D.J. Molles, recently announced on his Facebook Page that he has been working with Orbit Publishing. Turns out, that he accepted a publishing deal that will have a major impact on the release of book 5…
Alright, folks. Time for me to spill the beans.
Over the last several months, I’ve been working with Orbit Books to develop a publishing deal that everyone (you, me, them) would get something out of. It wasn’t easy, but I’ve just got word back that we are good to go!
I’ve held off making the announcement until I was certain there was a workable deal, because it will have a big impact on the publishing date for Book 5.
I know that my wonderful readers are going to have plenty of questions about this. Luckily, fellow author Mary Doyle will have the details in her interview with me that will be published on the 26th (Thursday). I’ll be posting a link as soon as it goes up!
The interview he’s referring to appeared on Late Last Night Books. Here’s an excerpt:
Q: The Remaining stories are your first indie published books. What made you decide to go indie and not the traditional publisher route?
Molles: I’ve been down the road of trying to get a book into a big publisher, and after a few years and a lot of rejection letters I got a little burned out. I actually took a break from writing for a while, but eventually came back to it simply because I enjoyed doing it. That’s how The Remaining got started. I just wanted to write something that I would have fun writing, and for once not write something for the sake of trying to get it published.
Q: But now I understand you’re changing course and have a big announcement to share:
Molles: I have a great deal worked out with Orbit, and I’m really looking forward to getting my books out to a wider audience. I probably would not have gone out on my own and tried to talk to publishing companies, but my agent, Dave Fugate, has been an amazing ally for me and did all that nasty business for me.
Q: Congratulations on the agent and your new publishing deal with Orbit. That is freakin’ awesome and well deserved! You’ll be among some of the Science Fiction and Fantasy greats like, Iain M. Banks, Terry Brooks, Brent Weeks and so many others. How do you think this new reality will change things for you as a writer?
Molles: You know, there’s a lot of changes. Some of them are good, and some of them are bad. Obviously, any time you sign that publishing deal, there is a loss of control to a certain extent. That was one of my biggest concerns. Me and Dave (agent) talked about all the pros and cons, ad nauseum. There were times when I was saying “Let’s do this” and Dave was saying, “I don’t think it’s a good idea,” and then sometimes it was the exact opposite. In the end, Orbit showed that they were willing to be flexible, and the pros outweighed the cons. So for me, the changes are that I can spend more time writing, and reach a wider audience, and still maintain a comfortable level of control.
Q: When will book five be coming out? And can you give us a little tease?
Molles: Book five is currently looking at an early 2015 release. Of course, I didn’t want to leave my readers hanging for that long, so I’m very excited to announce that I’ve just completed the second of two novellas, which will both be released in 2014. Even before I found out the timeline for Book 5, I wanted to give my readers some background on a couple characters that I’ll be bringing out in Book 5. So the idea for the novellas was already floating around in the back of my head. In a way, the novellas are kind of a “prequel” to Book 5 that I think will give the readers a better feel for what’s going on in the big picture. Then when Book 5 comes around, we can just hit the ground running! Which is what I intend to do.
Q: Is the new publisher going to reissue all four of the previous books?
Molles: Yes, the publisher is taking on the entire series. At the beginning of 2014, they will republish all the ebooks, followed by putting paperbacks into stores throughout the spring/summer. The first novella will be included in the paperback version of The Remaining (Book 1), but will also be available by itself as an ebook. Then the second novella will be published separately towards the end of 2014. And then Book 5 out on ebook and paperback in early 2015.
It all sounds incredibly exciting and I’m thrilled that you’ve allowed me to help you make the big announcement. Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us.
Two years between books… THIS SUCKS!!! But at the same time I’m extremely happy that D.J. got an opportunity that most Indie Authors would die for…
This is the fifth, never-before-published, novel in the action-packed series following Special Forces Captain Lee Harden and a group of survivors struggling to survive while rebuilding an America devastated by a bacterium that has turned 90% of the population into a ravenous horde.