I was on Amazon today, taking screen captures of the reviews of Brothers In Arms and Waves Break My Fall before they got taken down and lost forever. Minutes after I had finished, I received an email. A reader had just finished Brothers In Arms and when she went to purchase Waves Break My Fall, she couldn’t find it on Amazon or anywhere! Not only did the take-down happen quickly, but immediately afterward, someone had actually gone looking to purchase one of the titles! I’m always amazed when I’m reminded I actually have a following and the beginnings of a fan base. 🙂
So here’s the run-down: due to irreconcilable differences between the original publisher and myself, I filed for divorce. I asked for and received the rights back for both titles, Brothers In Arms and Waves Break My Fall. I won’t elaborate on the conflict at this time, as I wait to see how the final stages of the situation play out.
Having returned the rights to my stories, the publisher removed my titles from all sales sites. This situation is only temporary.
Upon completion of my manuscript for my new series, The Tameness of the Wolf, the first book of which is The Strength of the Pack, MLR Press expressed interest in the story. I submitted the manuscript to MLR and while I was at GRL, I received an offer from them to contract for the story. By the end of the weekend, I had agreed. When I returned from GRL and determined that I needed to obtain the rights to my stories or risk losing them for good, I mentioned to MLR that Brothers In Arms was available, along with the nearly completed sequel. MLR expressed an interest in Brothers and it’s sequels. Because they are able to make Brothers available for sale quickly, I contracted with them for this this series, as well.
If you already own Brothers in Arms and Waves Break My Fall, you may own a collector’s item! The covers for both stories will be different when they are re-released so you own what has become a limited edition.
I decided hold Waves Break My Fall back from re-release for the time being. It was a special submission story with a work count limit. To stay under the limit, I took shortcuts with character development, story arc, and conflict resolution. Without the constraint of a word count limit, I can expand on those items and make a good story into a great story. Waves and it’s sequel will be re-released, but that will be in the near future.
Tentatively, Brothers In Arms will release with MLR in December. My new title, Strength of the Pack, will release (tentatively) in January.
So far, I’m extremely pleased with MLR. When initially considering submitting to them, the EIC was gracious enough to take the time to answer several questions. Her enthusiasm is infectious and reassuring. During GRL, it was was easy to see that MLR authors and staff actually have the familial relationship that some other presses only claim to have. They are very transparent in their processes. MLR readily acknowledges all of their authors, not just a limited few. Their staff, including the owner, were very social during GRL, making themselves easily available for contact. They were by no means the only press to behave in this positive manner, but there are certainly presses that do not behave this way. Immediately upon accepting the contract with MLR, I was given a personal introduction to the owner of the press. I continue to have very positive feelings for my new relationship with MLR.
I apologize profusely for any inconvenience and/or disappointment this situation has caused readers. I assure you, it was not my desire, nor my fault. I beg your indulgence and patience, while we prepare Brothers In Arms for re-release in December. I also hope you will read and enjoy Strength of the Pack when it releases in January.
Thank you to everyone for your support.