It’s with profound sadness that I’m having to say this: my publisher, Less Than Three Press, is closing.
The last few days have been extremely difficult on the heart and soul, a mix of shock with tears and grief. I was with them for almost six years, ever since October 2013, and I loved working with them. Honestly, I felt pretty spoiled having a publisher who really got my work and not only published the stories, but encouraged all of their authors to really go for our creativity and tell a wide range of stories — and, most importantly, embraced the entire LGBTQIA+ spectrum. At LT3, no one had to get left behind. MM wasn’t the only type of relationship they wanted to publish: they sought to publish some of everything to cover all sorts of queer identities and orientations, an endeavor that’s sorely lacking in the industry, including romances. Everyone deserves to see themselves in stories, all across the genres and storytelling. It’s been a great comfort knowing that if I wrote MM romance or FF or a relationship involving a non-binary character, they were all given equal consideration and care. The same goes with the orientations of the characters, and even the story genre, which was just as important to me personally.
And that, I think, is the hardest loss of all: that true embracing of equality and diversity. A lot of companies know they can sell MM (especially the sexy contemporary kind), but when it comes to anything outside of that, they aren’t so welcoming. And if the sales aren’t there for that which is different, the companies will refuse to sell it. This includes works featuring trans characters, asexuals, and aromantic characters, which are difficult to come across, especially stories that don’t seek to change the characters or degrade them for who they are.
This loss is definitely going to be felt.
On a personal side, I’m going to miss working with Sam, Megan, and Sasha. They took care of their authors, right from the very contract, which I’ve always considered fair with built-in freedom for the author — something other publishers don’t necessarily offer. We were given the chance to be involved in the process, from edits, where we retained our right to agree/disagree with the editors, to covers, where we had such a great amount of input into how we wanted the covers to look. Again, I think we were spoiled there, working with a team that really understood what it was like being an author while also being compassionate and understanding to what was going on with us as people. Things happen — life happens, and LT3 knows that well, so they’ve helped authors where they could, especially during really rough times, including me.
I could go on with the good feelings I have for LT3, but I’m trying to keep this short today. More mourning the loss, really. Trying to find the light again. So I’ll wrap this part of the post up with this:
Thank you, Sam, Megan, Sasha, and everyone at LT3, from authors to editors and cover designers. Working with you has been a privilege and a joy, and certainly an absolute honour. You’ve all taught me so much, pushing me to grow as an author; striving to reach further and higher and go for better. To learn more and have the courage to do things I wouldn’t have thought of before. These stories wouldn’t have existed without you — you were an inspiration. So thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’ll miss being able to call us family and seeing all of the new works as they come out.
All my love to you all, and the best of luck in your future endeavors. Blessings be upon you and may your muses continue to frolic. ♥
What Does This Mean for My Books?
In short: they’re being taken down from all retailers. This includes Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Kobo, etc. They’ve already been removed from Smashwords and Bookstrand. They’ll be available in the Less Than Three Press Marketplace until September 30th, 2019, but then they’ll be removed from there, too. So if you want to get a hold of them, DO IT NOW.
The long answer: I’m working on the details, but I do plan on self-publishing all of my previously published books. Also: they’ll be going up on multiple platforms rather than Amazon alone.
I’m not 100% sure of the timeline, but there are 3 books that can go up with minimal changes. Mostly it’s a matter of learning how to do the formatting and get them up on the retailer’s sites. There’s a learning curve involved. I can usually make software do my bidding, so with luck I can get the new editions turned around ASAP. Though it also requires waiting for all of the books to come down before I put them back up, meaning I don’t know how soon I can make them available again.
My immediate concern is going to be getting Of Kindred and Stardust up — it was released 2 months ago, so I’d really like to get it back out there.
After that, I may get Blood Borne and Soulbound back up — “may” being the operative there because they’re book #3 and #4 in their series. But since they don’t need much work, either, I might push them through. Particularly for anyone who has books 1 and 2 and wanted to get the next ones but couldn’t.
As for the other books: A Question of Counsel is in revisions right now, heavily so, and it’ll take a few weeks before it’s ready to go anywhere. Four needs a few things done with it, but I haven’t figured it all out yet. It won’t be as much as the first book, but I need to look it over. And For the Clan — my best seller to date — needs some attention, too. Mostly I want to add world-building stuff and a change a few things, which will take a little time, but hopefully not a lot!
THANKFULLY I get to keep all the covers.
Bless LT3: they’re letting us authors keep our covers, which is so important. I absolutely dreaded losing the covers Natasha Snow did for all of my works — she’s a top-notch, Big-5-worthy wizard at design and I desperately wanted to keep the covers because they’re beautiful and perfect.. It broke my heart thinking I’d have to lose them all because how could anything ever compare?!?!
But LT3… generous to the last, they’ve let us go forth with the covers, so THE COVERS WILL REMAIN. Just the listings will change, as will the editions.
I’m going to spend the rest of the summer working to get these up. Please bear with me as I get it sorted! I’ll announce the new listings and editions as they happen, so keep an eye out here, on Twitter, on Facebook, and/or on my Tumblr for the news. In the meantime, feel free to contact me if you have questions! I’ll answer the best I can.
What About Future Books?? What About the Rest of The Republic Series??
I don’t know. I honestly don’t. Self-pubbing them, probably, but it’ll depend on funds and timing. Both of which will take time — maybe a lot, maybe a little. We’ll see. Mostly it depends on what I can save up to do these books right.
I do know I want to continue working on the WIPs I talked about in my last post, so I’m going to play this stuff by ear. Again, I’ll announce everything here and on my social media accounts as it comes up. Keep checking back, or “Follow” this blog, or contact me if you need to know more.
Thanks for Being Here!
Thanks to you, readers, for joining me on this journey these last six years! Without readers, the stories don’t go anywhere, so your support is always appreciated and loved.
And again, thank you to LT3. Without you, I don’t know where I’d be. You gave me literary wings.
All my love,