Gossip Makes the World Go Round
While I was working on my current WIP this afternoon, the phone rang. It was Leah Hultenschmidt, my editor from Dorchester. The first words out of her mouth were “I guess you haven’t been online today.”
I guess I hadn’t.
Rumors were flying that Dorchester was closing it’s doors. Dorchester was going to offer ebooks only. PW had published a piece stating that Dorchester was changing to a Samhain-style business model.
I was glad I’d been head down writing instead of working myself up over the bits and pieces of info flitting around the web.
Yes, there are going to be changes at Dorchester. They are going to a Trade paper format plus ebooks starting in September. While they make this change-over, there will be some lagtime. Titles will come out as ebooks first, then in tradepaper 6 months later.
It’ll mean some disruption in the schedule. The two Leisure Books I’d expected to be released next summer will be pushed till later.
Am I disappointed? Yes. But in this business climate, I understand why Dorchester has to adjust its business model. I’m glad they’re taking steps to insure the unique Leisure and Lovespell lines will continue. And I appreciate my editor taking the time to let me know. The people of Dorchester have been wonderful to me from my debut to this difficult bump in the road. Dorchester has launched so many wonderful careers–Christine Feehan, Victoria Alexander, Marjorie Liu, CL Wilson, Katie MacAlister, the list goes on–I hope it continues to seek out and present the best in new romance fiction.
And the ebook market is set to explode. When a non-tech person like myself gets a phone with a Kindle on it, you know there’s a sea change in reading culture coming.
When I know more about when and how my upcoming Leisure Book titles are going to be released, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, my Kensington titles–Touch of a Thief and Improper Gentlemen–will still be out in May 2011 and July 2011 respectively. I’m a lucky girl and I know it.
Have you ever had an unexpected bump in your career? What did you do to push through it?