With the release date of Shadowfever approaching and anticipation growing, I wanted to take a moment to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all of the fans of the Fever series.
It's been such a toss up for me: the decision whether or not to let my publisher send out advanced reading copies of the Fever books. The simple fact is it's better for me if I do, because advance publicity is critical to a writer's career. I've made many reviewers unhappy because we've gone the arc-less route and my career has suffered for it. Last year a famous magazine called to request an advance copy of Dreamfever. The publicity from them would have been incredible! You can't buy that kind of attention. But it would have ruined the one thing I've always considered more important than publicity: the reading experience for my fans. The series is full of mystery and cliffhanger suspense. Although occasionally a reader complains about being left hanging, more often than not I hear how much you enjoy the experience of coming together in a community and debating the plot twists and speculating about the ultimate outcome. Some of you have even written to tell me you aren’t sure you don’t enjoy your Fever friends/conversations more than the books themselves, LOL!
I've done everything in my power to protect my fans. I don't want anyone that has waited five years (or even five months or weeks) to have their experience spoiled by one badly placed review on line that gives it away—and believe me, in Shadowfever there's a lot to give away :)
As the release date approaches, I have no doubt some books will slip through the cracks. There is no perfect strict on sale date, or embargo. Mistakes happen. Copies of Dreamfever hit the stands early, and so did Faefever.
So why am I thanking you? Because in the complicated, mistake-laden world of publishing, the one thing I can count on are my readers. Last year when early copies came out you were so amazingly respectful of each other. If you shared spoilers, you did it far behind the scenes and in such a way that no innocent, hapless reader would stumble upon them. You astound me with your care and respect for each other’s reading experience.
It’s been a long journey with Mac and the crew. The last chapter is about to begin….Keep the faith, be good to each other and let me know what you think when you’ve finished. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on how it all ends!
Stay to the light.
Art by Mia! Doesn't it rock?