“Separation” from family and friends is always an emotional occasion, and while we seldom think about loosing those that have influenced and perhaps even changed our lives in a profound way…”today”, is such an occasion.
In the fall of 2002, I submitted my manuscript to a small unknown, new, and yet untested publishing house, called PublishAmerica. They were unique at the time, in that unlike most of the POD, and today’s “vanity” publishing houses, they never charged and or demanded any payment, for publishing my work, and while our relationship (for the last few years), may have been somewhat “testy”…I choose to remember the good times.
Controversy through the years always seemed to be a part of their success, however, their innovation in their approach to the industry, I suspect had a lot to do with that, they gave new writers an opportunity to showcase their talents, without the traditional buffers and the political restrictions that governed the industry…and for that I applaud them.
Today I was informed that my contract after 10-years, with PublishAmerica will come to an end, and they will no longer be able to publish “Journey”, and all rights will be returned to me, and “Journey” will officially be “out of print”, and although our relationship for the last few years have been rocky…they gave voice to thousands of authors, who might never have seen their work published, and for that I thank you PublishAmerica.
Your offer to publish my next book was gracious and it almost makes me want to complete “The Prince of Belmont Avenue” (7-years in the works), in record time.