In a decision that may cost her millions of dollars, Stephenie Meyer, author of a popular series of vampire romance novels known as "The Twilight Saga," said on her Web site that she is putting the expected last volume in the series "on hold indefinitely."
Writing on stepheniemeyer.com, Mrs. Meyer said she had made that decision after her unfinished partial draft of "Midnight Sun" was posted without permission on the Web late last month. Mrs. Meyer noted that "the writing is messy and flawed and full of mistakes."
She later decided to make the partial draft available on her own Web site. "This way, my readers don't have to feel they have to make a sacrifice to stay honest," she wrote. News of Mrs. Meyer's decision was earlier published by the Los Angeles Times.
At a time when book-publishing sales have been flagging, Mrs. Meyer is one of the industry's brightest stars. Her first three books -- "Twilight," "New Moon" and "Eclipse" -- have sold more than 7.5 million copies in the U.S. Her much-anticipated "Breaking Dawn," published Aug. 2, has nearly four million copies in print in the U.S., according to her publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Lagardère SCA's Hachette Livre.
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