ReCapturing a Book
This is What it Looked Like
My First Book Published by a Small Press
This was the first book in my Macy McVannel series. A month before the second book was to come out, the company closed it's doors. I did get royalties for 2012. I did not see a dime for 2013, 2014, or 2105.
They stopped collecting my mail. Even when I sent it certified. I had to go through Createspace's legal team to get it removed as an ebook, however because they had nineteen copies with affiliates, those would be allowed to be sold. The book is now out of print.
I have boxes of them if anyone wants them. They are still for sale and they are first editons. So, if you're collecting you probably want this one. I'm good with it.
This is the Book Now
Yeah!!! It's Mine
Rivers Edge( the orginal working title of the book) was re-released on Jan. 5, 2016. It has cover and interior design by Blue Harvest Creative. It goes with the branding they have been building with my books.
But that's not the best part. The best part is, I will get royalties. I will be able to track my sales. It's MINE.
I think as independent authors we need to be pro-active with our work. I truly did not intend to give the work away. In fact, my goal was to support Tanner's Totes (tannerstotes.com) a non-profit providing tote bags for children who have long term hospital stays. $1.50 or 10% of the sales price of the book was going to Tanner's Totes. Oh wait, I stopped getting royalties. So, the whole idea backfired in my face.
It now looks like my branding, though which is a major change from the previous cover. I am pleased with the way it turned out. I'm glad I have control of it again. It's been a long wait, but it's over.
Mind you I have no issues with the staff I worked with at the previous company. The fact, they cheated her out of income and expenses makes me angry and it looks like there is no recourse for her. But it changed career paths for two people. As well as several writers.
What Comes Now?
Now when I have book signings or go to book festivals, all my books will be with me. They look like my branding. I can easily point out those which are part of the series and those not. I will promote all the books.
What won't happen is people won't say, "Oh, I guess I'll wait, I don't want to start in the middle of a series." I sure can't blame them. I don't particularly like doing it either. It means more multiple sales as readers buy the three books in the series at the same time as well as the spin-off.
It also means I can work on the rest of the series and the spin-offs and not lose sleep over being cheated out of royalties. I have what is mine. I have control of what is mine. Look out Decatur, I'm coming loaded this year.
The Second Book in the Series
Do You See How They Look Like a Series?
Crossing the Line came out in 2012. It was the first book under my imprint and the first book for Lilac Publishing. Do you see how the first book now looks like it is part of a series? I will put in the photos of the other books related to this series. You be the judge.