The Unexpected Curve Ball by Mae Clair

Dear Friends,

In the event you haven’t heard the news my publisher, Lyrical Press, has been acquired by New York house, Kensington Books. Lyrical will become the digital imprint of Kensington. While this opens new opportunities and potential for Lyrical authors, it’s also created some unavoidable issues.

For the present, until contracts can be signed between Kensington and its new roster of authors, Lyrical has pulled their books from online retailers. As I had just kicked off a blog tour for TWELFTH SUN, I’ve had to cancel that tour. I’m grateful to Literary Nook, my touring company, for their understanding of the situation. The book tour wouldn’t have made much sense without the ability for readers to purchase my titles. Even though they already had bloggers and reviews lined up, Literary Nook willingly cancelled the tour and invited me to contact them again whenever I am ready.

If you had planned to visit me during any of my stops, that tour is now in a holding pattern. It may be thirty to sixty days before my titles are available again. Hopefully, sooner than later. The good news is that if I sign with Kensington, WEATHERING ROCK and TWELFTH SUN will be available through POD as well as digital format. As soon as I know more, I’ll share the news. None of this however, changes what I had previously planned for indie pubbing SOLISTICE ISLAND and ECLIPSE LAKE.

It feels extremely odd not to have my titles available for purchase right now, almost as if a safety net is missing. When the dust settles, whatever the outcome, I believe it will be for the better. Apparently, 2014 threw me a curve ball right out of the box. An exhilarating one, but a challenge nonetheless as I work to get everything back in order. That pesky New Year, LOL!

So, although I’ve had to cancel my tour temporarily, new adventures await on the horizon!

Best to all of you,
Mae

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30 thoughts on “The Unexpected Curve Ball by Mae Clair

    • Hi, Lynn, thanks for dropping by. I’m looking forward to moving ahead and will get the tour reschedule once everything settles with Lyrical. Like you, I’m counting on moving onward and upward! 🙂

  1. I was just going to start lining up blog tours for my book that is supposed to come out in April. I fluctuate from being totally excited to totally freaked out. But I was feeling that way before, since it’s my first book.

    • Lol! Hi, Kristina. Thanks so much for dropping by. I can imagine how up and down you must feel. Everything was so new when my first book came out. I can’t imagine juggling this change on top of it. But go with that “up” feeling. It will all get sorted out and settle with all kinds of good things falling into place. 🙂

    • HI, Lorraine. Yep, I do think it’s a great opportunity having a NY pubbing house behind my titles and willing to take me on as an author. I’m self-pubbing ECLIPSE LAKE because it has too much mystery to fit with an imprint like Lyrical, but Kensington is open to much more than straight romance. I’m hoping some of my WIPs may find a home there 🙂

    • Thanks, L.J. I’m crossing my fingers that things will move ahead swiftly. Renee Rocco of Lyrical has been great about keeping all the house authors up-to-date with what’s going on. She’s going to be managing editor of the new Lyrical imprint for Kensington which is fab since I’m already used to working with her.

    • Yep, I’m working on three right now: formatting Solstice Island, editing Eclipse Lake and rewriting Myth and Magic. As we all know, there is no down time for a writer, LOL

    • Thanks, Annette. So nice to see you here! Right now i’m hoping everything works out with Kensington and the contract, but I still want to pursue the indie titles I had planned. The next few weeks should be very interesting, LOL!

  2. Hi Mae! I’d heard about all that craziness yesterday and was thinking about you as we drove around today. Please let me know what I can do to help. I’m just grateful I’d already bought the two books in question prior to this merger or I might have been forced to wait. In the meantime, if you’re indie publishing your next books, feel free to use me as a stop on your tour. I’m always open to helping friends.

    • Thanks so much, Kitt! All that help and support is greatly appreciated. Right now I’m in a holding pattern until Kensington provides us with contracts. My plan was to indie pub Solstice Island to draw attention to Weathering Rock and Twelfth Sun, but I guess even that is on hold right now since I have no books to draw attention to! And Eclipse Lake wasn’t a fit for a romantic house so I’m definitely going ahead and indie pubbing that one. In the meantime, I’m just going ahead writing and editing as usual (current WIPS) while I wait on details.

      I do think it will present amazing opportunities so I’m excited to get the contract!

  3. Mae you have a great perspective on this. I think it’s awesome your books will be available in paperback too via POD. But 1-2 months off the shelves is not cool. Understandable but frustrating. Glad your blog tour organizer was so good about things. And I think after this hiccup 2014 will rock. 🙂

    • I’m with you, Kourtney. I think after the wrinkles all ironed out, all will fall nicely into place. It’s just learning to be patient and wait, something I’ve never been good at, LOL

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