Many of you know that I began my writing career with Harlequin, and ultimately published eleven historical romances with them, under the name Claire Delacroix. (You can see all of the Harlequin Historical books right here.) None of these books are available in print editions in English North America, and they haven’t been so for quite some time.
Not all of these titles are available in digital editions, but I’m not very happy with the way the ones that are in digital are being managed and republished. I would prefer that these titles return to my control, so that I can re-edit them, re-write them if I choose, re-package them and re-publish them. Some of them are twenty years old – the market has changed, and I’ve learned a lot since then. I would like to improve the reading experience for you. I would also then be able to price them more competitively.
This reversion process is contingent upon time and also upon poor sales for the digital editions. At this point, I have the rights back to two of the eleven books, but since they’re written in linked series, I need to wait on the rest before republishing anything. So, I’ve removed the buy links to those titles which are available in digital format from my site, and am asking you to buy used print editions instead of the digital ones.
This might seem like a strange request to me. When you buy a used book, the author doesn’t get paid a royalty. The royalty, if there was one, was accrued on the initial sale, when the book was new. The thing is, though, that I would prefer you buy a used print copy, so that the rights to the books revert to my control sooner. You can find print copies in used bookstores, if you hunt, or online at used bookstore sites like AbeBooks – here’s a link to a recent search I did there for my own Claire Delacroix books. It returned over 1500 results, and an awful lot of them are priced at $1 US. That’s a lot cheaper than the pricing on the digital editions.
Thanks for your support! 🙂
I think it’s a great idea besides print is fun to re-read until the new books come out. I hope you get the rights back sooner than later.
Thanks! I hope so too!
Thanks so much for explaining the thought process and why of this…I find the business end of writing interesting and I always want to put the AUTHOR first. It is HER creation after all. I was in such a quandary with your Dragonfire series so I can start reading it. I’m glad I asked you 🙂 I’m OCD about reading a series from the beginning… [wordpress has one of my online alias’, on FB I’m Lenna Hendershott 😉
Well, I doubt I’ll get the Dragonfire rights back anytime soon, Lenna. That’s one of the downsides of finishing the series – people keep buying the earlier books, so they don’t revert. But they’ve continued to sell anyhow, and I wanted to finish the series up now rather than waiting. I hope you enjoy it. I have a lot of fun with my dragons. 🙂
I would just as soon read a paper back.