For My Isaiah David Paul, Jarold Imes, Cedric Quincy & Donte Sweat Readers…
First, I want to say thank you to all of the readers who supported me, Jae throughout all of the years I’ve been a writer. Eighteen (and counting) credited books is nothing to sneeze at and has taken a lot of hard work and dedication to accomplish this task. I’m writing this letter to clarify some rumors among some of my fans and to shed some light on what I’ve been up to.
RUMOR #1 – I quit the industry—FALSE.
I tried that twice and it didn’t work. I have an assignment here that God wants me to fulfill and I guess until I’m done—I’m still here. Yes, I’m still writing books, mainly faith fiction under the name Isaiah David Paul. At the publication of this letter, the revisions to STILL STANDING, my last YA book have been completed and will go to the printer in time for its October 30 release as an adult Christian fiction novel under the Isaiah David Paul name. Also, my new novel, BROKEN BUT I’M HEALED which is the novel version of the short story, “I Used to Love H.E.R.” in Elissa Gabrielle’s award winning anthology, THE SOUL OF A MAN will also be released on this date as well. Another new novel, STOMP will also come out at the end of January 2013.
In addition, I work as a freelance editor and proofreader for quite a few editing and publishing services firms—I still provide consulting services for self-published authors and small publishing houses and yes, I AM STILL A GHOSTWRITER. 2011 was a harmful year for me because in addition to losing a business that I had for over five years that did a lot of social services and activism work, I only got paid in full for one of the four ghostwriting projects I worked on (long story)—but God bless those people anyway and He is still good because I’m working with two authors who have completed works and done right by me both as collaborators and financially. I’ve gone back to being more selective with whom I ghost for but I state that to say that I’m still writing.
RUMOR #2 –I am permanently discontinuing the Jarold Imes name and teen books—TRUE
While I love the works I’ve done for teens, I have to say that managing four different names has become a bit much in my current condition. I am still writing teen novels, but majority of the new teen books will be faith based and written under the Isaiah David Paul name. I’m excited about the suspenseful turn my teen novels have taken and I can’t wait to come back and work with young readers again.
A few of the Jarold Imes books, especially those that were originally adult novels will be revised and re-issued as adult novels under new names and under the other name I’m keeping. The rest of the novels will be discontinued in all formats by May 2013.
RUMOR #3 – I am permanently discontinuing the Cedric Quincy name and the LGBT books—TRUE & FALSE
I’ve told some of you this earlier, and I know many of you will be disappointed, but I am going to discontinue this name as well. I will keep the twitter account and the emails only, but the website and other miscellaneous Cedric Quincy sites and profiles will disappear by May 2013 as well. Through the remaining Cedric Quincy accounts, I will continue to encourage you to support my works under other names and for those of you who don’t know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, I will share material that will be of interest to you so that you can learn more about Him from people you may be familiar with.
Many of you have gone on to support Isaiah David Paul and I greatly appreciate you being the first fans of my new literary works that I’m doing to glorify God. Some of you have been loyal since I was Jaeyel and Jamaal (old school fans know the rest of the pseudonym). And those of you who found out the other names, I appreciate you going back to purchasing my other titles.
There are no plans to continue the bisexual or lesbian stories I’ve done under this name or the other less popular names (I can’t tell everything). In fact, I no longer have the rights to some of the lesbian stories and the writer(s) who does has stated that he/she/they will take care of them.
But for my Cedric, Corey, Aurice, Xavier, Serita, Karmen and Aiesha fans—you will be seeing these characters again. I know I didn’t deliver the third book in the series—spiritually, I couldn’t complete it in the same vein that I wrote the first two books and the draft of part of the book was sold to another writer for use in their published novel. Yet, I will say that in the two years since I’ve written about some of your favorites, let’s just say that as I’ve grown and changed—so have they. And you’ll get to see them in some of the upcoming works I have in store for you. I’m excited about the direction some of the characters have gone and I truly believe in my heart that you will too.
RUMOR #4 – Donte Sweat is coming back, possibly with new material—TRUE
While I never said I wouldn’t write secular works again, I did say that I’m going to PRIMARILY put my focus on faith fiction works and Isaiah David Paul. I tried that before two when I originally wrote and published the first version of LOVE HIM LIKE I DO in 2005 and as you can see, I backslid. So what I tell people now is that secular works aren’t my primary focus. However, after regaining the rights back to another published work (under another name that I can’t disclose yet on here) I’ve decided that I’m going to revise that work as well and change a lot of the names, details and present the book the way I originally intended and for me to do that, I need to streamline the pseudonyms and get my literary house in order.
Plus, it doesn’t hurt that I’ve always liked this name and so have some of you. J
So that being said, any new secular works I come up with will most likely bear the Donte Sweat name (unless they are under contract for a client) as well as the re-issuing of my backlist. Some of the books that I can confirm that will be re-issued under the Donte Sweat name under new titles are:
HOLD ON BE STRONG (the adult version) by Jaeyel/Jarold Imes
The HOBS soap opera by Jaeyel Imes will be novelized and in print for the first time with new scenes
The last season of the HOBS soap opera will be completed, published and released in early 2014
FREE YOUR MIND by Cedric Quincy
KING by Cedric Quincy & Donte Sweat
AGE AIN’T NOTHING BUT A NUMBER (the adult version) by Jamaal…/Jarold Imes
I haven’t decided on the other books yet but it will be noted on the reissued books whether or not they are re-issues and credit will be given to the original publication and/or publisher.
There will be a revised DonteSweat.com website that will be up by the end of this month with more information. The twitter, facebook, yahoo email account and other social media sites with Donte Sweat will remain up and active. I will also primarily write new articles and commentary under this name.
So that being said, I have a busy literary plate—the bulk of it filled with work I’m doing as Isaiah David Paul. For those of you who kept in contact with me, especially in my time of need; continue to support my wife, Allyson M. Deese and buy my books regardless of name and genre, I want to say I really, really, really love and appreciate that after thirteen years, you allow me to continue doing what I’m doing.
I can’t wait for you to read what I’m working on now and I pray that my faith fiction novels minister to you and show how all people, even those whom we consider to be “the least” of us, can grow in love with Christ.
Jae…writing as Isaiah David Paul & Donte Sweat