So here’s what really happened to The Pink Cage.
I had two readings coming up and made a casual call to my publishers to order books, thinking I had nothing to do only wait till they had arrived.
But they weren’t going to. The voice on the phone told me they’d stopped printing the paperbacks. The book had been out less than a year. Cue a panicked email and some anxious phone calls. Luckily, the publishers agreed to return the rights to me straight away.
I didn’t want to let the book die. There were people who hadn’t been able to get hold of it when it came out and new audiences I was encountering through workshops and social media. So I decided to keep the dream alive for a little longer and contact a printer that the publisher recommended.
There was still a bit of leg work to be done. I had to commission a new cover because the rights of the cover belonged to the publisher. I was able to commission the same cover designer, Jana Vukovic, who did a fantastic job both times.
I also changed the copyright page, the page at the start of a book which tells you who publishes the book and who copyright rests with. I sent the revised PDF and cover off to Gemini Print, who do small print runs of up to 1,000 copies. I had gone for 150 copies and yesterday, those copies arrived. They’re a paper lover’s dream, printed on thick, creamy pages. in print of a generous size.
In the meantime, a friend had passed on a link to Booktango, an ebook publishing platform which is letting people publish ebooks for free till July 4th. Because I had everything already in place, it took less than an hour to upload everything and the ebook is now available in the Booktango bookstore. The strength of Booktango is that they send the book to all the major ebook vendors, so it should surface on the likes of Nook, Kobo and iBooks in the coming weeks, as well as Amazon.
And those who like their books in dead tree form can just ring or email me and I’ll send one out to you. You have no idea what pleasure it gives me to have such complete control over the distribution.
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