View Full Version : What to do with a Book that's expired its contract?

Miss Mae
April 12th, 2010, 12:16 PM
"See No Evil, My Pretty Lady" reached the end of its contract with The Wild Rose Press in January. Since then I've toyed with exactly the path I wanted to choose for it.

Considering my options, and dreading the whole process of resubmittal again to various publishers, and if accepted, the even longer wait to get it out there...well, I'm going to self-publish.

This book has already proven its worth with glowing reviews and winning a number of awards. All I'm actually doing by going the self-publishing route is to offer the book again at a much faster pace, and this time, it'll be in print.

I've created my own cover too. I'm working on the details now, but here's hoping it's once again for sale come June 2010.


Curious as to what it's about? Here's my new blurb, and don't forget to watch the wonderful MOVIE trailer at my site! (http://www.missmaesite.com/seenoevilbookpage.htm)


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April 12th, 2010, 12:32 PM
Hey, MM, is the cover above the one YOU made? It's really good. What program did you use? I wish you best of luck with your independent release. I actually think it's a smart idea to mix published books with self-published books on your site. Why not keep ALL of the money from at least some of your books? At least it's a good way to keep your finger on the pulse on the market. Keep us posted and let it know how it goes!

Miss Mae
April 12th, 2010, 02:57 PM
Hi Danielle,

Yes, I made the cover. I have the graphics program called Paint Shop Pro 9. I can actually make a variety of pictures, but that's from following a tutorial. When it comes to my own invention (like the cover above), then I'm flying by the seat of my pants! LOL

I don't think there's quite the stigma of self-publishing as there used to be. Of course, some reviewers/authors/pubs might still consider it as not "truly" published, so I think before one chooses that course, they need to decide if it's right for them at that particular time, and for that particular book.

Yes, I'll keep everyone abreast of how it all goes along...and when the book is ready for sale too! :)

Thank you for your support!

April 12th, 2010, 03:30 PM
i'm going to be totally honest here. your right a lot of people don't think self publishing is really published, and as a reviewer if the email in my inbox has a self publishing site on it i groan inwardly, mainly because a lot of self published books are not good. not all of them i have read a few that are amazing but on the whole they are not so good.

i also know that a lot of book stores won't stock self published books as they haven't gone through the same editing process as a coventionally published book.

your right it is a big choice and i advice you to do loads of research before you go that route.

Miss Mae
April 12th, 2010, 05:55 PM
Hi Hollie,

Thanks for your input. :) Oh, I can very well imagine your cringing when you see a self-pubbed book in your inbox. Used to be, that almost always meant "really lazy author here, he/she didn't think it was worth the effort to go the traditional route".

I've been pubbed since 2007 with more than one publisher. I've learned beneficial things from all of them. Traditional publishing is my recommended way to go. It gives you a sense of accomplishment when you receive that, "I'd like to offer you a contract" in your mail.

But I've also learned that, just because a publisher's name is stamped on the inside of an author's book, that doesn't mean the quality is guaranteed. I've seen terrible editing from publishers, I've had copies sent to me in the wrong formatting, I've had publishers/editors disregard my input. Some of it can make you scratch your head and think, "They do this for a living????"

And if one has gone the epublishing route, then stores don't stock those anyway. :) (I know you know that, just mentioning it here. :) ) Even those presses that do prints generally use the POD method. I might be wrong, but I believe it's the really big names, contracted by NY houses, that put out the books that can actually be stocked on shelves.

With the internet being a useful tool and readily available for self-published authors, more and more are considering that option.

Whether to choose from a physical bookstore, or virtual bookstore, I'm just thankful people still like to read! Yaayy!:wub:

April 12th, 2010, 06:47 PM
I agree with all comments here. I think it could be a smart idea to try self publishing a small thing here or there for money's sake really, while you ALSO keep publishing with publishers to help get your name out there. I like how Smashwords lets you do short stories, even. Why not?

April 13th, 2010, 07:45 AM
yeah i agree i have a friend who has just gone that route and to be honest if she had talked to me first i would have advised against it. unfortunatly a lot of new authors believe once you are published once it is easier to get published and self publishing will make that step for them, but as you say most publishers look at self publishing as either lazy or because your book isn't good enough for a 'real publisher' to be interested in.

Megan Rose
April 14th, 2010, 04:35 PM
I think you're brave to give self publishing a go. I know that a lot of authors do sell a lot of books this way. And of course, it's only natural that you'd want to be in print. I am re-releasing some stories, but with another epublisher. Several do take reprints. As Hollie has suggested, way up the pros and cons and I wish you good luck with whatever choice you make.

Miss Mae
April 14th, 2010, 05:37 PM
Thank you, Megan. Much appreciated! :)

Kim Smith
April 15th, 2010, 06:46 AM
I think the stigma of self publishing is waning every day. I say go for it. And getting it up at places with good following like Smashwords is a very smart way to go. Best of luck with it, and keep us posted on progress!

Miss Mae
April 15th, 2010, 09:40 AM
Thank you, Kim. Yes, you know, so many GOOD books were self-published first, before a "real" publisher even sat up and took notice and offered contracts. So, I agree. The stigma is waning.