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Friday is the new Monday

Well, today has been a bit of “How the heck did I get a Monday at the end of the week?”

Woke up this morning to discover one of my publishers has decided to shutter itself. So, as of the 28th of February, my For a Few Gold Pieces More collection reverts to me.

This brings up an interesting dilemma. I know selling a collection to another publisher is, in general, pretty darn difficult. So, I have a couple of options:

1) I could do some re-writing/re-imaging of the story and try to shop it around as a novel, basically using the various short stories as chapters/sections of the book. I’d cut out the pieces where I reintroduced the basics (My rule is always assume the reader is reading the story for the first time, so there was always a small recap to explain what the premise to the story was), and smooth over the transitions, but for all intents, it would be the basic story still.

2) I could simply just hire an artist to create a new cover and do some b&w line art inside and self-pub it as a collection and then write a new novel using the protagonist in a new adventure.

Both have their good and bad points. Obviously, self-publishing the story would require less work (as in the stories are already edited and ready for release). Just need to commission the art and then figure out how to lay it out for both print and e-books. However, if I had to guess, I’d say, the odds were, all the copies I’d sell would be to people I meet at conventions. (Let’s just say, in general, there’s so much stuff out there, unless you already have a following, you still need to get into bookstores for people to find you.)

However, if I do rewrite/repackage this collection, there’s still no guarantee I could sell it to a publisher. I have to admit, I’m leaning more toward #2, but based on the reviews I’ve gotten on the individual stories, I have a feeling it “could” get picked up, but based on editors I’ve spoken to about this, NOT as a collection.

Decisions, decisions . . .

(oh, and the fact it took me 1.5 hours to get home tonight when it normally takes 12-15 minutes is not helping my mood either. I-95 was completely stopped. It took almost 45 minutes just to get up the on-ramp to get into the middle of the insanity. (Looks like two stalled vehicles and a multiple car accident three miles from where I was trying to get on discombobulated the evening commute. *sigh*)

Originally published at Richard C. White. Please leave any comments there.

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