Friday, September 30, 2016

An old book lives!

One nice thing about self publishing is that your older books never die.

My first contracted work is now a short story on Amazon(Faunication), and the world it was written in has inspired new stories, soon to be published. 

My second published work, Her Accident Angel, has quite a history! I wrote an erotic romance angel/demon paranormal because I wanted a break from vampires. It was fun and action packed, and it placed in a contest. That was exciting. Unfortunately, the publishing company I contracted with went bankrupt and it was caught up in the muck.

Later I sold it to a little new epublisher. Sadly, Katrina happened. The publisher never recovered.

Publisher number three was viable for a few years and my book actually made a little money. But then that publisher died the death. I had the file, of course, but epublishers were dying like flies. I suddenly had the rights to about seven books!

Self publishing on Amazon seemed like a plan, so I started uploading. To my surprise, I made much better money than I did with small publishers. That was a nice bonus. All those older books still sell. Not huge sales, but they LIVE.

Since self publishing became my thing I've developed a Photoshop obsession. One day I decided to recover Her Accidental Angel. I have a fondness for the old thing! This one will be available for print soon, because, pretty.




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7 comments:

Nancy Gideon said...

OOOOh! Pretty indeed!! I'm with you, get those old gems out where they can sparkle! There's a whole new audience to find in this new self-pub age. For me, hunting down new covers is an added adventure. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Diane Burton said...

Great cover, Melisse. Very savvy to self-pub your backlist. I discovered what you did about the money. As much as I love to write, this is a business. We produce a product and expect to be compensated for it. Yay, you, for finding a way to do that! Best wishes.

Author GE Stills said...

I haven't taken the plunge to self publishing yet but I am looking at it.
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Barbara Edwards said...

Thanks for sharing. I think you need to be persistent to get anywhere in the publishing arena. Good luck with this new release.

CJ Burright said...

Love the cover! And yay to all the benefits of self-publishing! :)

Maureen said...

I've been considering self publishing for awhile now. It's nice to hear your story & results!

Victoria Craven said...


I agree with you, bringing old stories into the light is the best. It's like revisiting an old friend. I wish you much success for your series.