Category Archives: writer woes

Three steps forward, two steps back

So my publisher is dropping me.

I get it.  I do.  My book hasn’t exactly been flying off the shelves since it came out.  I don’t know exactly how many copies have been bought, but I know my numbers are low.

And it wasn’t even my publisher’s choice.  Winlock is an imprint of Permuted Press, so when a decision comes down the pipeline… well, you don’t exactly get to say ‘no thank you’ to the people who own your company.

I am a little bit frustrated because they’re making this decision before putting my book out in print, even though I have explicitly stated that most of the promoting that I’ve got planned requires physical copies of my book.

Even so, I get it.  If a book isn’t making money, it isn’t making money.

The question now is whether I should continue focusing on the ghoul books, and either look for a new publisher to put them out or self publish… or should I turn my attention to a new project?  I’ve got a couple of ideas.  There’s a dystopian space opera I’ve been toying with for a while now, and I’ve got an idea for a multiverse saga that I think could be a fun read.  I’ve been toying with a Y.A. story-line for a while now, I could go that route… or I could go back to the very adult oriented superhero chronicles I was working on a few years ago.  And there are always the artificial intelligence stories.

But a big part of me feels like I should finish what I started.  The truth is, I’m quite proud of the Corpse-Eater Saga.  I’ve got some nifty ideas in there that I wouldn’t mind playing with some more.

I don’t know.  I guess I don’t have to know.  If they’re ending my contract, I guess I don’t owe it to anybody to decide just yet.

Before Halloween

So, I’ve talked to a couple of people and I’m very excited to announce that my first book, Awfully Appetizing, should become available in print sometime in October.

When in October?  Not sure.  But I do now know what the holdup is!  Apparently the books from Winlock need to be appropriately formatted before they are sent to the printers, and the gentleman who is doing the formatting is dealing with the backlog of books that were not put out during whatever nonsense was originally going on with the printer.  So, now he’s got about thirty books he needs to format and send off.

So, anyway, those of you who have been impatiently waiting for my book to become available in print, have no fear, sometime in the next thirty five days or so, my word-child will be birthed into the physical world.

Hurrah!  Hurrah!