Does everyone feel weird writing to a pseudonym? Hahaha. [You'd be surprised at how many advice columns are written under pseudonyms.] I have a difficult situation and a colleague at LDStorymakers suggested I contact you.
I'm writing a historical fiction series. Books one and two are out but [my publisher] pulled the plug on the series. I took it to [other publishers who] passed. [They don't want] to own four books while [my original publisher] owns books one and two.
The series illustrates the generation being prepared to receive the Restoration, so while the LDS influence is not overt, it is woven through the books which makes it challenging to take it outside the LDS literary market. It was set to be a six book series, timed so the last book's release coincided with the bicentennial of [a historical event]. So I'm pressed for time and need to make some hard decisions.
I am tentatively planning to self-publish through Booksurge, an Amazon company. I've made arrangements to contract the editor of books one and two to do the edit and maintain a consistent quality between the books.
Are there any other options I've missed besides the self-publishing option? Do you know anyone who has published through Booksurge? If so, I'd love to know what their experience was.
Thank you for offering a listening ear. Any advice would be very appreciated.
It is so disappointing to be dumped mid-series. It's kind of like being dumped at the prom and having to find another ride home. Don't take it personally. It's happening to others right now too, not just you. One of the effects of our wonderful economy.
If you can't get another publisher to finish your series, or get your original publisher to release the rights to the first two volumes, then your only other option is self-publishing.
I do know people who have used BookSurge successfully. The Reckoning by Tanya Parker Mills is published through BookSurge. Another company you might look at is Lightning Source. Be sure to have it edited and typeset professionally. Try to capture the feel of the first cover designs and you should be fine.
The biggest drawback is going to be distribution—getting the books into the bookstores. You may want to talk to a distributor and get that lined up before you put much money into the project.
Another issue is making sure the profit margin is there so that you can offer the standard industry discounts to stores without having to overprice the books.
Readers—if any of you have used BookSurge or Lightning Press or another of these types of programs, let us know in the comments about your experiences and which company you'd recommend.