Most people know about the struggles I've had with EC. If not, you can find it easily by Googling. In the last few weeks, especially, there have been quite a few stories about the company, including the lack of payment for many authors since April/May (check out the #notchilled hashtag on Twitter) and new lawsuit by a current author for underpayment of royalties. It's not pretty. :/
For me, personally, I received very sporadic payments this year (only four) including one payment that was missing all US Kindle sales. Which, of course, is the bulk of my income from EC. >.>
For many months, I've wanted off the sinking ship. Many. Many. Months. But my catalog of titles there was selling too well (over 100 copies for year is the cutoff) because every time I released an installment of the Emma serial, new readers picked up the Ec books.
Some people probably wonder why I didn't just buy my way out. It was an option my lawyer had tried last fall, but the buy back/buy out price was much, much too high. With my ongoing health issues, I couldn't risk the cost without threatening my family's well-being.
So I finally decided to do something drastic. I simply stopped all Lo social media. I also stopped the Emma serial.
It was extremely painful to do this.
I feel like the WORST person in the world for disappearing. I have been responding privately to emails from readers, but otherwise, I have been radio silent.
And it worked.
In early August, I made an offer for my entire EC backlist. A counter-offer was made (that included forfeiting all royalties due) and I accepted.
As of today, August 27, 2015, I own my EC backlist--lock, stock and barrel--and am free of any future obligations.
It means you'll see some of my EC titles after they have been revised, lengthened and updated. It means some of them will be rewritten and expanded to fit my Roxie brand of mob stories (books like Bad, Bad Things or Ultimate Prize, for example.)
It means that the Emma serial will start releasing again soon (probably in a neatly packaged and VERY CHEAP omnibus edition to make up for the wait.)
It means that there will be more Grabbed books. A whole bunch more of them. And at lower, more affordable, reader friendly prices. You will NEVER see a $9 ebook from me. Ever.
I have an editor booked to work on Raze in November and a cover artist is currently creating new covers for the series. These books will be out in print and digital simultaneously.
So. That's the explanation for my disappearance.
I apologize wholeheartedly for doing a social media runner--but I could not stomach the thought of losing my intellectual property forever.
I had to take drastic measures to get FREE from this nightmare.
And now I am. :)
And now I get to write Grabbed books again. :)