Every time I think I have things under control, I discover it’s a delusion. Last fall I thought I had a book coming out in March and one in June. Closer than I wanted the release of the two books to be, but not terrible. I visited Vista Print and had some Tray Cards made up with those dates.
Good idea, right?
In February I learned that A Killer Past—the March book—would indeed be released in the UK and Europe in March, but not in the US and Canada. A Killer Past would not be released here until June.
Cross out one date; write in another.
So what about Eat Crow and Die, my June book. No problem. That date had been changed, too. Eat Crow and Die was not to be released until July.
Cross out the date on that side of the card; write in July.
We’re set. Right. A Killer Past in June and Eat Crow and Die in July. Not the best schedule, but acceptable.
But wait! It’s now May, I’m looking on Amazon. Guess what? Both books are available.
Did I miss something? Two books, different publishers, both mysteries, out at the same time.
I know I shouldn’t complain, but I don’t think career planners would recommend such a move. On the other hand, it’s better than some things that have happened to writers. I remember hearing about a shipment of Harlequin romances that didn’t make it to the West Coast because of the weather and an accident. Those writers lost a good portion of their sales, and with Harlequin, back then you only got one month to make your numbers.
And more than one writer has dealt with a publisher that goes bankrupt right before her book was to come out. Publishing houses and lines close, a favorite editor leaves and the replacement hates the writer’s work. A trusted agent absconds with her clients’ money.
We all make plans. It’s a good thing to do. But often even the best laid plans go astray. (That’s a cliché for a reason.)