This is such a hard question to answer. It should be that simple, shouldn’t it? But it’s not. It breaks my heart that it’s not.
Right now, the future of THE ARCHIVED series is uncertain, not in my heart, but at the publisher. I’m trying to hold onto hope.
This series is so important to me. I’ve worked so hard to build it.
And while I’ve tried to make every book capable of standing on its own, the story isn’t supposed to end here.
I don’t EVER want my readers to think I’ve gotten bored with and walked away from a series. From them. I would never do that. Never abandon them. If the story stops, it won’t be my choice. If the story stops, I will do my utmost to find the time/way/strength to write it anyway and release it another way, but right now, I am still holding on to hope.
ETA 2.4.14: I want to edit this post. It’s very important for me to edit this. While I stand by everything I said above, I also need to make an amendment, because there is something I did not convey.
It is an unfortunate and necessary fact of publishing that it is a place where art and business must intersect. And as of this moment, THE ARCHIVED does not have the sales to merit a third book. That can change (and I hope it will).
There are many people in house who very much want it to change. I did not mean to suggest that Disney*Hyperion was ambivalent to the future of this series, and I hurt a lot of feelings by saying so. There are people in-house who believe in this book as much as I do, but the fact remains, this is a business, and until THE ARCHIVED has the sales to merit a third book, there won’t be one. It is not for lack of passion. It is not for lack of want. It is a fact of publishing.
In the meantime, I supremely hope readers enjoy the two current installments of the book. And do not fret, I don’t do cliffhangers, every book in the series —whether there are 2 or more— has its own arc, and its own sense of resolution.