Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dust in the Wind

Easy come, easy go...right?

Just got some horrible news. Literally one month before my book, Dragonfly Warrior, was to be published by Otherworld Publications, they have decided to shut down operations. So me and my book are now homeless.

Not sure what to do.

The good news: they are going to give me back my rights by July.

The bad news: I'm not going to be a published author in July.

Any suggestions???


Bueller?  Bueller?


Emily R. King said...

BOO! That's horrible news, Jay. I feel for you!

Anonymous said...

Oh hell. That sucks, Jay.

But remember this - one publisher was willing to take a chance on your book, someone else will.


Or you can indie it and still be a published author in July.

Emailed ya...cuz this sucks.

The Golden Eagle said...

I'm so sorry to hear that your publisher shut down. That's awful!

Dafeenah said...

I know it's an awesome thing to say "I have a publisher" but have you considered self publishing? While it might be drastically more work, especially in the promoting wise, you'd still be able to get your work out there. And I know there's stil a sort of "stigma" attached to self publishing but it is slowly going away. I know lots of people who could help you get your book up and running and help with the promoting etc as well. You got my email so if you need anything just gimme a holler.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jay, that sucks! Don't give up hope. If one publisher thought it was great, so will others. What's the genre? Maybe I can help.

Brinda said...

Aw no. *virtual hug*

That's everybody's fear these days since the industry is so volatile. The others are right. You have so many options right now. I posted on my blog about some pitch opportunities coming up. It was a few posts ago if you are interested.

Adam Heine said...

Dang, man, that blows. The image you chose is perfect. That's how I feel and I'm not even you!

Good luck finding a path and a home. Don't give up!

Elizabeth Twist said...

I'm a fan of the idea that everything happens for a reason. I would take this as an opportunity to aim higher than you did before and shop it harder.

Or, do what everyone else is suggesting, self-publish, and get going on the others in the series (it's a series, right?) so you can build your catalogue.

Angela Ackerman said...

Something like this is ablessing and a curse. I mean, a curse because obviously a deal falling through isn't good. However, it's a blessing because at least they went out of business before your book was caught in the middle. The editing it got will make it even stronger when you shop it, too.

I know it's hard to look for the silver lining, but you have your rights, and a shiny manuscript. I know that bigger and better things are out there waiting for you. :)

Vero said...

Damn, that sucks!

I'm so sorry you have to go through this, Jay. But don't despair (beyond the mandatory shit-fit), and go find another publisher asap. Don't let this sink or get stale, get back in the game. It'll all turn out well in the end. Trust that like you've never trusted anything else. :)

Wish you the best for the future!

Laura Eno said...

That sucks. Of course, that's why I like being indie. :)
Don't let it fester in your head. There are so many options now. Charge ahead.

Jay Noel said...

Thanks everybody. It stings badly, especially since we were so close to our publication date. But as Angela said, luckily, my book isn't caught in the crossfire.

Thanks for your suggestions, and I am going to explore all of my options. Self publishing has always intrigued me, but I know nothing about it!

Julie Dao said...

Boo, hiss! So sorry, Jay, but like everyone else has been saying, you caught one publisher's eye and I'm sure you would catch another. Your book sounds great. Are you going to shop it around some more or turn to self-publishing?

Jay Noel said...

Julie, I will shop it around once I get my rights back formally. Not sure about the self publishing route. It's always intrigued me, but I just don't know a lot about that world.

Kelly Barnes said...

My stomach went cold when I read that first Paragraph. I can only imagine how you feel.

Chin up buddy. Your work was good enough once, that means it still is.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

That sucks! You could always submit to my publisher. They are extremely friendly and not snooty to deal with at all. They provide excellent cover art and really know how to format a book. Things that they don't do so well: 1) Editing staff is way underpaid so basically you're on your own as far as editing goes 2) They do no marketing whatsoever. Not even twitter. You are on your own. 3) They don't furnish free copies of your book. If you want paperbacks, you have to pay for them. However, you do get a free .pdf to use to submit to reviews.

Royalties are basically 30% of cover price. Also, I think Deron is backed up to 2014 for publishing titles, but I can tell you from experience that this will change about four times if you sign with them.

Another mid-size publisher that I would recommend is Rhemalda Publishing. My friend Michelle is signed with them and they treat her good. She says they have excellent editing, they focus on paper before ebook, and I think they furnish you with copies of your book in paper without you having to pay (don't quote me on that). They also outsource a cover artists so I think their cover art is as good as my publisher.

The downside from what I can tell is that Rhemalda publishes only about ten books a year. I think they are trying to change this and are experiencing growing pains, but if you do the math, and they get 500 submissions and can only take ten...that means that there's a high chance of getting rejected. :(

And of course you can go the traditional Big Six route which will require a lot of patience and work to secure an agent (you may never get one) and even if you do get an agent, there's no guarantee that they will ever sell your manuscript.

I know several agented authors who are all on submission to Big Six publishers and their dream publishers have already said no to their project. So the agent is slowly working the way down the list. That can be brutal.

If you go the self-publishing route, you will need to pay for everything. This gives you more control of your product but has a higher out-of-pocket expense.

The only difference between small pubs (like how I did mine) and self-pubs is that it removes some of the tedious work and you don't have to pay for a cover artist. But I make 30% as opposed to 70% (less money).

I hope that helps.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Also more on Rhemelda...they actually do marketing. They keep an active twitter, they run conventions that they arrange, pay for, and sponsor for their authors, they do a newsletter, etc.

But again...Rhemelda doesn't publish ten books a the competition to get noticed from this publisher may be quite high. I don't know...I've never sent them anything. But the authors I do know with them are extremely talented. Michelle Davidson Argyle and Amber Argyle are incredible writers.

Cherie Reich said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your book and publisher. I had the same thing happen to me when I first started out. About a week before the novelette was to be published, the company went under. It's definitely not fun, but it's great you are getting your rights back. There's definitely many options out there for you. :)

Juliana L. Brandt said...

Jay, that's so awful! I really wish I had some contacts to offer you, or advice. I'm wishing you good thoughts- please keep us posted with how your search goes!

Callie Leuck said...

That's sad news to hear! :(

I hope you find a home for your book. If one publisher liked it, I'm sure another will.

M Pax said...

I saw this on FB. Really sucky, Jay. You must be heartbroken. Don't give up. I'm sure you can find another publisher. Because you're awesome. Tell them in the query that I'm dying to read your book. :)

If I can be of any assistance, let me know.

Jay Noel said...

Thanks everyone. The sting has somewhat diminished after the shock gave way to anger, which gave way to depression.

Michael, I will look into DD and Rhemalda.

Christine Rains said...

Oh man, I'm sorry. Keep shopping your book around. As Jenna said, one publisher liked it, so someone else will be more likely to take a chance on it. :)

Mr. Shife said...

Sorry buddy. Good luck in finding a new publisher or you can try the self-publishing route. When I get my book near completion that is the way I am going. Hopefully it all works out for you.

Eve said...

Wow! So far you've made it farther than a lot of people I know...keep at it..I heard that in his early days Stephen King had 'Carrie' rejected so many times he gave up and threw it away...his wife took the manuscript out of the garbage and sent it to one more publisher, who accepted it...not sure if that's true or an urban's a good story anyways. Good luck to you and don't give up just yet!

Rusty Webb said...

Well, you are in a bit of a conundrum. Sorry I missed the news when you delivered it. If you've already gotten most of the editing done you have a leg up. If you think you really need to get this published traditionally then I think you probably have a very strong story to query

I say to follow your dream first, then work down from there.

farawayeyes said...

I read this when I was pretty sick and didn't want to comment in my rather confused state of mind BUT I came back today and see you haven't posted since.

I rarely cuss, well I do like to say shit sometimes but THIS REALLY SUCKS BIG TIME AND SHIT TOO.

That has got to be the cruelest trick of whatever cosmic writerly joker exists.

Like everyone else says, hang in there. God is not a joker and he doesn't close a window without opening a door. Maybe this is for a reason and there is something bigger and better out therefor you.

Milo James Fowler said...

Holy crap, Jay. Man, I feel your pain. I've experienced the same thing with short story markets, but that's only a sliver compared to the blade that's got to be piercing your gut after all the blood, sweat, tears, and anticipation. Advice? Get it back out there. Obviously one publisher thought it was worth publishing, so another will too!

DEZMOND said...

oh, sorry to hear that. Maybe it was destiny's sign that you need and deserve a better publisher? Look at it that way.

The Desert Rocks said...

Whatever happens you're a winner in my book and your book will eventually be selling like hotcakes. Good luck with it and look forward instead of back.:)

Samantha said...

I'm so sorry! Maybe this means that you're on to a bigger and better publisher :D

Jay Noel said...

Thanks so much for everyone's encouragement. It means a lot to me. I was pretty down for a few days, but coming back here helped...eventually.

Had to go through my angry phase. Then my sad phase. And finally, my realization phase.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

This happened to me, twice. Keep looking, you'll find a home and in the meantime keep working on the next thing. It's not much comfort, but I know what disappointment you're feeling.

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