How’s that for sheer poetry? I’m so thrilled to find a new home for these books, I’m bustin’ out in Bs. (No, not BS. Who said that?)
I’ve always loved relationship stories—enjoy reading them, love to write them—and relationships between people from different worlds fascinate me the most. Bridge stories. Give me some romance, some history, a cause to fight for and characters to die for, and I’m there. So that’s the kind of book I love to write.
These books are bestsellers and multi-award winners, but they’re out of print, and they’re not available in electronic format. My agent has been very diligent about requesting the rights back as soon as the terms of my contract permitted, which is a very good thing because the days of getting rights back to our books are probably over.
But how to make them available to readers? A few writers have been incredibly successful publishing their books themselves lately. Michele gave us a rundown on the process yesterday. I thought about it. I did quite a bit of research, figured out what it would cost me in time, coin, and hair, and frankly I don’t think I could do all that and still write more books. And even if I could, I know the marketing would be my undoing.
I’m with Michele. I like the big publishing machine. But I also like smaller machines—the kind with heart and soul. R2D2. C3PO. The Twin Cities is the home of lots of terrific small press. I’m forever singing the praises of small press in my writing classes at the Loft. So after much research, consideration and discussion, I approached one of the best “small press” publishers I know with my seven books.
Beginning January 2012, my lucky seven will be published in trade paperback and e-book format by Bell Bridge Books. I’m in such good company—their catalog is phenomenal—and I’ll be working with the amazing 2Debs—Deborah Smith and our own Debra Dixon.
So that’s my news. It was announced in Publishers Marketplace this week. Bell Bridge Books bought my best babies! I can’t wait to see them all dressed up in brand new clothes. But books come to life only when they’re read, and that’s really what this crazy business is all about.