A little while ago, I reclaim my rights to my fantasy series from the publisher who had broken my contract. I know I did the right thing by taking them back. I decided to self-publish since the original publisher had already released the first two books and I didn't expect to be able to find a new publisher for a series already started. By next year at this time, I'll let you know if it's worked out in any financial way.
One of the ways my first publisher broke my contract was when they decided they wouldn't publish my second and third book in The Futhark Chronicles in mass market paperback as well as ebook. The first book, The Keepers of Sulbreth, received excellent reviews and sold rather well. After I took my rights back, the publisher offered me an opportunity to buy the 'remainders' of the print run of my first book. I'd heard or remainders but didnt' realize my book would have any.
Of course I had to purchase huge quantities to get the massive discount and pay a big shipping bill. They had over a thousand, but what did I need that many books for? What could I do with them? I purchased a much smaller quantity to use as prizes, send out for reviews and even sell a few at the rare booksignings I have at independent stores.
I've compiled a list of reviewers to send some free books to and today I thought of my blogger friends. I know some of you have already purchased my book(thank you, I love you all) but for my bloggy friends who would consider a review, I'm offering three FREE print copies to the first 3 people(in the USA) who email me at:
No strings or promises required. Hopefully, you'll like The Keepers of Sulbreth enough to say something good and maybe even purchase the second book. I'm waiting to hear from you. In the meantime, I'm almost done with the edits on book#2, Beyond the Gate. Then you all can read about my exploits with Amazon and Smashwords again. LOL
So, have you ever had any of your books go out of print? Have you purchased remainders? How many of your own books to you have sitting in the corners of your house?