I guess there's not much point in keeping this a secret anymore.
The odds of there being another Supervillain book any time soon are low. I am learning more and more what a miracle it is that the series got to finish.
It's not my willingness to write, and it's not the fan reception. You people are beautiful, and you buy every book with gluttonous fervor as if you understand me for the writing god I truly am. I love that world, and there are plenty of characters to write in it, even if I'd like to space things out with the kind of exotic weirdness that is my first love.
My publisher is a mess. 'Stealing my money' a mess. I cannot be sure they're going to ever pay me again, I'm going to be consulting a lawyer when I get Heartfelt's book finished and have that emotional room, and I'm never going to send them another book. The problem is, I've talked to agents and no publisher is going to touch a book that Curiosity Quills can make even the most laughable legal claim on. That is any book in the Supervillain world. Until my publisher closes down, and hoo boy are they obviously on their deathbed, I can't write more of those.
Has this year and a half process of my publisher disintegrating, getting no support for them and having to fight again and again for my royalties been stressful, depressing, and interfered with writing and my whole author schtick? Why, yes. Yes, it has. I resisted telling the public because I felt at first that it was unprofessional to air my publisher's dirty laundry, and then because it would interfere with getting the thousands of dollars they still owe me. I've run out of patience on both of those.
I don't know who my next publisher will be. I've been told there's no point in shopping for an agent until I have a new book ready to go. I'm writing the second to last chapter of A Rag Doll's Guide To Here And There, so that will be soon. Celestia only knows where things go from there.
So, that's what's been happening. I was going to ask a very important question of you folks, but I think I'll put that in a separate post so we can put this behind us and focus on the positive!
PS - Yes, I'll need beta readers in a few weeks, but wait for it. A cross country trip is going to slow things down a bit.