Sunday, November 04, 2007
And the award for closure with least fanfare goes to... Twilight Fantasies. Opened in May, 2007 -- last seen alive in August 2007, website now missing. This might look like a web problem if the blogger blog was not also been closed--but the Myspace still seems somewhat active with a happy thanksgiving graphic loaded. Hmmm.
Also, small press distributor BookWorld is closing.
ETA: Twilight Fantasies closure confirmed by authors Heather Holland, Cassidy McKay and Becca. Closure also reported by Brenda Moore.
Here are some more thoughts about the closure of Twilight Fantasies. First, it seems like there had been a prior exodus of their authors. For example:
October 17th: Ava Rose Johnson
"I wanted to let any of you who are interested know that I am no longer affiliated with Twilight Fantasies. Midnight Melody is not available on their website anymore. I am looking forward to moving on from this..."
Undated: Pamela K Kinney
"Letting all know I asked for rights back to his Girl and The Curse from Twilight Fantasies. There are reasons, but that's between me and TFP."
If you see discreet announcements like this in the future I would really appreciate being sent a note about it. This seems to be one of the reliable indicators that a press is circling the drain.
My second observation is that some authors are mentioning that as this is the third or fourth of their publishers to fold, there is something increasingly wrong with epublishing. I would respectably suggest that losing one or two presses may surely be simple bad luck, a greater number may suggest that it is time to submit to more stable companies. For a start, try selecting presses that have been around for at least a year?
There is no need to place orphaned manuscripts rapidly with the first press that will take them, or indeed solicit them actively (watch out for ambulance chasers). The loss of a press might be a great chance to take stock, re-edit and aim a little higher?