Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Thank you!


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.
Karen

Art by Mia! Doesn't it rock?

45 comments:

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Tessism said...

I absolutely adore you, your books and the fan community you have created with Leiha on the KMM Forum. I'm looking forward to seeing you and them in a few weeks in NOLA and getting my hands on Shadowfever--icing on the cake. Bless you for your compassion that emanates from you and your fans. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do.

analisa said...

OMG !!! a little more than ten days, I can't help but crying, as if I'm heading to the end of a wonderful journey (wich I am) I struggle with so strong mixed emotions I can't imagine how it must be feeling for you !!!
And thanks to you, for making the ride such an incredible one.

Karen H said...

As a bookseller I look for ARC's that look interesting or from authors that I read. I do understand that the reading experience can be ruined by an ARC in the wrong hands. Nothing can upset me more than someone asking " wasn't situation X with character B great" when I haven't finished the book. Thank you for watching out for us.

herrabidglow said...

Thank you for such a great series!

Audrey said...

Karen! My mom and I are waiting with bated breath for the end of the Fever series... and at the same time, we want it to never end. Thank you so much for such a captivating series.

Sheila said...

Love all your books! Thanks so much for an INCREDIBLE story. Reading the last page of Shadowfever will be bittersweet.

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La luciole said...

Thank you very much Karen. Your comment just shows how much you understand the fervent readers that we are.Just like the reat series, I want to kow the end but do not want to know the end. Does that make sense to you ? Know the end because, i want to know what happens to Mac. Don't want to know the end because it will be , well, the end. :(
Thank you for the good time reading.
I have ordered a signed copy from A cappella.
And hello from France

Adventure Spot said...

I am so excited for Shadowfever I can hardly wait. I appreciate that you have taken the time to make sure that as a reader I enjoy the full experience of your writing by not handing out early copies of the books. I want to thank you as well for telling such a suspenseful story. Every time I open one of your books I know that I am in for a wonderful treat. I can imagine what each character looks like, feels at the current moment and the setting. Your writing is not only masterful but intelligent. I love the fever series and though I am happy to know the end result, I am still sad that the Mac story will not continue. I wish you all the best with this release and hope it goes along swimmingly.

Ashley said...

Thank you Karen for writing a great book series that I'll enjoy reading over and over again.

Anonymous said...

We love you Karen! You are a phenominal writer/story teller and more so a person your fans can respect and appreciate because of your personal touch.

I can wait. If I have to sit on my hands, I wait as patiently as personally possible for the release date.

Hopefully we support your endeavors and talk about you enough to make up for the marketing potential that is lost from advance reviews.

The street team idea was fantastic and what I feel the best marketing tool EVER!!!

When your faithful fans go out and shove a book in someone's face and with all the enthusiasm of gleeful teens screetch "YOU MUST READ THIS. IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE", the reception of a new fan is more heartfelt and real.

I prefer to have a fellow reader recommend new authors or stories rather than listen to overly subjective drivel from a detatched entity.

Thank you so much for putting us first Karen, we love you all the more for your care and earnest gesture.

asausy74

Aella said...

Karen,

I have re-read your books so many times and have debated the cliffhangers and tiny little details over and over again. I really love the mystery because I love trying to think of how you will end it all! I never give away secrets to friends or other fans and I respect how you are aware of spoilers and reviews that could ruin the suspense for all fans.

The last book is so anticipated by all of your fans, including me and the friends I keep lending the books to (I'm spreading them to anyone I know!!). Please keep writing amazing series like this; your fantasy worlds are so much more interesting than reality. However reality is defined. ;)

sumthn2say said...

Hi Karen, I'm having a book release party at my house. Went to B&N last weekend and asked if we could get the book at closing on the 17th but no-doing. They said it's on a strict release for the 18th. I'm happy to hear this but bummed at the same time. We may delay our book party till the next night as I don't think everyone likes to curl up with the e-version (luckily I have an iPad). If I find the book out early I'll let Leiha know ASAP.

BTW I've pre-ordered the signed book, the e-book, and Shadowsong. :). I'm sooooo excited!!!!!

Brandi D said...

I think you hung the moon Karen, and I tell every single person I meet (who likes to read and also who isnt so into it lol) about your Fever series! I have turned several of the staffers at my local Borders on to it and was even offered a job after attempting to describe how amazing these books were. I hope that whoever wasnt happy with your descision to have *your* work used in the way *you* wanted, takes a big slice of humble pie when they read the book and figure it out...and maybe show some respect.

You changed the way I read and I have always been a reader; Its my thing. I dont have hobbies, I have books lol. After reading you I cant approach a book, or author, the same, and that has led me into richer stories than I have ever experienced!

Thank you for being you, and for being such an amazing talent!
Thank you for being you, and for being such an ama

Michelle said...

Good things come those who wait and I am waiting with great expectations Karen!!!!! Love this series and know that you have found a true fan!

Nicole said...

Haha! I specifically remember asking if an ARC would be sent to the B&N store I worked in when Faefever was due. Too bad we didn't get one this time around either (and now I'm in a completely different store), but that's okay. I still handsell your books when I can and look forward for the release of the last one! (I just know I'll be eyeballing the boxes when they arrive in the store, waiting with anticipation for the day they're opened up!)

Anonymous said...

I know I'm going to cry when I finish Shadow Fever, but that's okay.

When I'm in B&N, I move all the Moning books around so they are more prominent on the shelves.
Wonder if I'll get in trouble for that since I don't work there...
LOL!

Brenda

Soycazadoradesombrasylibros said...

From Spain to the fever series spanish fans¡¡We waiting the fourth book in Spain to march :( and for a long time we will waiting the last, but personally i read in english in a few weeks¡¡¡all my love¡¡¡¡¡Maria

reids_haven said...

Thank you soooo much for the Fever Series,you are a very gifted author. Can't wait to meet you in NOLA.
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*B* said...

I was in Barnes & Noble today, picking up a book to pass the time between now and 2 weeks from today ;) I was happily surprised to find an ENTIRE 4-SIDED RACK, prominently displayed in the middle of the store full of nothing but your books. Both the Highlander and the Fever Series'. The sign on top said "page turners!" They certainly weren't kidding!!

I so cannot wait until January 18th! January is frozen for us at work, with no time off allowed, but I'm pretty sure I feel the flu coming on, on the 18th...*cough, cough!!* ;)

barbi-b said...

Thank you for the wonderful books! I started out with the Highlander series, and fell in love with those macho, adorable men. I hesitated to read the Fever series, I didn't think I would like the first person point of view, and the tough girl heroine. Boy was I wrong! When I finally tried it I was hooked. My family truly think I've lost my mind because I've been so obsessed with the books and that's not me. I read hundreds of books a year. I think you're the best! Happy New Year

Lesaleer said...

I'm so excited for ShadowFever, I pre-ordered it and can't wait till the 18th!! Thank you Karen for being an author who is friendly and for spoiling us. Tis true, we are very spoiled!! One of the things I love most is that you treat us like we are all your friends. If I didn't like the books (which I can assure you, that can NEVER happen, I own all of your books, multiple copies of the fever series) I would still read them because of you! Being a Moning Maniac is fun.

Sharon S. said...

(wiping my eyes) it's just my allergies . I think I will cry when it is all over. Guess that's why we reread our favorites.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait for Shadowfever to come out! It's been hard waiting but I just know it'll be worth it! Thanks so much for writing such an awesome series!!!

Mrs. P said...

I've been waiting 5 antagonizing years for Shadowfever and the ride has been thrilling. As a reader I'm thankful to YOU for creating something so incredible and for giving us the opportunity to discuss and to marvel! We feel appreciated because you take the time to write these blog posts and to share your thoughts and feelings. We know you care and that just makes us love you more. So thank you for all that you do! Can't wait for Shadowfever!

deannalynnc said...

Thank you so much Karen for this wonderful note! I have become a fan of yours at the end of 2010 since I stumbled on some amazing bloggers who turned me onto this wonderful series! After I read the first book I just wasn't sure if I was clicking with the books but after I kept at it I couldn't imagine not having read them. I am counting down to January 18th and I will be flying to Hastings or Target to buy the book ASAP!

My next feat is to read your Highlander series. :-D

Brontefan said...

Thank YOU Karen for bringing us your wonderful stories. I would have always enjoyed your books, but reading your posts on your blog and on the forum has made them even more special to me because of who you are. I agree, you have the most wonderful fans. Your forum is one of the my favorite places to read and talk. I'm trying not to be sad that the Fever series is coming to an end. I'll always ave the books to read over and over again. Also, I look forward to your new books/series :)

Shan said...

Karen we need to be thanking you. It has been a long time since an author has caught my attention so well with a book that I have to read the book or series of books over and over again. The only book that I have reread in my 31 yrs before yours (every last one has been read and reread too many times to count) is Little Women, which I first read when I was 8. You are without a doubt the best there is in my opinion. I love both series so far and can't wait to see what you have in store in the future. The best thing right now though is that the suspense is very nearly over for all of us maniacs. Thanks for your hard work and determination.

Julianne said...

I can't believe it is almost over. I'm thrilled to read the end of this series, and have loved the way it strayed from the normal way of series books. I adore how you have kept some of the mystery throughout and things haven't concluded neatly (and unrealistically) at the end of each book, only to have some new nemesis arise in the next. I love that I'm about to find out what Barrons is, I love that I'll finally understand the prophecy on Mac. I love that I won't know until I get to read Shadowfever. This is going to be one of those books that when I finish it I'll feel like I'm leaving close friends behind. I love the characters and have been happy that the story wasn't over...yet. Now it will be and I'm anticipating it with excitement and sadness. I love your writing!

Novels On The Run said...

Hi,

It's such a catch 22 for me. I am desperate to read Shadowfever, but sad it will be the end of all my discussions with my friends of all ages. We have been chatting non stop about this series. I speak to USA friends and friends in Western Australia, Queensland, down the road. It's the only book series I have currently come across that has given me extended reading enjoyment. Today my bff up the mountain texts me "what's with Barrons and the mirrors"...well off I go on my merry ranting..loL!! I give nothing away as she has only started Faefever but we have discussed, beyond discussed Darkfever and Bloodfever. I can't wait until she gets to the last pages of Faefever..her jaw will drop. My bff is quite the young lady and I am giving her this knew type of book . (= uber smexi!!!, not YA ) So far she is loving them. My 62 year old friend is telling her friends at the golf club about them. My younger friend up North in Bowen is just screaming or squeeing for Barrons....I just laugh as she was like an excited wombat with all her questions, as I lend my books out to all and sundry I needed her for reference points when discussing with other friends. We have a running list of what we think will happen in Shadowfever. Will be fun to see what we get right and laugh at how far wrong we were.

Wonderful that you have put the fans before the Arc's on this occassion. I do love an Arc not that I get them but I would...in this particular case it's just far too important to keep the magic under wraps. Everyday I look at my counter widget and squee with delight but will definantly suffer from PABD ( Post Awesome Book Depression) once this series is read . My Bowen friend and I said we actually thought we might cry when we have no more Barrons and storyline. You know what I think we may just:D

Michelle

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Meghan said...

Karen, you are THE BEST! I have been with you from the beginning and I love all of your books. I can't wait to see how it all turns out. I am seriously WAY more excited about this than I was about Christmas!!
Love and Luck!!

Bamafever said...

Thank you Mrs. Moning. I personally love spoilers but this is one time the anticipation and time for speculating have been great fun. Can't wait to see you in NOLA.

Cristy/Bamafever

Anonymous said...

I can't make NOLA, but I will be in Atlanta - all I can say is THANK YOU - I haven't anticipated a book this much since the Harry Potter series....

Elisa said...

You don't know how much I love your books, the fever serie is reaaly great! And like I couldn't wait for the french translation to be done, I directly ordered an english copy!
I'm looking forward to read it and discover what Mac still has in store for us.
Thank you for taking us with Mac on her journey!

yaquelin said...

thank you and I can't wait!

crystalsc said...

What a wonderful letter for us. Thank you for taking the time to let us know how you're feeling. Not all authors reach out to their readers and your involvement is deeply appreciated.
I am crazy in love with the Fever series. I dare say Barrons captivates me almost as much as Angel and Dean Winchester; my favorite heroes. But I also love that Mac is a heroine to be proud of. It's been awhile since I've felt I could say that.
I've made two new Mac/Barrons wallpapers if you'd like to see them. They are posted on your forum: http://www.karenmoning.com/forum/showthread.php?27253-Fan-Art&p=684654&viewfull=1#post684654

Anonymous said...

You are amazing Karen and Thank you!! You continue think of your fans and your website is always welcoming and nice place to visit for info on your books. This is great to come across because a certain author has all but alienated her book fans due her toxic website and moderators.

Tess said...

Anticipation!

I feel like I'm 7 on Christmas Eve all over again...

Nonna Prez said...

I'm in the process of rereading ALL of your books and am finally back in the Fever series. There has been so much going on over the past years that I want to make sure it's all fresh in my mind.

I was talking to a colleague yesterday about your books and how the wait was worthwhile. Long, but very worthwhile and I"ll tell you why. I knew the year would be LONG, but I also knew that for you to tell Mac's story and finalize it, that time was needed. I can't tell you how many authors I've stopped reading because they are constantly releasing books nonstop. Then they all seem like fill in the blanks-with only the names and places changing, but the plot remaining the same. It's a shame, and I'm sure it's largely in part of the publishers wanting MORE and SOONER so they can bring in the bucks.

So THANK YOU for taking the time to make sure Mac's story is told the way YOU know it needed to be. I'm eagerly awaiting the final book, but also dreading it since I know it's the end of THIS journey.

I am listening to my Bloodrush CD (awaiting the new one) and as I look over that journal entry again in the booklet, I'm wondering what other wonderful insights that journal has in store (especially since it left me hanging at the end.)

So, if you are looking for something to write in your spare time ;), why not publish the journal? Just a thought.

Nonna said...

I'm in the process of rereading ALL of your books and am finally back in the Fever series. There has been so much going on over the past years that I want to make sure it's all fresh in my mind.

I was talking to a colleague yesterday about your books and how the wait was worthwhile. Long, but very worthwhile and I'll tell you why. I knew the year would be LONG, but I also knew that for you to tell Mac's story and finalize it, that time was needed. I can't tell you how many authors I've stopped reading because they are release books nonstop. Then they all seem like fill in the blanks-with only the names and places changing, but the plot remaining the same. It's a shame, and I'm sure it's largely in part of the publishers wanting MORE and SOONER so they can bring in the bucks.

So THANK YOU for taking the time to make sure Mac's story is told the way YOU know it needed to be. I'm eagerly awaiting the final book, but also dreading it since I know it's the end of THIS journey.

I am listening to my Bloodrush CD (awaiting the new one) and as I look over that journal entry again in the booklet, I'm wondering what other wonderful insights that journal has in store (especially since it left me hanging at the end.)

So, if you are looking for something to write in your spare time ;), why not publish the journal? Just a thought.

1975auburn said...

You are in a class of only 2 as the very best authors. I have only read one other's (Outlander by Diana Gabaldon) who equal your wonderful epic story of the Fever Story. I have read and re-read them many times over the past five years; not one of them ever has dissapointed the reading exsperence. I only want to sincerely say thank-you for each book, I loved book 5 (begining- end), and congradulations in ALL the success you are due.