I've gotten a lot of inquiries about what's been up since my
last book, The Unforgiven, a dark urban fantasy release in August 2011. Well,
here's the scoop:
Some readers keep track of publishers, others don't. (I
certainly didn't know one publisher from another before I started writing).
Some of you may be aware of the slow decline and ultimate demise of my former
publisher, Dorchester. The three year
tragic saga began in mid-2009 and continued until late 2012. During this time Dorchester
authors' royalties became sporadic, then totally non-existent, even though Dorchester
continued to sell our books. Print publishers routinely hold backlist royalties
against book returns, which means authors receive big chunks of their royalties
over several years after initial sales. So the money Dorchester's authors were
out included royalties they earned during Dorchester's years as a major mass
Author's rights to their own backlist novels as well as future
as-yet-unpublished contracted titles were mired in dispute. Communication
between authors and publisher became difficult, to say the least, especially
after there was no editorial staff left and the company had abruptly vacated
their Manhattan offices in favor of a PO Box mailing address. And yet, with no
formal bankruptcy declared, there was no court to dispose of assets and return
book rights to the Dorchester authors in a timely and fair manner.
In 2010, I turned in The Unforgiven, and was working on The
Unholy, book 2 of the Watchers series, which was under contract. A year later,
it had been eons since I'd seen a royalty check or even regular sales
statement. Like many Dorchester authors, my books were available and selling. The
publisher was keeping our current and past royalties, while turning a largely deaf
ear to correspondence and phone calls seeking reversion of rights due to
Not knowing if I would ever be able to regain rights to the
Watchers series, I put it aside. By this point, since my writing income was
nil, and I had three teenagers contemplating college, I returned to working my
non-writing job full time. For the next couple, Dorchester authors waited and
hoped for the resolution, one way or another, that would come when our zombie
publisher was finally irrevocably dead. I developed several outlines for new
writing projects, between my day job and some health challenges (luckily,
nothing life-threatening), and the aforementioned college searching, I found it
difficult to pursue my writing.
Late in 2012: a breakthrough! Former Dorchester authors with
disputed rights were offered a choice: allow Amazon Publishing to buy out their
Dorchester contracts, or regain sole rights to their Dorchester-contracted
titles. Finally, resolution! We were all thrilled with the news. Some authors
accepted Amazon's offer, others decided
to regain their rights and re-release through other channels.
I allowed Amazon to acquire seven of my backlist titles: the
four Druids of Avalon world novels, the two Immortals world novels, and my single
title contemp, A Little Light Magic. I
regained rights to The Unforgiven, and to my two Dorchester novellas, Blood Debt
(Immortals) and Christmas Unplugged (from the 2009 Santa Honey Anthology).
My seven Amazon-acquired backlist novels been available on Kindle
since mid November 2012 under Amazon Publishing's Montlake Romance imprint. They
titles are being republished in print as well. So far A Little Light Magic and
Silver Silence are available in trade paperback. The others will follow later
this year as Amazon's trade paperback release schedule unfolds.
With my nest half-empty, and my health issues largely resolved,
I've been able to devote some significant time to writing. Not full-time yet,
but that's the goal.
My new genre love, paranormal Victorian Steampunk!!
Kindle reissue of Blood Debt, my stand-alone Immortals world
Complete rewrite and expansion of my small press sci-fi novella,
Dream Guardian (I'm really enjoying this
project - it could turn into a series!)
Re-edit of my small
press paranormal superhero novella, Heroes Incorporated
Re-edit of my former Dorchester contemporary holiday
novella, Christmas Unplugged
Romantic fairy tale adaptations - available as 99 cent
singles or in combination, this project includes:
Re-edits of two small press stories: Jackie and the
Beanstalk (in which Jack is female, the Giant is a rich CEO, and the beanstalk
is a skyscraper); and Grandma's House
(Little Red Riding Hood with hot Scottish werewolves)
At least two brand new fairy tale adaptations. Perhaps a
Beauty and the Beast tale?
A Druids of Avalon companion book! Featuring before- and between-the-books short
stories, legends and mythology, historical notes, Druids of Avalon family trees
(eventually ending in King Arthur), maps, trivia, character interviews, Druid
and Celtic lore, and other fun stuff! Basically everything you need to get the
most out of my Druids of Avalon pre-Arthurian historical fantasy series.
The Watchers (Fallen Angels) series: re-publication of The
Unforgiven and first publication of The Unholy. And the series continues…
As always, all the best to you and yours!
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