Book Update #6 – Regression

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A few weeks ago, I gave a rather downtrodden blog update about quite a few things, not the least of which was the status of my book. As I shared then, there hadn’t been a lot of progress as to the status of my book moving towards being published really since the beginning of February. I finally have an update, thought it’s not the type of update I was hoping to share with all of you.

On Saturday evening, I found out that the publisher I’ve been working with since early last year on my book will cease publishing efforts effective immediately. What that means specifically for my book is that — at least in the short term — it doesn’t look like it’s going to be professionally published.

While I’m disappointed and a bit frustrated at this news, I had a hunch something was amiss with the lack of progress I shared in my last update with all of you. Generally speaking, when it comes to customer service and business, no news does not mean good news[1]. I don’t hold any hard feelings against the contact at my former publishing company, my former publisher, or anyone else involved in the process. Things happen. While a small publishing company chose to take a risk and publish me, I was also taking a risk by working with a smaller company.

I’m going to actively be pursuing self-publishing for my book in the immediate future, though that’s not to say I wouldn’t look to professionally publish if the opportunity arose. Since I’ll be self-publishing (more than likely at least), I’ll do my best to keep all of you updated as that process takes shape. I’ve still got a list of those of you who have been promised book copies, so rest assured I’ve not forgotten about you.

Thank you all for sticking with me through this process. I may end up needing all of you more than ever as a result of this news. We’ll see how it goes.

12 Comments

  1. Aw man, that is a tough break :(. I’m sorry to hear that — it must have been a huge disappointment to find out.

    I’d love to hear more about your self-publishing route, as I have a feeling when I get there, that will be the path I will have to take.

    • As soon as I know more about what I’ll need to do from the self-publishing side, I’ll be sure to let you know. I feel like I’m going to be very detailed in what all I share process wise on that side. I don’t think there are that many people who share a ton about what they go through from a self-publishing standpoint, so I think it’ll be an interesting exercise.

      And yeah, it was pretty disappointing. I wasn’t disappointed right when I found out and I didn’t think I would be as a result. That said, it’s hit me pretty hard the last 12 hours or so.

      • I’m very excited to see you post about that process then.

        And I’m one of those people who bad news usually hits after the fact. It’s one of the worst feelings I find. I hope it doesn’t discourage you from pushing forward with it 🙂

        • It’s definitely a setback, there’s nothing else I can say about that. With that said, I think it’s a nice opportunity to have, as it allows me greater flexibility with publishing and distribution. My hope is that my book sells well enough that I make a bit of profit off of it. I feel like that specific area is where I have the most trepidation with switching from professional publishing versus self-publishing. I don’t know the first thing when it comes to marketing. That said, I’m getting good help and may have a few different things I’ll do in order to try to market this book.

          • Well if you ever need any help with marketing stuff, let me know. That is one of the things I’m pretty decent at and have a fair amount of knowledge with. 🙂

          • I may take you up on that. I’ll likely be creating a Goodreads and Facebook page for my book. Beyond that, I’m really not sure what to do.

  2. Laidig's Broadway

    How lame am I, I genuinely thought I’d commented. Well, in summary: booooo. But who knows, maybe this will be a much more exciting path. I think I said it already, but again, I look forward to joining the readthrough/marketing brigade when it comes 🙂

    • Thanks. I know you’ll be around for support, which makes me happy. I may well have another update in the coming days on the self-publishing progress. That’ll depend on what I can get done in the next 2-3 days.

        • We’ll see what I can get written up today. I have a guest post that I wrote for another blog that’ll be going up here later today. I’m thinking a book update would be up later this week (Wednesday? maybe?).

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