I found my way
Right time wrong place
As I plead my case
In probably the longest week of my life, I have accomplished way more than I ever thought I could. Do you know how difficult it can be to re-release a reissued book? No? Me neither. I had no idea what all was involved when I decided to get a newer, cleaner version of HASH on the market. With that being said, I am very glad it’s over. VERY GLAD. Someone go get me vodka, that’s how glad I am.
It will take some time for all platforms to correct themselves, but both the print and eBook copies have been made available. I cannot express to you what a relief this is to me. It’s taken me a while to get here and it was not without a fight, trust me.
Between re-doing everything (Thanks again Elaine York you SAINT) and then defending my book, and my rights to prove that this was not plagiarism or a copyright infringement, I am EXHAUSTED. I thought everything was handled yesterday, until I received an email with the necessary steps I had to go through to prove my work was indeed, mine. That was a tough blow. I mean really, what could I say that I hadn’t already said? What could I do, besides present these people with documentation and dates? Defending my book, fighting for something I created and worked hard on for years, was grueling. 24 hours seemed like 24 days as I waited and waited to hear back. I waited for someone to give me good news, but my book just hung in limbo, everything locked from me touching it or accessing it until things could be verified.
I chewed off all my nails and I’m ninety percent sure I gave myself an ulcer.
And then….it happened.
“Dear Hayley” The email read. “Based on the information you provided, this content will remain live and available for sale. No further action is required from you. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.”
Cue the Olympic, Gold Metal, Americana National Anthem PLEASE.
HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF, and now crack open that vodka!
Finally…you can get the NEW, re-released, second edition of Hide and Seek Her in both print and digital formats. Again, it may take a day or two for all platforms to honor the new, updated version and cover, but it will be available. I cannot express to you what this feels like. It’s hard work to write a story. It’s harder to publish it on your own. It’s even HARDER to republish it and fight for your rights. But this was not a fight I was losing. I was not throwing in the towel. It never even crossed my mind to call it a day and ignore this. Nope. This was too important to me to let go.
So for those of you who have been along this ride with me, and who have followed closely to this particular matter; thank you! I may not have always been pleasant and clam in dealing with this, but it’s over now and I could not have done it without you by my side.
Thank you, all of you. All the shares, messages, support, and random conversations have kept me sane through this. Especially the hard parts. I feel like I can finally be proud of this, and now that all of this is behind me, I can finally say I’m freeeeeee.
Currently playing – The Judge, twenty one pilots