I got a disturbing e-mail the other day. My publisher is going out of business. I have published two books with her and now I am cast adrift.
I do get my rights back. So I can re-submit to another publisher, which is daunting. Who wants to publish a book that has already been published?
I could try to find an agent willing to take on finding a new home for the books, but in my experience getting an agent is about as likely as winning the Power Ball.
I could self-publish, which a lot of authors are doing. The books are already edited and formatted. I would have to remove any references to the former publisher. In fact, I have to put a disclaimer everywhere I have a picture of the current covers saying the book is no longer available and that the image belongs to the artist who created it.
If I decide to self-publish, I have to either contact the cover artists and buy the rights from them or create a new cover for each book.
And the ISBN — I can’t use the one the publisher used so I need to purchase a new one. It comes free with CreateSpace, but would I be further ahead to get one separate from them? Does it make a difference?
Frankly, I feel ready to sit down and cry. But that won’t accomplish anything, so I’d better get busy and make some plans.
Any suggestions or advice will be greatly appreciated!