Saturday, March 8, 2014

Checking in on Gage

A wonderful reader recently requested that I provide an update on Gage and the final book in the Asylum Tales series.  Let's see...

As I'm sure you've realized from reading my updates and comments from other authors, the publishing industry is a bit of a slow process, prone to many stops and starts.  Frequently, authors are working years in advance.  Books we announce to readers are things that we've finished and sold months ago, but just can't talk about until things become "official".  The final book in the Asylum Tales series is no different.

And in truth, there was a time when I didn't think there was going to be a third book in the series...

Publishers are willing to buy books and release them when they think they're going to make some money off them, because as you know, this is a business first.  While I think the Asylum Tales is a fun series with some amazing characters, sales for the series weren't particularly strong.  As a result, my publisher was unwilling to purchase a third book for print.  I sat back and thought about it for a while, a part of me angry that Gage wouldn't see the printed page again.  I let my emotions simmer in indignation and frustration for a while.  It wasn't so much anger at the publisher, because I could understand their reluctance.  I understand bottom-lines and paying bills.  I was angry and frustrated that I had failed to make Gage and the rest of the gang the success I felt they should have been.

As my anger faded, I realized that I had a story that needed to be told for Gage.  There was an arc that I was secretly building for the man and it was only as the third book coalesced in my head that I saw what the natural progression was.  To make matters worse, it was driving me crazy not to write the book.  So I wrote the book... not knowing whether the rest of the world would ever read this book.

After I was finished, I went back to my publisher and asked if they'd be interested in publishing the third book in the Asylum Tales series as an e-book only release.

They said, Yes!

So, here we are.  Gage's third and final book of the Asylum Tales will be released as an e-book only on October.  Actually, we're trying something a little different.  As it is designed at the moment, the third book is being released as a serial book.  What's that?  The book is being broken into 3 parts and a part will be released each week over a 3-week period.  Each part will be about the length of my novellas (which is approximately 100+ pages in a Word document)

I don't have an official title for the book yet.

I'm not willing to giveaway an overview of the story yet because I still have to do edits.  Things change in the edits.  I wouldn't want to tell you something only to change that description later.  I think the one thing I can say is that this story is the darkest of the Gage books.

Stay tuned for more news.  The closer we get to the release, the more details I will be able to provide.  Thanks for your patience on this release!

Also, don't forget that I've blogged over at Supernatural Underground and I've giving away a copy of Angel's Ink.  The giveaway ends Sunday morning.


Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Ooh a serial novel! that's new to me! So then we'll have to buy each part for those few weeks? Can't wait to read it either way!

Jocelynn Drake said...

Thanks! With ebooks becoming so popular, publishers are trying new ways to keep readers excited about authors and their series. It will be interesting to see how readers take to it.

dawn wigand said...

I have the other two books and they are signed. I was so hoping to buy the third signed as well. :( BUT I am very thankful the series was able to continue and I will still be able to read it. :) Thank you for all your hard work!! I know I will adore anything you write.

Silvia L. said...

I'm very disappointed to find out the Asylum series won't continue past the third book. I'm more disappointed to find out there won't be a print edition. I've read hundreds of books and I have to say Jocelynn Drake is one of the best writers out there, if not the very best. I feel like this series did not get enough publicity, thus hurting sales.I can't imagine a world without Gage and his cohorts. Word of mouth is the best way to help any writer, so please people, let everyone know about this very talented writer.

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