When I launched AfterDark Online, it was around the time I was deciding where I wanted to be. I launched the site in the fall of 2010 as a story submission site, which was successful for the next three years, and then I decided to expand it more to promoting people’s books and doing reviews, also hosting interviews, but by the end of 2016 my desire to keep the site active was beginning to wane. I was at the crossroads of where I wanted to be.
This site had such an influence for me. It was there when I met a number of authors and got involved with a number of publishers, but while I had operated AfterDark Online I was working on writing my first ebook in the summer of 2011. By September, I created the first edition of Their First Night Together (later republished in 2014 under Gratis), I knew then and there I wanted to be an author more than ever, but I also had my site going, where I wanted to help promote authors.
At that time, I was still discovering myself and continued to until 2014, where I wanted to focus more on publishing my stories, but the decision to let go of the site was the most difficult, because I enjoyed working with other authors, and I want to help them succeed, but my desire to continue AfterDark Online was moving away, and I realized that I couldn’t stay committed anymore, missing other people’s posts, as I got lost in my own work.
I wanted to continue, but I had no one that was interested to help out and work with me on the site. I was doing this all by myself, and while I had fun doing so it was time to move on and focus on my work.
The word AfterDark will still flourish through my books, which I use my own publishing label as AfterDark Press. This name had been with me for the last twenty years, but giving it life was a privilege I had that most people weren’t able to accomplish. I’m proud to have work with a number of authors, reviewing for them, and publishing stories that helped jump-start their writing career, but the time moves on for me to do something else, and writing is my passion.
To the authors, publishers, PA, and followers of AfterDark Online, thank you for the wonderful memories.