Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Pretty much how I feel right now. Do to circumstances beyond my control, I've lost my publisher. Oh, wait. I am supposed to have a book coming out next month. Well that isn't going to happen now is it? While that is one blow, I got the second one today.

I had signed up to be part of Book Tour 2013--100 cities in 100 days. I had chosen to be in Savannah, GA, Charleston, SC and Columbia, SC. As of today, that too has been cancelled. Backers could not be found and the first one scheduled for January had only five people signed up. Wait, that means no book sales.

I've already battled a  misdiagnosis of a heart attack this week. I don't need this. We are supposed to be keeping my blood pressure down in the normal levels. This is not helping.

I am working on a query letter to go with my synopsis. I will let my publicist see that and we will go from there. I am looking for a new publisher. That will be good as ARCs-Advance Reader Copies were just about ready to go out. Once those go out, I'm looking at about a four month turn around to publication. That's providing I can find a publisher who does not want to make a ton of changes. I have a cover. I've been through the first round of edits. Second rounds come with the ARCs-or at least they used to.

Finding book signings is another thing. I was hoping for the Johns Island Library or Indigo Books while I was there. Now I'm not so sure. I was also in the process of putting my older books into ebooks. I may continue with that. Get those out there and hopefully generate some income that way.

The sad thing is I have a media opening for this book. It should be the one that takes me out and makes me a national name. Now I am back to square one. I don't want to self-publish again. That gets me nowhere.

I will pick myself up, tomorrow and get moving on all this. I know this too shall pass.


  1. Rebecka,

    Sorry to hear about your set-backs with your publisher and book tour. I know first-hand what it is like to be cancelled, with little notice, from a signing, and, in my case, a TV news show. After my initial disappointment and humiliation, I decided to focus on the events planned ahead. Had to let go and believe that it just wasn't meant to be. Love your last sentence. Looking forward to reading more as your journey carries on!

  2. Maurita,
    I am handling it better today. I've got my publicist in my corner. I've got a book needing a publisher and there are other places to have book signings. Thank you for your kind words.

  3. Rebecka,

    Every now and then, life sends you a curve ball and reminds you that you are NOT in total control. Their is that little X factor called FATE, DESTINY, or what have you. I'm certain that as a Duchess you will perservere.

    Good Luck and Chin Up!

  4. Donna,
    Thanks for your words of wisdom. I have taken my writing by the reins and will be back at it momentarily. This is a temporary glitch in the road.

  5. Hi Rebecka,

    I just found you via my own site... Its been a while since I checked in. I've been looking through here and enjoy your words. As for your publishing hiccup, you are far ahead of most and these delays are normal. I'm sure your publicist told you that... almost as sure as I am it didn't help. Keep your chin up, you'll get there.

  6. Maria,
    Thank you for your kind words. I have a new publisher. I have ARCs out. Second round edits have been done. Third round will come after reviews come in. I have a couple of people reading who will tell me if I've made huge errors. It is coming slowly.


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