The Life Of A Writer!

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My first novel, ‘The Impossible President,’ was published by Regency publisher in Nigeria, I invited the wife of the former Vice President then, Mrs Titi Atiku, and some governors’ wives and they came. It was a very big book launch and I made some cool money, sales was good, I sold out of my first print run! However, that was in Nigeria. When I decided to finally call the UK home, I got pregnant with my second child… she gently slipped into the world with no fuss, she is a quiet pleasant girl.

My daughter gave no fuss which gave me ample time to hone my craft, so I began work on the ‘The Feet Of Darkness’ and got in contact with Author House to see what they’ll do to help. I had a nasty experience with them! I wasn’t the only author, I think there were others like me who were fleeced off their hard-earned cash and hung to dry. Author House agreed to publish the novel and despite the fact that it was a first draft, unedited, they rushed me to complete it, they promised it would be edited! It was part of my publishing package. I did and sent it off and when the novel came out, I wasn’t happy with the result and I blamed myself for my gullibility. Things moved on rapidly and I licked my wounds to concentrate on something else but the novel stayed on my mind.

Two years later, I finished work on another novel, ‘Cydonia, Rise Of the Fallen’ (Arrow Gate would release it by summer) but ‘The Feet Of Darkness,’ sat comfortably on my shelf! Finally, I decided to re-edit and sent it off to various publishers before Arrow Gate snapped it up.

Good news? Yes, you can imagine my dismay when Amazon now placed it beside the kindle edition and the problem is, I don’t like the first edition, if I had my way I would remove it from amazon, I tried to but Author House claimed they can’t help me. To make things worse, I don’t get a dime when they sell the first edition of the paperback, the money probably goes to Author House (I’d cancelled my contract with Author House by the way)

This was the cover of the first edition, though it looked okay but mistakes abound in it! Well, I’m glad I got that off my chest, I can’t wait for the new paperback edition…

Much love friends!

🙂

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44 comments on “The Life Of A Writer!

  1. melodylowes says:

    There’s so much these printing houses don’t tell hopeful authors. I’m sorry that you had a bad experience – hopefully the next chapters of your publishing adventure will be beautiful and successful!! 🙂

  2. ioniamartin says:

    Oh! I hate when I hear stories like that. Thank goodness you got away from them. I almost got myself into a similar deal with another notoriously bad publisher. I hope you have a much less bumpy ride in the future! Well said.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks for your kind words ionia, Author House contacted me today to say they’ve removed the old edition from Amazon, so I’m quiet pleased with that though I’ve not verified it yet! You’re lucky you escaped from the ‘notorious’ publisher, I’m happy for you and I appreciate your kindness!
      Much love. 🙂

  3. boomiebol says:

    So sorry you had to go through all that

  4. sandrabranum says:

    You are succeeding as a writer and that’s really all that’s important. Onward!

  5. Julie Israel says:

    Eesh! Good to know about situations like these…

    I’m sorry for your troubles but I admire your attitude looking forward! May your next publishing experience be better!

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thank you for your kind words Julie, I’m happy I found a more humane publisher in Arrow Gate, they’re hands on and we work together seamlessly! I appreciate your visit!
      🙂

  6. sueannm66 says:

    Oh, how frustrating for you. You certainly need fortitude if you want to get published and make some money out of it! Good luck for your next venture.

  7. Alastair says:

    Do you realise that that if Mrs Titi Atiku married Bishop Desmond Tutu, she would be Titi Tutu hehe

  8. what a terrible experience. but I am glad this is behind you now and you are publishing more novels. Congratulations. 🙂

  9. Ben Naga says:

    “… if I had my way I would remove it from amazon, I tried to but Author House claimed they can’t help me.”

    Can’t … or *won’t*? Clearly their fathers and mothers never bothered to get married. 😛

  10. Uzoma says:

    Such an experience is not the best for a writer, especially as it has to do with debut novel. With many publishers nowadays, one can only pray to make the right move. I’m happy you’ve put that behind you. Good luck with the ones ahead, sis.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thank you Uzoma, my trepidation was born out of anxiety I guess, I didn’t want readers to buy the old edition, but I’m glad it’s over now because my former publisher finally contacted me today!
      I appreciate your kind comment and visit!
      Cheers! 🙂

  11. Thank you for sharing this. I can’t imagine how frustrating it must be. Keep doing what you do and don’t let them rob you of another great book by driving you to distraction.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, I wrote this specifically so people can differentiate between the two editions! I don’t want anyone to buy the first edition because some already have, and as a writer, I owe it to my readers to release great books, books I can buy to read even if I was not the one who wrote it!
      Thank you for taking time to read through and comment!
      Blessings. 🙂

  12. lucewriter says:

    That is really frustrating. I think similar things happen to a lot of writers, but that surely doesn’t make you feel any better! So glad you are moving on from here!

  13. Mrs Yemisismart Adeyemi says:

    This is to encourage you to keep doing what you know how to do best. I must say you are a good writer. The sky is ur limit nd the LORD is ur strength. We are proud of u.

  14. festivalking says:

    So proud of you Seyi! I’m glad having a a peron like you as a blog friend 🙂

    Cheers!

  15. StetotheJ says:

    Sounds like a terrible experience, but I am glad you kept the faith, your writing is to good not to get the recognition it deserves.

  16. adamjasonp says:

    Serves them that they have to take the version with loads of errors in it.  But not a good thing, recognition-wise.  And not nice of me to say—I still have someone holding some of my content that was improved later on…

    • Seyi sandra says:

      You’ve said it the way it is! Serves them right, but in the same vein, I want to release books with little or no mistakes! Someone contacted me from Author House that they’ve removed the book from Amazon, so I’m quiet pleased with that. Thank you for your visit, hope you’ll stop by again!
      Cheers. 🙂

  17. writingthebody says:

    I might say something a little different about the persistence of the original edition. I think sometimes it is best to let the first one be….ie let them do it. The fact they have done this means that they think it is good. It is always traumatic to look back on previously published work – but you may find down the road a bit that in fact there are qualities in it where you see faults now. My advice – let it be, and go on and write the new ones…..learning the lesson from the one that is out there already. These are only my thoughts – and one last that I learnt too, and it seems you also are facing – never let the mss out of your hands till you are happy with it!

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thank you for your comment, there is great wisdom in it too! The second edition (kindle version) was released by a new publisher and the paperback would be out within days. I’ve truly moved on, I have two new novels coming out this year. And I echo your words, ‘never let the manuscript out of your hands till you’re happy with it.’ That summed it up for me!!!
      Your comment is timely and truly appreciated!
      Much love. 🙂

  18. jmsabbagh says:

    Hi Seyi,first l hope the paper back will be very successful and profitable.I am really glad to have a friend blogger who is a novelist.Congratulation on the new baby.Thank you So much for liking my post ( Earthly Glorification) Blessings and regards.jalal

  19. Brenda Perlin says:

    I am so glad the publisher removed your book. Now you are truely free to do what you want, what you are doing. I can relate to having a bad publisher. I too had one and like you I am glad to say I got out. Congrats on following your dream and doing it so well. You should be so pleased with yourself!

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I am Brenda, I’m glad you’ve moved on too! It took a lot of persistence and determination to let go of such a bad experience, it’s akin to betrayal. Thank you so much for your kind comment, I truly appreciate it!

  20. Michael says:

    Thanks for the post. Learnt my lesson.

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