A tsunami is sweeping the publishing industry, with authors republishing their out-of-print novels as ebooks. I’m thrilled to say I’m joining the wave. As with all things connected to this new world of authors and the Interent, there’s a lot to learn! I hope you’ll follow along in the coming days as I make the final push toward birthing my first ebook baby, which will be Falling for You, book one in my Pearl Island Trilogy.
I’m especially excited that Falling for You will be the first since it’s one of my most popular books with readers, yet it’s impossible to buy new. Even I don’t own a new copy! I foolishly gave away my last author copy thinking I could order more from the publisher or through a bookstore. Oh, not so. They were all gone. Sold out across the nation. Trust me, I searched for months before giving up. I even ordered what were listed as “new” copies from sellers at both Amazon and B&N. What I got was not new. Close to new, but not. It’s been heartbreaking to not own one single new copy of my own book. Even worse, though, is having readers ask where they can buy one and having to tell them they can’t. Well, the latter, at least, is about to change!
How do you republish an out-of-print novel as an ebook?
Step One, getting my rights back. I started this process by sending a “reversion of rights” letter to the legal department at St. Martin’s Press. I have to wait six months, so the rights will revert to me on May 12. Woo-Hoo! If all goes well, that will be the release date of the e-edition. While waiting for that magical day, I’ve been very busy.
Step Two, getting a digital file. This has been a HUGE hurtle. Since the final copy edits of a published novel are done by hand on the printed out manuscript and galley pages, my word file doesn’t match the published book. I’d love to hear from other authors or computer gurus on how to overcome this obstacle with the least amount of money and time. Do you pay to have it scanned? Pay a typist to retype the whole thing? Compare the printed version to your word file page my page? Share your ideas, but stay tuned for how I’m solving this problem.
Step Three, getting a new cover. When you get the rights back to a book, you don’t get rights to the cover. Those belong to either the artist or the publisher. Which means, you’ll need a new cover. Options abound for this as well. So, again, stay tuned.
Steps Four – 4,000. There’s still so much left to do, it’s a little overwhelming. This blog and I will be very busy in the coming days as I race to get everything done by May 12, release day for the all new ebook addition of Falling for You.
(Please comment and share this post before you leave, but if you’re looking for some excellent information about self publishing an e-book, check out JA Konrath’s A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing. Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter for more information on the re-release of all the Pearl Island Trilogy books.)
I’m curious though. How many of you read ebooks? Are you an author who’s been through this process? Are you thinking of taking the plunge?