Prequel News!

Prequel News!

 

I have been a wee bit absent this past week for a very good reason. Are you ready to hear? Yeah!

picAlright, as a little background: From the moment I conceived of writing the engagement months for Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, I imagined covering the time thoroughly. To do so it seemed very possible I could write two books rather than one. In fact, that was my plan up until a couple of months ago. For various reasons I altered my plan to include the events in one book. I titled it Darcy & Elizabeth: A Season of Courtship and created the cover accordingly.

Then, the more I wrote I kept dreaming up additional ideas I wanted to include and, well, long story short, I realized I had a dilemma. If I wrote everything I wanted, it would not only take longer to complete — thus delaying the release — but would probably be too big of a book to publish for a decent price. To make it reasonable I knew I would need to cut portions or forego writing certain parts.

The other option was to go back to my original plan. That being to split the “prequel to the sequel” into two volumes. By doing so I can release the first half by March, as I wanted, and then complete the rest for a June to July release. Each volume will be a normal sized novel — that being approximately 95,000-100,000 words, or roughly 260-300 pages each. Altogether that is more Darcy and Lizzy, just spaced over time!

Above is the cover for Darcy & Elizabeth: A Season of Courtship. It is the same, other than the notation: The Darcy Saga Prequel Book One. The manuscript is complete and partially edited. My editor, the marvelous Gretchen Stelter of Cogitate Studios, is finishing the final four chapters this very second. While she completes that, I have spent the past week getting the manuscript formatted for eBook publishing (Kindle, Nook, and Kobo to begin) as well as print. This is a learning curve for me, being my first foray into the modern world of independent publishing. So far everything is going very well. *knock on wood*

At this moment I am confident the eBook will be available by mid-March, if not sooner. Hopefully the print version will be ready at the same time, or very shortly thereafter. The publishing process for print takes a bit longer, so I will post updates on that. Part of the print preparation was creating the backcover and spine, which I did this week and reveal now. *All images can be clicked for larger view.

SeasonCourtship fullcover smaller

Book One, A Season of Courtship, begins at the proposal and extends roughly one month, leaving the brides-to-be in London on a shopping expedition. Lots of fun happenings, I promise!

Book Two continues exactly where Book One leaves off, with the couples exploring London and their relationships. The final month of the engagement period will be recounted, including the wedding ceremony and reception/breakfast afterward. Seeking a title from the final chapters of Pride and Prejudice, as I did with A Season of Courtship, I chose a phrase within the same sentence!

For Book Two, it is about half written. My tentative plan is to finish up, have Gretchen edit, and be ready to publish by June or July. How does that sound? I am very excited and hope everyone is as well. Today I finished the front cover. I love it and hope you all do too. Feedback is welcome 🙂

Darcy & Elizabeth: Hope of the Future

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36 Comments for Prequel News!

  1. Anxiously waiting for the second part of the prequel. Anyone know when it may be released? Loved A Season Of Courtship, i need more 🙂

    • I am very sorry for the long delay on the completion of Hope of the Future. Life has been unkind for the past couple of years, and writing has been extremely difficult. Trust me, I am as disappointed as my readers, and pray every day for fresh inspiration. I don’t want to give my faithful fans a novel that isn’t quality. Please be patient. Most sincerely, Sharon

  2. Sharon, I’ve loved reading all of your Darcy Saga books, including the 2 newest! When will the next book in the series after “The Trouble With Mr. Darcy” come out? I CAN’T WAIT! I’ve read the whole series several times now…Please hurry!!!

  3. So when is book 2 of the prequel coming out? Since hearing about the prequels, I have been chomping at the bit to be able to buy BOTH books so I can read one right after the other. Also, are you doing any book tours and signings? I have never considered standing in line for hours to get a book signed, but I would if it was you. Inquiring minds want to know!! 🙂

  4. Dear Sharon,
    I love all of your books. I am really looking forward to reading the two prequels. Your stories are beautiful. Somewhere on the internet you mentioned once that you might write a story about Darcy’s parents. I would be very interested in reading that. Looking forward to reading more info on how you create the covers. They are lovely.
    Joan

  5. Wow, two books!!!!! I am so excited and looking forward to adding these to my Pride and Prejudice collection. I am truly fascinated by the cover art and that you designed it-so cool! I wish you all the best with the last minute touches.

  6. The covers are womderful. I am so glad you decided to write another book rather than toss out your other ideas. I can’t wait to read them both.

  7. I love that there are going to be 2 new books….can’t wait for them to come out…I want more of their future…with their children & Georgie, Anne, Uncle George & Colonel Fitzwilliam. PLEASE 🙂

  8. This is wonderful news Sharon! I shudder at the thought of you leaving out any of your story! I’m so glad you chose your original plan of two books. March woohoo not too far away! And another treat later, you could not have given us more exciting news! Congrats on the new cover too Sharon it looks as wonderful as the first 🙂 good luck with the edits xox

    • Thanks Vee!

      I am SO SO fortunate that Gretchen Stelter is working with me! Gretchen has been the copyeditor for all but one of my novels, working through Sourcebooks. It is definitely a huge advantage to have an editor I know is fantastic, and who adores my work. An excellent team 🙂

  9. What an exciting prospect! I’m really looking forward to reading about William and Lizzie’s courtship and can’t wait to get my hands on your next book!

  10. LOVE the covers!!! Can’t wait to read them and add them to my JAFF collection. Good luck getting your book done on time!!

  11. I am a print girl and CANNOT wait for both books!!! No pressure BUT hurry!!!
    You have certainly got us in a state of anticipation!!!!!!

    I do wonder however why Lizzy is not as diminutive on the cover as the other books! Her head fits under his chin in those books. Also you show Darcy with a cane and in one of the books he doesn’t like the cane. Just wondering!!!

    • No pressure! Aargh!!

      Just kidding 🙂 I will have the print ready soon too. The formatted Word doc is ready to go. Just waiting for the final edits, then can upload. The only reason print takes a bit longer is the time to order the physical book so I can ensure it is okay. With eBook I can see it immediately, fix any errors, then instantly upload the new file. Press “publish” and BOOM! the book is on sale. Print takes more time to process.

      As for the details you mentioned, first: Great catches! I think you have read my books too many times. LOL!

      Seriously, it is a matter of finding the right painting. There are many out there, but finding one that fits everything is next to impossible. For A Season of Courtship, I loved this pic but had to tweak it a bit. I think I’ll add a post on “before and after” 🙂 I could have removed the walking stick, and did consider that, but then the man’s arm would be sticking out to his side for no reason. I did manipulated the woman’s face and darken her hair to be more Lizzy-like, but could not make her smaller without having the whole image look strange.

      That is the brief version. I really will write a post on how I went about designing the covers. Pretty fun and interesting, I think.

  12. Sharon, thank you so much for taking us on the Darcy’s journey beyond the movie. I own and love all of your books and can’t wait for these two books releases. I hope that you will have a signing so that I can get them sign too. And I love the covers too.

  13. I am so happy that you have decided to give us the 2 books and I can’t wait to read them. The covers are beautiful. Congrats! Happy Dance. Happy Dance

    • I’m dancing too, Seli! I am glad folks are pleased with the 2 book decision. I went round and round on the idea, but in the end knew I would be disappointed if I rushed the process and missed anything.

  14. I’m looking forward to the releases and prefer more bring released, albeit as 2 novels rather than leaving out what you envision, ad I’ve devoured all your previous books. I love the covers
    Do you design them yourself?

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