I know I haven't been around much lately, but I do check into AW when I can. I like to keep up on what's happening to everyone. I have moved past PA. To be honest, I don't think about them much anymore. (Yes, it does pass after awhile. Kind of like a kidney stone! LOL!)
It occurred to me, however, that maybe letting other ex-PA authors (and current ones, too) know that there is hope, might be beneficial. I remember the days of wondering if I would ever be able to move past the stigma of PA.
In January, my first book with Barbour Books is coming out in their new mystery book club. An early count of book club members is at 11,000, but I expect it to climb much higher because Barbour is spending gobs of promotion money to get the word out. After all three of my books in this first series go through the club, they will be shipped out individually to stores across the country. Not like PA. I mean real brick and mortar stores. This includes Walmart, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-million, Christian bookstores... You know, the kind of distribution publishers are supposed to do? After that, they plan to send all three out as a three-in-one series to stores.
Barbour has accepted a second series, and even penciled me in for a third series for 2010. They expressed interest in publishing three books a year with me.
Advances from Barbour have come to much more than I ever made throughout the entire rest of my career, and the first book isn't even out yet.
I'm not saying there aren't bigger success stories out there. I'm sure there are. I just thought that other writers who wonder if life goes on after PA might like to hear that it does. Absolutely. It all depends on you. You just have to be willing to move on. And as far as how my relationship with PA has affected me?
No one has ever even mentioned it.