|Posted by EHancock2 on January 10, 2017 at 12:55 AM|
2017 is here, folks. I haven't blogged in months, due to back injuries, early in 2016 that kept me from sitting at the computer for any length of time. I'm still not 100 percent, but time and a new easy chair is really helping me to tolerate sitting for longer periods.
So, 2015 sucked. 2016 wasn't any better. It sucked. My sales were okay. As a writer, 2015 to 2016 wasn't horrible by any means. However, from the loss of my dad's twin brother in January of 2015 to the loss of my grandpa in October of 2015 to the untimely death of my cousin, Jerry, in June of 2016...and the many losses between and after... I'm just death'ed out. Don't even get me started on the massacre of celebs that 2016 brought to our door.
2017 came in with great promise. To make a long story short, a few days ago, I received an email from the publisher of Mourning Reign and Heart Beatings. After 20 years in the business, he has decided to close up shop. Like most people, my initial reaction was "oh no!" However, my "oh no!" quickly turned to "oh yes!" when it hit me that I will FINALLY have the rights back to the first two books in my series. I really enjoyed working with him on Mourning Reign. He did a great job. And it was his urging that we needed to strike while the iron was hot. Unfortunately, Heart Beatings was never released in paperback. I tried many different avenues to convince the publisher to release the book in paperback format, to no avail. So, even as I toured, I did so with an incomplete set of paperbacks. It was not lost on me, folks. It was NOT lost on me. Put more bluntly, it hurt. My series was incomplete. But, I felt incomplete. If you're not a writer, you'll probably never understand the connection to those two feelings.
So, when he wrote to say he was ending his business, I celebrated. Why? Because I'm getting my books back, folks! I can't express to you the weight that has been lifted off of me. Now my books will be mine again! For the first time in history, Heart Beatings WILL see print! I don't know when yet. It's a waiting game for a couple months, while he closes up shop. But the day he ends his business, the book can legally be put back up on Amazon, completely under my control! As I told a friend who has followed this chain of events closely, I feel like I'm getting my LIFE back! I'll lose 50 to 60 reviews, but I will sacrifice a thousand reviews if it means getting my books back!
So, 2017 is going to be a very busy year for Yours Truly. On top of republishing Mourning Reign and Heart Beatings, I'll likely have to republish Connection Terminated and Target: Mendez, just to keep the series continuity. AND I've got 3 short books that will come out after that. PROBABLY pretty quickly, one after the other. Now, granted, some of that may leak into 2018. Just depends on my health and my touring factors and a few other things.
I'm also working on a couple of things behind the scenes, that I'm not quite ready to discuss yet.
I really need an assistant. One that'll work for a smile and a thank you right now! LOL! But oh well.
I'm so happy right now. Odd numbered years have notoriously sucked for me. For the first time in a LONG time, it looks like an odd numbered year may very well be my best year in a long time!
So, Happy New Year, folks! I promise to try to blog more often! And with more than just "me me me!"
In the meantime, this is me, signing off!
So, until next time, this blog is brought to you by the letters W, E and H and by the number 2.