Hey Fellow Goners,
Dave here with this week’s very late newsletter.
First, I apologize for the lateness. Sean and I have been working double-time on something top secret that we’re going to announce soon. Hint: It has to do with our zombie serial, Z 2134, which you may recall that we took down just a couple of days after it first went live.
Z 2134 WILL BE back, but it won’t be for a couple of weeks.
Sean and I will tell you more the minute we’re able to. But it’s good news.
This week we’re bringing you Available Darkness: Episode 2.
You can get it here:
If you already read the original AD book we released in August 2011, you can skip the first season (the first six episodes) over the next few weeks. Unless you either really loved the story and want to read the revised version to see how we’re making it better.
As I said last week, though, it’s not necessary to re-read the first season because we’re not changing the events which occurred in the book you already read.
If you haven’t read AD yet, now’s the perfect chance to hop on board. It’s got all the action, chills, mystery, and WTF endings you’ve come to expect from us. And it’s a whole new take on vampires — I mean completely different.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT…
Available Darkness follows a man who wakes up buried alive with no memory of his past.
In his pocket is a note telling him to avoid the police, avoid the sunlight, and don’t touch anyone. Because when he does, he drains their lives in an instant.
Also in the note, an address.
As he begins digging into his past, he finds himself reluctantly looking after an 11-year-old girl who he saved from a monstrous predator. He’s also being hunted by an FBI agent, and a mysterious agency who wants a secret that the amnesiac is holding.
If you missed Episode 1, you can get it here:
Available Darkness: Episode 1
Thanks to everyone who reviewed or emailed to tell us how much they’re enjoying Available Darkness. It’s cool to see the first book Sean and I started back in 2008 seeing new life as a serial. While many of our readers have already read the original book, many are only now discovering it. And in a way, I’m rediscovering it as I go through, revising it. It’s like seeing old friends, and is getting me excited to get started on the second season soon.
We’re continuing our free ForNevermore promotion today (Sept. 27) with Episode 3 (which we also had free last week), and Episode 4.
ForNevermore: Episode 3
ForNevermore: Episode 4
You can also get the FULL SEASON (Episodes 1-6) here if you don’t wanna wait to read the rest.
ForNevermore Season 1
INTERVIEW WITH HUGH HOWEY
Lastly, if you’re a fan of Wool creator, Hugh Howey, Sean, Johnny, and I had Hugh on as a guest at The Self-Publishing Podcast.
Warning: The show has almost as much cursing as Boricio’s morning routine, so you might not want to listen to it work or in front of the kids.
Here’s a link to the YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0C9vVkM2C0&feature=plcp
Here’s a link to the audio (which should be up a bit later today):
As always, thank you for reading,
When you’re known for writing dark, gritty, scary stories with tons of F Bombs, you get something of a reputation.
You know when you buy a Sean Platt and David Wright book, you’re in for an awesome, R-Rated thrill ride into the great unknown.
But sometimes a good reputation (yes, I wear our rep for bad language like a badge of honor), can work against you. As it did with ForNevermore.
ForNevermore was a tough sell for us — a Young Adult dark fantasy.
It was as if we told you, “Hey, you know all that cool shit we normally do? Well, we’re going soft, selling out, and doing a book full of sparkling vampires, mopey teens with colored hair, and ripped, shirtless werewolves.”
And rightly, there was some resistance.
We got email from readers who said, “No thanks. Let me know when you write something for adults again, thank you.”
And while the series sold okay, it didn’t do anywhere near the numbers of our other series, Yesterday’s Gone and WhiteSpace.
Sales-wise, ForNevermore was a failure.
But as time passed readers (many who said they’ve already read all our other stuff *which is awesome!) have been giving ForNevermore a shot, and reaching out to tell us that they LOVE the story.
And usually, they’re rather surprised to be admitting this… as if they’re admitting to liking Justin Bieber.
Please don’t tell us you like Justin Bieber!
In fact, most of the reviews (and emails) for the series say something like, “This isn’t my usual thing, but…”
AND I LOVE THAT!
While we wrote ForNevermore as a Young Adult title, that doesn’t make it a book for children.
Young Adult doesn’t have to mean bad.
Young Adult doesn’t have to be something you won’t identify with unless you’re a teenage girl.
Young Adult doesn’t have to be the bottom of the literary barrel.
In fact, there’s tons of great all-ages and Young Adult books out there. Some of our earliest inspirations came in middle school, books and stories that might not have been called Young Adult at the time, but were essentially the same thing — books that appeal to young and old alike.
Which is what we like to think ForNevermore does.
It’s no less scary, thrilling, or cliffhanger-y (let’s pretend that’s a word), than anything else we write. It’s YA by virtue only of what it’s missing — sex and our more colorful language
Now we’re getting email from readers asking when ForNevermore will have a second season?
And here’s the thing… a second season for us, at the moment, is likely a financial loss. The first season didn’t sell well enough to justify the time and expense to follow it up. Hell, it probably wouldn’t even recoup editing costs!
However, we don’t want to leave readers hanging.
There WAS a pretty killer cliffhanger, after all. And we’ve got a lot more story we want to tell in that world. So we WILL DO a second season.
But, we need Season Two to do well & We need the first season to do better.
A COVER FACELIFT
We don’t think the issue is the story. Reviews have been great. And WE love the story.
We think the biggest problem facing ForNevermore is that we’re not established YA authors. While we’ve gotten attention in the post-apocalyptic, horror, and sci-fi genres, we’re virtually unknown to the YA community.
So we recently hired book cover designer Stephanie Mooneyto help us give the cover a facelift. Stephanie has done work for authors including Edward W. Robertson, Patti Larsen, Lauren Hammond, Shauna Granger, Abbi Glines, and a host of others.
We did seven different covers when we initially published this spring, but decided we’d have Stephanie create one unified cover for the whole first season this time around.
Our original cover is to the left.
The one with the roses.
And then below, is Stephanie’s redesigned cover.
So with the new cover, we’re doing a full-out push to make this series work.
THAT’S WHERE YOU COME IN…
If you’ve not yet tried it, now’s your chance to do so for free!
We’re offering the first episode for FREE on Sept. 6, 7, 8, 2012.
And then starting next Tuesday, Sep. 11, we’ll be offering the full season, one episode at a time, for FREE on both Tuesday and Wednesday of each week.
Yes, the full season will be free over the course of the next six weeks.
And if you like it, please, please, PLEASE, leave a review.
Please TELL YOUR FRIENDS about ForNevermore.
If you know YA readers who might like it, please tell them to check it out.
Please review it at GoodReads, if you’re a member.
PLEASE HELP US MAKE FORNEVERMORE THE SUCCESS THAT YOU MADE YESTERDAY’S GONE AND WHITESPACE!
I love this story, and want to keep telling it.
And we’d love to have you along for the ride.
Thank you for reading,