When I asked for advice from trusted colleagues about closing the door on the reprinting of my first book, Decorating Eggs, one response I got was, “What would you advise your client to do?” Well, when you put it that way, the answer is easy. But this is MY issue, so it feels different.
The back-story–In its day, that book reached best-selling status with over 30,000 copies sold. I received regular royalty checks, orders flowed and I was known as the author of a well-received volume.
Then a couple of years ago I made a routine call to my publisher to order a few more cases to sell via my website and was told it was out of print. I had thought it would never go out of print, so this was a blow.
I was able to track down a reseller who had bought the remaindered copies (such an unkind word for my precious work) and ordered several more cases. My stash is almost gone. I have ten copies left. I see that they’re going for over $70 apiece on amazon.com now.
Recently, a store owner emailed me saying how much he loved my book and how popular it is with his customers. He gave me the name of a publisher who might be interested in reprinting and distributing Decorating Eggs. I found enough energy to follow up with that house and send them a copy. I heard last week that it didn’t meet their qualifications (20% new material, out-of-print for more than two years). I do not have the energy or interest to create the new material. The store owner subsequently asked if I’d let go of my copyright. (No.)
So here I am. On the verge of letting go. Another trusted colleague put it beautifully: “There’s a piece of you that doesn’t want to let go and it’s got to be flattering to be asked so persistently. But if you say no and let go, it’ll open up energy for the next thing.” I know, teach and trust that she’s right.
Here it is, Folks. “NO!”