When Kate Flora invited me to blog on this site a little over three years ago, I felt deeply honored to join so many excellent writers of Maine-based mysteries. Indeed, I felt inadequate because I had published only three mysteries, a series featuring the amateur sleuth Julie Williamson. At the time I joined mainecrimewriters.com I was at work on a fourth in the series.
Life intervened, as it has a way of doing, and it wasn’t until the end of 2020 that I was able to submit the work to my publisher. The response was favorable, with the caveat that staff shortages and a number of accepted books in the queue already would mean mine might not appear till 2022. I had taken long enough to write it that I couldn’t blame the publisher for taking a while to get it out. So all well and good—until a short email from the publisher this summer brought the news it would not publish my mystery.
Rejection is rarely welcome, and I was frankly dazed at being so abruptly dropped. Of course the editor who sent the bad news said she quite liked the mystery, wished they had adequate staff and resources, etc., etc. Maybe just being nice. I’ve begun looking at alternative means of publishing, but as things stand now I’m finding it hard to consider myself a Maine crime writer. That’s why I’ve decided to sign off here. If I do eventually publish the fourth book—and maybe another one beyond that—I’ll ask if I may rejoin. In the meantime, I want to thank all the bloggers who make this site fun to read and be a part of, especially Kate Flora, and those who have read and commented on my posts. It’s all been fun!