UPDATE: What should authors DO when their publisher goes out of business?
The article I wrote below about Tate Publishing closing has brought a million questions to the forefront with so many authors. The biggest? “What do I do when my publisher closes?”
Here is a quick checklist:
Get your print files
ALWAYS get your print files. You paid a service to produce your book. You wouldn’t let a homebuilder not give you the keys, right? Get your print files. Immediately. Don’t have them? Get a print book from somewhere. Then call us
Cancel your contract
It is highly unlikely you’ll get paid for any additional sales. If a publisher is in so much trouble that they are going through a “transition” it is very very unlikely they will send you any money. ANY sales that occur on your book from this point forward will simply go to the publisher or their creditors.
Demand that your book be removed from distribution immediately
Not “request” but demand. See the note immediately above. Send an email backed up by a registered letter revoking ALL rights of the publisher to the production, printing, and distribution of your book.
Get back in the market quickly
Books have momentum. Sales momentum is very hard to build and even harder to gain back when lost. Don’t lose any time trying to find a new way back into the market.
Don’t forget your ebooks
eBooks are a unique beast unto themselves. Make sure you have what you need to get your ebooks back out and into the market
On your website, in your blog, through your email list, let everyone know that your book is still alive and well AND WHERE TO GET IT. Post all new links. Amazon and B&N won’t “naturally” move the book listings to the new book. (However, you CAN contact Amazon and tell them that the old listing is infringing on your copyright because that version of the book is no longer authorized for sale)
If you’d like to find out how Dog Ear can get your book BACK into the market, call our hotline at 1-888-639-7709
Tate Publishing Stops Accepting New Authors / Offers Existing Authors Release From Contract
Tate Publishing (Mustang, OK) appears to be leaving the self publishing space and closing its doors. The website was offline the evening of Wednesday, January 18. As of Thursday the site had an announcement stating that they were no longer accepting new artists. Calling the Tate Publishing phone number resulted in a recorded message redirecting callers to the website.
Any time a publishing company closes, authors find themselves stuck in a limbo of publishing confusion. The closure of Tate Publishing leaves thousands of authors without a home and without any ability to order books, or even profit from retail sales that may still occur. The NewsOK website had an extensive article on the closing of Tate Publishing, noting in an interview with Ryan Tate that the business would only remain open long enough for currently contracted authors to find new homes.
Tate Publishing is offering authors an opportunity to purchase their production files – the files needed to move a book to another publisher.
Dog Ear Publishing can help ANY author re-release their book into the market both quickly and economically.
If you are a Tate Publishing author interested in moving your book, contact us at 1-888-639-7709 to find out how we can help get your book back into the market