My Big, Not-So-Happy News About Losing My Publisher

Rhemalda Publishing, due to several factors outside their control, are closing their doors. This not only breaks my heart for them and their broken dream, but for every single author they have published. We are all left stunned and in shock. We are sad, confused, and as a friend of mine said, gobsmacked. What an appropriate word for this, truly. I do not place blame on Rhemalda or their circumstances, and I hope nobody else does either. It is what it is, and the truth of the matter is that the state of the publishing industry as it stands does not treat new small publishers nicely. It’s a rough world out there for everyone.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MY PUBLISHED BOOKS?

Many fans of mine may be asking what will happen to my published books. Well, since I only found out about this Big Huge Gobsmacking Change a few days ago, I can’t give you fine detailed descriptions of what will be happening, but I can give you an idea. My published books will be staying up for sale for the rest of the year, but after that there will be a transition period where they will be handed over to me to decide what to do with. That’s a frightening proposition because I could easily shelve them and move on to other, better things. But that option makes me sadder than Eeyore when he’s depressed. Oh, wait, he’s always depressed. I’ve been in a depressive mood lately, sorry. Anyway, shelving those books is not an option, I’ve decided. So I will be republishing them on my own, probably with some updated covers, so that will be awesome and exciting, I hope! Be forewarned, however, that I may or may not be republishing them with print options available right away. I am still looking into what it will entail.

WHAT AM I PLANNING TO DO FOR FUTURE BOOKS?

Ah, what a question, huh? I’m happy to say that at the moment, I have decided to take this publishing adventure by the horns and handle it myself. What that means for any of my fans is nothing but positive, exciting stuff. I will be able to get my stories out there faster to you, but don’t worry about the quality going down or anything silly like that. I will be working with my professional editor, whom I love dearly already because I have worked with her via Rhemalda for the past few years, and I plan to treat every other step of the publishing process just as professionally.

Why am I not going to get an agent and go the big publisher route? Why not another small publisher?

There are many reasons, but to keep it simple, I’ll just say that I am making a decision that is right for me as an author at this time in my career. I hope you can be as happy and excited as I am!

Am I going to offer my future books in print?

Yes, I do plan to offer print on all of my published material over a certain length. I will probably publish digitally first and then offer print just a short time after (a few days, weeks, or month, I just don’t know yet). It all depends on cash flow and where things are at in my business. Print sales are often a very small percentage for most independently published authors.

Where will my books be distributed?

My titles will be distributed to as many places as I can get them (Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, etc.)  Once they are offered in print, you will be able to order them from most bookstores.

Will I have a publisher name and logo?

Why, yes, I will! I actually took care of setting up a business last year, so I’m happy to say it’s already done. I will be publishing under the publisher title MDA Books. Yes, I know it’s not discreet, but I don’t care. The point of this isn’t to hide the fact that I’m publishing my own work.

Will I be bad-mouthing traditional publishing now?

One answer. HECK NO. I have always firmly stated and believe that publishing is a different path for everyone. What makes it all go around is the diversity out there. Authors should choose what is right for them. Period. I have many, many author friends and all of them are published differently. That is to be celebrated, not condemned.

WHAT IS COMING OUT NEXT?

Oh, this is the best question, isn’t it? I’m excited to announce that while it is often difficult for independently published authors to announce firm release dates for many reasons, I do plan on publishing some titles very soon (like, something coming out at the end of this month kind of soon). If you want to keep up-to-date on those titles, I recommend signing up for my newsletter, since I may or may not be making announcements here on the blog outside of the release day hoopla.

WHAT WOULD I LIKE TO SAY TO MY PUBLISHER?

Dear Rhemalda, I want to thank you for the support and generous dedication you have given me as an author. Without you taking a chance on me, I would not be where I am today, or even the same person I am today. You have changed my life, and I will never, ever forget that. As a publisher, you were hard working, sacrificing, and fiercely dedicated. As friends, you are amazingly loyal, warmhearted, and passionate about everything. My life is better because I know you, and I want you to know that I don’t regret one second of the time I’ve spent with you as an author and a friend. I wish you the best of luck with your future plans.

WHAT WOULD I LIKE TO SAY TO MY FANS?

To anyone who takes the time to read my work, thank you. To everyone who will continue to support me no matter how I’m published, thank you. Without you, writing would not be nearly as passionate and exciting as it is for me. That is incredibly priceless. I do hope you keep reading. I will definitely keep writing!

So, folks, that’s that! When life hands you lemons, you don’t just stand there and cry. Well, maybe you stand there and cry for a little while, but then you have to do something with them. As for me, I’ve decided to be happy for what’s ahead of me. I’ve decided to make lemonade, or lemon bars, or pie, or something with lemons and sugar. I have already set some exciting plans in motion, so keep your eye out for what’s ahead!

Posted by Michelle D. Argyle

34 comments

Candace C. Bowen

I couldn’t have said it better. Best of luck in everything you do, Michelle. You will always remain my publishing sister. xx

Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry this has happened! You know I’m available to chat if you need to. All my best to those at Rhemelda, and well wishes to you and your new entrepreneurial status! 🙂

Awww, I’m so sorry to hear this. Though based on some things you had told me before, this kind of makes sense now as to why they were doing some things. It is really sad. I had lost a business of my own, a retail store. It is a really heartbreaking thing to go through. Something you not only spent a lot of money on, but put so much hard work into, and to just watch it fail is one of the worst things I’ve experienced.

That said, I’ve been doing ok with my own books since I started self publishing. If you need any help with cover design and such, I know folks who can help you out and do great work. Same with any tips on printing and such, if you need any help, just let me know. I know you will do amazing at this! 🙂

I’m so sorry to hear about this. 🙁 Good luck to you with your writing and all future endeavors. *hugs*

I am sad to hear that about Rhemalda and I wish good things for all the people there.

I’m VERY happy to know you’re still publishing and putting your work out there. You’ve already proven to be very good at cover designing so I have complete confidence in your abilities there, let alone in your writing itself. Though it’s a hard thing to go through, good on you for the good attitude. I’m looking forward to the new releases!

You are amazing. That is all I’ll say. 🙂 Go Michelle, go!

Oh Michelle, I’m so sorry. My heart dropped when I read the title of this post. Big hugs.

But it sounds like you have an amazing attitude about it all. These things happen, and when you have a plan (as you do) you can focus on what needs to be done instead of moping. That said, if you do need to mope, you have just cause!

You’re a good writer, and your readers will continue to find you–no matter where or how you’re published. Take care, my friend.

I’m sorry to hear about Rhemalda. They’ve published many great books and I’m sad to see them go. I’m excited for you, Michelle, and this next phase in your writing/publishing journey. Best of luck, and know I’ll be right there supporting you and your books!

Welcome to indie publishing! I love it. *hugs*

Oh no! Michelle! I am so sorry! I am sure you will find a way to share your incredible imagination with everyone again.

J. B. Chicoine

It is disappointing, but in the big scheme of things, it’s simply a glitch that we will work with. Like you, I’m just so glad to have had Rhemalda’s backing for my debut novel, and I look forward to republishing Uncharted on my own. Rhemalda gave it their best shot and sacrificed a lot for their dreams and their authors. I am also taking it in stride and looking ahead, not behind!

I heard about this from Donna this morning. It makes me super sad, but good for you for taking matters into your own hands. Who know where it’ll take you! Good luck!

So proud of you, Michelle! Way to make a great thing out of a difficult situation! Love you!

Konstanz Silverbow

Michelle,

I am so very sorry to hear this! Please know that I am here to help you in any way I can! I look forward to seeing your new books come out and I will be here cheering you on, supporting you and your books, always!

My condolences on your publisher folding…it’s tough to get a business off the ground, but often tougher to keep it going through the early years. I’m sure they’re devastated right along with their authors.

But congrats for deciding to take control and keep the publishing wheel turning for your own books. I’m sure you’re going to do a bang-up job, and I look forward to seeing what you’ve got in the works! Let me know if there’s anything you need help with…or if you just need to vent about difficulties. My inbox is always open. 😉

I’m so sad to hear this news. I have to say I enjoyed every single book I read published by Rhemalda. But I’m happy that you’re going to keep putting your work out there.

So sad to see another publishing house closing its doors. I am glad to see though that you have a great plan for your writing future!

Sad news, huh? Well, I just wanted to agree with basically everything you’ve said. It’s funny, my plans are practically the same for my books as your plans are for yours except I will be offering print books right off the bat through Createspace. I think Rhemalda was great and I have nothing but wonderful things to say about them. I’ll miss the process and working with them. I wish you good luck, Michelle, and if I can ever help you with anything, feel free to Skype me.

I’m so sorry to hear the news Michelle. It’s hard when things change, but hopefully it will be a new door to open to bigger and better things. <3

Melanie Fowler

What a hard thing to face, and you are doing your best. Good luck with everything!

First, welcome to the wonderful world of indie publishing. I personally love it.

CreateSpace is great because it is easy to use, but I went a different route with Ingram’s distribution network through LightningSource, which automatically shoves the book into non-Amazon places such as the Barnes and Nobel website and anybody who uses Ingram’s order network (like, bookstores).

If you have any questions let me know. You can Skype me or call my cell.

Sorry to hear about Rhemalda. I loved almost all of their catalog.

And when you want to announce something or want to come back as a guest on my blog, you know where to find me!
Best
Barb

Laura Johnston

What sad, SAD news! I am so sorry to hear about Rhemalda. Best of luck to you.

Donna K. Weaver

Beautifully said, Michelle. My ride with Rhemalda has been shorter than yours but still a great one.

My heart goes out to you and all the fine folks at Rhemalda publishing. They have put some great books out in the world and it will be a sadder place without them.

Looking forward to where your publishing journey will take you in the future.

The only constant in publishing is change. It’s always better when the change is on our own terms, but either way, new opportunities open up. Wishing good things for you around this new bend in the road!

Michelle D. Argyle

To everyone who has left a comment or will leave one, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have read through every thought here, and I’m deeply grateful for your support and understanding. <3

M. Andrew Patterson (@M_A_Patterson)

Michelle,
I am truly sorry to hear about Rhemalda’s demise. I’m a big fan of small presses because of how they treat their authors (not that the big ones aren’t generous and kind, it’s just different). I can only imagine how hard this is for you and them.

That being said, I like how you are handling this. Yes, it is difficult, but at the same time, it’s an opportunity for you to do something new. I’m glad you will continue to work with a professional editor. I’ve seen a few cover designers out on twitter if you ever need one.

Good luck. I’ll be rooting for you. 😀

Michael Offutt

This makes me sad. I liked the way Rhemalda treated you.

Remember, when one door closes another opens. I’ve believe all things work out for the best in the universe. We all have our journey’s. Your
next stop in your writing is just around the corner. All things in their time. My best to you.

Oh I’m so sorry to hear this but it sounds like you’re taking it incredibly well. Can’t wait to see you soon!
P.s
you’re very talented and I have always admired you. You’re such a passionate person. Never let that go!

anne gallagher

Your writing has always been brilliant so I doubt very much you will lose any fans or friends over this untidy little happening. And self publishing is not the monster that it once was (as you well know) so just keep on keeping on, Michelle. I can only see bright things for your future.

Hey Michelle, I just saw your news. Just wanted to pop in and tell you how proud I am of how you’re dealing with this. Of course it’s difficult to lose your publisher, but that does not define your writing and you will continue writing those stories that fill your head. You are blessed to have a good relationship with your editor and I can only imagine that you’ve learned so much.

I am so sorry to hear this! I was really impressed by them and was looking forward to what they could do in the future.

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