You've got the trilogy deal.
Your first book is out to brilliant reviews.
And yet the fat lady still begins to sing.
Ann Giles, blogging in the Guardian today, tells the story of Nick Green, who found himself dumped by Faber after poor sales of his book The Cat Kin.
The dumping happened after Nick had already written the second book of the trilogy, Cat's Paw. So Nick has now published the book via print-on-demand company Lulu.
Giles, also known for her popular blog BookWitch, writes:
Poor sales? With a book as good as The Cat Kin, you've got to ask what kind of marketing support the publisher had given it.Indeed, Cat Kin is short-listed for Bolton children's Book Award and the Sefton Super-Reads Book Award – ironically trumpeted on Faber's Awards and Prizes page.
Nick first published Cat Kin as a print-on-demand novel, before Faber decided to take it on. It was one of those rare POD titles that garnered warm praise from reviewers. Amanda Craig of the Times called it "an excellent debut".
Okay. How about we all go out and buy Nick Green's book and see what happens next in this saga?
Get The Cat Kin on Amazon. Get Cat's Paw on Lulu.