As with everything else in our lives, things can change in our publishing careers. Sometimes they’re for the better, sometimes not.
I’ve been writing for a long time, which isn’t surprising since Visionary Wolf, my Harlequin Nocturne that’s being published in November, is my 50th traditionally published novel. During all those years, I’ve been dumped by two new editors assigned to me at different houses, though I still managed to continue with my publishing career–with the same publishing company in one instance. But those editor changes still managed to move my career in different directions.
I’ve also had several mystery series that I was writing end, for different reasons. Also, Visionary Wolf will be my last Nocturne despite its being my ninth book in my Alpha Force miniseries because the Nocturne line is ending, which I’ve known for a while.
And now? Well, I recently learned that my current mystery publisher, Midnight Ink, is going out of business next year. It’s part of Llewellyn, which will continue, but no more cozy mysteries.
I’d already had my first series with them, the Superstition Mysteries, end for various reasons. There have been four books in my current series, the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries, and I’ve turned in the manuscript for the fifth, which is to be a May 2019 release.
You notice that I didn’t put that sentence into the past tense. The MI authors were notified that although the company wasn’t buying any more books, those scheduled at least through July 2019 will still be published. Hopefully, that will remain the case.
But even so, there won’t be any more Barkery mysteries unless I find another publisher or decide to self-publish them.
Not sure yet what I’ll be doing, though I’m currently plotting new series ideas as well as others. Plus, I hope to remain published in romance, too.
Other career changes? Well, once upon a time I was a practicing attorney who also wrote fiction, before I became a full time writer. And before becoming a lawyer, I worked in advertising and public relations.
And you? Whether you’re a writer or a reader or both, I’m sure you’ve seen changes in your life, both professionally and personally. It definitely is part of living, and hopefully the changes are good–or we learn to somehow make the best of them.
What’s changed in your life lately?
Oh, and by the way: Happy Halloween, everyone!