As of May 31st, my publisher will no longer exist and my books will be pulled from all sales channels. To say this was a complete shock would be a lie as I predicted this would happen which is why I ended up self-publishing my latest novel, Soul Reapers (which won’t be affected by the closing of Booktrope). But what I didn’t expect was it to happen so suddenly (barely a month’s notice for everyone) and for the logistical and legal nightmare that would ensue.
Rights revert back to me as of June 1st but that doesn’t mean that I can immediately put my books back up for sale. My biggest issue is finding the money to re-purchase the licenses to the stock photos used in my covers, pay editors and proofers. Luckily for me, my team has been more than gracious and understanding. They realize no one asked for this and that if I had many thousands of dollars at my disposal, I wouldn’t have a need to go with a publisher; I could have hired the people needed to get my books out there. But unfortunately, I don’t have a ton of disposable income, especially in the summer (the one minor pitfall of being a college professor).
So what does this mean?? It means that my books will absolutely be back out there. My scifi series, The Portals of Destiny, will even be getting a make-over which I am very excited about! The Alexis books and Organ Reapers will be available as soon as I can purchase the licenses for the stock photos which should hopefully be soon.
The one bad bit of news is that I won’t be doing paperbacks. It’s just not cost effective for me. I only sell a few copies to family and since I have to do print-on-demand and can’t afford to order 5000 copies, the cost per book is prohibitive. Most people won’t pay $16 + shipping for a paperback. If I could do them for $10, that would be best but unfortunately, print-on-demand doesn’t allow that low of a price unless you order in bulk.
This is just a tiny bump in the road and my books will be back up and running before you know it. And I’ll be self-publishing everything from now on and avoiding publishers like the plague. If my publisher can shut down then so can others and I don’t want to go through this hassle again. Best just to do things on my own.