I’m marking this date in my calendar as the date I finally managed to turn Dead Wood, my Dundee International Prize winning book, into an ebook.
So, why had I not done this before? Well, I couldn’t because my publisher held the publishing rights including the electronic rights. So, if they didn’t publish it as an ebook, then it couldn’t be published at all.
It would have been easy for them to publish it as an ebook, but they didn’t want to honour my contracted royalties. They did offer to put it online provided I took a cut of 60% in the royalties that they had committed themselves to in my original contract. But who in their right mind would take a 60% cut in their income? Certainly not me. The result was, no ebook.
Now, last year, Dead Wood went out of print, and it became exceedingly difficult for readers to obtain a copy, print or otherwise. I won’t bore you with the details, but a few weeks ago the publishers reverted the publishing rights to me. They wished me well and hoped I would find a home for the book. Well, that wasn’t so terribly difficult because the home had been waiting for it for some time.
So now, the ebook is online with a brand new cover, and the paperback will follow within the next week or two.