As you probably have guessed, I’ve been extremely quiet over the past year. For those who follow me on social media, I’ve repeatedly acknowledged my continued displeasure with the publishing industry as a whole, and specifically my total disgust with the indie publishing scene. In the past year I’ve written absolutely nothing aside from plotting out the next three books in the Fallen From Grace series and four new books for another spin-off series set in the same Before the Sun Rises world. I’ve completely lost all my writing mojo, and honestly at this point I have no idea what the future holds for me as a writer. I’ve went back to querying larger publishers in hopes that I could find a new home for the entire BTSR world and the books I have already written. Unfortunately, that has been a very slow, grueling process with zero results to date.
That left me with the question I’ve been grappling with for the past five years – do I continue to write, do I continue to publish, or do I walk away from this dream?
You see, this industry is no longer about who is a good writer. These days, thanks to the likes of the Author Masterminds (the large ring of authors who were routinely hiring ghost writers to write novels that were being published in numerous KU “books” aka bundled sets where a single book was “stuffed” with dozens of other titles thus running up the total KU payout on each book and routinely earning them KU All Stars bonuses worth tens of millions of dollars) it’s no longer about good writers and good books. These days, you have to have some serious cash to be able to market and promote a book.
There are a lot of factors at play here, but what it boils down to is this – the days of being able to post about your book on social media and still see some sales are long gone. If you do not have deep pockets to compete with those authors who have that kind of money, then you are doomed. Aside from money, if you can’t get enough readers and supporters together who are willing to routinely share your posts and basically become your cheerleaders who are helping you market and promote your work, then there is literally zero chance of you ever making a sale. I’m living proof of that.
So far in 2020 I have not made a single sale of any book, despite my large back list of titles. The last two books I have published have had zero sales on either one of them, more proof that you have got to have some money to back up your work. The last few years my marketing budget has dwindled from a few thousand a year to virtually zero. I choose to invest all the spare money I have into producing the actual book – proper editing, formatting, and cover art. But, a really great book doesn’t do me any good if I can’t market, promote, and get in front of readers. Thus me going back to querying larger publishers even though I swore I’d never do it again.
This brings me back to the question of whether or not I keep writing and publishing. Well, the answer to that is both yes, and no.
I recently worked out a contract with a private author who has acquired the publishing rights to the four currently completed books in the Fallen From Grace sub-series, plus the three plotted but yet unwritten books that finishes out that series. While I still hold the copyrights and will stay on as a silent partner to ensure the upcoming books stay true to the world I have created, the books will no longer be published in my name. Due to the non-disclosure agreement that was written into the contract, there is little else I can say about the matter other than the author who is taking over is very well known, however, the contract also dictated the books will be written under a completely new pen name. Unfortunately, this means the FFG series will be the first and only series written under this new name. While this creates its own set of challenges, both parties agreed to publish the works under a new name to protect both the new author taking over the series, as well as myself.
With that said, the first two books in the series will be released later this year over the course of six months. We do not currently have a release date past the end of the year, but the 3rd and 4th books will be released sometime in 2021.
Well guys, that’s it. I’m moving on to a new chapter in my life. You will continue to get updates in regards to both my books and the continuing saga of the Before the Sun Rises series and all the spin-off sub-series planned through this current newsletter. For now, we have decided to leave everything as-is as far as the newsletter and websites go. The only thing really changing at this point is the books in the FFG series will be released later this year under a new author name. All announcements of the book launches will still be my responsibility and will be announced through my personal website, newsletter, and social media platforms.
I’m excited for this new chapter. This world is getting so big and while I’m sad to let it go, I’m also super excited to see the world I have crafted over the years will continue on, even if it is with a new author. So wish me luck, guys. These days, luck is about all I have left.
Until next time,
Peace, love, & books y’all!