Hello all! I have big news today. Sadly, it's not that I'm releasing a new book (yet ;-P). Drumroll anyway, please... I'm switching to self-publishing! :-D
After much deliberation, I've decided that using a traditional publisher (such as Covenant Books) just isn't the right path for me at this time. There are a lot of factors that went into this decision, but among the biggest were cost and control over my work. So now I am making plans to transition to the use of a self-publishing service - in particular, I'm looking at BookBaby to help me continue to share my stories with the world.
What this means is that there may be a gap in the availability of The Heart of Everything. My contract with Covenant ends at the end of this month, and I will need to collect my work from them, then turn around and share it with BookBaby so they can re-enable the printing and distribution of my book. I don't know how long this gap might be, when it will start or even if there will be one. I just want everyone to know that if my book disappears from Amazon or doesn't seem to be available anymore, HAVE NO FEAR. It will come back, I promise!
The great news about this switch is the many advantages it holds for both myself and my audience. The distribution range with BookBaby is much wider - not only will my books be available online through Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but also through other online retailers such as Walmart, Powell's Books, and Books-A-Million. They use some of the largest distribution networks, so it will still be available in stores - it's up to the store to decide to stock it, though (don't be afraid to ask your local bookstore to get it for you!). My books will still be in eBook form as well - and more than just Kindle or Nook!
The other great part is that I can set the price! Which means I'll be able to share my stories at reasonable, market-comparable rates, and not what a publisher thinks I should sell at.
I'm hoping this will be the start of an amazing adventure. As soon as my first novel is transitioned and available, I will post another update with all of that information (should be within the next month). And *hopefully* sometime after that, I'll post again about when the next book will be coming out ;-).
Thank you again for your support and stay tuned for more exciting news!