I knew it was coming. My book project manager tipped me off Friday morning about an “announcement” coming from the publisher. Announcements on Fridays are never good news.
Booktrope bites the dust
Just six weeks before we were scheduled to launch my debut novel, CHANGING CHANNELS, Seattle publisher Booktrope Friday announced in a blog post that it’s “ceasing business.” All published titles would be removed from store shelves and Amazon. All book projects would be suspended.
Told you Friday announcements are never good.
We did have an inkling things weren’t looking good financially at Booktropia, but my team pressed on. The proofreader had finished work on the manuscript. The cover designer was this close to having a final version ready. I had acquired permission to use a song lyric ($50 for a license; Bob Dylan has made the most money on this project ) I was getting the author page set up on Amazon.
We were in a sprint to the finish. And we heard footsteps behind us. Don’t look back. Just keep moving.
My biggest heartache is for the other players on my team. My editor, my manager, my proofer and design artist; they put in a lot of work and have bupkis to show for it. I could gripe, “There’s one year I’ll never get back,” but at least I walk away with the experience of being edited and proofed and designed. I saw a book go from manuscript to fruition…almost.
Know a good literary agent or publisher seeking a novel set in the Pacific Northwest?
But you know, stuff happens. One door closes… The sun will come out tomorrow…
When one goal falls short, just set another.
So, time to regroup, consider options, and, if you can believe it, work on the draft of another novel.
And to fellow authors at Booktrope and around the world, keep in mind how long it took Julia Child to get her first cookbook published.