In a group email to my authors two days ago, I announced the closure of Satalyte Publishing. This has not been an easy decision to make, but it was a necessary one for me as Owner and Director. In truth, I found that depression had taken a hold, leaving me not in a fit state to run this business for the betterment of the authors or itself.
It has taken me those two days since that email to get used to the fact that I am no longer a publisher. There has been tears, joy, commiserations, and a lot of great memories. I have met a fantastic number of people along the way, and am proud to say that I gave it a go. It takes heart and soul and a strong sense of will to run a publishing house.
The last year in particular had been a tough one for Marieke and I personally, almost resulting in our marriage break-up. Whilst we managed to rescue our marriage, Marieke resigned from the business. This had more of a detrimental effect on me than I expected. The end result is that I was drowning under the workload.
There have been a number of people that have helped along the way, and I wish to thank them here:
- Robert Stephenson – for his wise words of wisdom
- Geoff Brown – for calling bullshit when he saw it
- Andrew McKiernan – for listening to a long story
- Steve Gilshenen – for always being there for me
- Jack Dann – for being my mentor and good friend
I have had the pleasure of working with many great authors, and have published some fine books (if you don’t mind me saying so). Please support these authors and help them find new homes for their works. Their talent is important to Australia.
I have reverted all rights to the authors, and have removed links from Amazon, Smashwords and our website. It will take some time for the distributed books to return, but be reassured that any books that sell after the closure will see their share go the the authors.
I have given the authors an opportunity to buy their books from me if they wish, and I implore you to go and seek out the authors if you would like to buy one of their books. Help support them in this difficult phase.
For me now, it’s a quiet time of reflection – to think about what we have done, and to think about what is next. It is time to rebuild, and maybe even get some writing done. I thank you all for your support, and hope you have enjoyed what we produced.
Remember to always thank the author with a review.