Saturday, March 26, 2011
1:04 pm pdt
I have bad news. I broke my contract with Aberdeen Bay. They are now requiring their authors to buy any books not sold by
the book dealers. I have been contacted by several of my writer friends who are published authors. They agreed I made the
right decision. They were unanimous in saying an ethical publisher would never charge its author for returned books.
However, I have not allowed any moss to gather under my feet or backside. I have sent out query letters and partial
manuscripts to eighteen literary agents and publishers. The publishers include: Counterpath
Press, Diversion Press, and Headline Press (Great Britain). I will be sending out a query to Trebel Heart Books after the first of April when their submission window opens.
An e-book publisher, Synergebooks, who originally offered me a contract about
the same time Aberdeen Press did, would still like to publish my novel. However, I will have to wait until their next submission
period, later in the year, to resubmit my novel. At that time they will put my novel right at the top of their list, giving
it priority. In the meantime, I will still keep submitting until then. At least I know Synergebooks
will take The Sign of the Eagle, if now one else will. Wish me Luck!
-Jess Steven Hughes