The breakup, however, was mutual. Since my properties sales have all but stagnated, Michael Wilson, the head of Permuted Press, graciously agreed to revert the full rights to my book series back to me.
Although I feel a slight twinge of disappointment, as being published by a mainstream publisher was (and still is) a dream of mine, I should point out that the experience was well worth it. I learned a lot about the game of publishing.
The number one take-away I got out of it all was that I learned not to sign a contract without an agent representing me (nor should you). Not under any circumstances. Even if the deal seems real sweet. As the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
There is always some bi-line or sub-heading that will jump out and nip you in the butt. Then you're biting your nails wondering if you've lost years of hard work. That said, I have nothing but respect for Permuted Press and Michael Wilson, who understanding the plight of Indy authors everywhere, just trying to eek out a living, worked with me to get everything ironed out.
The second take-away I got is this. Nobody will promote your property better than you. You know your stuff inside and out, and you will always be forced to take up the trade of a salesman as you pimp your own work, for the lack of a better term.
The third, and final, thing worth noting is this. Doing it right the first time counts for a lot. Hire a real editor. Hire a skilled cover designer. Hire a graphic designer who is capable of handling elegant typography, doing book-blocking, and digital formatting. There are no shortcuts.
Everything else is just luck.
But if you love to write. If you love telling stories. Then nothing will be capable of standing in your way. You can always do what I did, create your own publishing imprint, and then self-publish. But if your stuff doesn't look professional, it will be a hard sell. Keep that in mind before you start working yourself ragged trying to promote something that has too many road-blocks preventing you from gaining any traction. Get those road-blocks out of the way, get yourself a professional product, and then it's off to the races, it's GO time!
So, I'm officially writing you all today to inform you all that the rights to my novel series BITTEN The Resurrection Virus Saga, and all subsequent books in the series, as well as The Scarecrow & Lady Kingston have been reverted back to me and will now be published under my new imprint Regolith Publications.
If you haven't read BITTEN, it's well worth a read! If you have already read it, there's a few new surprises. In fact, there's 30 new pages worth of surprises. That's right, BITTEN: RESURRECTION has 30 new pages of content!
So check it out by clicking on the book image on the side-bar (on the right) or by clicking HERE.
As I rebuild the files to my other books over the week and get things re-published, I'll let you know when each book comes out here first and on my Twitter account: @BikkuriVick
Thank you! And stay tuned, same Bat-channel. Same Bat-time.