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Friday, September 5, 2014

Backlists are Hot



Ever since the explosion of e-publishing, a hot topic has been about backlists that an author has and how the author can utilize the e-publishing explosion to make money off his or her backlists.

Makes sense, doesn’t it?

The author already has a product and all it needs is to be turned into an e-book and voila – the author’s work is reborn.

Of course, the author needs to make sure that he or she has the rights back from the publisher and that he or she can market said backlists to readers.

Interestingly two authors have teamed up with Amazon to create a mostly e-publishing brand called Brash Books, which is being touted as a “New Crime House” in publishing.

Here’s the link to the article in Publishers Weekly:


I found this whole idea intriguing, especially the reference in the article that even though this new publishing house launched with a new release, most of its inventory appears to be backlists.  This can be very good news for authors who do have a strong backlist, specifically in crime fiction.

Publishing backlists by taking a work from one format, such as hardcover, to another, such as paperback, is nothing new.  In fact Worldwide Library/Mystery has been doing this for many years.  I met one of the editors at Worldwide Library/Mystery at a conference and it was a very interesting conversation about how they give new life to books that were once sold in hardcover edition.

You never know.  Just when you thought your writing career was hitting a slump you could actually be sitting on a pile of opportunity in your backlist.  Don’t have a backlist?  Well, hurry up and get one!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your post about Brash. We had so much success republishing our own backlists that Joel and I thought we could apply what we learned to some of our favorite books by other authors. We couldn't be more excited about the great books we're bringing back into print...and the new ones, too!

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