It’s been a little while since my last update, and that’s because there’s been a lot happening. I was hoping to make this next update with some good news — and that may still be coming — but I didn’t want to let the year end without letting you know what’s going on.
Unfortunately, my most recent publisher is shutting down. Yes, that’s right, my fifth publisher is a row is going out of business. As I write this, I am officially out of print once again.
To be honest, when I first got the word, I felt like I was some sort of publishing curse. Is it me? Am I the drama? But then remembered what a tough business the publishing world is and what small, independent publishers are up against, and I recognize it’s just the business. And maybe I’ve been just a little bit unlucky. Just a smidge.
Yes, I had a moment of despair, but then I thought about how much work (and love) I’ve put into these books over the years, and how much I really believed in A Kind of Death. I don’t feel like Killian’s story is finished.
So, I reached out to a new publisher, one that’s a little more established (and hopefully more stable), and they have expressed some interest. They liked A Kind of Death and are currently reading through all my previous books to see if they want the entire series. Send good vibes for the new year!
Needless to say, it’s been a little disheartening to have this happen yet again in my twentieth anniversary year of Bleeding Hearts first being published. I do find some comfort in the fact that I’ve been fortunate enough to have five different publishers believe in me and my writing and my quirky little gay boy sleuth. Let’s hope number six will agree. I’ll let you know as soon as I get word from the new publisher, but while we wait for their decision, I want to wish you happy holidays and a wonderful new year! Here’s hoping many things turn around in 2022!