Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I Have The Rights to My Book Back. Now What? part two

Two weeks ago, I talked about having my rights back to Murder Passes the Buck and my plan to design a new book cover. If you missed that post and want to read it, click here. The next step it to review my publishing options. Since this is the first in a series and the others are still in print, I really do want to publish it. Even though it is a quirky regional series, it has a following, and readers and booksellers contact me regularly to find it.

But a traditional publisher isn't going to want it no matter how good it is, because another publisher owns the rights to book 2 and book 3. That's okay with me. I can do this myself. Here's what I've decided to do:
1. Amazon Kindle, where authors can download their books "the easy way". We'll see how easy it is when I attempt it in the near future and talk about it on my personal website. I also will hang out at the kindleboards where they have a Book Klub.
2. I can put it on my website as a downloadable ebook and use Paypal for payments, which is what J A Konrath did with some of his unpublished writings.
3. POD. The dreaded Print on Demand. Yup, I'm diving in. The big question was whether to use Lulu or Amazon's Createspace. After weighing the pros and cons, I'm going with Createspace. Murder Passes the Buck will be available in print format, as an ebook, and I can order copies at a very reasonable price.
Exactly what I wanted.

Next step is to finalize the cover art, edit the text one last time, and figure out how these sites work. Wish me luck!