All right guys, girls, and readers everywhere… here’s what’s up:
We’re on the eve of Uncovering You 5’s release date, and I have to make a difficult decision: whether to publish the book or not.
Is the book written? Yes. Has it been edited and is it ready to be published? Yes.
But will I do it?
The book does not do justice to the story. I want to bring back the intensity you loved in UY1 and UY2. I’ve read the reviews. I know that you thought UY3 and (more so) UY4 were weak.
I don’t want to follow those up with another ‘meh’ book. My current version of UY5 isn’t awful. It’s just not great. I knew it from the moment I finished it a week ago.
I’ve been mulling my options for the past few days. I tried to edit it, but that was a disaster. The book demands a rewrite. Why? Because this is the most pivotal part of the story. Everything comes out. All the questions that have been building are finally going to be answered. You’ll finally learn the depths of Stonehart’s depravity. You’ll learn why Lilly was the one chosen by him. And you’ll see a world that has only been hinted at before.
I want to do it right.
I took a few days away from writing to clear my head. Now I’m back and more inspired than ever. I wrote a new draft for UY5 and I love it. LOVE it. That same excitement I felt when writing UY1 is back. And (you could probably tell) it was missing from UY3/4.
So the next question that comes to mind is “when”. When is the book going to be released? When is it coming out?
Uncovering You 5 will be out some time in July. I don’t want to commit to a firm date yet, so that I don’t miss it again.
But I’ll keep you updated on my blog. If you haven’t yet, sign up for my mailing list so that you don’t miss it when it comes out.
Now, how am I going to make it up to you? I’ll double the length. Uncovering You 5 is going to encompass the plot I originally had for UY5 and 6. It will be full and meaty and freaking awesome. No more short serials. Instead, you get full books.
The only favor I’d ask of you… is that if you see this letter… please let other readers know. Only a tiny fraction of everyone who’s followed along with the series actually comes to my website. Those who don’t visit the blog won’t know where Uncovering You 5 is, and will get mad when they don’t find it tomorrow.
One final thought. A rushed book is forever bad, while a delayed book is eventually good. That’s the philosophy that sealed my decision. Everything I have, I owe to you. I could release a book that I’m unhappy with, which in turn would disappoint you… or, I can hold off, rewrite, and give you something awesome. Neither choice is ideal, but I’m trying to pick the lesser of two evils.
Anyway. I hope you stick around. The story of Lilly Ryder and Jeremy Stonehart is about to take on a whole new intensity.
June 30th, 2014.
So crappy news. It looks like I bit off a bit more than I can chew. I won't make the June 20th release date for Uncovering You 5. I will only be able to finish it for June 30th, 2014.
I need the ten extra days because of the increased length. I know you're all waiting anxiously for it, and this is pretty bad news, but I really want to give you guys an awesome book. Hence the extra time. It's not much longer, and I've been working really, really hard each day to try to make the original deadline... but five days out, I think I can finally say that I'm not going to make it.
I was holding off making the announcement for as long as I could because I thought there'd be a chance I could make it.
Anyway. You can bitch at me in the comments. Sorry for letting you down :(
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