The Sad Way of Publishing
I'm sad for not only my book and all the people who were looking forward to it, but for all of Samhain's authors (many of which are my friends), their editors, and other staff. Samhain has been a staple in the romance and horror genres for over ten years now and it is tragic to see them go. But, sales had declined to the point where they could no longer justify the overhead. Such is the way of publishing.
The rights for my novel will eventually be returned to me and since my agent and I did not query widely, there is a chance we will seek out other publishers for the novel we had placed with Samhain. In the meantime, I'm staying positive because I have three other manuscripts out on publisher submission. And, in the end, I believe things happen for a reason and perhaps that novel wasn't meant to be my traditional debut. That doesn't mean it will never see the light of day, it just means its day has not yet come.