As those who subscribe to my VIP Reader’s Group know, over the weekend, we received word that Loose Id Publishing is closing its doors after 15 years in successful operation. This came as a shock to all the authors, editors, and staff who toiled tirelessly to produce top-quality high heat romance for our readers.
I am thankful for my time with such a good publisher. The editing at Loose Id was polished and professional, and I learned a great deal as an author with them. Though they are closing, they did it with class and gave the authors and editors a good five month head start to get things in order. This puts many authors in a bind, and I hope that they can find homes for their amazing books. I was fortunate enough to have all of my Loose Id books contracted with my other publisher, Boroughs Publishing, and they will be re-branded and republished in May 2018 once Loose Id closes.
This is understandably disheartening and saddening to many authors who put their heart and soul into their work, and now have to find new homes for it (or decide whether or not to self-publish).
When I was in the Army, I was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, when the Iraq War broke out. It was a tumultuous time, and I learned then that how we deal with change makes or breaks our experiences. There are many reasons why change in our lives, however hard it might seem at the time, can be a good thing:
- It builds character and flexes your mental strength. We’ve all heard the old adage that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? Well, it’s true. Life is about finding out how much you can take and keep moving forward. This clip from Rocky always puts it into perspective for me.
- By being forced to explore new avenues, you learn more. Growing doesn’t stop after high school. Growing starts when you begin believing in yourself. Sometimes we go through struggles and things we don’t deserve, but it’s not about us being good people that go through hard times. It’s about becoming who we were meant to be through a good attitude, determination, and perseverance. Always think positively and believe in your dreams.
- Upgrading. Sometimes things don’t work out for a reason. This can be with a relationship, an investment, a job opportunity, or anything. When that happens, and we reevaluate what we hope to accomplish, nine times out of ten, we realize what we truly wanted, and change can bring about a better result than we originally thought of. For example, when we replace roof shingles or get a new water heater or refinance a mortgage, we do so to improve our quality of living and financial situation. Sometimes if that one job doesn’t work out, you end up getting a job that’s even better, and change comes about because you were meant to be better than you thought originally.
To all my fellow authors who are displaced and frustrated with the closing of Loose Id, this isn’t the end, and something good WILL come of this. To everyone else, I hope this sparked a bit of inspiration in your lives, wherever you are and whatever your circumstances.
“Believe in the beauty of your dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt