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June 8, 2013 | Real life

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Indie publishing has great appeal–faster releases, editorial freedom, creative control. What’s not too like? Amazon, Barnes and Noble and All Romance all are super-author friendly. I plan to continue reissuing my backlist and quite possibly writing new self-published titles. But I also plan to keep releasing from established publishers too for several reasons. Loose Id and Ellora’s Cave market way better than I do. They both have brilliant cover artist and gifted editors, to say nothing of an army of copy editors, line editors, proofers, formatters, and accountants. Both publishers invest their time, money and expertise in my books. Each title I create needs all the same services the publishers provide, but as an indie author I pay up front. So far I’m still waiting to breakeven.

A few years ago when I first began work on Camille’s Capture, I envisioned the story as the third Enyo Chronicle. Between those early version and the actual manuscript, A Taste of Scarlet released from Loose Id. I decided to reframe Camille’s story, setting it in an alternate reality and changing the triad’s dynamic. Loose Id contracted and published the revised erotic adventure.

More time passed, now I’m working on revising, enriching and reissuing my backlist of NCP titles, beginning with Dalila’s Choice. This month the right to publish Joon’s Temptation reverts to me. I’m going to try to reissue the second Enyo Chronicle this year. Initially I planned to write a new story to complete the series, then it dawned on me I already wrote that book, other than for a little history and geography, I simply titled it Camille’s Capture and left off the Enyo connection. I may be oversimplifying the work involved in making the three adventures work together. Experience has taught me imagining the adventure and actually writing it coherently are two entirely different things. :ninja:

Posted by Evanne @ 4:00 am  

3 Responses to “Backlist Adventures”

  1. Allie Ritch Says:

    I still have indie publishing floating around in the back of my mind. I was curious how you were doing with it, so thanks for the update. Some authors appear to sell really well, while a few others seem sorry they went to all the work since there’s a lot involved.

  2. Evanne Says:

    Just as with sales via established epubs, there’s a delay between release and receipt of income. I expect to breakeven after six months of royalties, from then on Dalila will be in the black. Ironically,the more indies titles the better sales are likely to be… If you haven’t already read it, you might enjoy Hugh Howey’s more enthusiastic endorsement of indie publishing.

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