Monday, January 14, 2019

True Apocalypse

When I started this post, I intended to write about how to create a better apocalypse story. With all the tragedies in the world lately--uncontrollable fires, devastating earthquakes and tsunamis, and so many other world tragedies--I was going to relate the true apocalypse of losing everything and starting over in real life to sci-fi world destruction apocalyptic writing. I feel terrible for all those whose lives have been turned upside-down, with surviving as their first priority.

I had lots more to say, but now I have some depressing news myself... not apocalyptic, but still sad.


Lately, I've mentioned here and in my newsletter that my publisher Curiosity Quills has been going through a rough patch. It feels like the entire industry is at an all-time low. People just don't seem to read like they used to with all the other forms of high-speed, attention-grabbing, immediate-response entertainment at their fingertips. Anyway, CQ isn't going under or folding just yet, but they are definitely reorganizing, leaning toward primarily e-book publishing. And many of its authors are taking their rights and running. Funny thing, Susan Gourley/Kelley recently posted about both these turmoils--lack of readers and failing publishers!

With the release of Windy Hollow so close, I'm trying to stick it out, but it has been put on hold temporarily. It's just about ready, but there are a few items that need to be resolved. I have informed my faithful friends and Street Team helping me with my release blog tour. And as soon as I have any news, I will be blasting it. Hopefully it will be very soon!


I still want to give a shout out--this week it's to my fellow CQ commiserate...



Rena Rocford is what happens when a Mad Scientist writes books, has a kid, and herds cats with helicopters--results may vary. She writes Science Fiction and Fantasy for all ages.

Her first book Acne, Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon is available now from all major book retailers with sequels and more books on the burner.

I love Rena's sense of humor and writing style--her stories are awesome! We've been writing and bloggy buds for quite a while. I feel partially responsible for her joining CQ by talking it up, and it was great for a time... You can read about the twists in her publishing adventure on her blog.


I'll keep pressing onward.
Thanks for your support!

15 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Such a bummer to be so close. Hopefully you can get your cover and your release really soon.
I know Rena!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Hang in there, Tara!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Good luck Tara ... at least the book is ready for publishing and I sincerely hope CQ can come through for all their authors ... take care and a happy New Year - cheers Hilary

L. Diane Wolfe said...

It's hard to see a small publisher struggle, especially one as established as Curiosity Quills. Hang with it and do what you can.

Rena said...

Thanks for the feature, Tara! And hang in there! I'm sure things will turn out in the end!!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Hopefully they find a business model that works. It's a tough world out there. So few readers, so many writers.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Thanks for mentioning me, Tara. I'm sending hope that CQ hangs in there. I think the small presses are really struggling now as more writers go the self-pubbed route.
A not-funny story, I submitted to CQ a few years back but withdrew my submission when another small press offered me a contract. That small press closed its doors when the second book was due to come out. Disheartening at the time and still is.
Best to you and let me know if you want to guest on my blog.
sgourleyauthor at gmail

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

I hope it turns out well for you and your book, Tara. That must be so frustrating. Best wishes.

Heather R. Holden said...

So many small publishers seem to be struggling anymore. It's a real shame that Curiosity Quills is now among them, and that this happened so close to your latest release, too--can only imagine how stressful that is! :(

Hopefully some good news comes your way very, very soon!

Juneta Key said...

Crossing my fingers for you.

Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine said...

My fingers are crossed for you and your book.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

I hope all the bits and pieces work themselves out soon, so you can release. Good luck. :)

Christine Rains said...

My sympathies with the whole struggle of it all, the not knowing. The publishing industry is tough. I really hope Windy gets out soon because it's an amazing story!

M.J. Fifield said...

I'm sorry to hear about the rough patch. I hope things are resolved in your favor soon! (And if there's anything I can do to help, don't hesitate to ask...)

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