Getting To Briar Lake
Ever since I was a strange little girl, I wanted to write. I wanted to write scary stories. Life happened and the weird things in my head didn’t pay the bills, so I pursued other means of providing for myself and my family. I would still write however, just as my little guilty pleasure or when I couldn’t sleep.
Until, that is, my husband and I were given the opportunity to reevaluate our priorities. We decided it was time we started pursing our dreams instead of just a paycheck.
He became a veteran small business owner.
I made time to write.
Briar Lake originally began life about five years ago. When I was finally able to dedicate time to it, I had completed Briar Lake within six months. Nine months later, I was accepted for publication.
Over the next year and a half, the publication company I was with changed hands. I had two different contracts and have worked with at least four different editors.
The one thing that I’ve learned is that everyone wants something just a little bit different.
The entire process was an emotional roller coaster. And when people would ask about the book, I never knew what to say. I didn’t really even have a timeline.
I was finally given a publication date. I had galleys and marketing packets….
And a story that was no longer mine.
Let me clarify this: I loved all of my editors, some more than others, but I harbor no ill will or negative thoughts towards any of them. Editing, publishing, and marketing is a numbers game. It’s about creating a product for the greatest amount of gain. It would not be in my former publishers best interest to spend Y amount on production and marketing when the research says that there would only be an X return unless J, K, and W were added and Neil Gaiman wrote it instead.
And I may be a bit strong willed. And I may be a bit contentious.
I was the runt and the middle child.
I never learned to negotiate.
My former publisher/editor was gracious enough to let me out of my contract and let me walk away two and a half weeks before my set publication date. She probably thinks I’m a bit dumb. I don’t necessarily disagree with that statement. However, she understood that writing Briar Lake had been cathartic for me. Even though it’s a supernatural thriller, writing it, developing the characters and my relationship with them, and each other, came at a point in time in my life when I needed it the most.
Having it edited down and whittled away to what may sell or appeal to the market as a whole was painful and I just couldn’t do it.
I’ve spent the last few weeks returning Briar Lake back to what I’ve felt it needed to be.
I’m self publishing. As of right now, I’m waiting on the final publication date for the paperback version.
However, Briar Lake is now available for PRE-ORDER for you Kindle device HERE
Briar Lake will be available on Saturday, November 5th 2016
I greatly appreciate everyone who has been with me on this journey since I first announced I was getting published two years ago.