You know when you sit and try to imagine what life will be like or what you’ll be doing in one, two, five years and even your most wild imaginings don’t quite get it right? That’s where I’m at right now.
Last spring I was approached by someone I admire tremendously and have always held a bit of awe for, Kassia Krozser, about the possibility of joining her and her partners in their new publishing venture, Quartet Press. I said no. I wished them luck, said I’d do what I could to spread the word and help them succeed, but I said no. After all, I’d already helped start and build one publisher, had watched it grow and gain traction in the publishing world and really, who has the energy to start over from scratch and do it all over again? But it turns out Kassia and her partners weren’t ready to give up on me. They came back to me months later, wanting to discuss what it would take, and flattering me enormously (hint: I am not immune to compliments and ego strokes. A girl does like to be reminded of her worth from time to time, after all). Apparently, they thought I had something to offer, some skills that would be an asset to Quartet Press, and a presence in the digital community that was valuable to not just them, but to authors and readers.
Eventually, they hit all the right notes for me and Josh (whose birthday it is today, btw, so thank you, babe, for sticking it out with me these past few weeks while I was a basket case of nerves and decisions). So here we are today, with this press release and me confirming that, yes, in a decision not made easily or lightly, I have resigned my position with Samhain and have taken on the position of editorial director at Quartet Press.
When I joined Samhain in 2005, I didn’t know what to expect. I was excited and hopeful. Though digital publishing had been around for years, in some ways it was still in its infancy. People wondered how Samhain could be different than the other publishers out there. I had some ideas, but what I did know is that I was going to do my damndest to help build the best company possible. Four years later, I know so much more about digital publishing and I think it’s been clear over the years that I’m both passionate about it and passionately believe in it.
One of the reasons I ultimately decided to make the difficult decision to move to Quartet Press was because I do believe in digital publishing. I think there’s a lot of room for more quality publishers, whether they’re publishing romance or something else. I think that more quality publishers within digital publishing can only benefit those already there, including publishers, authors and readers. On the upside, I helped build this with Samhain once, a publisher I continue to love and have faith in, and I believe I can do it again. On the downside, starting all over and proving myself and my publisher one more time. No pressure there.
Cheer us on, or wait and see. Regardless, I hope you’ll all come along for the ride.