It’s time for some straight talk.
There’s a few reasons why you might be on my site:
- To read how obsessed I am over True Detective.
- To look at my published works or to find out what kind of person wrote these things.
- To see if I’ve reacted in any way to recent events surrounding Ellora’s Cave.
- You have no idea how you got here. Maybe a wizard did it?
I’m writing to address items #2 and #3 in that list of possibilities. Let’s get real here.
While you can still peruse the bibliographies for my two time-travel historical novels or read deleted scenes from some of my other works, you won’t find anything about the six separate titles I’ve published over the years. If you have no idea what happened in the last few days to make me take that information down, I’ll direct you to a Tumblr masterpost, which should illuminate you.
What does this all mean for my writing?
I want to stress that outside of one incident that I’m not going to describe here, I’ve always had a very professional relationship with Ellora’s Cave. I am grateful that they ever decided to publish me. I met many very nice individuals.
For a long while, especially as I finally near the end of my current WIP’s first draft, I have been considering self-publishing. I desire more control over things like cover design and editing choices. I desire more control over when my newest titles appear and to understand where my sales come from. In addition, I have been considering how my writing has evolved from my first novel to my latest. Certain stories I’ve published no longer reflect my brand, which may also be in need of an overhaul.
As countless authors, agents, editors, and other industry professionals have said over and over, the publishing industry has been changing rapidly. I raised my head after three years of struggling to finish a story while holding down a toxic day job and found myself not at the back of the pack but still at the starting line. On top of maintaining a social media presence, creating and executing all my own marketing (on a tiny budget), awkward attempts to network, and y’know, writing…very slowly…keeping up with the changes and the latest news seemed like too much for me. I got discouraged many times. I shut my laptop on days when I should have been trying to write.
I also know that there’s lots of other writers out there in the same boat as me, and that there’s a lot of resources for me to utilize. I just have to take advantage of them and keep picking myself up.
In the end, I figured that if my monthly royalty checks from EC are less than some ten-year-olds get as a monthly allowance, I could only do as well or better if I self-publish, and I might as well enjoy the greater creative control that self-publishing offers.
For all these reasons, I was already certain that I’d request a reversion of rights on some, if not all, of my titles with Ellora’s Cave. The brouhaha over the past weekend did not influence my decision. It merely hastened my decision.
What’s going to happen now?
It may not happen right away, but you’ll continue to see changes to this website. EC has some time to process the reversion request, so until they do, I ask that you not purchase any of my books. All of them were published through EC, so even if you were interested in supporting my non-EC titles, you and I are both SOL. (Seriously, though, thanks if you were interested, but don’t worry that I was counting on that money. I’m fine.)
Once my rights have reverted, some of my back list will be made available again. Some of it won’t. I might edit some of them, or I might not. How long will all this take once my rights have reverted? Well, it’s just little old me figuring out this fancy self-publishing thing: new covers, formatting, how to publish on which platforms, etc. I have no idea at this time. I’m not discouraging you from poking me about it, but just know that I may not have a satisfying answer. Instead, we could trade our favorite cat macros?
If you did come here to find out how this affected me…wow. Seriously, thank you. That’s very sweet of you. Beyond that, all I ask is for your support and patience. A couple “go get ‘em, tiger!” tweets would also be welcome.
And now, back to my obsession with True Detective.