News About Brazil and Editora Pandorga
Friday, February 3, 2017
A couple of years ago I was offered the chance to have my books published in another language and sold in another country. I was so excited to see my books reach a whole new audience, and I was honored by the response they received. The Brazilian readers are so warm and kind—I felt incredibly lucky.
Unfortunately, working with my Brazilian Publisher hasn’t gone as well. It took a while to get the first payment from Pandorga (the publisher), but I chalked that up to international business—things can take a little longer. Regrettably, that trend continued… to the point where I was waiting for almost a year for one payment and still waiting, over a year later, for the next payment. I’ve received countless messages asking me when the third Royal book was going to be published and I had no answer, because my agent and I were receiving no information. The entire original schedule seemed to have been thrown out the window. I do realize that Brazil has gone through a difficult period, and I tried to be patient. As I mentioned above, I’ve already waited over a year for one payment, and the next one (which was due over a year ago) is nowhere in sight. I tried to be reasonable and kind, but they continually broke their promises. My agent and I sought every possible way to make things work, but after talking with other authors, I found out I was not the only one having these sort of issues.
It’s with deep regret that I decided that it was not in my best interest or that of the readers to continue my working relationship with Pandorga. I hate to disappoint the readers in Brazil. I hate that my first foray into International Publishing has turned out this way. I hate that some people will not be able to finish that series, because it isn’t available in their language. For that I am truly sorry.
I realize that some people will think me talking about a deal that went sour isn’t appropriate. I get that. But I also think that I owed an explanation to the readers and a word of caution to other authors. Be careful before signing with a new publisher. Vet them as thoroughly as possible and make sure you have clear ways to handle any disagreements. Trust me, you do not want to have to deal with this frustration.