Moving Forward

I have asked Dreamspinner Press for the rights back for all of my books with them. I was very excited when they gave me a contract for my first book, and a home for my others, but I’ve been wondering for a while whether, going forward, they were the right place for me.

Add to that their current financial issues, and I took a deep breath and moved from keeping an eye on things, to not wanting to lose my books to years of litigation and/or worse. I haven’t been paid for 2Q, and 3Q is fast approaching.

I hope everything works out for them, and I feel very sad about asking for my rights back, and the current situation, but I was getting progressively twitchy, and needed to make a decision. I write mainly in series, which was another reason I couldn’t risk losing 13 titles, and 8 years of work, so I made the right call for me.

Everyone’s situation is different. For me, it’s time to move forward.

Once I get my rights back, I will be in the position to self-pub my back list, which is, quite frankly, daunting as hell. I have had a lot of offers of support and help, which is great. I’ve never self-pubbed before, so it’s going to be a steep learning curve.

I’m aiming to get most of those books straight back out there, although the cost of retaining some of the existing covers—or getting new ones—will slow that down. They are all edited, at least, so I don’t have to worry about that, but it will be a good opportunity to rewrite a couple of scenes in one and add an epilogue to another.

I want to rework my Hidden Places series more substantially before re-releasing it and add couple of books to it—one at the beginning, and one at the end to finish off the series. Cat’s Quill was my first book and I’ve a learnt a lot since then. I’m aiming to re-launch the series when it’s almost finished so readers won’t have to wait too long between books. Unfortunately, this means the existing books will be unavailable for a lot longer.

Slow Dreaming was always part of a bigger series, which I haven’t written yet. I want to expand that story eventually, and then write the rest of the series. This project is not high on my to-do list at present, so I might re-release the story as the short it is until I get that far, and pull it then.

I’m also very aware that I have a deadline to get what I can re-published, as I have an event coming up and will need hardcopies for it. If everything goes to plan, I will have 8+ titles re-pubbed/pubbed by then, working on putting one title out of my backlist per month, plus my new release of The Harp and the Sea, and finishing my dragons’ series.

The good news is, now that I’m planning to self-pub, I can write my Sleepless City spinoff and enjoy writing cameos/easter eggs across my books, although I would like to launch my Kiwi Psi series first.

So, yeah, that’s where I’m at, and what I’m working through at present. I’m trying to get my current WIP finished first as it only has about 20K to go and I don’t want to lose that momentum before I dive into all this.

I will be updating the various pages on Drops of Ink as I have the time to get to them.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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