Friday, April 26, 2024

No longer traditionally published

The month of April brought about news on my traditionally published books - and the news is now I will no longer be represented by publishers. This was my decision based on the book market and the cost of what it takes to publish and pay for my author copies. I have a hard time charging almost $20 for a paperback, so after talking and voicing my concerns, I've asked for my contract to be terminated.

I loved the idea of having a publisher, but reality brought into light the amount of work the author must do (all advertising, marketing, book events, etc.) on their own. 

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 With this decision, it will now fall to me to put my first two Wizards of the Vatican back on the market and get book 3 edited to the best of my ability. I am unsure of covers at the moment. I'll have to figure that out once all contracts have been signed.

I am encouraged to have control over size and font once again. Even though this results in more work for me, I am delighted to welcome my books back into the fold. I simply need to remind myself to take a deep breath and never forget that this was my decision... good or bad. (sigh.)

On that note, Read On!


Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Slow Start to 2024

 My plans to have my newest fantasy adventure completed early spring flew out the window before it really had the chance. I'm currently working on it... along with 6 other books. I'm finding it easier to work on my children's book lines with a quicker turn around.

I'm not giving up on Olive and Ben. In fact, right now they are heading toward a sand storm in the Egyptian desert. Let's just say things are about to get very rough for them.

This is what normally happens to me. Year after year, I struggle to complete my full-length adult novels, while I can crank out various kids books in various lengths: picture books, coloring books, chapter books. Horses. Cats. Dogs. Dinosaurs. I can breeze through these but struggle with my big ones.

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I'll slog through it. Unfortunately I had an agent pitch lined up in the middle of April and I certainly won't be ready to present anything to her. I'm trying to decide if I try to shoot the breeze with her and ask about other mundane things or try to find someone else that wants to take my spot - if that's allowed.

We'll see. I'll report back on what I learned at this writing workshop.

As always,

Read on!