I have mixed feelings about this announcement. Company officials state they are not bankrupt, or insolvent. They simply wish to get out of the publishing business.
I sincerely wish they had made that decision a year ago when Jill Noble abruptly resigned.
Authors will receive their rights back over the course of the coming 30 days. Make sure you ask for a statement of reverted rights if you’re reading along. If you want to republish or indi publish now, some might ask to see the official document. Publishers – there are many talented authors out there now looking for homes for their work past and future. I hope you’ll continue to welcome them.
For myself, I had a great run with this company. Three of my books with them were blockbusters for me. I learned so much about the craft of fiction writing and storytelling. I am grateful for that. My back list is decimated with six full novels gone.
BUT, the good news is that publishers have asked for those books. Sizzler Editions already has WET. I hope that new version will be out very soon. Two other titles are under consideration by an excellent publisher and they want two more. I have a query out for Nopeming Shores. In addition, Sizzler is working fast and furious to get the extended version of The 18th Floor in your hands ASAP. I am in final edits on the book I Am Jolene – which has a new title: Deep Enough to Bleed – and I hope it’ll be ready for submissions soon. I’m going back to work full time, so I know that’ll slow me down.
I’m not quitting fiction writing. I have worked too hard to stop now.
I am not abandoning traditional publishing either. Just because I had a difficult experience doesn’t mean all ebook publishers are trouble. You learn from your experiences – all of them – and move on. Indie publishing has its rewards. Each of us must do what’s best for our respective careers.
Thank you for buying my books – all of them. The publisher name should never matter. The stories matter. As we slide into our state fair and the end of summer, I am optimistic about a strong future for my writing career.