Those of you who have read The Helping Hands already will be the only ones to notice these changes, but I'm going to tell everyone else anyway because it helps me to talk through them. Or type through them. The biggest of those changes - The Helping Hands is being split into two books.A novel idea, I know! I've toyed with this idea for years but figured it wasn't really possible since it was already published as one. But when my new publisher suggested the idea, I figured hey, it's my book, I can do whatever I want with it.
As of now, it is divided into two parts, with Part 2 taking place about 4 years after the end of Part 1. Part 2 is now getting its own book. This not only makes the (very) long book shorter, but also more affordable for readers. It also gives me an extra title in the Helping Hands series overall, which I love. That means we're now at 7 books. When I say I love series books, I mean it. Y'all have no idea how hard it is for me to keep the Whisper Legacy at just 4 books -- and I've already planned a spin-off with two characters introduced in Book 3. I have a problem. But luckily, everyone else benefits from it.
Side note - The Helping Hands series is WAY different from the Whisper books and from The Sour Orange Derby. It's dark, gritty, violent, and I like to think, pretty damn cool. It's not YA and not for the faint of heart. If you're looking for a light read, this probably isn't your cup of tea.
Second side note - Something just fell out of my laptop and I don't know where it goes back in, or what it does. Here's to hoping my laptop doesn't spontaneously combust on my lap and turn me into a puddle of purple goo.
Anyway. So what happens next?
First of all, a new cover for The Helping Hands. We've picked the image, and the final piece is coming soon. We also have a final edit before formatting. Because of the split, I'm happy to say that The Helping Hands is set to be released by the end of the month, or very early August (assuming all goes well, of course, nothing is ever final). I can’t wait for the “new” Helping Hands to be released. After what, 8 years? I'm finally able to get back to this series and share it with the world.
While The Helping Hands is being finalized, we now have to focus on book 2. The most important change here is a new title. This is harder than it sounds. I had a title for Part 2 when it was just one book but I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to stick with that or go with a brand-new exciting title. We also have a new cover to think of and I might change up the opening a bit to make it a better prologue.
And there you have it. After these two books are released we’ll turn our focus to The Iron Fist: Legacy of the Helping Hands, what is now the third book in the series. I’m not sure yet if this will remain one book or be split. More on that to come!
I think this is a great development for the Helping Hands series. It's hard for me to put the books in someone else's hands, as this series is very close to me and it's not easy to give up control. Changes have been made that I know are for the better, but anyone who knows me also knows that I am not always the most flexible person. Giving up that control is something I've been struggling with, all the while loving that my publisher is awesome at what he does and is making excellent decisions. It's a weird internal conflict.
I also worry what people who have read the first two books will think about the changes., even though I know deep down that this reprint is for new readers. At this point I'm just pushing doubts aside and moving forward.
I think we all will be thrilled with the results.
I feel weird not having a picture in my post. All posts need a pic but I don't have one that fits. So, here is one of me in a creek in North Caroline this past June.