Yesterday was the last day that Samhain Publishing was in business. Samhain published my book, THE NINTH CURSE, in 2009 and made me feel like a legitimate, published author after years of rejections and attempts at publication. That was also my first experience with a professional editor, and I learned so much from my editor, Sasha Knight, that I still use to this day when self-editing or helping other writers strengthen their writing.
I will be forever grateful to Samhain and the lovely people who ran that operation. My book was never a huge success and fell outside the mainstream for their readers...but I so much appreciate that they took a chance on me and my book anyway.
I will be getting back the rights to that book soon. Samhain has many authors they need to send reversion of rights letters to, and I'm sure they are working feverishly to ensure that authors are able to take control of their stories.
Meanwhile, as I wait for the letter freeing me to publish THE NINTH CURSE on my own, I have already purchased a new cover for both the Kindle version and the print version.
Although I truly appreciate the original cover made for this book, I don't think it was a good fit for the story inside. The original cover pushed a more romance-heavy idea, when really the romance is secondary to the action and suspense in the book. So I went a completely different direction with the cover.
NOTE: If you look in the side bar, you can see the old cover in my GoodReads section.
I'm looking forward to the response I get with this redesign. I have read several times where authors made changes to their covers and ended up with improved sales. I would just love for my book to find the right audience...if you like fast-paced, suspense/thriller type of books, then you will love this book.
I will let you know when they are available for sale again under the new cover.
Goodbye, Samhain, you will be missed.