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So. HAWKSPAR…long story short. — 52 Comments

  1. That sux! No matter how it comes out though – I’d still buy it. One book, 2 books, 3 books and a comic strip. I’d be in line for at least 2 copies of each.

  2. Holly, that is horrible. Please let me know if I can do anything to help, even if it’s just listen. I’ll keep you in my thoughts.


  3. OUCH. Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch. But here’s a thought, some books have been pretty successful releasing in rapid succesion, i.e. back to back months. Since Hawkspar is all done, would they consider doing this if you split it into two halves? I know I wouldn’t feel like a month was too long to wait to get the 2nd installment.

    Ouch again. : (

  4. Very stinky. I’m sorry you have to deal with this. If it comes out in 2 books, I will buy it, and then tease my friends just enough with the story that they’ll go out and buy them too.

  5. Ah, that’s…awful. I’ve been really looking forward to Hawkspar after reading Talyn, which I LOVED (I found it unexpectedly in my local Waterstone’s in Bradford, England, and was really surprised, as I’d never seen any of your books there before. Snapped it up and was very glad I did.) So I would buy Hawkspar whether it was one volume or two, though the fact that your vision of the story was messed with for no apparent reason is infuriating and it must be so horrible for you. It’s ridiculous too. Talyn never read as overwritten (which is more than you can say for a lot of fantasy novels) and the whole picture built up by having both Talyn’s and Gair’s perspectives was part of what made the story special. So those changes to Hawkspar just seem arbitrary.
    I hope we get to read your words, as close as possible to how you wrote them. And my sympathies for all the hassle you’re going through.

  6. Another thought-the Outlander and Harry Potter books run 750 to 1000 pages and sell like the proverbial hot cakes. So what makes them think your book wouldn’t do well as a “BIG” book?

  7. The resident law student says “She’s SOL.”
    However, she also pointed out that Patricia Briggs seems to be doing quite nicely being published in two books-sooooo-it might not be a totat disaster. I’m sure your fans will rally round for this one.
    PS She also mentioned Indiana has an unusual law (tort?) that might be helpful if you live there.

  8. {{{HUGS}}} However Hawkspar emerges – one book, two books, e-book – I’ll be in line on day one to get my copy and a copy for a friend.

    I love e-books, and there are never enough good ones to go around. If the publisher insists on making Hawkspar into two books, I wonder if they could be convinced to allow an e-book version also. I think there are many people like me who get eyestrain reading regular print, and love a digital book they can read in big print on the screen. I’ve seen other books published simultaneously as print and digital. Just a hope.

  9. But wasn’t Talyn a 200K book as well? So why is it a problem now, and is it really more expensive to produce one big book instead of two smaller ones that won’t sell as well?

    Just curious.

    And good luck.

  10. Eeegk. Sounds like a horrible situation you’re in. I hope it works out.

    However Hawkspar ends up, though, I’ll be buying it.

  11. Getting through this isn’t that hard. This is just infuriating. I did heartbreaking the last few months through forever, and next to that, angry is easy.

    What I can do? Not much. At this point, buying the book back and reselling it isn’t a real option. Costs more than I can swing. Getting them to print it the way I wrote it? Odds aren’t great unless I go with the two-book option, which I’ve about decided to do, even though it will be the death of the book.

    What you can do? The fact that you care is enough. Thank you very much for that.

  12. So sorry to hear about all this. I can’t even imagine how you must feel. I hope you can work it out, and whatever happens I’ll be buying the book(s). If there’s anything at all your readers can do for you, please ask.

  13. sorry to hear about your editor (i think i know who you were using tho as i read her LJ, muffins get a big mention it seems) i can’t believe it’s something they’d do, its unprofessional and not helpful. *hugs* hope you get the book you want, even if it is two, i’d still buy both copies 😀

  14. Oh my god – I can’t believe that they are allowed to do this.

    Surely there is something in the contact or in copyright law that says the author must have the final say on what is printed under their name. I’m astonished they are allowed to change anything without giving you an opportunity to comment on it at least. Even to take it as far as they have seems ridiculous!

    As this book was written under a contract, can you decide to dump them and take it elsewhere? Or would that be unfeasible economically even if it were allowed?

    It makes me wonder whether writing every book to completion then toting it round the publishing houses might not be the less gut wrenching option.

  15. How awful. I think I know who the ex-editor is, and I never would have suspected her of being such a jackass.

    For whatever it’s worth, I will buy Hawkspar whether it’s one volume or two.

  16. Oh for the love of God! How could your OE do that to you? And what kind of editor (this being aimed at the new editor) wouldn’t notice a problem with eliminating one of the major characters? I’m not a professional editor by any means and I noticed that. Rest assured Holly, I’ll buy the book anyway. I’ve loved all the snippets, and if you can find out how to trim it down, or if you publish it in one or two books, I’ll still buy it and read it!

    Here’s hoping you get to publish the story you wrote. You can overcome this, Holly! I have faith! Good luck!

  17. Oh… oh, wow. That is absolutely OUTRAGEOUS. Whatever form it’s in, though, I’m going to buy it (I’ve read FITM and Talyn and loved them both). And I’ll pray to St. Francis of Sales that you can save it.

  18. I just wanted to add my 2 cents and say I’m sorry your editors (past and present)are acting so unprofessionally. I hope it works out best for you (and your book).

  19. Is there anything we can do? Heaps of hugs to you, I can’t even imagine how you’re getting through this, but there must be some way the readers can tell the publishers that their solutions so far have sucked! They need to know that readers don’t like split books and fantasy readers would prefer a long, *good* book than a short, shallow one. I really wish I could help on the sales end of things to help boost their confidance in you, but your books don’t even get to my country (if at all) until the critical time is over.

    That editor sucks! Be very careful with you new one too. I’m thinking of you.


  20. “It just goes to show that publishers do not necessarily have the writer’s best interests at heart.”

    Nor the readers’ for that matter. This sucks rocks.

  21. That is horrid! Unprofessional in the extreme. I hope word gets around that this is the kind of “editor” she is. I’m not really willing to cut the new editor much slack either. Either she’s covering for her colleague or she is incredibly naive. Either way, not a good bet for a successful book.

    I’ll pay double for Hawkspar if I have to. What I’ve seen of it makes me sure it’s worth it.

    It just goes to show that publishers do not necessarily have the writer’s best interests at heart. Watch you back, and read everything with suspicion. What a life!

  22. Damn it all! That’s hideous. Why do the worst things happen to the nicest people?

    The very best of luck with this — wouldn’t it be just too delicious if HAWKSPAR turned into a massive best-seller? Here’s hoping!!!

  23. That is awful, completely understandable about how upset you are about this whole mess. Hopefully something comes along to make this whole situation right. I know I’ll be purchasing Hawkspar no matter if its one book or two but I really do hope that it ends up being the story you wanted to tell all along and not your former editor’s hack job. Good luck Holly.

  24. Absolutely horrible. I’m so sorry you’re having to go through this. However Hawkspar is published, be it one book or two, I’ll be right there in line to buy it.

  25. That’s bloody ridiculous. “Hi, I’m your editor, and I’ll be deleting every fourth word in your manuscript. Forget about things like “cohesiveness” and “sense”, we’re just trying to make it fit into a pretty binding!”

    I sincerly hope your new editor is 100% better than your last one, but, then again, it’d be tricky not to be, wouldn’t it?

    Absolute BEST of luck working this mess out. You deserve it.

  26. *picks jaw off floor* Ok… Original Editor (OE) was very unprofessional. That was just stupid. But I’m confused regarding New Editor (NE). Did NE not realize that OE’s edits were “unauthorized” cuts, or is she covering for OE? Because if she is, that’s unprofessional, too.

    I do have to say, though, that if they snuck into the contract the 2-book-split clause, sucky as it is, I don’t see how it could be avoided or how you otherwise could’ve not seen it coming…? Not that I approve or anything, but I would’ve expected them to play the card they made sure was in their hand.

  27. I also have excellent ears for listening to vents. {{{HUGS}}} I have to admit to feeling pretty offended –for– you. I know these things happen, but still…. And if I have to … I’ll buy the first and wait until the second book is out – and read them together. ^_^

  28. To clarify, I only meant the “this is too long” attitude might be understandable from someone without a background in speculative fiction. Not that saying that and then dealing with it by just hacking out a specific number of words would ever be acceptable!

  29. Susan–I’d have cut her some slack if she’d said, “Hey, I’m out of my depth here. I actually can’t do this.” I would have taken the thing back and reworked it in the five long months she sat on it.

    For the way she acted though, no way. She hasn’t earned any slack. That sort of dishonesty earns nothing but loathing and derision.

  30. The thing with Diana Gabaldon and John Jakes is that they sell hundreds of thousands of copies of their work, so the printing costs even out. Me, not so much.

    The publisher did contract for two 200,000-word books, but even then, they had an out in the contract that they could cut the books in half if they wanted to. They’ll sell fewer books that way than leaving the damned thing at full length and in one volume, because readers feel ripped off having to pay twice for one book. And readers should feel ripped off. The publisher contracted for a 200,000-word novel. The writer wrote a 200,000-word novel. The publisher then decides, “Nope, it’s too long. Cut it in half and make readers pay double”–but whatever. Clearly they don’t care.

    And I’m at the point where I’ve about given up. Two books with all of my words in them, versus one with cuts I STILL can’t find places for—yeah, I’ve spent a good part of today looking. If we can’t work it out, I’ll go with two books, just so the story will be complete.

  31. If the editor is who I imagine it must be, I would cut some slack for the attitude because she’s not a fantasy editor, not really. Speculative fiction isn’t like other genres. Imagine a romance novel clocking in at the more than three hundred thousand words that I’ve heard attributed to Cryptonomicon. I can’t imagine that ever happening. These huge fantasy and sci-fi novels tend to incorporate numerous plotlines and world-wide scopes. Other genres rarely take on a story with that kind of scale. Similarly, no fantasy reader I know has ever looked for something that would be a “quick read”–we want *solid* books. 🙂

    No slack for the behavior, though. That’s just rotten.

  32. Oh, I can’t believe that. For someone to be that unscrupulous and dishonest, and then try to defend the stupid decisions…

    We’re behind you, Holly. And I totally understand why you were upset and silent while you processed it.

  33. WOW. I can’t even imagine how angry and frustrated I would be.

    I’m sending along a lot of positive energy that it works out all right. And you can bet I’d be buying those two books when they roll off the press!

  34. That is abosfrickinglutely astounding! I know who this editor is and I can’t imagine anyone tearing someone’s book apart like that – without a word about what was going on. I hope you triumph in this Holly and that all 190,000 amazing words are published as they were written to be. I know it’ll be worth it.

    John Jakes is another with huge books (like Diana Gabaldon)

  35. I don’t want to miss a single page of what you wrote, Holly. I’m hoping for something good out this mess, like the publisher decides to publish Hawkspar intact in one volume, or you decide to make it into two stories which get published back-to-back, or some other miraculous event.

    I just finished reading The Secret Texts – again – and I marked the paragraph on page 224 of Vengeance of Dragons that begins “We do not fall in love,”. I felt as if that paragraph was the heart of the trilogy.

    You write about things that matter, Holly; love, honor, duty, and the power of the individual and “small” acts that change a life, even a whole world and worlds, for good or ill.

    Our world needs writers like you, and for needs there must be a way. Please find it. For us.

  36. That really sucks! I know who the ex-editor is, but I’ll be nice and not name names. I had the opportunity to meet her at a writing conference a couple of years ago and found her to be one of the least professional people I had ever met.

    To answer Shawna’s question, yes a person could easily hunt to find out who it was because the ex-editor in question has freelance editorial service now and lists both Talyn and Hawkspar on her “Edited by” page.

  37. I am appalled something like this could happen and end up on your doorstep instead of the editor in questions! In no way did you give her carte blanche, yet that is apparently what she took!

    The new editor’s comment might be her version of not sticking it to her predecessor?

    I hope you win: one great book instead of two doomed ones.

  38. Oh for Frack’s sack! What is their freaking problem. Books longer than this get pubbed all the time, just ask Diana Gabaldon. Hugs Holly. Don’t forget to breathe. And remember stressed is caused by the brain overriding the body’s need to choke the living sh*t out of someone who desperately needs it.

  39. You’re kidding. You’ve got to be.

    Does no one at the publisher’s care what book they’re investing in? How did those moronic (for lack of a better word) edits make it all the way to the galleys?

    And here’s what I don’t get at all – someone in this situation is pointing their finger at YOU? How can you be to blame for anything?

    No wonder you were angry, Holly. This is… moronic … beyond belief.

    But you have the guts and stamina to fight through this, so go get ’em. Hawkspar’s one book I’ve really been looking forward to, and if anyone can save it, it’s you.

  40. Oh no.

    I can’t even find words to comment on just how much that sucks.

    (((hugs))) and I really, really hope it works out well somehow.

    And hypothetically, if one were to hunt, would it be possible to come up with the name of the editor? I think there are probably those of us out here that would want to make sure we stayed far, far away from someone that dishonest.

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