That’s how long it took to have the Grimsley Hollow books re-edited, revised, and new cover art made. Fourteen months and a little over $1000, all because the owner of a small press publishing company got upset when I decided not to resign when my contract was up.
Was republishing the series worth the heartache, time, and money?
I had my doubts. In all honesty, I almost didn’t bother. If not for a few author friends and a handful of dedicated fans, the books might still be collecting dust on the shelf.
But the series wasn’t finished, and that bothered me. Not to mention the anger I felt at having the owner of a worthless publishing company tear apart something I worked so hard for. The Grimsley Hollow series had an important message to share. I believed in it.
It was difficult – almost like starting over from scratch. Having new covers made was the best part. Revisions were the worst. Since they were my first books, penned when I was green and didn’t know the rules of writing, there were a lot of mistakes. The publishing company (and I use that term loosely) that had them before promised “professional editing,” but didn’t provide it for my books due to lack of money, among other things. Even before the professional edits were completed, I cringed when reading my manuscripts. I didn’t have time for complete rewrites, but felt conflicted over how much to change. I didn’t want to make the books unrecognizable, yet knew there was much that needed revising.
After talking to fellow authors and some soul-searching, I decided to correct all the editing issues and perform light rewrites on passages if needed. Grimsley Hollow is where I put down roots – where my journey as a writer began. To completely rewrite the series, to erase all the mistakes, would be to wipe out my past. Where would I go when I need to look back at how far I’ve come?
Because many have been so patient and understanding, I’ve decided to run a #ChristmasSale as a way to show my gratitude. For the rest of December, the first book in the series, The Chosen One, is only 0.99 to download. The second book (a short story of approximately 14,400 words), Eve of the Beginning, will be permanently priced at 0.99.
The paperback books should be ready by December 20th or 21st. At that time, I will make an announcement and issue a special coupon where the books can be purchased on Createspace at a discounted price. There will also be a few #giveaways and surprises throughout January.
Here are the Amazon links:
Eleven-year-old Gage Gilbert is autistic, loves Halloween, and has no friends. He longs to share real adventures – not just those conjured in his head.
A mysterious key leads him to Eve, a young witch from another world called Grimsley Hollow. It’s a place where all magical beings live in safety and peace, but their realm is in trouble. Gage is the only one who can save them from a nefarious witch who has taken control.
And the human world is next on her list.
With Eve’s help (along with a potty-mouthed pixy, a trouble-making werewolf, a half-vampire, and a couple of dragons) Gage travels to Grimsley Hollow and together, they embark on a journey that will change them all.
It’s a deadly race against evil, where extraordinary creatures stalk the land under a harvest moon and nightmarish monsters take form.
Gage wanted friends and adventure, but had no idea they would come at such a dangerous price.
Grimsley Hollow is home to all magical beings who once inhabited Earth. A malevolent force destroys the tranquility and respect which reigned between the different races for centuries; and a young witch named Eve is the only one empowered with the truth.
Eve’s journal records events which lead her and a few extraordinary friends to seek the only one who can help them survive: The Chosen One.
Eve of the Beginning is the second book in the Grimsley Hollow series and a prequel to the first book, The Chosen One.
Grimsley Hollow is under attack again. Is Inari trying to seize the Key of Opa and take control of Grimsley Hollow or is she under the power of someone even more insidious, greedy, and evil?
Siren has been kidnapped in hopes of drawing out his family and friends, especially twelve-year-old Gage, who holds the Key of Opa and all the power of Grimsley Hollow. The Daoi, a group of rogue werewolves, is enlisted to aid and abet. They would love nothing more than to sink their teeth into Siren’s pack.
When danger hits too close to home, Gage and his friends have no choice but to travel to Hemming Woods and confront the devil and his minions on their own turf – Dark Hollow.
There is nothing stronger than the bond of friendship, nothing more enduring than the ties of family, and nothing more powerful than a boy who has discovered his own self-worth and the magic that comes with believing in himself.
But Gage must hurry. Siren is not the only one depending on him now.
The Search for Siren is the third book in the Grimsley Hollow series.
One last thing, if I may. Because I had to republish the books, I lost ALL of my reviews. There were over fifty for The Chosen One, twenty-four for Eve of the Beginning, and sixteen for The Search for Siren. Now, I am unable to promote the books on certain websites because I lack the number of reviews required. I would appreciate some reviews if you all have the time – even a few words would do.
Thanks so much for hanging in there with me, for the words of encouragement, but most importantly, for refusing to give up on Grimsley Hollow and keeping it close to your hearts. I love you bunches!