Well, I think it’s pretty much coming out on social networking that Amber Quill is closing its doors as of March 31, 2016. The official announcement comes on Monday, January 04, 2016. This was sad news for its many authors, but at least they made the decision wisely as it was becoming clearer their business model could not compete in today’s market and all authors will be getting their rights back.
I have been releasing stories with Amber Quill since 2008 when I won what was to be their last contest to award contracts with them. I entered the contest on a whim with the story, The Squire, and was frankly stunned when I was one of the winners.
I have since released many titles there and I am proud of my stories there, some of which did very well for me in their heyday. Car Wash, At Long Last, the Only series. Well, so many, really.
What will become of them? I am not yet sure but I am sure I will do something with some of them anyway.
To be honest I had made the decision that Making a Wish would be the last story I sent there due to declining sales there for the last couple of years. I did not agree with the way they handled releasing stories on Amazon and I honestly believed the way they handled it hurt my sales for those stories. I had agreed to write stories as part of an obligation though and Making a Wish was that last story.
It makes me sad nevertheless because they were always kind, professional and paid on time. Something I cannot say for Ellora’s Cave, one of my other former publishers.
So onward, I suppose.