Elle Cosimano


I get a lot of email from readers. I love hearing from fans of Nearly and Reece (and now Smoke too!). And I do my best to reply to every inquiry. But lately, most of you are asking the same question, and so I thought it would be a good idea to answer it here on the blog.

Question: When will you write another Nearly book?

Sadly, the answer is not up to me.

Actually, it’s up to you.

I’ll explain why.

I would love to write another Nearly book! When I sold Nearly Gone to Penguin, we sold it as a two-book deal with the hopes that we could publish more books in the series,  *if* it was popular and successful, and *if* we had enough sales to make the investment of a third book worthwhile to the publisher. It costs the publisher a lot of money to produce, market, and distribute a book, and they carefully evaluate the financial success of a book when deciding whether or not to invest in that series again.

By most measures, the Nearly books have been incredibly successful! Nearly Gone has won awards and recognition and both books have received critical acclaim. Nearly has a lot of fans and readers out there. But we haven’t seen enough sales of the books to make a third installment possible. And by sales, I mean actual sales. Not downloads. Not free ebooks. Not pirated copies. I mean legit sales. That’s what counts when the publisher factors in the actual, measurable financial success of the book.

So… back to the question.

Yes! I would LOVE to write another Nearly book. Yes, I do want to share answers to all your burning questions about Nearly and Reece and her father. But in order to do this, we need to sell a LOT of books. This is true for all beloved series books. But the good news is, there are ways YOU can help.


Ways to help your favorite series live a longer life:

  1. Buy the books… Free downloads and illegal copies do not count toward the sales figures publishers use when determining the success of a book. If you want your favorite authors to be able to keep writing about your favorite characters, the best thing you can do for them is to purchase a copy of the book from an authorized seller.
  2. Pre-Order the next book in the series as soon as it becomes available. Don’t wait until the release date to show your support for the series. Decisions about future books are made very early on. The stronger the pre-order sales, the higher the likelihood the publisher will consider renewing the series beyond that next book.
  3. Can’t afford to buy it? Check it out from your local library. If they don’t have it, request it! Libraries buy LOTS of books, and the higher the demand for a book, the more copies they try to keep on their shelves.
  4. Write a review! Did you know that when you write a review on Amazon, it helps the author? More reviews mean more promotional opportunities for that book. Amazon gives better visibility to books with more reviews. You can also share your reviews on Goodreads, B&N, and your local library’s website. Every review helps build exposure and buzz for your favorite books.
  5. Tell your librarians, teachers, and friends about your favorite books. Referrals are a great way to build buzz for a book.
  6. Ask your school or local library to host an author event. Inviting the author to your community is a great way to support the authors, by encouraging more people to discover them.
  7. Donate a copy. Already bought one? Have some cash to spare? Consider buying a copy for a local hospital, homeless shelter, prison reading program, or a school with limited library resources.

So the next time someone asks, “Elle, when will you write another Nearly book?”, my answer will be, “That’s entirely up to you.”

Crossing fingers we can make it happen someday.

Thanks for reading!




23, 2016 |

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  1. Iman says:

    I hope for a third novel as well, but totally understand that sales is a huge factor! I own both of the books, and will absolutely pre-order the third when and if it comes!

  2. katie says:

    I too have purchased both the Nearly books. Lets hope the publishers get behind a third novel.

  3. Janiene says:

    I hope enough sell for a third Nearly book. I hadn’t heard if them until I opened my own bookstore and got them from Penguin on a whim. And, I love them. They are great books not just for young adults but for adults. I’m 25 and have gotten a few of my friends to buy them and they loved them as well!

    • elle says:

      Thank you, Janiene! That means a lot to me. I really appreciate the support from booksellers and librarians! Such a fantastic community of people. If you loved the Nearly books, I hope you’ll try HOLDING SMOKE as well. Thanks for reading and referring my books to others!

  4. Katie says:

    I really hope for a third book! These books have changed my life and I would be the happiest person ever if the third one came out! But I understand that the sales will effect this a lot. I have told all my friends about it and I hope they get it too.

  5. Sydney says:

    I just started working at my local library a couple of months ago, Nearly Gone was one of the first few books that got me back into my love of reading! I searched the catalog to see if there were anymore books by you and saw there was a “Nearly” SEQUAL, I was so excited!! But now that I’ve seen there isn’t a third book (yet??!!!), I don’t want to finish “Nearly Found”! I love these characters, the style of writing, and the suspense, I’m 23 and am absolutely obsessed. Sadly I don’t make a habit of reading many books more than once, so I usually don’t buy them, but if you announce a third book I will absolutely request my library order it. Fingers tightly crossed and hoping there is another “Nearly” book in our NEAR future!

    • elle says:

      Thanks, Sydney. This email means a lot to me, and I relate to it personally as well. I had stopped reading for many years, and only rediscovered my love for it through some excellent YA lit, which is what motivated me to start writing again as well! There are no plans right now for a third Nearly book (I wish there were), however I recommend you give HOLDING SMOKE a try. If your library doesn’t have it, maybe you could inquire about adding it to the collection. It’s a standalone, but definitely appeals to fans of the Nearly books (murder mystery wrapped up in a contemp setting with a pinch of paranormal and a very poignant romance). My 4th book, THE SUFFERING TREE, comes out in June but will probably be available on Edelweiss and NetGalley very soon for preview by librarians and reviewers, so keep your eyes peeled for this one too.

      Thanks for your note. It means a lot to me. I’m so glad you fell in love with Nearly and she helped you find your love of reading again.
      All my best,

  6. Jennifer says:

    I have bought both the Nearly books and fell in love. I NEED more of this series!

    I also purchased Holding Smoke, but haven’t read it yet. I’m sure it will be just as great.

    I’ll definitely be sure to write a great review in hopes to encourage others to buy so that we can get another Nearly book! 😉

    Thank you for your awesome work!

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