Friday, about 400 authors received an email from Booktrope, our publisher. It shook our world. As of May 31, 2016, Booktrope will close its doors. On that date, the 1,000-something books of those 400-some authors (including mine) will no longer be available through that publisher.
So, on June 1, 2016, readers will no longer find those books available online.
This was a shock.
Many, or most, of the authors in this publishing family depend on income from their book sales to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. Some are scrambling to get another publisher, some will go the self-publish route, others may just give up. Changes come hard for some.
I’m still processing this. I have only been with the company a year. We released Sudden Mission in August, 2015, and Nasty Leftovers in March, 2016. Both books have had some success and good critical reviews, and won awards. But it seems we just started this journey.
I’m with an incredible team that helped get both novels into shape for publication and I do not want to lose that. I’m making an effort to keep that team together as I go forward. I love the covers and artwork. The editing and proofreading were top-notch. I reached out to my team and we are working out details.
What things will look like after May 31 is anyone’s guess. I’ll know more as the business relationship with Booktrope dissolves and we get more information from them in the coming week.
So, in the meantime, Sudden Mission and Nasty Leftovers will remain available through the end of May on Amazon, Nook, and iBook. After that, I cannot predict how soon or if the books will return. I promise, I am working hard to sort this out and keep you informed of the progress.
The one thing I can guarantee now is that the books are still available until the end of May. If you want copies in e-book or print in the Vox Dei edition, get them this month. All the links are on the Sudden Mission and Nasty Leftover pages on this site.
Stay positive and keep writing.