Reviving Your Backlist Titles – Production, Part 2

Step 5 Production—Cover Design, Formatting, Uploads Cover Design Decide if you’re going to use stock cover art or hire a designer. I recommend hiring a professional cover artist. You’ll have many things to consider, such as: · Placement, size, and font for your book title and author name · Series logo · Text color · […]

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Reviving Your Backlist Titles – Production, Part 1

Step 5 – Production—Front and Back Materials Continuing our series on reviving your backlist titles, you’ll want to add front and back materials to your manuscript. What should this include? Front Materials Minimize the front end of things so when the reader clicks on Look Inside at Amazon, he gets to see the text of […]

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Reviving Your Backlist Titles – Legalities

Continuing our series about reviving your backlist titles, consider how and where you want to publish these titles. Do you intend to put them into the Kindle Select program exclusive to Amazon? Do you wish to put them up yourself at the various vendors? Or will you use a company like Smashwords or Draft2Digital? It […]

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Reviving Your Backlist Titles – Revisions

Reviving Your Backlist Titles – Part 3 In addition to reformatting and updating the earlier titles to which you’ve received reversion of rights, will you do a full revision of the work? How long ago did you write it? If you decide to tighten the writing, here is a reminder of what to fix. Remove […]

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Reviving Your Backlist Titles – Updating the Work

You’d like to reissue your backlist titles now that you have the rights back, and you already have a complete digital file as in my previous post. So now what? Are you going to upload the file as is, or will you be revising the work? I wanted to fix my writing, since my mysteries […]

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Reviving Your Backlist Titles – Manuscript Preparation

Once you get the rights back to your earlier titles, what do you do with them? Try to resell these books to a new publisher? Put them online as ebooks for sale? Offer them in a new trade paperback print edition? Go through an intermediary such as Draft2Digital or publish them yourself directly to vendors? […]

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10 Steps to Publish Your Reverted Rights Titles 

You’re thrilled that your publisher has returned the rights to your books. Assuming you plan to publish them independently, you’ll want to do a quick turnaround once these titles disappear from online bookstores. I’ve already discussed the process for revising a backlist title that needs a serious facelift. You can read my earlier Reviving Your […]

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Speaker Proposal

Multi-published author Nancy J. Cohen is available to give presentations to groups. She can offer reviews of her books, workshops on how to get published, advanced writing topics, or a discussion of the writing life in general. She has spoken at libraries, conferences, community groups, university classes, and cruise ships. Author of twenty-five published works, […]

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The Editing Process

Editing a manuscript is a critical stage in the writing process. In an earlier post, I discussed the Five Stages of Writing. Currently, I’m in the editing or revisions phase with one book and the production phase of another. This often happens, because finishing the first draft of a book doesn’t mean you’re done. It’s […]

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Five Stages of Writing

Writing a book these days has five stages. It used to be that you wrote the book, polished your work, and submitted it to a publisher. Then you were done, except for edits, proofreading your ARCs, and some promotion. Now you have many more choices in the publishing arena. Many of us face the challenges […]

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