I will never forget the day, back in 2005, when I got an email from a woman named Elysia Gallo, an editor at Llewellyn Worldwide, telling me that they were going to buy my first book, Circle, Coven & Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice . The book came out in early 2007, and the moment I held that first copy in my hands was probably one of the best experiences of my life.
There have been five other Llewellyn books since, then (working on #7 right now), and a bunch of novels still trying to find their way in the world. But there is nothing like your first.
I got an email today, telling me that Circle, Coven & Grove is going out of print. People are still buying it, but just not in enough numbers to justify another print run. So the few that are still out there are all that there will ever be. I'm a little sad, to be honest. I know this happens to authors all the time, and my other books will still be available. But not my first, treasured child.
Circle, Coven & Grove is in some ways the most personal of all the books I've written for Llewellyn, since it was based on the first year of practice of my coven, Blue Moon Circle. (Mind you, all the books are based on that, in one way or another.) I hadn't even planned to have a writing career at that point, and if I had, I would have assumed it would only be fiction. But this book yelled at me to write it, and so began a journey I am still happily following today.
So...a big thanks to Elysia (who is the best editor on the planet) for believing in me, and CC&G. Thanks to all those who have bought it over the years, and to everyone who told me how much they loved it. As far as I know, the book will still be available as an ebook, at least for a while. But for now, if you've been thinking about getting a copy and haven't gotten around to it, you can check your local Pagan stores, ask your local bookstore to order it, or get one of the few copies left at Amazon (they had 11 left when last I checked). B&N didn't have any online, but it is just possible that your local store might have one. (The link above takes you to Llewellyn themselves. They have 19 copies; any of them left by Monday I will be buying myself.)
And so we bid a fond farewell to my first book... Thanks, baby. You were swell.
That sound you hear? That's my heart breaking--just a little bit.