Monday, June 8, 2015

Learning from the Past to Embrace the Future

Two years ago on this very day, my young adult romance, The Georgia Corbins, was released to the world, courtesy of Entranced Publishing. Unfortunately, its time on the virtual shelves was short lived because a short five months later, my publisher was in trouble and sinking faster than the Titanic. I prayed long and hard that it was nothing more than growing pains; that, like many new publishers, it just needed to find its footing in this competitive, ever-changing market. Alas, that wasn't the case. Four months after I requested and was given my rights back, the publisher officially closed its doors for good. 

Me and the authors were all like....

I was devastated. 

So, we did the only thing we could think of at the time: We banded together on Facebook, offered encouragement and support to one another as we struggled with the most important question of all: What do we do now??

I can't begin to tell you the myriad of emotions I experienced, but above all, I was heartbroken. All authors have that one book that is so close to their heart, that one book they can't seem to let go of no matter what happens. Yeah, The Georgia Corbins is that book for me. I was lost and very un-trusting of all publishers, but I knew if I ever wanted this book to see the light of day again, I had to pick myself up and move on. 

That's been a lot easier said than done. 

See, there's this thing in publishing known as first publication rights, which are like the Holy Grail in this business, and the first time a book is published, that right essentially vanishes. So when you have a book, like I did, that was briefly published, it then becomes known as "previously published." To most, this doesn't seem like a big deal. But it is. It's a HUGE deal, actually, because a lot of agents and publishers won't rep or publish a book that's already been published. Catch where I'm going with this?

As a result of that and my now skeptical and distrustful view of many small publishers, this book has sat in my laptop, untouched, for two years. It was only within the last month that I began sending it out again. And guess what??

I have TWO offers of publication! I was all like....

But then, when it came time to put pen to paper and sign on the dotted line, I was like...

I took a very large step back and really scrutinized these offers and these publishers. Yes, I really want this book to be published again. Way more than I can express in words. But the Entranced debacle taught me a LOT about this industry. 

The most important lesson being: Trust your instincts!

And that's exactly what I'm doing. While both of these publishers are reputable (as far as I can tell) and have been nothing but nice and professional, presenting me with extremely fair offers that would have given me simultaneous digital and print release, I know in my heart that no one will be able to handle this story with as much care and passion as I can. To them, this is a business, a means to earn profits. And yes, it is for me, too, but it's so much more than that. It's my passion, my desire, my life's ambition. I hope, one day, readers will have as much love and enthusiasm for these characters as I do, but until then, I know I'm the best person to bring this story back out into the world. 

So, I have declined both of the offers in favor of embracing the Indie lifestyle. 

That's right. I'm going to self publish this series, and I am beyond excited to embark on this journey. I have a fantastic team in place to help me with editing, cover art, and formatting. And the support of fellow Indie authors has been overwhelming. 

And lemme tell you.... I have got some AWESOME things planned for y'all! Free books. Never before released scenes. Brand new characters. A whole new ending :) A FOURTH BOOK! 

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