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from her blog...
I'm not sure what the on-line etiquette is in this situation, but it seems like important news to pass on so...
First of all, may I have a moment of silence while I speak the benediction? "Gucci, Gucci, Garnet. You were a good series."
Yes, Garnet Lacey is no more. The book I finished this year, HONEYMOON OF THE DEAD, will be coming out in May of '10 as scheduled. However, my editor turned down the proposals my agent and I sent for books 6, 7 and 8. As far as I know, all the previous books are still in print. I haven't heard that they're going to be remaindered right away or anything.
Yesterday was my day of mourning. I wailed and gnashed teeth. But it was a rather less dramatic affair than you might imagine because I *am* still contracted for three books in the new young adult series. And, as I told Shawn, we're not really _out_ anything, since, most years, I only write one book a year anyway. More to the point, Penguin was actually quite gracious. They told my agent that they're interested in possibly seeing a new series by me. So it's not like they said, "And don't let the door hit you on the way out." In fact, quite the opposite. It's hard to be too depressed when this really does feel like an opportunity to propose something fun and fresh. My editor would like to see contemporary urban fantasy, but that's a mighty wide pool. I'm kind of excited to start pondering ideas. I think I've mentioned this before, but I actually really, really LOVE writing proposals. Most people dread the synopsis, but I rather embrace it. It's a funny thing.
Speaking of which, I thought that for fun, I might post the proposals of the Garnet books that Shall Never Be over the next couple days so people can see what might have been...
Meanwhile.... be vewy quiet, I'm hunting ideas!
Dang it all! This seems to happen to a lot of my favorite series.
I just finished Dead If I Do and was hoping that the series would be around long enough for Garnet and Sebastian to have a baby. Guess I'll have to settle for the honeymoon!
The thing that bums me out the most when this happens is that the series is usually just left "hanging". Maybe if she publishes the book proposals on her website that will help get a sense of completion.
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