Late last week I found out that my publisher has been sold to another company. (Well not the woman who was my publisher, but her company, this is not a blog about human trafficking.)
To be honest I have mixed feelings about this. I enjoyed being able to say "my publisher" and I worked with many wonderful people in the company, but I have also given into my independent wild child and have already taken the plunge into self-publishing.
To be honest, my age has a lot to do with my decision, to self-publish. It takes a lot of time to submit your work to a publisher and it can take a very long time before you receive a response. Then it can take up to a year or more before your book is ever sees the public. I like the instant gratification I get when I put a book up on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and itunes.
There are many advantages to having a publisher. One of them is the community of writers that is built around the publisher.
Through my publisher we had an active author's loop. We weren't allowed to promote or even talk about books coming out through another publisher (that includes self-published works). That was understandable, but we were not supposed to include the books in our signature either. That was a little more difficult to obey. We all tended to have automatic signatures with our books and social media addies in them.
It was sad watching the goodbyes on the loop. People were promising to keep in touch and trying to record the contact information of others. It felt like the end of the movie Grease!!!
And then, one brilliant woman started a yahoo group! No more sad goodbyes.
However, it was sad taking my books down from here and my website. Don't worry, they'll be back in a few months, with new covers and maybe even a friend or two. (Spirit Board is still available and The Counterfeit Bride will be released on April 1.)
In the meantime, I hope you will stop by my new website!
Before you leave here today, if you could please hit the "follow" button (if you haven't done so already), I would greatly appreciate it.