On a New Path
Flames of Wilbarger County was completed and I had decided to self-publish. I was still under contract with my publisher until November 2017. I thought I would have a couple of months to get everything ready.
I contacted my publisher in September to inform them that I wouldn’t be signing again. The publisher graciously ended my contract immediately. I purchased the rights to the cover art for Death on Paradise Creek and Death under a Full Moon. So much for having a little extra time.
The cover had been ordered and the third book of the Wilbarger County series was in the last stages of editing. It was scheduled to be released in December. Now, I had to update the first two books and get them ready to be released under my own publishing company name.
I spent a good part of the summer designing the logo and deciding what to call my new business. I currently publish my work under the name of DSB Mysteries.
Death on Paradise Creek and Death under a Full Moon were released by DSB Mysteries on October 15, 2017. Flames of Wilbarger County was released on December 5, 2017.
I’ve been a self-published author for a year and a half now. During this time, I’ve branched out into the world of box sets and audiobooks. All three books are available in an eBook box set titled The Wilbarger County Series. Books one and two are currently available in audio format. Audio production of book three will begin this fall.
My writing career hasn’t been hurt by the decision to self-publish. I honestly don’t know that it’s been helped either.
I like knowing what’s happening in all aspects of my business. However, there are times that I feel like I’m working three jobs; teacher, author, and administrative assistant. My teaching career is currently paying for my writing career. Keeping up with all the social media, marketing, and scheduling is a full-time job in itself.
Retirement from the classroom is on the horizon. My hope is that my writing career will be self-sustaining by then. It would be ideal if I could hire someone to take care of the day-to-day part of the business. I’d then be free to concentrate on the stories that I want to write.
A girl can dream, can’t she?
I don't know where this path will lead. I don't know that I'll stay on this particular path. I do know that I have more stories in my head and that I enjoy writing. Who knows what the future may hold?
See the August 2019 post for the next chapter of
My Indie Author Journey