When you run into the sort of problems I've had with my three publishers, you begin to question your masterplan for the series. Thank God for fans who'll write to tell you that you are not to blame.
Dear Ms. Parker,
I just finished reading the “News and Events” page on your web site and was shocked to read that your publisher has done such a dismal job promoting such a wonderful series. I ran into the first book accidentally a year or so ago at Barnes & Noble, bought two, finished them in four days and ended up buying the remaining books in the series. I was very excited when The Masuda Affair was placed on Amazon for preorder and then to have The Fires of the Gods published not long after was almost more than I could stand!
Since reading the first book, I’ve been an ardent fan. These are books in which I can totally lose myself. Mystery series are often formulaic and can become repetitive and even annoying (the kiss of death for me) if the characters cease to change as their stories develop from book to book. You have, however, managed to keep Akitada Sugawara, his family and his retainers interesting and true through many books. Your main characters go through changes in each of your books, they are not just one-dimensional. Those changes, for better and for worse, keep this reader’s interest peaked and wanting to know more.
It would truly be a shame if this series ended for want of a publisher and I sincerely hope you find one quickly for the book on which you are currently working. Given the state of publishing these days, it is not a surprise that quality is often under-promoted. You are a terrific storyteller and your stories have certainly enriched my reading life. Thanks so much,