Dramaquill's All Things Writing

April 16, 2018

Being Published is not for the Faint of Heart

Filed under: Writing — dramaquill @ 5:49 PM

As a first-time author, I could barely contain my excitement when I received an offer, and a contract, for my first book, “When Love Won’t Die”.  Red Rose Publishing offered to publish my book, first as an e-book and then, when sales were proven, as a paperback. I was elated. Fast forward two years into my contract and although sales were proven and promises to publish in paperback form were given, practically the opposite of that took place.

Red Rose Publishing skulked away from its authors in the dark of night without paying them all their owed royalties, myself included. The situation had all of us scrambling to remove our books from online sites. It was a very disappointing time.

Fast forward a few months and I received an offer from a new start-up company, Splice Publishing. They wanted to right the wrong of Red Rose and help get our books out in print. I was elated. I even got to keep my cover art since my cover artist was signing with Splice as well. 

Splice was a great company. They paid their royalties and they got my book out there in e-book and print form. 

Sadly, Splice publishing has decided to close. They sent me all my book files so that I can offer it online myself in Amazon Kindle. But other than the 13 paperback copies I have in my possession, readers can no longer order any version of my novel at the moment.

So here I go again – right back to the start.

Will I try to get an agent to represent me?   

Will I query new publishers?

What will become of my sequel?

Although I haven’t fully decided which direction I will take, I WILL take a direction and keep working toward having not one, but two published books out there..My book in PRINT 2.JPG

Like anything, if you really want it, you’ll have to work hard for it, but it’s definitely NOT for the faint of heart.


  1. I think you are awesome!!!!

    Comment by Lori Paras — April 16, 2018 @ 8:05 PM | Reply

  2. Don’t give up, oh, talented one. That Mel character is enough to keep me in nightmares.

    Comment by sandycarl — April 17, 2018 @ 12:05 PM | Reply

  3. Somehow, despite many conversations with you, I missed the fact that you are a writer. I know you are a great organist and a great music teacher and dog owner and friend but missed the writer part

    Comment by Barbara McMullen — May 11, 2018 @ 9:26 PM | Reply

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