Welcome to my first adventure into author-driven digital publishing.
As so many authors have done – and many more undoubtedly will do – I’ve decided to self-publish some backlist works of mine for which I have the rights. This first one is only available on Amazon for Kindle, although I’d be happy to add other formats – it’s a non-exclusive agreement there.
First up is my novella, “The Ballad of Rosamunde” by Claire Delacroix. This is linked to my Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy. (Scroll down – the link is to the entire Library of my backlist.) This novella was published in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF IRISH ROMANCE earlier this year, but I kept the digital rights. That worked out well – my story had to be edited down because of space constraints in the printed book, which is always disappointing but tends to be a reality in print. I had a bit of a lightbulb moment at the National conference, when someone pointed out to me that such space constraints don’t apply in the digital realm.
This version of “The Ballad of Rosamunde” available from Amazon is unabridged. You get the whole enchilada, just the way I wanted to tell it.
Of course, I’m having a peek through my files and my reverted rights to see what else I can make available to you this way. (And what I can add content back into! LOL!)
(A note here to published authors who have had rights revert. It’s amazing how many mistakes are made in this area. I’ve found digital versions released by publishers of books for which the rights have reverted – this means they have no right to continue to sell the digital version. In many cases, these digital versions weren’t even created until the rights had reverted. If you are a published author with rights reverted, have a good look to ensure that these kinds of mistakes haven’t been made. If they have, a simple note from your agent will solve it.)
Creating a Kindle edition is pretty easy, although the pages aren’t as pretty as I’d like. That’s because the Kindle formats in HTML which doesn’t allow as much control as traditional typesetting. OTOH, it gives the reader more control, in terms of resizing text, etc. Win some, lose some!
As for pricing, I’m currently working with 99 cents for a short, $1.99 for a novella (10,000 to 25,000 words), and $3.99 for a reprinted full book. Let me know what you think about pricing. I’ll have to see how the sales volume goes, particularly if I post a full new book – the editorial cost on a full new book would be about $1000 out of pocket, so I might need to sell those new titles for more. It’s all a bit of an adventure at this point, so everything is still in flux.
Here’s the permalink to the Kindle edition of Rosamunde’s story.
Here we go, into that brave new world!