As you remember we had an agreement early in the year with HarperCollins/Voyager Books to publish Impulse and two other books in The Lightship Chronicles Series, subject to our reaching terms on a contract. The last 5-6 months have involved that contract negotiation and there were issues with the contract that both sides struggled to resolve. During the negotiations process I was informed that Will Hinton, the editor that had acquired my book, was leaving Harper for Orbit Books. This complicated things.
Subsequent to that Joshua was in contact with major overseas publishers about Impulse and the series, and last month we received an additional offer from Del Rey in the UK (A division of Random House) for Exclusive UK, British Commonwealth (including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India & Singapore) and European rights. This complicated our negotiations further with Harper, as they wished to retain all Worldwide English rights. So there has been a general back and forth on the subjects at hand, and Harper essentially refused to budge on certain key issues.
This has eventually led me (with Joshua’s advice) to the decision to reject the deal offered by Harper and accept the one offered by Del Rey/Random House UK. The upshot of this is that I will now have the book published in the UK and other English-speaking countries, but as of now I have no deal for publication in the US. There are options for US publication, and Joshua will be working faithfully on those, but for now I am a Del Rey UK author.
The Del Rey offer is in fact larger in terms of finances than the Harper offer was, so that is an advantage. Also, the chance to get another US deal could be a future financial benefit. But the main reason I have taken this decision is the excitement and enthusiasm Del Rey UK has for my book and series. They could not have been kinder with their words in their offer letter.
Usually these things work out the other way around, with a US deal first and an overseas deal (or overseas publication) second. This is uncharted territory for me and certainly not what I planned, but it is a good position to be in. I have a deal with a major publisher who loves my books!
Another big factor in my decision was the departure of Will Hinton from Harper. I always felt he had a special enthusiasm for the book, and when he left I felt some of that enthusiasm went with him. I would have loved to work with Will and Harper on making the books special, but sadly that isn't going to happen. Maybe I will be a star author in Europe and an unknown in the US. Who knows how it will all work out? All I know is that I'm looking forward to the journey. I am certainly getting eye-opening experience in the business of writing.
More updates as events warrant.