Friday, July 17

Help Save a Dream

Hello my darlings!

Okay, so I had this huge post planned out for today about writing, but now that I am sitting here I have decided to write about something else. Hopefully you'll understand why in a moment.

I spoke yesterday of meeting Delilah Marvelle at lunch. She was sweet, open, honest and so welcoming. If I had to pick one person who really made me feel comfortable at Nationals and someone who will stick in my memory, Delilah is the one. I have since learned that her current publishing house is dropping her wildly popular book series The School of Gallantry. However, rather than trying to explain what is going on I am just going to post a condensed version of what she had on her blog.


Save the School of Gallantry

My Dearest Readers,

When I was in high school, I had a dream. I was going to be the next Stephen King. Heh. Yeah. Stay with me. Please. I knew my ideas were fabulous and I knew all it would take is for an editor to look at it and they would offer me up the moon and the stars and best of all, a contract.

Throughout all of college I wrote historical romances. One right after another. And kept submitting. And submitting. And submitting. And kept getting rejected and rejected and rejected. In the meantime, I got married. I had two kids. I joined RWA. I got critique partners. I eventually racked up over 200 rejections and had written over 40 books in those 11 years of trying to get published.

When I finally sold my first historical romance, MISTRESS OF PLEASURE, and my second book, LORD OF PLEASURE, I was beside myself. It didn't feel real. To FINALLY arrive at a destination I had been traveling toward for 11 long years seemed like a mirage. Which fortunately, I quickly snapped out of. Because after all, most of my friends are all published and unpublished writers and the stories they all have told me throughout the years made me realize I had to fight with fists up for myself every step of the way. I knew publishers did little to no promotion for their authors, so I spearheaded my own promo, ready to be more than just an author. And even though I was budgeting very well and spending countless hours networking and promoting on websites and blogs, doing tons for free, I still ended up spending $7,000 on my first book. Which was way more than my advance. But hey, every business starts in the red. Right?

Then the reviews started coming in about my series set in 1830 London England about a school that educates men on the topic of love and seduction. People loved it! Wow. It got nominated for awards. Wow. Readers are e-mailing me raving. Wow. Readers from France, Austria, Poland, South Africa and from all over the U.S and the world. Wow. It just kept getting better and better. I was beginning to feel as if every penny I spent was all worth it (even though my family and I weren't going on any vacations and were eating out of cans). Because all that mattered was that my publisher loved me and my readers loved my series.

Come contract time, I'm ready for whatever they wanna throw at me. Or so I thought. Mistress of Pleasure, though completely sold out and unavailable anywhere (unless it's a used copy, some going for a ridiculous amount of $40.00), hadn't done as well as my publisher had hoped. So without waiting for the second book to come out to see if the series was even worth saving, I get a rejection from my own editor citing lack of sales.

I have to say this rejection felt more personal than any of the other two hundred and some rejections I'd received. Because it was no longer “Your book isn't good enough” it became “Your sales aren't good enough.” Since when is an author supposed to be a market guru AND a fabulous writer? Eck.

I love this series. The men in it make me laugh and it broke my heart to think that my readers will never get a chance to read about Lord Brayton, my glorious male virgin. The only alpha virgin I ever plan to write about. Then I realized something, why I am letting a publisher decide what is worth holding on to? Shouldn't that be a reader's job?

Ah. Herein lies the purpose of my post. I am challenging everyone, be they readers or writers to help me do something that's never been done before. Save a series from a death sentence given by a publisher. Can it be done? Who knows. But I eat challenges for breakfast and I hope you do to. Please join me in saving my series. Come August 4th, tell everyone you know (yes, even you're 72 year old grandfather) to buy the book, Lord of Pleasure. In doing so, you'll have a chance to win one of three $50 Visa Gift Cards. How? Check out my website for details at http://www.delilahmarvelle.com/

That said, thank you for all the support and love everyone has already shown me. Feel free to post and repost this to everyone under the moon and the stars. To all you readers out there, thank you for supporting us writers. To all you writers out there, don't ever give up on your writing. The moment you do, you give up on yourself. Which is why I'm not giving up on my series.

Cheers and much love,
Delilah Marvelle


Voila, there you have it. Although I have not read her first book I will be buying it online soon. And I promise you, July 28th I will be in a bookstore buying her book. So do your good deed for the day and buy her book. We all know how much being published means to a writer and how hard it is. Now imagine achieving that dream only to have it snatched away from you. Yeah. Gut-wrenching. So help save her dream. Buy Lord of Pleasure July 28th.

4 comments:

  1. What a thrill it must have been to meet Delilah in person. I read her debut book and loved it. When I found out her publisher plans to end the series, I sent Delilah an e-mail to express my disappointment. She was so kind and grateful that I wrote. She said it meant a lot to her to know that readers like her writing.

    I plan to buy her new book on August 4th. I hope all romance fans do.

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  2. Oh, I know this is cliche but words cannot express how nice she is. I can tell I'll like her writing just from talking to her.

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  3. I'll definitely be checking out these books! Sounds like you had such a wonderful time and got to meet really great people! How much longer are you there?

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  4. I did have a wonderful time. It was nice to be around other creative people. I was worried about being around thousands of other women but everyone was nice. I got back yesterday evening so I'm still feeling a little kicked from all of the travelling.

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