It’s with a heavy heart that I write this. Republica Press, my publishing home since 2009 will close its virtual doors at the end of March. The future of my books, and those of the other authors at Republica is a bit up in the air. My books all revert to me, but I don’t fully know what then. There is the possibility that the Amazon presence can stay for some time longer, and that the name of the press may be transferrable to some other entity. But that’ still in “Work To Be Done”.
I may find another home for my publications, though I doubt I could find a more welcoming one than RP has been. I’ve been proud to call Republica my Press, and my House. Emma and Aaron made it a place proud to push the boundaries – publishing my Nightmares and Visions, Remittance Girl’s Gaijin, and other books dealing with some of the rougher edges of erotica. I don’t know what other entities, if any, will – or can – rise to fill its place.
There were many factors that are not mine to share that led to the decision, though I do understand them. It’s not only because of the PayPal debacle, though that was the last straw, and for that I lay a significant part of the blame for Republica’s demise at PayPal’s feet. PayPal was Republica’s payment company and PayPal’s ultimatum of corporate censorship attacked Republica for the very spirit of tolerance and broadmindedness that made it possible for me to publish at all.
I’m terribly sad. As it stands, purchases through Republica until the end of March can continue and will be honored. Republica books will be up on Amazon probably past the end of March, but the RP site will go dormant after March 31. Specific details will be published at the press’ website soon.
While a little cash has been nice, I never published for the money. I published for the fact of it. For reaching a bit of a new audience of readers. For having my writing of the last decade-plus tied into some nice bows. For having a place to say ‘that’s where you can find my books’. And I published because Emma in particular believed in my writing and encouraged me to.
So, there’s sorrow to feel and sorting out to do. No story like this is ever over until it’s over. But I wanted to give Emma and Aaron my deepest thanks and gratitude for everything they’ve done for me, and for others.
If you’ve been interested in buying any of my books, now’s the time. I’ve decided to donate half of my royalty for this last quarter to the hearteater charity, WaterAid, and the other half to help out at Republica, as my thanks. If you buy any of my smut, you’ll be giving money to an excellent charity, and to kind hearts who believe in the freedom to write and read anything and everything.