With DOG BLOOD finally hitting the shelves tomorrow (in the US and Canada at least, UK readers have one more week left to wait, release dates for other countries coming soon), I thought now would be a good time to say thank you.
What am I thanking you for?
Firstly, your patience. The last few years really have been incredible, and I could never have predicted what would happen when I first made AUTUMN available as a free download back in 2001. But there has been an unfortunate downside to this success, and that’s the fact that many of you who’ve been reading my books since the beginning have had an unacceptably long wait (four years to the month in fact!) to get your hands on something new. You know, things were chugging along nicely back in Summer 2006 – I’d just released HATER through Infected Books and it was selling at a decent rate, I was ready to start work on a new AUTUMN novel and DOG BLOOD . . . and then out of the blue I got an offer to talk about film rights which then turned into a deal, which resulted in a publishing contract for the HATER series, which then expanded to include the five AUTUMN books . . . I still have to pinch myself sometimes.
But four years is a long time in anyone’s book, and I hope when you finally get your hands on DOG BLOOD that you enjoy it and that it was worth the wait. Please let me know what you think of it.
I also want to thank you for your ongoing support.
I spend a lot of time sat in my tiny office staring at the screen, completely isolated from everyone else. It’s humbling when I do emerge from my little cage and I realise how much support I have around the world. As cheesy and clichéd as it might sound, it also happens to be true. Thank you for your emails, reviews, Facebook messages, Twitter follows etc. etc. Please keep them coming. I appreciate all your feedback!
So what’s next?
There are a few things planned around the release of DOG BLOOD, and you’ll hear more about them very soon. I’m currently working on the final HATER book for release next year, and I hope to share some details about that in the near future, as well as an update on the HATER movie. In October this year, the AUTUMN re-releases begin (and in 2011 you’ll FINALLY get to read AUTUMN: DISINTEGRATION!). I have big plans to promote the series online, and I’ll reveal more about those plans towards the end of this year.
Until then, sincere thanks again, and enjoy DOG BLOOD!