This week, I was going to discuss historians and their perceptions and influences how these factors reflect their accounts of historical events. However, certain issues have occurred which I should address now on this post.
As many of you know, I am the author of the novel, “Legendof the Mystic Knights”. This novel was a passion for me to write, and I have already completed the sequels. Although I do enjoy writing this blog post, it itself materialized as a way for me to help promote that novel.
I recently was informed by Safkhet Publishing (the business that published my novel) that they are going out of business as of May 31, 2016. I am unsure of their reasoning (I am positive running a publishing company is a time-consuming endeavor and very a hard business to make a profit), but this fact is going to have a major impact upon the ability to purchase my novel.
As a result of the publisher’s closing, all rights to the novel will revert back to me. This means; I am now back to square one, in terms of my book. I must consider if I want to self-publish, seek an agent, or another publisher.
All the above steps, I had done when I first tried to publish my novel. For anyone like me, who is an un-established author, this can be a tedious and frustrating process. I cannot tell you how many rejection letters I had received when I first sent out requests on behalf of this novel. The process to get a book published can be very discouraging for a new author.
I must also say that many small publishers, like SafkhetPublishing, do not provide much assistance in terms of promotion and marketing for your novel. This is not unusual, and has become a standard among these smaller publishers. They wish the author to take the blunt of selling their novel. Again for someone like me, a first-time author with little knowledge of this business and industry, it became a frustrating proposition and the sales of my novel have not been astounding.
So now, I am facing the prospect of starting all over. I must determine if I want to get a new publisher, or self-publish. As for the latter, I am unsure of if I have the funds to do this properly, and also the ability to make it worthwhile for me compared to the work required.
Whatever the outcome, “Legend of the Mystic Knights” may be on hiatus for a while. The sequels themselves will be even on a later timetable then I hoped. My worst fear is that this means the death of my novel and those sequels. To an author, a novel is like a child, and it is always hard to see them perish before your own eyes.
I do not want my novel to go gently into that goodnight; I would ask those who have been interested in my writings about medieval history, or those that like fantasy, to get a copy of “Legend of the Mystic Knights” while it is available. It was a pleasure to write, and I just want to share it with as many people as I can, before it becomes unobtainable.
It would be appropriate at this time for me to thank all of those who have supported me over this period. This not only includes the publisher, but also those who have read and commented on this blog, other authors that were willing gave me advice, to those followed me on Facebook and Twitter, and to those who have taken the time to include an author interview for me on their websites; I truly appreciate your assistance, and if it wasn’t for you, my novel would have never been a reality.
Thank you for reading my post.