As you may have read, Musa Publishing is officially closing its doors on the 28th of February.
Which means, come March the 1st, my short, hot little story, The One That Got Away will be homeless. But not for long.
I’ve decided to self publish the book, and the fabulous Ms. Valerie Tibbs has designed a new cover for me. Waddya think?
In case you haven’t read the book yet, here’s the blurb:
The One That Got Away
What happens when the one that got away comes back into your life?
Lily Kember never dreamed a causal introduction to a friend’s friend would change her life, but three days after meeting Kai Jettison, she’s fallen deeply and irrevocably in love.
Kai falls just as hard, yet minutes after telling her as much he has no choice but to rip her heart to shreds, leaving whatever has blossomed between them lying in tatters on the ground.
It’s been five months since that fateful day. Five months of no contact. Now Kai is attending the same end of year bash as Lily, and bumping into him seems unavoidable. Lily’s choices are limited: either steel her emotions against Kai or risk losing her heart to him all over again.
Warning: You’ll be amazed how much heat can be packed into one short story.
The new version of the book hasn’t gone live yet, so I can’t post buy links. I promise to post them as soon as the book becomes available.
In the meantime, you can find out more information here.
I received some bad news about the industry the other day. In this dynamic and ever changing world of e-publishing it wasn’t overtly shocking or even horribly unexpected news, but it did leave me feeling sad.
Yet another e-publisher is shutting its doors. Musa Publishing is closing after four years in the business.
This publisher was run by decent people with the best intentions. They bent over backwards to do whatever they could for their authors. Even in the last few days of business, they are doing right by those authors, ensuring every one receives the rights back to each book that was contracted, and paying out every last cent of royalties owed.
After living through the collapse of two other publishers, I think I can speak with a bit of authority when I say Musa is doing good by their authors.
Triskelion Publishing did not. About seven years ago, when Triskelion declared bankruptcy, the owner screwed over every one of its contracted authors. Years of bankruptcy problems and litigation ensued. Authors were not paid, and hundreds of books, whose rights were retained by the publisher, were caught up in the legal proceedings. The entire debacle was nothing less than a major cluster fuck.
Following Triskelion’s demise, one of the Triskelion authors, Sandra, opened her own publishing house and called it Aspen Mountain Press (AMP). Sandra ‘saved’ many of the books once thought lost to the Triskelion bankruptcy horror and republished them – along with other new books. For a while everything was fine and authors were happy. And then, everything was not fine. Suddenly, communication between authors and publishers stopped – as did royalty payments.
To our surprise, along came four women who bent over backward to get AMP back in shape. For months they paid authors, promoted books and tried to clean up the publisher. Unfortunately, they fought a losing battle. Sandra was not interested in saving AMP – and she pretty much disappeared off the face of the publishing planet, leaving our contracted books hanging in cyberspace and earning her royalties that were never passed on to the authors.
It took several months before authors could get their rights back.
Those four women who strived to save our books at AMP did not give up . They opened their own publisher, and called it Musa Publishing. For four years they ran it beautifully, giving their all to the authors they signed up. Musa was never a massive publisher, but it backed every book it released, promoting the stories as much as possible. Communication channels were open at all times and royalties paid like clockwork.
But in this ever changing world of e-book publishing, sometimes even the best intentions and the finest professional ethics cannot save a business. As of the end of February, Musa will close its doors. I’m sad for the publisher and I’m sad for the women who did so much to try and make the company – and the authors – successful. It sucks that a business can do everything right and still not make it.
To Dom, Kelly, Kerry and Celina I say thank you. I know how difficult this decision was for you, and I wish it wasn’t your only option. But you did good – and your authors will always know and appreciate that.