Thursday, March 29, 2018

Panic! At the Writer's Desk with @meganslayer #iamwriting #paranormal #vampires #series #end

I have a few series going and at least two of them are paranormal. Now this isn't strange. I mean, I like paranormal stories and vampires are some of my favorites. I'd love to do nothing but write in those worlds. They're fun. Dark, passionate, sometimes naughty as heck...and I love them. 
But with the march of time, I'm losing publishers. The Battle Scarred series was originally with Turquoise Morning Press. I loved the covers, the artists, the editors and the whole experience with them. But that publisher folded. Honestly, I think they wanted to move on to different things. I don't mind. It's life. It happens. I have no hard feelings. I loved them. 
The problem was the series then wasn't available any longer. I'd had my hopes high the series would end up in print. Nope. So I shopped it around to new publishers. Loose Id picked up the series. I'm glad. I love the series. Love Loose Id. It was a learning experience working with them. They edits weren't easy, but I learned a lot. The covers rocked. I mean...rocked. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. But Loose Id is closing, too. 
I had a whole 'nother book planned for the series. Hot, sexy and with vampires...but I'm not sure what to do with it. Some have said, self-publish it. That's a possibility. I don't mind self-publishing. It's rather nice to control the different aspects of getting the book out there. But I love the safety of a publisher. I do. I love having a place to land and someone to help with the art, the edits, the marketing. But this would be the third time around for this series. Would anyone want it? Do I want to make a third set of changes, go through a third complete set of edits...and obtain brand new art...again? 
I'm not sure what I want to do. No clue. I've plotted out that book, though. It's in a notebook and waiting for me and the time to be right to go into the computer. I don't know when that'll be. Really, I don't.
But that's the fun of the publishing business. One day you feel comfortable and safe, then the next the bottom seems to fall out. It's scary, fun and I love my job. I just wish I had more answers. Grin. I'll admit it. I'm a little panicked, but I'll figure something out. I'm open to suggestion. 
Speaking of the series, you can get the free story in the series, Chasing Sparks at Loose Id. It's free! Grab a copy! You might find you like the rest of the series. Snag 'em while they're still available. :-) 

Chasing Sparks by Megan Slayer 

Length: Fling (free short story)
Series: Battle Scarred 
Genre: Vampires LGBTTQFantasy & Paranormal 
Cover Artist: April Martinez 
Prev Book: Battle Scarred 5: Never Give You Up 

Who wouldn’t want to take a step and chase sparks?
Two vampires have the chance to step into the sunshine without being charred. Most creatures of the night wouldn’t chance losing their undead life for good. But Anders and Galen have heightened abilities. They won’t char. What are they going to do? Celebrate summer, being together, and sunshine. Mix in hot sex under the veil of stars and fireworks…who wouldn’t want to take a step and chase sparks?


Diane Burton said...

I love your attitude! Most writers I know would moan and groan, wail about how life isn't fair. Not you. Your positivity is awesome. I hope you find a home for that book.

Sorchia DuBois said...

It may be that the Universe is telling you this series needs to be in your own control--with the security of a publisher for other works. I love the paranormal stuff, too, but I've about decided that it will be an indulgence of my own in addition to seeking more lucrative but more standard fare in the form of suspense and mystery novels. I do think paranormal will come around again, so yes, a good paranormal series will find new readers. No matter how many times you redo the art. And, of course, if it's fun--do it! I agree with Diane that your attitude is the one to have--it's a learning process no matter how you decide to proceed.

Maureen said...

Oh wow. Good luck in finding a home for your books, whether you decide to self-pub or look for another publisher.

Elizabeth Alsobrooks said...

Great attitude. Keep on writing the stories that are in you!