Aug 3 2009
A few years back, Anne Stuart publicly voiced her concern that she wasn’t getting sufficient publishing support from Harlequin. She took an enormous amount of flack for this. Recently, Susan Andersen stated in her newsletter to readers that her trilogy would not be finished due to decisions made by the publisher.
There isn’t going to be a third book. After Poppy’s story the powers that be at HQN felt the series had run its course and didn’t believe it required the third book. Less than diplomatically my reaction was and is, "Are you bleeping nuts? You can’t just drop the third story in a trilogy-’readers are going to feel betrayed!" But they were adamant about discontinuing it, so I gave them a proposal for Burning Up, a stand alone book.
Cheryl Holt, on her website and in an email to a reader, gave her side of the story as to why her books have been delayed.
Edited: I have received a request to edit this content and since it was not made public by the author to begin with, I have decided to honor that request to help prevent any unintended legal consequences for the parties involved.
As a reader, I don’t think it bothers me to have an author speak out against her publisher; however, from a business standpoint, I can see where it may cause problems. From that same business perspective, though, the fact is that the author gets both the blame and the glory. In other words, the editor, marketing team, art director, and other publishing folks are all faceless, nameless identities to the general reader. If an author delivers a product she believes is good and the editor won’t print it or makes major changes that the reader doesn’t like, what is an author to do? That’s damaging to her business as well. It’s a tough situation and I don’t envy authors having to weigh those issues. Thoughts?