I’m incredibly excited to announce that I have signed a contract with Amazon Publishing to take over and manage the Tucker series. This is an opportunity that fell into my lap unexpectedly. On April 3rd, the Senior Acquisitions Editor from Amazon Publishing sent me an email expressing interest in our partnering together. I really didn’t take it seriously, thinking it was some sort of scam. But after doing research and swapping a couple of emails with them, I realized this was the real deal.
Part of what the Editor said to me was: “I was intrigued by the unflinching look at Tucker and Ella’s family lives, and thought the characters were the perfect way to display the dichotomy between the two socioeconomic cultures and their shared struggles. I was also surprised at the skill and subtly of the writing. It’s not often that I read a novelist’s work that has a voice this secure, calm, and established. The customer reviews are fantastic – and I’d like to see the sales match the review intensity. With Amazon’s world class marketing and promotional acumen, I think we could take this series to a whole new level.”
After receiving their offer I spent lots of time praying, seeking counsel from others, and doing research. I concluded that it was an opportunity that God had placed in my path and that it was the right thing to do.
I am indebted to so many people who helped this dream materialize, but the main ones to thank are the Tucker fans. It was you that inspired me to continue Tucker’s story and the story of her family. You helped spread the word by telling your friends and family about the books (120,000 copies downloaded!). You posted reviews (over 700!). Thank you so much for your support!
What’s going to happen now? All of the Tucker books will go through a three stage editing process between a professional editor and myself. There won’t be any significant changes to the storyline in any of them, but the writing should be tighter and more polished after the edits. Sometime later this year I will shut down all my self publishing sites and Amazon will launch the series.
The biggest thing will be that I will be delayed in writing a new book for the series. All my time is going to be taken up with the editing process. I can hear a chorus of howls from all you Tucker fans at this bit of news. I apologize, but there are only so many hours in the day. Maybe it will make your appetite for more Tucker even that much greater!
Who knows? Next stop may be Hollywood!!