For the last three years, I’ve been scratching my head over the lack of sales for The First Day of the New Tomorrow. Even the success of Fire in the Woods did nothing to trigger interest in this little treasure trove of paranormal explosive happiness.
I volunteered for promotions, dropping the book down to $.99 for a short time, but nothing seemed to have a lasting effect.
In April, 2016, my contract was due to rollover. After long, hard deliberation, I decided to ask for my rights back.
The market is a very different place now than it was three years ago. In a world where so many people are placing full length books on sale for $.99, (or free) the novella format is really taking a hit.
I mean, I get it. I wouldn’t pay $2.50 for a novella when I could get a longer book for $.99. It really doesn’t make sense.
But writing that “Dear Publisher” letter was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
Part of me likes seeing multiple titles available. It boosts my inner ego. But I had to be honest with myself. The truth was, nothing was happening with a story that I love. No one was reading it.
A story that is not read is like a puppy not getting any love.
It’s wrong, and I owe it to those characters and the world that I built to give them the chance to be read.
I couldn’t do that at the $2.50 price point.
Thankfully, a few days after my request, my publisher agreed that due to the changing market, this was probably the best thing to do. There was no yelling, no ranting and raving, no challenge that I still have four months left in my contract. All of the sudden, The First Day of the New Tomorrow just started to disappear from distributor cyber-shelves. (Note: this is not always typical. I’ve heard of publishers holding on to rights until the end of the contract no matter the sales.)
Yes, having New Tomorrow leave distribution makes me sad, but now I have the power to offer this story to readers as I see fit. It is already written and edited for publication. The hard part is done. Now I can set off on a new adventure … Hopefully where the story can be read by a wider market.
I hope it’s a fun ride.
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