Friday, April 8, 2011

Blues In The Night

No, literally, I was bushwacked and blindsided with a body slam and a kidney punch last night. Here I've been touting my excitement with getting River Bottom Blues published and mentioning with the last post that my cover art had been assigned and how neat seeing it would be. That all went down the proverbial toilet first with an e-mail from the chairman of the publishing company stating that he was resigning, but that his other three partners would carry on as usual. Whew! Then I clicked over to our author forum to see what was what and a message from one of the remaining three said "no sweat", that they'd pick up the slack and get down to business. Whew 2! Before crawling into bed, I checked our forum once more and there was a message from one of the other three stating that, no, THAT'S it for us, that they are closing up shop and going about their lives with other ventures and projects. She wished us all well. End of story.

Soooo, it's back on the submission trail to find someone who has the same passion for my story as these folks did. A story that I finished writing over two years ago. Man, this has been like wading in quick sand and then the rope I grab to pull up on dry land snaps. Oh, well. What the hell. Time to grab root and growl.

7 comments:

jbchicoine said...

Oh my...that makes my heart sink...this whole gig feels so precarious as it is, and then to get that sort of news. So sorry...

...I guess after a good round of the blues (you really ought to write the 'my publisher went belly up blues'), you could try thinking 'probably I'll get an even better publisher and I'll be glad this happened?'...or not...sorry, I'm all about commiserating here--not much to offer in the way of encouragement.

Ricky Bush said...

Thanks for the condolences. Yeah, I could sing some kind of blues right now. I'll just keep on truckin'--trunkin' my blues away.

LV Cabbie said...

You and I, my friend.
After waiting all this time, it was a punch in the gut to get Dave's email.

I don't know who your editor is but Jake said he was going to see if he could get mine shopped out to another publisher. My main hope is that he'll work a bit harder as both of mine deal with American Indians - and HE'S an American Indian with stuff published about his tribe and others.

If not, you and I keep in touch 'cause I haven't given up and am putting a long list together of publishers to submit to if he fails me - us!

Ricky Bush said...

Good luck to ya, Cabbie Man! I hope you mucho success. We'll land on our feet.

Warren Bull said...

@#$%@##!!!

Been there and done that. Hang in, Ricky. That's the nature of the beast.

Ricky Bush said...

Thanks Warren. The shame is that Virtual Tales was such a great home for my story and the folks who ran things did a great job and had a passion to produce a great product. Even though they've closed shop, they are still working help us place our work with other outfits. That's class!

Ricky Bush said...

Thanks Warren. The shame is that Virtual Tales was such a great home for my story and the folks who ran things did a great job and had a passion to produce a great product. Even though they've closed shop, they are still working help us place our work with other outfits. That's class!