Devotion has been out for less than a week (you did see that it came out on ebook, right???), and already questions are popping up. Not that I'm complaining. This is a good problem for an author to have, especially because the two most common questions are by either people who have already read Devotion or those who are dying to read it.
So what are the two most frequently asked questions in the last 5 days?
1. Will there be more books?
This one makes me chuckle. Do you really think I left all those questions open at the end to say, "Haha! You'll never know!" Okay, so I know lots of authors do that. I try not to be so mean. Well, if you've read even just Promise, you know I'm not afraid of a major cliffhanger, but EVENTUALLY questions get answered. At least the big ones. So here's the answer to the question:
YES!!! There will be four (4!!!) more books - seven (7!!!!) books in all - in Alexis's story. PLUS, I expect to share some more side stories, like Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella. Sophia has had a really interesting life. Owen has been on some exciting adventures. Other characters have asked me to share their stories, too.
No, the Soul Savers Series is not a trilogy. No, it's not over or even close to being over. Yes, you'll get lots more of Alexis, Tristan, Owen, Dorian and the rest. They have many more challenges to face.
Oh, and because I know there's another question coming now: Book 4 (yet untitled) is planned for a release in 2012. Yes! This year! Woohoo! I don't exactly know when, so stay tuned for a release date.
2. When will you release Devotion on iBooks? Or out on paperback at BAM and The Book Depository?
My publisher and I have done everything we need to do on our end. The files have been uploaded, approved, authorized, etc. Everything has been provided for distribution. Now we just have to wait for the retailers to receive the information, enter the title into their systems, and build a page for you to access. This can take anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks (shorter for ebooks).
I expect (hope!) iBooks to have it available by the end of this week or early next week. Same with Sony, Kobo and any other ebook retailers that don't have it yet. Amazon should have the paperback listed any day. The channels that take the longest are the retailers for the print books - BAM, print on B&N, The Book Depository, IndieBound, etc. There's nothing we can do about it.
This is why ebooks for Kindle, Nook and Smashwords come out so early. The files have to be uploaded before the official release date so they can go through the process and be fed out to the retailers. In the meantime, the book is available immediately on Smashwords. So, we make them available around the same time on Kindle and Nook because we can. ;)
So, all that said ... if you're waiting for Devotion to come out in iBooks, you don't have to wait. You can purchase the ePub file at Smashwords and it's really very easy. I did it with my iPad, so I can say this. Go to the site on your iPad or iPhone (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/128262), pay for the book, choose ePub file format and when you click "download," a box pops up asking if you want to open the file in iBooks. Voila! There it is, ready to read!
Those are the two most common questions so far. Do you have more? Feel free to ask!