Time For a Change – Larkin’s Letters and Ryan’s Letters to Rebrand

About three years ago, I finished my first novel Larkin’s Letters.  I had no idea where to go from there.  Research after research sent me down the agent querying trek.  Self-publish?  Every where I read said that was a huge no-no.  So, I sent a few dozen query letters to literary agents trying to secure representation for a potential publishing contract.  And that led me nowhere.  I also submitted my manuscript to a small-press publisher who “specialized in new authors.”  Hmm, I thought.  Let’s give it a shot.

Homerun!  The publisher liked my work and wanted to work with me.  I just had to pay a retainer fee for a publicist and marketer and they would take care of the rest.  I have to admit, I was happy with them and what they offered.  They gave me everything they promised and now I was a published author!  I went on to publish Ryan’s Letters, the sequel, with the same publisher.  This time around, there were some mishaps with the release date and other small things that I won’t get into.

During my first release, I met a book blog tour promoter who took a liking to my work.  She reached out to me about self-publishing.  I have to admit, my first reaction was, no way.  All of the research said not to go that route.  Man, if I only knew then what I know now.

Now the research is saying self-publishing is no longer frowned upon.  Many traditionally published authors are leaving their publishing houses to self-publish now, and self-publishing has opened the door to many talented authors who are now getting noticed by agents and also landing on Best Seller lists.  More importantly, self-publishing allows the author full control of their work.  And that is the most important thing to me.

I feel that my published novels are at a stand still with my publisher and therefore it is not benefiting me to stay with them.  I feel that I am at a point in my career that I need to explore other avenues that will give my novels the best chance at reaching a wider audience.  I feel the only way I can do that is republish them through self-publishing, and now I have full control of what happens to them.

So, I have decided to leave my publisher and begin the journey of self-publishing.  With A LOT of help and guidance from the aforementioned book blog tour promoter (who are we kidding? she did everything!), I am excited to announce that Larkin’s Letters and Ryan’s Letters will be republished with an entirely different look on December 1!

I want to thank all of the readers who have supported my books from day one, and if it weren’t for all of you who wrote such amazing reviews, I wouldn’t even be considering this.  You have given me the confidence I need to venture out and maximize any success these novels can have.

There will be another blog tour surrounding the relaunch and I will be launching a brand new website as well.  I am very excited for this new journey and I hope that it can help me to reach an even wider audience.    I have attached the new covers for the books below!  I hope you love them as much as I do!

LL-final cover RL Final cover

(cover design by Drue Hoffman, DRC Promotions)

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