This year has been difficult, to say the least. I’m sure many people feel that way. It certainly didn’t go the way I wanted it to.
Some things did go well. I put out two books, which is more than I usually put out. Some years I didn’t put out any, which explains quite a bit.
Other things have not gone well. I, like many other authors, felt the challenges of the Dreamspinner situation. For those who don’t know, Dreamspinner has been struggling to pay its authors, editors, and artists, for pretty much the entire year. I am personally not very heavily impacted by this because I don’t have the quantity of books or the amount of success as other authors do. It still, however, has been something that has been on my mind frequently.
Earlier this month I requested the rights back for my four-book Anderson Stables series. I had given Dreamspinner the benefit of the doubt for as long as I was able to. For personal reasons, I chose to pull out.
It wasn’t an easy decision. I haven’t made tons of money off these books. I don’t think they have the following of other series. But Dreamspinner gave me, a baby in the m/m genre, a chance and published my first four books. For that, I will always be grateful. I have no ill will against them, I just did what I felt was right for me because I personally was unhappy with how the situation was being handled.
But I’ve wanted to rewrite those books almost since the day they each came out. I always wished I had written Dustin’s point of view into every book. Now I have the chance to rewrite and rerelease them on my own time. I don’t know when that will be, as I have other books I’m currently working on, but it will happen.
As for 2020, I am planning to release two books again, and I will definitely be starting a newsletter. I got a new job this fall that is less stressful and doesn’t drain me of my creativity as severely, so I’m optimistic and believe I won’t just be setting false goals for myself. I’m feeling good.