You might remember last Thursday I made a blog post about how I had been approached and asked to sign a publishing agreement, which I then signed. For those not in the know, I submitted a proposal on a freelance writing site asking for people who wanted their works published. After a few weeks I got a message back from them asking to see some of my work and I sent them a copy of The Beast. They asked me to edit it and so I did, and resubmitted it. They asked me to sign a publishing agreement and so I did. I was super excited at the time but now it seems that the congratulations may have been a little premature.
After everyone was asking when it was going to be published I decided to drop them a message asking that very question. I also had a few of my own for them so took the chance. I still haven't heard back from them and it's been nearly a week now. Before now they would generally get back to me in a few hours. I must say I am a little worried that even though I've signed a legally binding contract, things might not work out the way they're supposed to. I did read all the contract thoroughly so it's not like anything bad could happen, but I find it odd they seem to have just disappeared without telling me when they plan to publish something.
I'll keep writing Immortal Space and if I've not heard back from them by the time it's done (which will be a few months) then the whole thing is definitely a write off. Should that be the case then I'll try submitting Immortal Space to actual publishers. Self publishing is nice and easy but unfortunately I don't really have the userbase to do it. I'm going to have to go about this the "right" way and become some publisher's bitch one way or the other.
Frankly I'd like my first experience with a publisher to be a nice and productive one. I'll keep you informed of course.