What do you do when the rights to one of your stories revert back to you?
Of course, you could submit it to another publisher. I did this with When Love Flue In, sending it to Totally Bound and getting it released in time for the Christmas period. With that being a seasonal read, to all intents and purposes, readers would have barely noticed it had been unavailable for a period of six months or so. And having lost the whole of the second year’s sales due to unpaid royalties I was eager to get the story back out and selling copies as soon as possible.
So when the rights reversion email for Lovers Entwined landed in my inbox I had a decision to make. Under its previous publisher, who didn’t appear to know how to market it, this story died a death. I didn’t want that to happen again. If it dies on the quality of the story it tells so be it but to flounder because no one knows that it exists is another matter.
Did I want to self-publish?
I have to admit I was scared.
However, many of my author friends self-publish with excellent results. At first it seemed a daunting task, but thankfully the authors in this genre are some of the most generous people I have met (or not met at all in some cases). Most authors, if asked what super power they would want, would probably ask to be able to slow down time or have the ability to clone themselves. With time at a premium in this game, that people are willing to give some of those precious minutes to a virtual stranger (Jay and I could walk past each other in the street and not recognise each other) is the most generous gift of all.
So with Jay Northcote holding my hand, I took the bull by the horns and stepped into that den of confusion called self publishing. This book would not be here without her, it would be languishing in a slush pile somewhere, and for that, I dedicate this book to her.
Don't forget Lovers Entwined is still available at the special pre-order price. Pre-order links are below
The price should be $2.99 across the board until release (Amazon US seems to vary for some reason). On release it will go up to $3.99.