explanation of my publishing schedule
April 6, 2011
A lot of people have been asking about having two books coming out a month apart, plus two more later in the year, and did I really write them at the same time, etc. In fact, they were written at widely different times, and the vagaries of publishing schedules means them coming out together is coincidental.
I wrote After the Golden Age around 2004-2005, in the gaps between Kitty contracts, waiting to see if the first Kitty book would sell, then waiting to see if I’d get to write more after I finished #2. I wrote Steel in 2009, between writing Kitty’s House of Horrors and Kitty Goes to War. HarperTeen works with almost two years of lead time, in order to get review copies out early. As for why it took so long for Golden Age to see the light of day…that’s a much longer story. Kitty’s original publisher (Warner/Grand Central) rejected it (and Discord’s Apple) outright, and it took awhile to find a publisher who wanted them as-is, rather than as first books in a new urban fantasy-style series. It also took awhile, because Grand Central didn’t really want me publishing anything but Kitty books, and tried to put that in the contract. So I left and signed with Tor, who seems perfectly fine with me writing Kitty books and other books.
Because of all that, my publishing schedule has been really wonky the last couple of years. And I’ve been very busy. I wrote the books at different times, but the post-production — revision, copy-edits, galleys — all happened at the same time, which was a bit harrowing.
For those of you who’ve loved me putting out four books a year — the backlog is over, I’m afraid. I’ve got exactly one book scheduled for 2012: Kitty #10: Kitty Steals the Show. I’ll probably be back to a one or two-book a year schedule from here out.
A quick rundown of what I wrote, when, just ’cause I think it’s interesting. I really do write about 2 books a year, and that seems to be my natural schedule.
2002-2003: Kitty and The Midnight Hour
2003-2004: Discord’s Apple
2004-2005: Kitty Goes to Washington, After the Golden Age
2006: Kitty Takes a Holiday, Kitty and the Silver Bullet
2007: Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand, Kitty Raises Hell
2008: Voices of Dragons, Kitty’s House of Horrors
2009: Steel, Kitty Goes to War (This is also when the change in publishers happened, and my schedule kinda blew up)
2010: Kitty’s Big Trouble, Kitty Steals the Show
2011: A YA I haven’t actually sold yet, and Kitty #11 (at least, that’s the plan)