Junkies, for the first time since 2008, we will not be doing a hardcover pre-order event. The event will be back next year, on SuperBowl Saturday, February 1, 2014.
You may have heard us mention that this year’s pre-order was supposed to be a hardcover compendium of three GFL novellas: THE REPORTER, THE DETECTIVE and TITLE FIGHT. That was the plan, fo sho, but something else has come up that demands our attention. That thing? A NOCTURNAL TV series.
I’ll tell you more about that below, but first, look at all the things we’re doing in 2013 that also contribute to our no pre-order decision:
- ROOKIE Audiobook (need to record the YA version, so we can put all four books in the Audible store)
- NOCTURNAL Audiobook
- FIRE IS ORANGE eBook, the third book in the “Color Series” of short story collections
- PANDEMIC hardcover (trust me, it will be worth the wait)
- THE CRYPT Book 1 eBook (by year’s end)
So you can see we have a poop-load on our plate already before the opportunity for the TV show came up. If we went ahead with the hardcover pre-order, we were afraid we would be too busy when it came time for layout, proofing, cover design, packaging, shipping, etc. Four years of experience means we know how much time these things take.
The problem is, if we do the pre-order I would be maxed out for the year. If the TV producer then wants me to work on elements of the series, I have to give up work somewhere else. Quality lowers, stress increases, and I still probably can’t fulfill the producer’s request the way it needs to be fulfilled.
So, we made the executive decision to postpone the hardcover novella compendium. That means I can react when the TV producer asks for stuff. I will have the time to do it right.
Are A and I bummed about not doing a pre-order event this year? Hells yes we are. That’s our bread and butter for the year, the one thing that helps us connect with the Junkies (even more than the podcast does). We hope you will all be back for the 2014 SuperBowl Saturday event, when we will be taking order for the fifth GFL book (no, we can’t tell you the title yet).
SO IS THIS NOCTURNAL SERIES A GO?
No. Not even close. At this point, we don’t even have a signed contract, so we can’t even say the show is “in production” yet. The odds of the show actually happening are very slim, like all things in Hollywood. The producer is asking for a lot of new material, and we are working hard to give him the tools he needs to make the series a reality.
In short, we’re investing in a long-shot. If a series happens, it’s a massive boost to Dark Øverlord’s future. Many great things will come out of it, even if the series only lasts one season. There is enough potential benefit that it outweighs the loss of the hardcover compendium.