I have a lot going on in my life professionally; it's mind-boggling and exhausting.
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The Authors Guild approved my first, out-of-print book for its "back in print" program. It's a free service offered in conjunction with iUniverse in which an out-of-print book to which an author regained all rights is archived as a POD. It receives full listings in all the trade catalogues as an in-print book, and doesn't suffer the same fate as a vanity press printing. Even better -- the POD can be purchased as either trade paperback or hardback, and that book was never released as a hardback.
Because I don't own the copyright to all the artwork, I might have to commission an artist to do some basic sketches. Or, I might not. I have to wait on word from iUniverse, and I won't know about that until the first week in December. Always a waiting game.
It's not the same as having a publisher that will push the book or market the book; however, I can do some of that myself, and it makes the book available to those who are looking for it. With good copies selling at $100.00 per copy, I think it's time to do something to make it available at a reasonable price.
I'm pitching my book proposal to other publishers. The economy is horrible, and with the downturn comes a cutback in the publishing of new books. Even though I've sold well and gone into second printings with all my work (and recently, too), right now only the best-selling authors at any publishing house are having their projects pushed through. It's discouraging.
But since my latest work won't be done for another year and a half to two years, it's not fatal. I'll do what all writers do -- I'll keep writing and working, and when the fallout clears, my manuscript will be closer to completion if not completed.
Plus -- when it's time to contract -- the competition between publishers might result in a better contract with higher royalties!
That's everything in my writing life that keeps me busy. It's no wonder I'm chronically exhausted!