Saturday, 28 April 2012

A sad sad day for many authors ...

Unfortunately, my publisher, Lucky Press, has ceased publication. It's a very sad day for us all. We were a very close-knit family and I will always remember my time working with Janice Phelps Williams with fondness. I wish you the best with your future endeavors, Janice! And I hope to stay in touch with the authors too. To see a list of Lucky Press Authors, click here.

If you're now wondering what is going to happen to my novel, String Bridge, well ... it won't be available to purchase from Monday, April 30. But I'm telling you now, I will travel through hell and high water get it back into the market as soon as possible.

Have a great weekend, all. And remember, all good things come to an end.

But that's just a sign to seek out something even better.

PS: If you're here from A-Z, my Y post is below.

23 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear this, Jessica. But like you said, something like this can help find new opportunities. Have a great weekend! :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing. You have to see what you can recover from this. What works for me when things get tough, is that I get stubborn. It has saved me through tough times, and life bumps.

    Wishing you success.

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  3. Sorry to hear this Jessica. But you have a great attitude toward it.

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  4. Hi Jess - I am so sorry to read this - a sad day for them, for you and for other authors ..

    Being upbeat and positive amongst the twisted stomach of frustration is about all you can do in the circumstances - thinking of you ...

    With thoughts - Hilary

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  5. So sorry to hear about this! Something similar happened to me when Moongypsy Press went thru changes - luckily, it sounds like your parting was more amicable. Best of luck going forward with the String Bridge!

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  6. SO sorry Jess! You'll make it through, I know you will and, like others before me have said, this might be a whole other opportunity for you. Thinking of you...:(

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  7. Aww! I'm so sorry to hear about this! String Bridge is awesome, so I'm sure you'll find ways to get it back on the market. :)

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  8. So sorry to hear this Jess. Cherie's right - the novel is incredible and you will have it back in the marketplace. I know it.
    Karen

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  9. Publishing is in such a state of flux, but it's so horrible when a publisher folds. Best of luck getting your book back on the market.

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  10. Jessica, that is terrible! Whatever it takes to get your book back out there, we'll help.

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  11. Oh, Jessica, that is such sad news. I hope String Bridge is available to all once again because it deserves to be read by more and more people.

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  12. I'm very sorry to hear this. I hope your book book did well enough to convince another publisher to pick it up.

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  13. Jessica, I'm sorry for you and the other Lucky Press authors. I hope you move on to bigger and better things.

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  14. Fortunately, all author rights to their titles are formally restored by Lucky Press as of April 1, I believe. So LP's authors are free to try to land another publisher or to self-publish. It's a tough time for small press with increased income from ebook success currently drained by loss-making print. There will have to be some major policy changes with all using high-cost-per-item PoD print for paperback production. The Big Six and larger independents whose mass-run print, warehousing and physical distribution amounts to only between 12.5% and 15% of cover price and who have a grip on brick-and-mortar stores and chains can weather that for a while. But when a wee publisher's per-copy print costs are so high that each sale represents a loss of cash (what's now called negative per-unit profit), you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone ... Good luck Jessica and fellow LP authors. A decidedly Unlucky break, but not necessarily a disaster. Cheers. Neil

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  15. So sorry to hear that. That really sucks, especially 'cause I know how much you liked Lucky Press and the people there.

    All I can think to say is this by Janis Ian:

    You wake one day and everything’s just been shattered and you’re forced to sit down again and go, "The only thing that can’t be taken from you is your talent. So long as you are a good steward of your talent, you always have that."

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  16. By the way, all Lucky Press links are now down. Books are still showing for sale at some retail outlets, but that may not last. It might be an idea for former Lucky Press authors to put any LP links, etc, on hold for a while (perhaps with a brief pending note) for visitors to blogs and websites; just until they get things sorted out for themselves.

    I hope you won't mind a wee word of advice from a house that's invested so heavily in digital development and independent distribution over the past three years and has seen ebook sales soar and online paperback sales nose dive to under one percent of the total ... think ebooks first. That's where your greatest potential lies. Bestests. Neil

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  17. Knowing you, I think you'll work out something amazing!

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  18. Sorry to hear this! You've got the right attitude though - your book will be out again soon!

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  19. This is sad news indeed :( Sounds like you guys all had a good thing going. I think the close relationships are what make an arrangement most special.

    And I agree with the others about you having the right attitude!

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  20. Tough break, Jess. But I'm sure you'll come back out on top. With your talent, how can you not?

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