I hope you enjoyed the moth porn last week. Like I said, I'm going to sprinkle a little weird science posts here and there leading up to my blogiversary. I put a fun countdown over on my sidebar. Not sure what I'm going to do on that day, but it's a pretty cool milestone.
Remember my post in June titled Uncertainty Looms? I'm sad to report that my publisher is going to scale back significantly, leading to an eventual shutdown. What does this mean for me? They reached out to me and said that they still planned on publishing sequels to books already published, and some other titles, but the rest were going to get cut. In other words, the publisher was going to give the rights back to the authors.
My book, Dragonfly Warrior, was picked to be published. Isn't that awesome? That means they have faith in me and of my work! But guess what...
I told them NO.
This is my second publisher to close down while just on the precipice of being published. Like I said back in June, I am Type-A and a control freak. But being in the publishing industry and getting kicked around has really taught me that I don't have as much control as I want.
Why would I have my book published, only for the publisher to close down? I have a second book under contract with them too. So I asked them to give me my rights back. I said that I'd even pay for the cover that was already done. Their reply: crickets chirping.
So we will see. I was hoping to do a big cover reveal and ask you all to sign up. But it looks like all of that is on hold. My publishing date was in October. That's pretty much dead in the water.
If I get my rights back, what's next? I'm thinking of just going full indie. It's terrifying just thinking about that. I know nothing about that whole process. I've just picked up bits and pieces along the way, but I'm not even able to put that all together. I'm a sales guy, so striking out on my own isn't the scary part. It's all the unknowns.
I've been fortunate to have some great friends in the blogosphere who have already given me lots of advice and resources. If I decide to go indie, I hope I'm able to use all the great information they've given me and bumble my way through the process.
Blogging since 2005.
Medical sales warrior by day, writing ninja by night...
I am the author of The Mechanica Wars series. The first book, Dragonfly Warrior, will be published in January, 2014 by 4 Wing Press.
I love science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, biographies, and chocolate chip cookies.