by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
I have good news and bad news.
Tanglewood Press, the publisher of my YA novel Two Moon Princess, has agreed to publish its sequel, The King in the Stone, in 2012. But (and this is the bad news) only as in e-book.
After waiting for so long to see my book in print, this has been a disappointment, and made me reconsider my decision of publishing with them.
The fact that I will not have a printed copy is not the only reason.
If I sign a contract with them, I will lose all my rights.
I will not be able to choose the cover
or write the blurb
or keep the title if my publisher decide to change it.
I chose the title, The King in the Stone, for reasons you’ll understand after reading the story. And I really, really want to keep it.
I wrote a blurb some weeks ago, (http://goo.gl/A6Ggm) and, although it’s still a work in progress, I want to be the one to write the final version.
And I hired an artist to design my cover combining three pictures of my choosing, and the cover she created fits my story so perfectly I don’t want to give it up.
Because I feel so strongly about these three things, I asked my publisher if she would agree, please, please, pretty please, to keep my cover, my blurb and my title.
And she said, “Um. Maybe. Let me think about it. I will get back to you.”
So, I wait.
As soon as my publisher tells me whether she agrees or not to my requests, I will let you know and reward your waiting with me by posting the cover I created, here, just for your eyes.
In the meantime, to be prepared to go solo, in case she says no, I asked my friends and fellow writers who have boldly gone this route already to share their experiences with me and my readers. Starting next Thursday, I will publish their guest posts.
Please come back and made them feel welcome.
And if you are an author who has published independently, please contact me and send me your story. I would love to hear it and share it with my readers.