Last week the news became official that Pan Macmillan Australia has decided to scale down the publishing program of Momentum and fold it back into the parent company. This means, sadly, that Momentum, my publisher, will soon be no more.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the team at Momentum, particularly Joel Naoum, for signing AURORA: DARWIN in the first place and then continuing to support my series ever since. If it hadn’t been for Joel giving me my start, who knows where I’d be today.

I’d also like to thank the wonderful editors I have worked with – Stephanie Smith, Tara Goedjen and Ashley Thomson. And, of course, the marketeers I worked with during this time – Mark Harding, Patrick Lenton and Shelly Cameron. I wish all the Momentum staff the best of luck in their future endeavours, and hope to cross paths with them again one day.

So . . . what does this mean for the AURORA series?

Well, I’m currently working on finding a new home for it – the entire series, that is. Whether that is in the form of another publisher, or whether I self-publish is yet to be decided.

But I make this promise to my readers: I WILL deliver the remaining three books in the series. I will not leave you hanging! Trust me, I haven’t worked my butt off all these years not to see it to completion.

I had previously been updating you with my progress on AURORA: DECIMA, book six in the series. As previously stated, I was due to submit the book to my publisher today, with the anticipated release date being August. Obviously, this will no longer be the case. However, I’m doing everything in my power to bring you the book as soon as I can (hopefully still this year), but it all depends on whether I decide to go with another publisher or self-publish. Obviously, if I self-publish I’ll have more control over the release dates, but if I go with another publisher, then I have to fit in with their schedules. So I guess I’m asking for your patience and understanding while I go through this process.

But do not fear! AURORA: DECIMA (book six) is indeed written. Aside from a final review, it is ready to submit for the publication editing process. Fingers crossed you won’t have to wait too long until you can read it. I personally think it’s a pretty exciting chapter in the series and I’m dying to know what you think of it. So no-one wants it released more than me!

Again, I want to re-iterate that I have every intention of releasing the last three books in the series, not to mention the other stand-alone novels (outside of the series) that I have been working on. These are unfortunate circumstances that I have been caught up in, but the reality is it’s just a bump in the road.

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to once again say thank you for your continued support of me and my series. Who knows where I would be if you hadn’t embraced this series like you did! I really appreciate it, and over the next couple of months I’ll also appreciate your patience and understanding while I get things moving again.

As always, I will keep you updated with my progress – so, watch this space!

Cheers

Amanda Bridgeman

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About Amanda Bridgeman

Author of the science fiction space opera series, AURORA, Amanda Bridgeman studied film & television/creative writing at Murdoch University (BA Communication Studies) and has been published by Pan Macmillan. Aurora:Meridian was a finalist for Best Science Fiction Novel (Aurealis).