This is my journey-to-being-published-again story.
It’s kind of short.
In case you haven’t noticed, publishing has changed a lot since 2009. Back in June, I was writing again, but I wasn’t even thinking about publishing routes, really. I was talking to Amie Stuart, MJ Fredrick, and Carol Burnside, all of whom are dear friends and have experience with indie publishing. I kept trying to wrap my brain around all the aspects of that, but kept coming back to one key issue – time. Teaching is time-intensive if one is going to do it well, and I always have some kind of paperwork to do at home. Managing indie publishing is also time-intensive, and I couldn’t square all that in my head.
Between 2009 and 2015, I’d been in contact some with my Samhain editor, Anne Scott. I adore her because she pushes me to make everything I write better, and I credit her with much of my growth as a writer. I sent off an email, asking if I was still on her editorial list or if I’d need to submit through other channels. She assured me I was still on her list (hey, I was surprised!) and expressed an interest in whatever project I was working on. I sent along a proposal for Gone From Me, and within a few weeks, she made an offer for the book. Again, I was surprised as I fully expected a rejection – when one doesn’t practice a skill for six years, one gets rusty.
Somehow along the way, I managed to write two more books and contract those to Samhain as well.
I’m not ruling out indie publishing at some point. I’m intrigued by the possibilities, but right now, the Samhain route makes sense for me. I’m grateful they’re willing to take a chance on me, and I’m excited to be back.