This news was announced this afternoon and it has come as a shock and a heartbreaker for many, if not all of Samhain Publishing’s authors, editors, cover artists, and readers. It’s a devastating feeling. Though I haven’t published with them in a couple of years, as fate would have it, I had a couple of titles planned for submission for them this year. One of those is Abe’s Law, Book 3 in my Bar Next Door series. With Samhain closing, I will not be able to submit the book to them and will have to either find another publisher for it or publish it myself. I will keep you informed as to what will happen with the series once the rights have come back to me. I will let you know what I will do with all my Samhain titles when I receive the rights. I don’t know when this will be and at this point, they do not either.
I have enjoyed being a Samhain author. I have worked with some incredible people and they helped me become the author I am. I couldn’t have done without them and I will always remember the feeling of having received that first acceptance letter from them for Pink Buttercream Frosting.
The publishing market has changed and will continue changing and though Samhain changed as best it could with the market, it wasn’t enough. It was stated in their email that they did not wish to go down the road of not paying authors in order to keep the company going because it wouldn’t be fair to anyone. There are already publishers who have taken the delay royalties to simply not paying royalties and I commend Samhain for not following that example. They have always tried to keep up to date with things and it’s just proved too difficult in the changing climate. There’s no telling what the future will hold for any of us before publishing levels out and we all regain our balance.
Thank you Crissy, Marty, Tera, Bethany, Holly, Amy, Jacob, Amanda, and those I know I’m forgetting without meaning to… Thank you for an awesome ride. I wish us all the very best of everything in the future.