What to Do with Your Backlisted Title

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Susan Violante Managing Editor
Susan Violante
Managing Editor

This is a question that has been nagging me for a while. When I first published my first edition, I knew nothing about the Indie publishing industry. Yet my book, did not do bad at all, considering it was filled with flaws! A few years later, I met Irene Watson who became not only my boss, but my mentor and friend; she also walked me through the process of revising and -re-publishing my book. As my revised edition came out, and I started getting speaking gigs to promote my new release, Irene fell ill. At that time, I made a choice I never regretted. I put my projects on hold and spent her last months by her side. After I mourned her transition in 2012, I took over Reader Views, and dedicated my life to her mission, which is now mine…to help Indie authors get their words out into the world. Yet, my own words still need to go out, so my title keeps nagging me.

I present to you my backstory because I just found out that my backstory is a common reason for -re-releasing an old book; as I read in Penny C. Sansevieri’s book “How to Revise and Re-Release Your Book.” In fact, I was remembered that, I even wrote an editorial last year about pursuing a revised edition. Yet, at that moment it didn’t click in my brain how strong I felt about re-releasing my book. I am grateful to Sansevieri for getting me excited about it with her well-written, how-to guide, which I recommend in my review as a five-star read. I also want to share some points I learned from her book as I encourage all to check it out. Below are some lingering thoughts in my brain, inspired by “How to Revise and Re-Release Your Book” by Penny C. Sansevieri:

·         Many authors decide not to pursue a revised edition on their less than perfect title thinking that the opportunity has passed them by or that they have already gotten all the sales they could from it. But this is not true at all. All books fiction or non-fiction can be updated, enriched, revised…etc.

·         If the author owns the rights, an old book can become a new opportunity by re-publishing it as a new title or a new edition, depending on which way makes more marketing sense to better maximizes sales.

·         There are many ways to present the content of an old title to the market. In a different format, as a Revised New Edition, as a new title, as installments of the story published as a series.

·         On the same token, Installment types of publications can also be re-released as a special Edition in one book.

·         Some books can be enriched with more chapters which were previously not included…which is the one I believe applicable for my book. These could be presented as a new edition…or in my case as a new Title.

I can’t begin to explain the spark lit by this little book, but I can guarantee, that my re-release will be happening soon. The publishing industry is a work-in-progress and being flexible and creative is the name of the game. Don’t give up and keep writing! But most of all…keep reading. You never know what a good book can spark!

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