It’s hard to wait for the next book in a series to release. It’s even harder when the release date gets pushed back a month or two (or more). But the worst thing ever is when the next book goes missing. One day you see it on Goodreads or Amazon with an expected release date. The next day it’s gone.
Heather Brewer, author of the bestselling Vladimir Tod series (Eighth Grade Bites), released her first Legacy of Tril book in 2012. I even reviewed Soulbound. It was entertaining and different enough from what I usually read that I planned to read the second installment, Soulbroken, when it released this August. August came but the book didn’t.
Brewer explained (as much as she could) what happened in her vlog. She implied that book two was cancelled because book one didn’t sell well enough. (I have a guess as to why it didn’t sell.*)
It has to be heartbreaking for an author, and it’s disappointing for readers. (Especially when the previous book ends on a total cliffhanger!) But I’m optimistic that the ever-changing publishing industry will provide an avenue for some of these disappearing books to make their way to readers.
I hope—for her sake and for her readers’ sake—that the part Ms. Brewer “can’t talk about” is getting her rights back from Penguin. Maybe she can find a different publisher or maybe she can become one of those hybrid authors and self-publish her Legacy of Tril series.
Have you ever looked forward to a book only to have it disappear?
©2013 Kim Vandel
*Both The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod and The Slayer Chronicles are urban fantasy (supernatural elements in a real world setting). They have an angst-ridden teen boy as the main character, and the age range for readers is 12-17. Legacy of Tril is set in a fictional world and features a butt-kicking teen girl. The age range is 14-17. My guess is that it all comes down to “branding.” Legacy of Tril was too much of a departure from the type of book Heather Brewer is known for, so it didn’t do well with her audience (who she affectionately refers to as her “minions”). Her new series, The Cemetery Boys, returns to the genre that made her a bestselling author, and I have a feeling it will do much better than Legacy of Tril.