I remember the fear and uncertainty I felt after finding out in April that my hybrid publisher was closing it’s doors. I didn’t know what that meant for me as an author, and I was terrified that I would lose my work and not be able to republish anything. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case. I managed to come to an agreement with my creative team and while I probably took a loss on the getting paid end, to me the important part was getting my rights back.
Signing with Booktrope wasn’t a mistake, even with the way things ended. I learned a lot from my time with them, and I’m thankful for those lessons. Those lessons have helped paved the way to where I am today. Yes, it was beyond shitty that they closed their doors and forced me out of my comfort nest sooner than I was ready, but going indie again with the knowledge I had after my time with Booktrope was the best thing I could have done for my career. I didn’t really allow myself time to sit down and grieve the end of an era, I got back to work. I sorted out a game plan and within a month, all of my books were available again independently.
Even still, it was a scary, overwhelming time, so I can understand and sympathize with what the authors from AllRomance are going through right now. I wouldn’t wish this kind of stress on my worst enemy.
The “settlement” ARe offered is more of an insult than a comfort, and I would absolutely suggest that if you were an author with ARe that you contact a lawyer to see what your options and rights are. Don’t take everything the people at ARe tell you at face value; check their legal mumble-jumble to ensure that you don’t get screwed over for their mistakes. The writing and reading community stands behind you in this, and I am here to help you in any way that I can.
But, please don’t give up completely on writing; the world needs your literary voices. Keep hustling, dear friends.