Early in August, I had submitted Warrior, the third and final book of the Breeder science fiction romance trilogy to Loose Id, which published the first two books. At the end of August, Loose Id offered me a contract.
I have wanted more control over my work and my earnings for a while now, so I attempted to negotiate the Warrior contract to get a better deal. Loose Id remained firm on their terms, declining my requests, so I turned down the contract.
I am going to self-publish Warrior! Cara is going rogue!
My plan is to release Warrior in mid-October. I have hired content and line editors and a cover artist to work with me on the project. I hope to have a cover to show you within a couple of weeks. I’m not sure how long the editing process will take. Once I have a better idea of that, I will announce a publishing date. In addition, I hope to offer Warrior as a pre-order on Amazon.
The prospect of self-publishing is exciting for me. I’ve watched many other authors I know break away and go off on their own and do very well. I admit I’m a little nervous about all processes involved, but I’m sure I can handle it. (As my husband says, “if you run into glitches, you can always ask a 10-year-old for help”).
That’s the first of my news. The second part is that Loose Id has informed me that they intend to go to print with Breeder and Terran. Other than the anthology Spanked!, these will be my first print books. A paperback version of Breeder should be out “within two months,” (according to Loose Id) and Terran several months after that. My guess is that Breeder will be released before the end of October–the date at which print rights revert back to me. Likewise, a print version of Terran would need to be released by May 2015 (the date at which print rights revert). Once Terran is released in print, I will follow up with print version of Warrior.
So what happens with the Breeder series after Warrior? I have some (still nebulous) ideas for a spin-off series that would be set in the future on planet Parseon. The hero/heroines
are the children of existing Breeder characters. I sowed some seeds for “Progeny” in the epilogue of Warrior. Since a story has not quite gelled in my mind, I don’t see a book occurring any earlier than late 2015. Under the terms of my contracts on Breeder and Terran, I will need to submit that series to Loose Id. I don’t know what will happen.
I foresee much more self-publishing in my future. The contracts on Unexpected Consequences (Rod and Cane Society 1) and A Scent of Longing (my vampire romance) will expire soon with the rights reverting back to me. I will self-publish those. Unexpected Consequences will be re-released fairly quickly after Loose Id removes it from retail sites, but it will a few months before I can self-publish A Scent of Longing. Since it was written for Decadent Publishing’s 1Night Stand series, I may need to rewrite Madame Eve and 1Night Stand out of the story, and I have a lot on my plate right now.
In other news, Black Velvet Seductions, the publisher of my first books Intimate Submission and Secret Desires, and the anthology, Spanked!, has been sold to a new owner. The timing was right to reclaim the rights to Intimate Submission and Secret Desires. They will be removed from publication probably at the end of third quarter (September), but I have no plans to re-release them at this time. They are only 99 cents, and if you’ve ever thought about buying them, this would be the time because they’ll only be available for a couple more weeks.
And lastly…I am wrapping up Rod and Cane 5, tentatively called Personal Sacrifices, which I will submit to Loose Id by the end of September. I don’t know what will happen with negotiations. They might take it or I might self-publish that one too. I have an idea for another science fiction romance that I am eager to begin writing –as well as a brand new spanking romance series.
I’ve known I’ve needed to take my career to the next level–I just didn’t expect it to happen all at once. Life is an adventure!