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Booktrope: The Situation So Far…

closed-door-sign-closedAs some of you may know, my publisher has decided to close its doors as of May 31, 2016. I was completely heartbroken when I received the news and have been trying to figure out how best to move forward. Of course, in all situations such as this, there were legal questions involved with whether or not our books would be allowed to move forward at all. I was happy to see that at least they had the forethought and the decency to close up shop without leaving all its authors out in the rain. That being said, there were still many logistical questions that needed to be answered as well. It seems I faired the weather better than some given that I own the rights to my cover. I had to pay out my creative team, but that’s the cost of publishing.

My biggest concern was my creative team. Laura Goodwin and Jenna Roundy have done such amazing work as my editors. I didn’t want to lose them. Fortunately, they both agreed to continue forward on the projects. I say all of this to say, I’m not bitter or angry—a bit emotional still—but I’ve realized this may have solidified my original decision to do this work on my own. I am still not sure how this will affect others on my team. April Gerard was definitely a huge supporter and great Book Manager.

My experiences with Booktrope have not been the best. Whenever a publisher is involved, decisions are made that you don’t always feel are in your best interest. Yes, the road forward will be difficult. A lot of places still don’t welcome indie authors, but my goal was never to be a rock star of the book world. I just wanted to write books people will enjoy.

So my decision is this: I’m moving forward and not looking back. SALLY SINGLETARY’S CURIOSITY will be re-published (once again) on June 1st with a new cover based on MY specifications and design. Also, on June 1st, SALLY SINGLETARY’S DISCOVERY will also be released for the first time. I really think you’ll like this book. My editor raved about it each time she did another pass. And I’m also happy to announce that SNATCHED will be released later this summer.

Just to whet your appetite and get you excited, I’m releasing all three covers right now!

Sally Singletary - Book           Sally Singletary's Discovery - Book            Snatched - Book

Aren’t they beautiful? I’m so happy with these designs! They take the best of the originals and still give it the look and feel they need.

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New Horizons

So a lot has happened, but at the same time, not as much as I’d like.

I’ve had a new idea, a book I’ve been working on for the past few weeks. It started as just making a few notes and has turned into 36,000 words.

 

 Concept Cover

Jimmy Figg is snatched by a group of hideous creatures, but the thing that has always made him a thorn in his teachers’ side and an outcast among his peers has given him a unique advantage. Can Jimmy use his ability to find out the truth behind his abduction, or will his captors succeed in their insidious plan?

I’ve been working out this idea for a few weeks and so far I’m really liking it. I am hoping it will be a good Early Young Adult addition to my repertoire of books. What do you think?

In other news, Sally Singletary’s Discovery is finally available on Kindle. Physical books are still delayed due to formatting issues. Awaiting another set of proofs right now. Hopefully these will turn out correctly and we’ll be in business!

Tears of Destiny is still on hold pending a workable cover. We’re still throwing around a few ideas, but nothing seems to have “tickled our fancy.”

Children of Earth is also on hold. I’ve had some feedback and have decided to rework the story. While most everyone who has read it has had a lot of positive things to say, I think the feedback I received is valid and warrants some consideration. Will keep you posted on the progress.

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