Where Have All the Dragons Gone?

This is a bit of a strange post, but it illustrates one of the big changes happening in publishing right now. A number of you have emailed me or left messages here on the blog or on my Facebook pages, asking why you can’t buy some of the Dragonfire or Dragon Diaries books. Most of you have thought there was something wrong at the portal or the publisher, but that’s not what’s going on.

When an author sells a book to a publisher, it’s for a finite measure of time. It’s not forever. Each publishing contract includes at clause that defines when and how the rights to publish the book return to the author. This is called Reversion of Rights. The trigger can be a number of different things – in the case of these contracts, when the number of units sold of a specific title drop below a defined quantity over a certain period of time (in this case, over a year) that title is available for reversion. Once that happens, the author or his/her agent asks for the rights to revert and the publisher has a number of months in which to reply. They might choose to promote the titles and give them new life so they sell  more units again, or they might choose to let them revert to the author.

Flashfire, #7 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeRight now, Penguin’s rights to the Dragon Diaries, to Harmonia’s Kiss and to two Dragonfire books, Ember’s Kiss and Flashfire, have reverted to me. I’ve made Harmonia’s Kiss available in a new digital edition. The publisher has the right to continue to sell their existing print copies of these books – but not to print more – and they can’t sell the digital editions. That’s why these books have disappeared from online portals, at least in the digital format. You still might find print copies, either at online portals or at bricks-and-mortar bookstores.

Flying Blind, first of the paranormal young adult Dragon Diaries trilogy by Deborah Cooke, UK editionThere’s a bit of a wrinkle with the Dragon Diaries, as Penguin sold UK Commonwealth rights to Allison & Busby for Flying Blind and Winging It. You might find the A&B editions of either of those books – in both print and digital – available for sale in your territory. A&B never did acquire the rights to Blazing the Trail, so they don’t have an edition of the third book in the trilogy. (Nope. I can’t explain that.)

Firestorm Forever, A Dragonfire Novel and paranormal romance by Deborah CookeI will make new editions of the Dragonfire books available once the rights to the remaining six books revert to me. I’ve no idea how long that will take – in a real sense, that’s up to all of you. The fewer copies that sell, the faster the rights to the books can revert to me. When I do republish the series in print and digital, the print editions will very likely be in the same trade paperback format as the final three Dragonfire books, The Dragon Legion Collection, Serpent’s Kiss and Firestorm Forever. I’ll also produce the entire series in audio.Harmonia's Kiss by Deborah Cooke, a Dragonfire story

This is why the publication dates for both the Dragonfire Companion and Hot Blooded, book #1 of DragonFate, have been delayed. I won’t be publishing any new books about the Pyr until I have all those rights back. I’m still working on all of those upcoming titles, so we can have a real dragon celebration once I have the rights to Dragonfire again.

Thanks for your patience and understanding. 🙂

The Future of the Pyr

As I’ve told you many times, Firestorm Forever isn’t the last of my dragon shifter heroes. There will be more stories featuring the Pyr. My challenge this week is deciding which stories I should tell next. I had it all planned out, but then, a few characters caught my interest in the writing of Firestorm Forever, and I’m torn.

So, I’d appreciate your help. Here’s a little anonymous survey that will only take you a couple of minutes to fill out. It’s multiple choice and not very tough. 🙂 I’m hoping you can help me decide (and besides, it’s kind of fun).

You can take the survey, right here.

About Firestorm Forever

Firestorm Forever, A Dragonfire Novel and paranormal romance by Deborah CookeI’m one of those comparison shoppers, so I thought I’d bring you up to date on the plans for Firestorm Forever. It’s a big book—it tells of three firestorms and takes place over a year. It can’t be broken into smaller books, because all of the firestorms come to their happy endings near the end. That’s all the spoiler I’m going to give you on that.

But the size of the book leads to some changes. The book is available for pre-order now where it can be, and is priced at $4.99 for pre-order. The price will stay at that point for two days—because some of you shop at other portals, like B&N, which don’t permit pre-orders, so that’s fair—then will go to $9.99.

The trade paperback edition will also be big. It’ll certainly be priced higher than $14.99 (because the number of pages influences the cost and thus the price of print books). It will be available for pre-order at Amazon, then at other portals after the on-sale date of March 16. B&N seems to take about a week to list my trade paperback editions, while the Book Depository takes two weeks.

Because price is a consideration for everyone, I want to remind you about the Amazon Matchbook program. All of my indie-published books are registered in this program. It works like this: if you buy the print edition first at Amazon, you can then buy the digital for a cheaper price—I price all of mine at 99 cents. That program (which I think is awesome) is only available at Amazon, but if you already shop there, you might want to take advantage of it.

You can download the first chapter of Firestorm Forever and read it for free. Here’s the MOBI and here’s the EPUB. (Last night, they were doing some server maintenance, so if you get an error, just try again.)

You can also pre-order Firestorm Forever at these portals now, and take advantage of that early-bird discount. 🙂
Buy at Amazon
Buy at iBooks Buy at KOBO

Writing Plans for 2015

It’s going to be a busy, busy year. 🙂

Now you’ve been warned. Let’s have a look at what’s on the schedule for me for 2015.

For years, I’ve alternated between series, because that keeps my view of the world of the books fresh. It also means, though, that linked books are published about 8 months apart. I’m going to try to switch that around this year, because you all seem to like to see linked books published in closer succession. This is the Big Challenge.

Firestorm Forever, A Dragonfire Novel and paranormal romance by Deborah Cooke1 • Firestorm Forever

This is #11 in my Dragonfire series of paranormal romances featuring dragon shape shifter heroes, and the big wrap-up of the Dragon’s Tail Wars. It’s Sloane’s book—because the Apothecary has to heal the world—and will be published in March. You can read an excerpt right here or download one from my online store, right here.

This book is getting big, as there are lots of loose ends to tie up, but it’s NOT the end of my dragon shifter stories. It’s the end of the Dragon’s Tail Wars, but I’m not nearly done with the Pyr.

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix2 • The Champions of Saint Euphemia

This is a new series of linked medieval romances, following the journey of a company of knights home from Jerusalem. They’re each going back to Europe for their own reasons, but have accepted a quest to deliver a chest to Paris. They don’t know until they’re on the road that someone wants the contents of that chest badly enough to kill for it—and they don’t know each other, much less who to trust.

The Crusader’s Bride is the first in this series, and will be available in May. I’m hoping to publish this series in fairly rapid succession. (Fingers crossed.) You can read an excerpt from this book on my website, right here, or download a longer one from my store, right here.

 

3 • Beyond the Champions

The schedule beyond the Champions of Saint Euphemia gets a bit murky, mostly because I’m not sure yet how long those books will be. The books, though, are perfectly clear to me. It’s likely that some of these projects will slide into 2016, but after the Champions comes:
• Dragonfire Legend, a trilogy of historical romances featuring the Pyr
• A Dragonfire Companion, which will be published simultaneously with Dragonfire Legend
• A new contemporary romance series – details to come
• A new medieval romance series set at Inverfyre – details to come

Now you can see why I need to stay home and write in 2015! I’ll also be mixing up some backlist titles into new boxed sets – which could count either as promotion or as writing plans. You can find out about the first one of those for 2015 in tomorrow’s post.

A Dragonfire Companion

As I’ve been working on Sloane’s book, Firestorm Forever, I’ve been re-reading all of my Dragonfire notes and all of the previously published Dragonfire novels to make sure I don’t miss any loose ends or links. (I’m going to read the Dragon Diaries again, too.) As a result of this, I’ve been building myself a great big reference file. I have a huge binder full of details and research, but this reference is focused on the world of Dragonfire, the terminology and the characters.

I’m quite enjoying the compilation of it, and have decided that I’ll publish it later in 2015 as A Dragonfire Companion. I’ll have a better idea of when it will be available after I get Sloane’s book done. I’m thinking that the publication might coincide with the publication of my next trilogy of books about the Pyr, which is tentatively scheduled for fall 2015. That would be best, IMO, to manage spoilers, as the details from that series would be included as well.

I hope this is something that interests some of you! I’m having fun with it.

Samples at My Store

I have been experimenting this month with setting up an online store, in order to sell content directly to readers. One of the other things I can do with the store is use it as a way to deliver free content to readers in an easy way.

For example, this week, I’ve made the Family Trees available at the store for download. You can find them right here in the store:
• The Crevy-sur-Seine family tree for the Bride Quest II
• The Ravensmuir & Inverfyre family tree for the Rogues of Ravensmuir
• The Kinfairlie family tree in color for the Jewels of Kinfairlie and the True Love Brides
• The Kinfairlie family tree in b&w for the Jewels of Kinfairlie and the True Love Brides

I’ve also put the printable book list over there:
• Printable book list in color
• Printable book list in B&W

And finally, I’ve created some samples for upcoming books. These are EPUB files – I thought they’d be easier for you to read on your phone (or wherever) rather than reading the excerpt on my website. They also have lots of links to the other books in each series, and pre-order links where they’re available.
• EPUB excerpt of The Warrior’s Prize
• EPUB excerpt of Firestorm Forever

The store is still in development and there are more products to be added, but please let me know what you think of it, and what you think of these excerpts, too.