
I can’t wait to read the third book. This has been such a wonderful series so far. I’m looking forward to reading the final book!
Not Fair!! I was getting so excited waiting for it!! I’m not happy about this…
I am so in love with this series that I just found a couple of days ago and was heartbroken about the delay. Thank God you edited the post to say it’ll be out January 15th. I HOPE I can wait two weeks! Amanda you are wonderful and I wish you luck for all future deals. Kate Bennett
You think the mature thing would be to immediately say “no” to an unexpected offer of a publishing deal that would allow a better quality of books and the ability to concentrate more on writing?
I set a date when I thought I was sure, but I do not control the universe. Things happen that were unexpected.
I do apologize for letting readers down. And I also apologize for being immature and weighing all my options before make a decision. Next time I will be more rash.
You are truly a talented and gifted writer, I think we can all agree on that. It has been sometime that I was unable to put a book down until I finished. Like some others, I only started the series because I read your post that the third in this series would be released soon. My only critique that I have is that I wish you had not made a statement like that unless you were sure of a release date. It’s more of a disappointment than anything else. For me it shows a lack of maturity, I’m sorry to say, but there it is. It has no reflection on your talent. Your characters are so loyal and self sacrificing, it’s a shame that real life isn’t the same. Maybe you have a good reason, maybe you don’t, but one thing is for sure quite a number of people feel let down.
OK, just totally ruined my New Years. Had finished Trylle #2 yesterday and was so excited that the excerpt at the end indicated a release by the end of 2010. When we had to cancel New Year’s plans due to a sick child I consoled myself that at least I could download Ascend to my Kindle. Wrong. Totally bummed out, and changing release dates are a pet peeve. I want to read it but the change combined with the lousy New Year’s evening may make me skip it. We’ll have to test my resolve ….
Sorry, Amanda. I wrote the anonymous comment yesterday. I was digging into your books, and connecting with the characters, and when I read your blog post about the postponement, I seethed with what I perceived as your betrayal of fan trust. I’m feeling better about it today and since you took the time to respond to my comment, I want to take the time to apologize.
I’ve started a few graphic novel series that never panned out, and you may have struck a sore cord there. When I read the word “indefinitely” I think my vision went red. I misunderstood your statement, and didn’t realize you meant early 2011. I hope that this plan pans out. Either way, sorry for my internet bashing. I still believe the postponement is wacksauce (b/c patience is not my strength), but I wish you nothing more than all your writer’s heart can create. I love your characters. I want to see Loki develop.
Now get to releasing Ascend! LOL.
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