I find this decision incredibly short sighted. Historical fiction always sells well - why is Jean Plaidy being reprinted? Why are Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory plastered all over Waterstones? No need to answer that one - because their publishers pay for this space that is why. There is very little publicity for the latest Morland novel as each is published and I think the publishers have lost sight of what a marvellous series they have in their keeping. My gut feeling is that Cynthia Harrod-Eagles has been with them a long time, she is reliable, she gives them a Morland book a year (plus the Bill Slider mysteries) so they take her for granted and perhaps don't think she is 'sexy' enough.
Why don't they do a push on these titles? Why don't they re-brand and re-market these marvellous books? Make sure they are all available and in print in paperback, promote them, publicise them all over again and I guarantee that sales will go up. I have followed the Morland Dynasty since book one and, apart from sharing in the joys and sorrows of the Morland family, the historical research is staggering and they are extremely well written too.
I am going to write to Sphere, who publish these books. Sphere is part of the Little, Brown Book group and their CEO and publisher is Ursula Mackenzie. The Publishing DIrector - Commercial of Sphere is Antonia Hodgson and both these ladies can be located at:
Little, Brown Book Group
100 Victoria Embankment
Those of you who have read and enjoyed these books please leave a comment and join me in doing our very best to keep the Morland Dynasty going. If you have a blog I would appreciate it if you could spread the word. Failing that, well we will just have to see if another publisher with a bit more nous will take them on.
Go on - you know it makes sense..........