From author Elizabeth Spann Craig:
In October, my agent received an email from my editor. I have a release scheduled in the Southern Quilting series this June (book 5). My editor knew my contract for the series was about to run out and asked me to come up with some ideas for additional books for the series.
I developed two book outlines but never emailed them. My editor wrote my agent last month to say that print sales had decreased (I’ve no doubt…they’re only a fraction of my digital sales for my self-published books) and Penguin Random House wanted to stop printing the series. Instead, they were interested in my exploring their e-only line, InterMix.
And…I asked for my character rights back.
The publisher promptly returned a non-renewal notice for the series and a permission grant for me to continue it via self-pub.
I know my ebooks have been selling well—I get royalty checks. I haven’t drunk the Kool-Aid here. I know what I need a big-five traditional publisher for…expansive print distribution into bookstores. But this is now becoming less and less important as indicated by my publisher moving away from printing this series.
I read my agent’s email and immediately knew I wanted to self-pub the series before I’d even finished the email. I’m fortunate enough to have a decent reader base at this point, making this the right decision. Would I discourage everyone from accepting an e-only deal? I wouldn’t. But I’d add that we really need to go into these types of arrangements with our eyes open. What do we want to get out of it? We should do some soul-searching.
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Important for writers, I think—don’t let these types of decisions become personal. I love my editor…I’ve had a fantastic working relationship with her. My agent and I have worked together well. This isn’t about relationships…this is business. This is about my making a living.
I think they understand that. There are no hard feelings. I’m not just taking my ball and going home out of pique. E-only isn’t a good fit for me…that’s all there is to it.
Link to the rest at Elizabeth Spann Craig
Here’s a link to Elizabeth Spann Craig’s books
When TPV was birthed in 2011, Elizabeth was already operating a thoughtful blog and PG has linked to quite a number of her posts over the years. Additionally, Elizabeth also has an active Twitter presence and has maintained that during the period PG has been following her.