Some news regarding my Musa Publishing backlist.
I learned some sad news this morning. Musa Publishing–one of the first houses to take a chance on the sassy, funky kind of romance I write–is going out of business at the end of the month. After four tough years in this changing publishing climate, its owners had to make some hard decisions about the company’s future. They’re releasing their entire catalog back to the authors at the end of this month.
What does that mean? Well, it means that all Musa titles will be pulled from e-book vendors very soon after February 28.
What does that mean for me personally?
Short answer: that’s complicated.
Long answer: Some books I may not re-release because of the changes I’ve made to my style and brand in the past three years. That may include Executive Decision and Her Resident Jester. I may at some point rewrite them, but I can’t see that on the horizon right now.
Some books I’ll try to get back out under new covers as soon as possible. That includes Teaching the Cowboy and Back to Storafalt as those are part of an ongoing series and I really love the characters in that world. Being able to self-publish those stories means I can do some creative things with branding and issue stories at my own pace (which is faster than most publishers can accommodate). I know some of you have been waiting for Phil and Landon’s story–well, that just moved a little higher up my writing queue. I had pushed it down for a number of reasons (partially because my M/M and M/F readership doesn’t overlap a whole lot), but issuing these stories on my own means I can publish that story and the next in the timeline–Cord’s–at about the same time. You may even see some of my Storafalters crossing over into the Den of Sin world.
Some books I’ll sit on for a while and re-release when I have a lull in my schedule. That includes Love by Premonition and Mrs. Roth’s Merry Christmas. Those two need some tweaks to fit in with the books more typical of what I write. I hope to have them both back by the end of the year, but I can’t make guarantees. I am absolutely committed to re-releasing them. I just don’t want to underestimate how much time it’ll take me to rework them. (This is my chance to finally get Neil and Marcia into the bedroom. When I wrote Love by Premonition, I wasn’t confident in writing sex scenes. Obviously, that has sooooooo changed.)
In the lead-up to the company’s closure, all Musa Publishing e-books are 80% at their website. You can get my entire backlist published there for under $4. You can download epub, mobi, and PDF files there–you just need to be able to side-load them to your device. (Here’s a quick tutorial on how to do that.) Grab these stories now, because it may be your last chance.
I’m hoping this change is just a stepping stone to bigger things for everyone involved. I’ve met some great folks during my time publishing with Musa, and I’ll always be grateful I was able to groom my author voice there.