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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tell your librarians, teachers, and friends about your favorite books. Referrals are a great way to build buzz for a book.
- 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.
- 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!