January 29th, 2010
Rolling With The Punches

Man, has this been a rough up and down month both personally and professionally. I will be glad to see the back of January. I know I’ve been rather absent on the blog as of late. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what I want to do. And how I’d like to proceed.

Anyone who’s been involved in the publishing industry for any length of time knows it’s like riding a bull. It’s hard to remain in your seat long enough to get to that eight second whistle.

Well, I may be covered in dust and cow shit, but that never stopped me from getting back up. (And yes, I do speak from experience. *ggg*) I will continue to write. I’m actually looking forward to it. The class I’m currently taken has really opened my eyes and shown me many ways to improve my craft. Can’t wait to dig in and apply what I’ve learned.

Unless a surprise sale comes through in the next few months, I will be retiring Jordan. It’s impossible to get a fresh start without doing so. I’m not taking down the site because I still have releases coming out this year. I won’t leave you hanging.

Part of me is sad about retiring the name, but part of me really looks forward to starting anew without any preconceived ideas about what type of writer I am.

Julie Leto said something recently that really stuck with me. She said, “I decided as tough as this business is, I’m going to be tougher.”

Never give up. Never surrender.

30 comments to “Rolling With The Punches”

  1. *whine* I’ll be sad to see Jordan go but I’m also excited for you and the fresh start. Good luck!!

  2. New year, new things. I have a new name, and I think it’s time to start doing things with it. Besides, dusty and in the dirt means we’re playing hard. *g*

  3. Sherri, Thank you! I’m excited, too. It was a difficult decision, but I think it was the right one.

  4. Charli, We’ve been playing seriously hard. *ggg* 😉

  5. Ooo-ee. Do we have some catching up to do. Hang in there, and roll, baby, roll!

    Hugs, Beth

  6. Beth, I’m a rolling. Got to get out of the way of that bull. 😉

  7. Aaawww. : ( I’m a lurker, but I love the Dead World books and will be sad to see “Jordan” retired.

  8. Tough choice, but I’ve always thought change was good. 🙂
    I hope you’ll let us know what the new name is. I still want to follow you.

  9. big hugs J!

    I’ll follow you to the ends of the earth.

  10. Jackie, I’m sorry. It was a tough decision, but like I said, there will still be a few more Jordan books coming down the pike. Jordan just won’t be the focus of my work anymore. :/

  11. Sasha, I think this will be a good change. Might as well go for it with all the other changes taking place. *g* I will definitely let everyone know when I get the new site up. 🙂

  12. (((Vivi))) Thanks!

  13. Wow.
    So, it’s really that hard to start anew or go in a different direction under the same name?
    Wishing you the best of luck, Jordan. K.I.T.

  14. Oh, that bites. 🙁 Just let me know where you turn up next.

    Change isn’t always a bad thing, I know, but still, it doesn’t mean making the change is fun.

  15. Raine, I’m sure it depends on the individual, but I haven’t found it to be in any way simple.

  16. Shiloh, Will keep you posted.


  17. January really has been a crappy month. I am so happy to put it behind me as well. I hope that you are able to find a new name that meets your needs and helps relaunch things for you.

  18. Shannon, Thanks! I’m sure I’ll figure something out. I always do. 😉

  19. You could be like Clint Eastwood in those spaghetti westerns. Instead of the ‘gunman with no name’ you could be the ‘writer with no name’. 🙂

  20. Bernard, LOL, I’m ALREADY the writer with no name. *g*

  21. The artist formerly known as Jordan Summers?

    Don’t worry (too much). You’ll do great.

  22. Wow, and then Jan. ends with the Amazon to Macmillan authors kidney punch! May Feb be better.

  23. Toni, Yeah, something like that. *ggg*

    Thanks! 🙂

  24. Charli, Definitely fun times. Snort.

  25. It sucks, but a fresh start is good. Look at authors who changed names and took their careers in fabulous new directions. That will be you! We’re cheering for you!

  26. HelenKay, I think a fresh start is just what I need. You’re right, a new name has done wonders for several authors. 🙂

  27. Wow. Rough choice to switch names, Jordan. Hope re-making yourself is a smooth process. Good luck and keep us posted.

  28. Liz, It was a rough choice, but a necessary one for my sanity. *ggg* Thanks!

  29. I am going to miss Jordan and the DW series but I understand the need for change. I await with baited breath to see what stories you bring to us. Congrats.

  30. Marnie, I wish there could’ve been more Dead World books, but it wasn’t my call. Thank you!