To culminate my year of wild risks, I have decided to take the wildest one of all.
Last week, I gave notice that I would end my thirteen-year contract as an assistant editor at a small local press. This company has employed me in some form since before I graduated from college. Almost everything I know about publishing, I learned there. While I am sad to end this stage of my career, I am also excited to continue my new venture, and to do it right, I needed more time to devote to writing.
I never expected the publication of Charlotte Collins to result in a change of career, but the royalties from my books have now largely replaced the income I earned as a freelance editor. And with the successful launch of Absolute Liability, the opportunity before me was too tempting to resist. I have no idea how long this window of self-publishing opportunity will remain open, but I want to be all the way through before it closes.
I did not come to this decision lightly or without fear, but I want to do this right. I want to provide the best books possible, and to accomplish that at the rate I want, I need to devote my full energy to self-publishing.
So as of this moment, I am all in.