This past week, I received the rights back on one of my books. I won’t go into why it happened, but it’s safe to say the writing was on the wall for some time. Suffice to say, a publisher and I decided it was time to part ways. I wish them well and I thank them for their support over the years.
For those of you who follow my writing, the book on which I received my rights back was Night Lover, one of my paranormals. If anyone out there has been looking for this book, I apologize it is no longer available. For those of you who read and reviewed Night Lover, I would like to extend a huge “thank you.” Your support means everything.
So, now what? This is a question I’ve been asking myself for a while. I know I could take this story to someone else and possibly get it republished. However, I don’t think I will just yet. Night Lover was actually the first book I ever wrote. It was the book of my heart, the one I most wanted to read. Nevertheless, I recognize it had some issues. The love story wasn’t as clear cut as some others. It was actually two love stories in one, in fact, and one didn’t exactly end happily. There were paranormal elements, in the shape of a curse and an incubus, as well as historical elements. It wasn’t linear at all. There were flashbacks, in the form of old diary entries. In short, there was a lot going on, perhaps too much.
I was so proud of it. I’d worked on it for years. Some readers told me they loved it and I am so appreciative of their response. But now I need to decide what to do with this story. I think, for now, I need to put it away. My hope is, in time, that I will be able to return to it and read it with fresh eyes. In doing so, I hope to be able to transform it into something new and wonderful.
It’s never easy closing the door on one of your book babies. I am sad about it, to be perfectly honest, but also optimistic. I’ve learned a lot since I first wrote it, and I hope to be able to use those new skills to make the story better than it ever was.
As always, thank you for accompanying me on this journey. Please stay tuned!
4 thoughts on “An end to one of my books. A possible new beginning.”
All the best on your first book’s new journey!
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Thanks so much, Maggie! We’ll see where it takes me!
Still trying to digest the fact Night Lover was your first! Evidently, you’ve been awesome from the start! For what it’s worth, I sincerely hope you return to it and republish. It’s a wonderful story, with quirky details which have stuck with me…even a couple of years after having read it.
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Thanks so much, DawnMarie! I’m so glad Night Lover stuck with you. That means a lot.