Friday the 30th day of August 2019, Burning Willow Press, LLC announced it is closing its door for good. I’ve waited until this moment to say anything in-depth. I have announced I was going to land on my feet, regardless. Adaptability is key in any business. Many are sad, understandability and some are angry, which is fair. I befriended many through this company. They pushed me creativity and professionally. There is much I will forever credit Burning Willow Press with. The Sowder with. They encouraged me when I didn’t realize I needed it.
One of their mottos being ‘family first’. Many in this field push themselves hard and forget the importance of family. They knew this and helped guide many to the best of their abilities to not forget to take a break and spend time with what’s important family. They helped me so much more than words will ever explain. I’ve learned a lot because of them. I began working for them 4 years ago when Kindra Sowder asked me to do a cover for her. Impressed enough with my skills I was hired a few months later. This led to me meeting and working for most of their authors. They also hired me to work on many things I hadn’t before on the side as a freelance graphic artist doing work on business cards and logos. They gave me freedom to try new things, things I’d never considered attempting before.
I have a history of this, not trying something until someone’s challenged me or encouraged me. I wrote in genres because of encouragement and Edd and Kindra have, to date, been some of the best bosses I’ve ever had. They stood up for me when need me, helped me, and treated me without bias as an author. Though I was staff when it came to sign my work, I had to do what everyone else did. Submit my work, bite my nails, and hope it was good enough. Many assumed I had some favoritism because of my being a staff and I never saw this. I was treated fairly and like everyone else.
I didn’t speak much over the years about my time with the company. What I said was positive and honest. Which I’m sure many figured was me towing the company line, but it wasn’t. I never honest had anything bad to say and still don’t. I only hope moving forward I’m treated by publishers and clients as fairly as they treated me. They set a high bar of standards.
Now the doors are closing I’m going to move forward. I’ve already began talking with publishers and getting information. BWP will be dissolving my contracts, as per my request, so that I can go ahead and move forward. This doesn’t mean I don’t care about the people, but business-wise I must move forward. I’m finding new homes for The Blasphemer Series, Human Ouija, and other things that were not announced or previous released. All of My Every Things was not published with BWP so this will continue moving forward as is.
Things will continue forward perhaps quicker as I get back to work. I’ll be writing and adapting short stories, as I have been doing. I will not stop doing what I’ve been doing the past 5/6 years. All the short stories that were in the Crossroad books, from BWP, will be returned rights-wise to me and I’ll be moving forward with them.
SFA will only be available until November 1st, 2019 and then will be removed from shelves. The last money it has gathered will be donated, as it has been for the past year since its publication. The rights will be returned to the writers as the contracts end.