Things don’t always go according to plan. We all know this. That doesn’t make it any easier.
A few months ago, I received news that my publisher was closing down on the 1st of December. I thought I had dealt with the disappointment – after all, I moved on, made plans, sorted out my next step – but it turns out, today has been hard.
For reasons beyond anyone’s control (both personal and professional) Fox and Raven had to close its doors and say goodbye to all their authors. I’m not sure what happens in other publishing companies but here is the good and the bad of what this means for the writers of F&R:
Bad: we no longer have a contract with a publisher, Fox & Raven can no longer sell our books and all copies of our books that aren’t yet sold are recalled and pulped. All eBooks are being taken off Amazon too. Can you hear my tears through the Internet? There are so many of them.
Good: Fox and Raven still pay out all royalties owed to us and restore all rights back to us, which means we are free to pursue other agents to take over our current book/s.
There have been parts of this process that I haven’t been free to share with you because out of context I feel as though it’s not fair to Fox and Raven. There have been disappointments and hiccups and not everything about this process has lived up to my expectations but the people at Fox and Raven have been lovely to work with and I am very sad to say goodbye to them. It’s always a risk to sign with a small company but I was really hoping that they would forge on and do something new in South Africa. Even though it has ended in disappointment, I regret nothing. I’m bawling my eyes out but I don’t have any regrets.
So what now?
Good question. I feel like I’m back at square one, ground zero. Only, I’m not really. Though my publisher is now defunct, I still had a book published. (Albeit for five minutes)
What does this mean for The Dreamer’s Tears? Well, I never had any desire to self-publish but I will be releasing a new edition of The Dreamer’s Tears on Amazon some time soon. This edition will have some bonus material: a prequel, a side story and some art work. I look forward to sharing it with you. Unfortunately, being a children’s author, paper books are still the best option so I am struggling to decide what best step forward will be. It’s back to querying and more writing.
Keep Writing. I will be.