But as an author attending with Samhain, I was able to register early and guarantee a spot. It's those kind of perks I like, along with being recognized in the recent RT Best Cover Poll because Samhain had advertised my book there.
And even more exciting, not only did I get a shiny new cover for my upcoming work Spring Secrets (nope, I can't share it yet), yesterday was a milestone in my writing career: Samhain sent me a contract for a book I haven't written yet! You might be wondering what exactly this means. Well, always in the past (and for many authors in general), I've had to write the book, submit it to my editor, and wait to see if they'd offer me a contract. Last month, I sent in a synopsis and the first 2 chapters of proposed Book #4 in the Pine Point series, and that was enough for a contract offer! Haven't even written most of it yet, but they believe in me and the series enough to slot a release date for it in late 2016. Woo hoo....it's kind of a heady feeling, to be honest.
I do believe that leaving Samhain for almost 4 years, and venturing into the world of indie publishing, helped my writing and my understanding of the business and the market to a great extent. It gave me credibility as an author, and it definitely honed my craft. So I'll continue to be a hybrid author as long as it benefits me -- and you, my readers! Here's to many more stories :)