I’ve been thinking about a post like this for a while. I didn’t know if it was necessary and thus the internal debate. I decided since I was making the change I might as well post it. I alluded to the changes I was making in my life with my New Year’s post. A new beginning and an end
I’m not doing anything radical like changing genres. I like what I write and find satisfaction doing it. So erotic romance, shifters, fantasy, sci-fi, menage, and everything else is staying.
The first thing I’ve changed is my website. If you went by in the last few hours you’d have noticed that it’s changed. Not in appearance, but in what’s there. There are only two books on my website at this moment. I had my webmistress remove my EC books.
(The following information is my experience and my opinions. I’m not making a statement on the whole situation–other than it raised my stress level for over a year and it’s time for me to stop letting it do that. I wrote angry for about a year. It’s time to reclaim my joy and my passion.)
I sold EC my first book. That absolutely thrilled me. They have 22 of my books and 2 short stories in anthologies. I’m grateful for the start they gave me. It was a huge boost in confidence to have sold to EC and getting my stories into readers hands was great! Another positive, I had great editors there and met some awesome authors.
I’m not going to go into a huge rant about the company, because I really don’t want to focus on them. Plus my experience is only as an author. There are a few reasons why I stopped submitting to them that I’m not going into, because most of them have been said about 1400 times on twitter at the #notchilled. For the past year, I’ve remained quiet and tried to focus on getting on with my life. The main reason I’m making this statement is I reached my limit.
I received Mar-Jun payment for last year’s royalties in January. Although the payments have been inconsistent for a while, this was just the last straw after a pretty stressful year. I’m not sitting silent any longer.
I have only one more thing to say about the EC situation and my books there.
Please don’t buy my EC books.
So back to what I’m doing. I’m diversifying. I had too many eggs in one basket and that bottom is gone now. That’s my fault for not putting more books elsewhere earlier. That can be rectified though. I’m working on new books and have three written. One is out for submission, another is in revision.
I’m slowly reclaiming the rights to the books that I’ll be able to get back. Three books reverted a day ago and eleven more will revert later this month. The books will be rewritten, revised, and republished either in self pub or if I can find a home for some of them, a publishing house. At least one of them is going to be completely rewritten.
On a personal note, I feel a little freer and more relaxed even though there’s so much to be done and in some cases I don’t know which direction I’ll take with the books.
So I’ve got a lot of work to do. (The thought of it is a little overwhelming when I look at all of it together. I’m trying to remember– one piece at a time, one step at a time.)
This is a new beginning for me and I hope you’ll come along with me on the journey. 2016 will be a good year.
If you’d like to buy one of my books, Tangled Bliss is my first self pub and Claimed by Three is out with Loose Id.