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Monday, November 14, 2016

Losing a Publisher...Now What Do I Do? by Marianne Stephens

A "sign of the times": small publishers going out of business. Sad to see this happen. But with the onslaught on so-o-o many people self-publishing, it was bound to happen.

First, two years ago, Breathless Press went out of business. I only had one book there. Revising it now for re-pubbing in another anthology group.

Last year, Secret Cravings closed their doors. I had one nonfiction book there and just haven't done anything with it. I self-pubbed the print versions of the book, so I guess I should do the same with an ebook version.

And now, sad to say, Ellora's Cave is closing. I got my first contract through them. Loved the people there and was treated fairly. I know others had complaints, but other than being unhappy with one cover, I enjoyed my time as an EC author. Actually, two authors: Marianne Stephens and April Ash.

So, what will be my next step? Find another publisher "home" for the stories I'm getting rights back for? Self-pub the books myself, after doing some editing? Just seek ebook publishing? "Fork in the Road" decisions to make.


Not sure what I want to do. I have print versions of my books and will keep some...forever.

It's like being laid-off. So many years with a company and now it'll be over in a couple of months. 

Thank you, EC, for giving me my start as an author. Thanks for the parties/lunches/whatever at conferences. I have great memories! Loved those Cave Men!

Marianne Stephens

photos: Flickr: HeyPaulStudios and Conbon33 photostreams 


Melissa Keir said...

Let me know if you need help with formatting. I'm a wiz at it and happy to help! :) So many of my publishing houses have closed, I learned to help others with it and started my own publishing and formatting side job!

Tina Donahue said...

I hear you, Marianne. Seems like publishers are falling like dominoes this year. Hope everything turns out well for you.

Marianne Stephens said...

Thanks, ladies! It's part of the survival of the fittest process, I guess!

Paris said...

I can commiserate, Marianne. Best of luck, whatever direction you decide to go!

jean hart stewart said...

I know exactly how you feel.....I have 20 some books with EC. MuseItUp wants them all so I do have a place to go...

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