I’m getting questions that are starting to repeat themselves, so I’m going to try and answer a few of them here so that I can point everyone in one direction.
First things first: Heartsong is up for preorder at Amazon for 5.99 (and available at all Amazon sites worldwide). This is the ebook only for now, and only at Amazon. Other locations to come soon.
Please support this book, and let’s show my former publisher why it’s important to pay their authors.
Q: You got your rights back, yay! That means you’ve been paid, right?
A: No. I still have not been paid my full royalties from Dreamspinner Press. They paid me 12.8% of what I’m owed, which, ironically, allowed me to be able to get an attorney to pursue the rest. So, thanks Dreamspinner!
Q: I already preordered Heartsong with Dreamspinner at their site or somewhere else. Will I still get the book?
A: No. Every preorder before today (Sept 16 2019) will not go through. You need to cancel it to get refunded and then reorder it. I know it sucks, but I can’t do much about that.
Q: I noticed the paperbacks are still up for sale most everywhere, both the mass market and trade paperbacks. Can I buy those?
A: No. Those are still affiliated with Dreamspinner and will be coming down. I was told it takes up to thirty days for the listing to come down, so it will take time. Once it does, I will post my own paperbacks. It might be a pain the ass, but scroll down to the book info. You know you’re buying the right version if it’s for sale by BOATK Books. Anything else is not mine, and will be taken down shortly.
Q: Will it and your other books be available anywhere else aside from Amazon?
A: Yes, somewhat. The Green Creek series, past and future, will be available at most sellers once I get everything up and going. However, to make this transition easier, I’m considering putting many of my older titles on Kindle Unlimited to give myself some room to breathe. I think it’ll be for a limited time, but trying to republish 20+ books at different sites is too much for me to handle at the moment.
Q: Is the audio still coming out?
A: Yes, it will be released by Tantor on December 3rd. Yes, I am aware Tantor made their own cover for the audio, and it’s terrible, but I have no say in it.
Q: Will Brothersong be released in audio?
A: Yes, but that’s still a ways away. Brothersong isn’t set to come out until next August.
Q: Are there going to be any differences in the books you republish? Are the covers going to change?
A: All the books will essentially be the exact same. The only thing I’m doing with some of my older titles is changing some of the wording. I always hated how I used the word “retarded” in Bear, Otter and the Kid, and that has now been changed. In addition, some of the earlier books used the word “transgendered” when it should have just been “transgender.” Those have been updated as well. The plots, however, won’t change, so you don’t have to rebuy the books if you already own them.
As far as the covers are concerned, all but three of my books will retain the same covers. The ones that will be changed are, unfortunately, Into This River I Drown, Withered+Sere and Crisped+Sere. The covers use photographs by the wonderfully talented Kyle Thompson, and I can’t afford to purchase the rights to the photos on my own at this point. They will be updated with new covers.
Q: Are you going to republish every book?
A: All but one, potentially. I am thinking, possibly, of leaving Burn down. I will not be continuing that series, and I don’t want to get people’s hopes up. There will be no sequel.
Q: Are Olive Juice, Until You, or John & Jackie going to be released in paperback?
A: No. They are novellas, and the cost of printing wouldn’t be worth it to put out. They will be in ebook format only.
Q: I sent you a DM about this, but you haven’t responded. What’s up with that?
A: I wish I could answer every DM I’ve gotten in the recent weeks, but I can’t. My FB messenger inbox is filled with hundreds of messages, and I’m trying to stay on top of republishing my books. If something needs immediate attention and isn’t answered here, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get to it…hopefully.
Q: Are you happier now?
A: Yes. There is a lot of work ahead, but I’m committed to doing right by my books and myself. I have earned this much, at least.
Q: Does this affect the upcoming The House in the Cerulean Sea or The Extraordinaries?
A: No. Those books are with my new publisher, Tor. They have absolutely nothing to do with Dreamspinner. Thank god.
And that’s it for now! If anything else comes up, I’ll try and answer it, but I ask that you read through this first before asking questions in case it can be answered here. I’m spinning lots of plates right now, and I can’t promise I’ll see every question asked. I ask for your patience while I get all this going.