Receiving a contract offer from Ghostly Publishing for my YA fantasy novel (yes the one I have been banging on about for ages) was one of the happiest moments of my life. The Black Petal was the first full-length novel I ever wrote, and although I worked hard on the editing side, I was inundated with rejection letter after rejection letter. The book has been written and finished now for well over two years. Sadly, publishing is a slow industry.
So it was all guns blazing with the publication however. Sadly, recently, I received word that my dreams had been dashed, just short of the finishing line. Ghostly Publishing is no more. They have closed their doors and are shutting down, which means The Black Petal is not to be published by them.
I think it is safe to say that I was in shock for some time when I found out. It wasn’t a pleasant feeling. Especially as I am writing the sequel at the moment. Being positive isn’t easy and I think it may take some time before I get over the dismay of it all.
So, where do we go from here? There are a few of you out there who have shown real interest in the story and I can tell you that it will be published. I’m just not sure when or by who just yet? I have sent the manuscript out to agents, clenching all fingers crossed that one of them may see the potential I feel is in the story.
But until then, stay with me folks, I’m sure there is that light at the tunnel somewhere. We just need to find it first.