I have some amazing news, and I'm so excited to share it with you all! Captive Prince has been acquired . . . by Penguin.
No, really. Penguin just bought Captive Prince. They're going to be releasing the entire trilogy and selling it in bookshops and everything. I didn't even know that Penguin had a romance/erotica imprint!!! They do. This amazing news will mean all sorts of incredibleness for the books, including Captive Prince on shelves in stores! And the possibility of translation into other languages!! (I'm making a strong case for Captive Prince in German, because everyone who reads Captive Prince is German.)Here's how this amazingness actually happened.
Soon after I self published Captive Prince, I was approached by a New York agent, Emily Sylvan Kim from Prospect Agency. She'd had the books recommended to her by one of her clients, the inimitable contemporary romance author Ruthie Knox
. When Emily contacted me and told me she thought that Captive Prince had the potential to sell to a big six publisher in New York, I honestly did not believe it was actually possible. Because of Emily's general amazingness - you guys don't even understand how amazing she is - I signed with her thinking, why not! Actually, truthfully, it's been my dream forever to write commercially, and I'd always thought - maybe one day, after I finish Captive Prince I can write something else and try to get an agent and maybe THEN! I was so happy and stunned by the idea that I would be able to work with an agent who was not only interested in some kind of future book of mine, but actually liked and wanted to champion Captive Prince. That alone was a total dream come true moment for me.
And then! The response from publishers was unbelievably positive, with Penguin Berkley making the most robust offer. This will also be Berkley's first m/m romance paperback release, and I am so excited to be part of their First Wave of m/m. Exciting times!Here's what it will mean for the story
The transition from online serial to published-by-Penguin book is going to mean a few changes. The two biggest will be:Book three will not be released chapter by chapter on this livejournal, it will be released by Penguin Berkley in trade paperback and ebook - but I will be posting excerpts here!
ANDThe free online version of the story is going to be kept up for another month to give you all a chance to save it or direct friends to it, and then it will be partly taken down - but all the comments and some free content will remain!
I can't lie - taking even part of the story down is sad for me. You all know how much I wanted to keep the whole story freely available for you guys. I really believe in free online fiction, and I kept the story free while it was my property because I believe in it. Before I self published, I actually turned down offers from a few smaller internet-based publishers in favour of self publishing just so that I could keep the free version online.
This is my decision now because it is the opportunity of a lifetime for Captive Prince, which will see it in bookstores, which could see it translated, and who knows what else down the line - graphic novels, audio books, media. These are things that I could never accomplish alone, without the backing of a major publisher. Not to mention, book three is going to be AMAZING and I'll be working on it with world class fiction editors (and I will be able to work on it full time! so you will get it much sooner! and I have a serious deadline! lol). I'm really excited about the coming year and about the new Captive Prince book!
Penguin have been really supportive and understanding, and are open to the idea of continuing with some free content, including free chapters or excerpts from the story, and even up-and-coming excerpts from book three, so that is something I plan to do. I can't wait for that - and I'm really excited to share new Captive Prince with you all! Eeee, book three is SO EPIC.
I also wanted to make sure that we didn't take the story down immediately, so that you would all have the chance to save it if you wanted to. Penguin thought that was a great idea too, and have agreed to the idea of leaving the story up for a period to allow that to happen. Also, if you have friends who still want to read it free but have been putting it off for whatever reason, direct them here over the next month (or grab them a copy while the story is still free!).
In addition, the chapter comments have always been such a wonderful place to talk and such a rich source of discussion, there is no way I would take them down. I will be leaving them up along with the original posts, although the story will be removed so the posts themselves will be empty (if that makes sense).
I'll be posting more information when I have it - this is all I know for now. It's early days so I don't know any details yet, and won't be able to answer questions like, "When is the release date?" ;)
but I wanted to let you all know as soon as possible.
But more than anything else, I wanted to say thank you all so much for this incredible opportunity, which wouldn't have happened without you guys and your support. I have treasured every comment, every message, every fanart, every squee over the years, and the community that has sprung up on this journal around the story means the world to me! I think of the regular and semi-regular commenters as friends and am always so happy to see each new commenter and delurker. And as of today, literally, Captive Prince has changed my life.
I'm going to be hanging out in comments so come chat - I'm really looking forward to posting more stuff here in the future and squeeing over the new stuff as the book three release unfolds!