Friday, August 2, 2013


When we last got together, I had to report the sad demise of my publisher and of Dreamspell Press. Within a week, all of my books except the first, Goals for a Sinner, disappeared as e-books. Some paperback first edition copies are still available on Amazon and B & N, and of course, I have a few boxes of my titles left to hand sell at various events I will attend this fall. I cannot begin to tell you how devasting this is to a writer. Fortunately, my devastation did not last long. Before a month passed, my first publisher, The Wild Rose Press, picked up two of my manuscripts, Love Letter for a Sinner, the next installment of the Sinners series, and A Trashy Affair which had been slated to come out in June. Trashy turned out to be one of my favorite works, and I took its loss on the eve of its birth pretty hard. It now has a new home at Wild Rose, though I do not know when it will come out.

The rest of my backlist is now being considered for resurrection by Wild Rose, but at least two are moving through the pipeline. Currently being reviewed are Wish for a Sinner and Queen of the Mardi Gras Ball. Looks like their Champagne Rose line might take Courir de Mardi Gras which also never made it to publication. Like all presses, Wild Rose has different parameters from Dreamspell, so there is no guarantee they will take all of my titles.  Some interest has been shown in a new series of mine about bull riders for their Yellow Rose line. So, I am doing what I can to get back in print as fast as possible.

What happens to the books they don't decide to adopt?  I can go to subsidy publishing or self-publishing.  The latter terrifies me, yet everyone seems to be doing it. I simply don't have the computer skills or confidence I think I need to do that. Folks can be hired to format a book. I have no idea of the cost for that. So far, writing has not made me rich. I'll let you know if that ever happens. Probably, I could get them out fast at a subsidy press, less prestige, but since all the backlist has had great editing already, they wouldn't need a lot work. It is probably going to take a year or more to sort all of this out. Meantime, it is hard to work on a new book while trying to save the older ones. Still, I will do my best to provide more fresh fiction for my readers in the next months.

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