Last spring I announced that I was cutting the On the Otherside series down from three books to two. I had planned for a good portion of THERE to take place in the underground city and the third book to spend more time with the rebels. Sales of HERE were not as strong as my other books, and I realized the story could be told in two books without losing too much.
Let there be a lesson here. You never know what will happen to a book. Just because a book isn’t selling well now doesn’t mean it won’t sell well next month or next year.
Obviously, I didn’t expect HERE to sell so well on Barnes & Noble at the end of November and first half of December of this year. On the first anniversary of HERE’s release, it had sold 15,000 copies, my lowest sales for a first book in a series. The subsequent books in a series always sell less. Still, I’m not sorry with my decision. I’m proud of THERE and how the story unfolded. I think the story is much tighter and more suspenseful combining two books into one.
But a funny thing happened while I was writing THERE. I fell in love with Jo.
Halfway through writing THERE, I knew that couldn’t be the end of the series, even though I’d said that it was. I was torn by this. I didn’t want readers to be upset that I was putting out another book, but I decided that Julia’s story was done. The third book will be a completely different story, and it will be about Jo and (an unnamed boy) after THERE ends.
I have no idea when the third book will be written or published. I already have a full writing schedule for the next year, so it will take some maneuvering to make this happen. Just be assured that I’m as eager to write this book as readers who have been emailing and messaging are eager to read it.