So apparently Royal James Publishing has closed its doors.
This was…surprising news to find in my inbox this morning. Their website is gone, their twitter is gone, their entire online presence has been wiped overnight.
My book is still available from Amazon at the moment. I’m not sure how long that will last.
Now, before anyone panics and thinks that my book is gonna disappear from the shelves forever, know that I have the rights and all the appropriate files and I’ll keep the book up on Amazon and Smashwords and all that. I’ll also be self-publishing the next book, The Hidden Throne, sometime later this year, and all subsequent books and stories in the series.
Here’s where it gets kind of interesting for me. While I enjoyed my relationship with Royal James and appreciated their support, self-publishing is actually going to be much better for me. I won’t pretend Royal James didn’t frustrate me sometimes; the publisher was sometimes hard to get in contact with and not particularly transparent with important information about sales and the editing/pre-publishing process. I am gonna have to pay for editing and book covers and formatting and stuff like that myself now, which is a bummer. But I’ve got a helluva lot more freedom. I can sell the book for whatever price I want. I can do giveaways and sales and things of that nature. I don’t have to get someone else’s approval for anything. and I can schedule book releases whenever I want to (instead of having to wait for what’s convenient for the publisher’s publishing schedule).
So, looking at the ol’ pros and cons list, it’s coming up way more pro than con, I think. My year with Royal James was enlightening, and I’ve come out of it much more knowledgeable about the publishing process than I was before.
Stay tuned for more information about upcoming releases and side projects! Oh, I have so many side projects I wanna do, you don’t even know.