Into The Fray

Obsidian“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” ~Hellen Keller

I wonder, some days, if people even remember who J.S. Chancellor is … if in the past 19 months of upheavals even I have forgotten her gumption, and impossible spirit? Then, I’ll get a FB message, or email, from a reader who has stumbled across my work and read it, and it touched something in them in a way, that as writers, we often forget we have the power to do. When you’re running a business that has thousands of tangible products, it’s easier to see your influence and how you’re doing overall in your endeavor. Authors, however, don’t really have that sort of ruler with which to keep track of our success and failure. I don’t know that I would want one, if one were miraculously offered to me. What we do is too personal, too intimate, for that sort of measurement.

What on earth am I rambling about?

On April 1st, other than the audiobooks for A Thief of Nightshade, and Icarus, all of my work will be taken down from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. Why? Because I have been granted back the rights to my work, by my more-than-generous publisher. I requested them, and instead of kicking up a fuss, they appreciate and support my want to venture out there on my own—to form my own company, and sell my own products. Am I going with just books? Nope, probably not. I’m nothing if not ambitious. What all will this new company take on? That remains to be seen … it’s still in the formative stages. But, I wanted to let you know what was going on, and where my stuff was going for now. You’ve got a few more days to purchase the books traditionally, or you can wait and purchase them from me directly. I still have a handful of the original releases, that I’ll be more than happy to sign and sell off. Everything is being re-released this coming December, along with a few new titles and YES, the final book in the Guardians of Legend Trilogy. About time on that last one.

Truth is, everything in our industry is changing. While I’ve been ‘absent’ to some extent online, I’ve still kept abreast of what’s going on in the world of publishing and while my personal life has quite literally turned upside down a few times since August of 2011, I’m reshaping some foundational things. I’m reminded of some dear friends who came to visit me a few years back—they stayed with us at our lake cabin for a week in January of 2011. Vin, having a plethora of skills, was able to do a handwriting analysis on me that has stuck all this time. At some point he noted, correctly, that I was holding myself back to some level. And he was more than right … righter than I anticipated. And it’s hit me over the past year JUST how right he really was, and how much more I’m capable of than what I’ve accepted from myself. I’m not content in my writing career. I’ve had some highs, some lows, and a whole lot of middle ground. Rhemalda Publishing provided me with the foundation, and platform, that I needed to get my act together. They have been awesome, and they will remain close friends in the industry (I have the pleasure of knowing Rhett and Emmaline personally). Without them, there is no way I’d have the guts to do what I’m about to do. And it goes far beyond self-publishing …

It’s taking everything in me not to spill the beans. But there is a lot of hard work to do. There is a lot of market research still to be done. But, the possibilities are literally endless. There are so many tools available to us, via the web, that an online company can do just about anything you set your heart’s desire to have it do. Want to cater to other writers? Done. Just readers? Done. It depends only on your imagination’s limitations and your own ability to think outside of the box. We’re on the precipice of a publishing revolution, and I’m stoked to hopefully be one of the first to get past the current “boundaries” of what all a ‘publisher’ can do.

What I’ll say for now, is that if you carefully look at the groundbreakers in every industry out there, they’ve been bold, confident, risk-takers. Every company starts with a vision, then a mission statement, and finally ventures forth into the fray. We’re there … in the mission statement phase, molding something that if we work hard enough, could potentially be much bigger than I’m giving it credit for.

It may be kindling now … but give it time. Obsidian Publishing (obsidianbooks.com & obsidianpublishing.com) plans on a tentative launch of December 1st, 2013. With any luck, you’ll be able to look back on this post and smile, knowing that this is where it started. This is where I leapt. This was the moment I decided that no price was too high for freedom. Even security. My best friend Diana Harbour, now sister-in-law, said that to me once, and I’ve never forgotten it. It’s fueled her own uber successful business (reddressboutique.com) and it’s been just the right spark for my own life. In more ways than one. I mean … I am married to her brother.

Like I said, in the meantime, if you want a copy of anything listed here, just shoot an email to jschancellor@obsidianbooks.com.  You can still purchase the audiobooks from Audible.com.

Meanwhile … enjoy Reis (pictured). This is the OFFICIAL cover image, via the incredibly talented Eve Ventrue, for the novel ‘Obsidian,’ coming also in December 2013. And yes, I know there are other books with the name. I couldn’t care less. I’ve been sitting on this, with this title, too long to not keep it as such. I owe these characters that much at least.

Why the name Obsidian? Because of the book really. Reis lives in a post-apocalyptic world, full of chaos and devoid of real sunlight. Until he meets Ember. And it’s *this* concept … of breaching the norm, of going far beyond your comfort zone, and finding real, authentic happiness, no matter the cost, that fuels our business endeavor. So, we chose to stick with the name, despite a multitude of reasons to come up with something different. Also … because we can, and that’s just how we roll.

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17 responses

  1. Super glad you’re back doing what you want to do, J.S. And as a fellow writer/massage therapist venturing into bigger things this year, I wish you the absolute best of luck. I know you’re going to rock it!

    Oh, and can’t WAIT to read Obsidian!

    • Thanks! And I totally didn’t realize you were a massage therapist too, that’s awesome. I still need to study and pass the licensure exam (argh). But, this is definitely the right direction for me. My husband is also an author, and we’ll eventually be putting out his titles as well.

  2. Best of luck to your new venture. Also very happy to hear release dates for some books I’ve been waiting for too :) I’m glad to see you’re still very much a writer, too. I guess I’ve been wondering about that. Of course then there’s me. My mother’s illness has left me drained, blocked, and just unable. I’m surprised I’m managing this. Life really bites right now, although I know it could be A LOT worse than it is. I’m just very tired.

    • Being tired will definitely take it out of you! Keep pushing forward though, that’s the best advice I can give for being in the midst of trial. Keep your head up, try to get as much rest as you can, and keep trudging through — eventually you’ll see the other side!

  3. Does my heart good to know that a publisher has chosen to accept (even support!) a writer’s decision to set up her own shop. It speaks extraordinarily well of both parties.

    I think you know how proud I am of you for taking such a bold step, and I’m glad I get to say so in public. I have such high hopes–mmm, nope; that’s not quite it–expectations of Obsidian Books!

  4. I’m really glad to hear of all you’re planning, even if you aren’t “spilling the beans.” I also think it’s awesome that RP is supporting you through this process. That’s wonderful! I’m excited to see what will happen in the future, and look forward to updates and posts. You’re the only one who can set limitations upon yourself! Reach beyond the stars, friend!

      • You’re so sweet! Keep me in your thoughts! I’m trying to get back into the swing of things after a couple months of being sick and could use some awesome mojo as I rock Camp NaNo this month :)

  5. Oh, I would love a signed copy of Son of Ereubus. I wish they were all in hardback and I would buy the set even though I have them already in paperback. I LOVE those books.

    • Terry, I’ll be releasing them in hardback and paperback (there will be a hardback set, paperback set, hardback omnibus, ebooks, and audiobooks once the third is ready for publication). SO, lol, plenty of options to choose from. But, I do still have some of Son of Ereubus from the very first print run hanging around if you want a signed copy of that in the meantime. Just shoot me an email and I’ll happily send one over. They’re $20 signed, but that includes shipping. :)

      • THANKS! I will buy the hardback set – probably two as one would make the perfect gift for a family member!

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