The Saga is Done

I am now officially an ‘unpublished author’!

I posted a while back about renegotiating a new contract with the company that took over from Mortal Instinct’s original publisher, here, and here.

The contract was about as good as I could make it, so I sent it off to the publisher and waited for feedback … or an email saying they got it … or something …

I was busy with the re-write (Author Preferred Edition) so I didn’t pay too much attention to the fact that nothing was happening.

Six months later … You know how sometimes you just ‘know’ something? The other day I just ‘knew, this window the Universe had been holding open for me, had closed. I wasn’t going to wait any more, so I contacted them and said, ‘thanks, but no thanks’.

Emails were exchanged dotting the ‘T’s’ and crossing the ‘I’s’, and as soon as I have confirmation my book has been pulled from the distributors, I’ll be a free agent.

Unless I get an offer of a gazillion dollar contract I won’t be going with a traditional publisher again. It might be the bee’s knees for some people, but not for me.

So, what’s next? … edit the re-write, edit, and edit, etc, get some decent cover art, and then publish.

… and the serialised story I started here on my blog, ‘Identical’ is waiting in the winds, as is my ‘Lesbians in Spaaaace’ series … there’s also …

I’m going to go into my bedroom now and have a quiet little FREAK OUT!!!, and then get back to writing.


29 comments on “The Saga is Done

  1. Erin says:

    “Six months later.” That really says it all, doesn’t it?

    Wishing you much success on the self-publishing journey!


  2. As one of my designs says, ‘Keep quiet and then scream’! Good luck with the self-publishing route.


  3. Indie publishing has its own learning curve, but you will be in control, and that makes ALL the difference!


  4. Finally had enough? Six MONTHS? No patience at all.


    • Widdershins says:

      Yes. I am bowed down with the shame of it all. 🙂


      • I’m sure you did the right thing at the time.

        People forget that the horrible contracts of today we not as bad before, and that traditional publishing really was almost the only way to go until Amazon built an empire.

        That wasn’t so long ago!


        • Widdershins says:

          Yeah, the digital ‘age’ only came of age a decade ago.


          • And your friends were jealous that you were able to get a contract, and envious because that should have been the beginning of ‘the American writer dream.’

            I now know that getting such a contract was NOT a sinecure, and that many writers kept this quiet, so as to not lose the chances they worked so hard for, by being a squeaky wheel.

            The culture did not encourage whining, or even sharing.

            Most of those writers couldn’t give up their day jobs, but had to teach or work for a publisher to feed their families.

            But getting that first contract was the Holy Grail.

            So you were (and still are, of course) a winner. The devil is in the details, and those were not favorable.

            Glad you’re somewhat out from under.

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  5. Congrats on the independence! May it send the muse into high gear!


  6. Olga Godim says:

    Good luck in your new life as an indie. I’m contemplating the same road when my contract expires.


  7. I can’t help but be happy for you, I’m afraid. 🙂 Good luck with your own indie adventures!


  8. Woebegone but Hopeful says:

    That’s the spirit!!


  9. It looks like reorganization hit them really hard . . . . I looked them up, and then hit their “Buy Books Now” — which redirected to Amazon. The first pages were all 2011 or older publishing dates. I didn’t see anything from 2016, which makes sense if they’ve be re-organizing for six months.

    That said, those are just interesting (to me) facts. I’m not one to tell anyone to ignore their gut instincts. If the universe is shutting a door . . . well, you know what they say about that. Something else is going to open up (-:. An interdimensional portal to Writer’s Paradise, I hope!


    • Widdershins says:

      And such an interdimensional door it is! … the reorganisation has been, and continues to be, rough. I do feel for them, but I have my own path to walk … right through that door. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Once published, always a published author. I get what you mean though. Onward and upward to self-publishing. You may inspire me yet to get off the fence.


  11. All I can say is congratulations for freeing yourself from the yoke of traditional publishing! I just completed that journey with 6 books and I’m so glad I did. Not one regret. You’ll love being in total charge of your writing career. 🙂


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