MY BACKLIST, THAT IS. And I can’t tell you how happy I am about that. Today I can proudly say, “My ass is Amazon’s!”
When I signed my first paperback book deal with Leisure Books, the premier imprint for horror novels five years ago, I never imagined that the company would be essentially mothballed less than four years later… but the ebook revolution and flawed business models ultimately killed Dorchester Publications (and its imprints like Leisure Books) after the New York-based publisher had been in the mass market paperback game for 40 years.
My novel The Pumpkin Man was the last original horror title they released in trade paperback that I’m aware of (it came out in October 2011), just as my novel Siren was the last mass market horror title they issued the summer before (right about this time in 2010).
It’s felt like a really long spiral since August 2010, and I’ll miss all of the staff at Dorchester that I’ve worked closely with over the past couple years, but at last, the deal is done. I speculated back in March that the most likely bidder to buy Dorchester’s catalogue was Amazon, and a few weeks ago, that guess was confirmed when it was publicly announced that Amazon was the sole bidder so far in an auction for Dorchester’s titles.
Today, Amazon issued the following press release noting that the deal is completed and they have finally acquired over 1,000 Dorchester titles. I signed an amendment a couple weeks ago that means my first five novels – Covenant, Sacrifice, The 13th, Siren and The Pumpkin Man – will all now be reissued by Amazon’s 47 North imprint. That means they’ll be available in paperback format again, as well as continue in ebook. And it means I’ll actually see royalties from them again!
Here’s the press release that started circulating an hour or so ago:
Amazon Publishing Acquires Publication Contracts to Over 1000 Books from Dorchester Publishing
SEATTLE—August 30, 2012—Amazon Publishing today announced that it has acquired through an auction the publication contracts of over 1000 books from Dorchester Publishing. As part of the process, Dorchester authors were offered the opportunity to join Amazon Publishing and receive the full back royalties that Dorchester indicated were owed.
“Working with the Dorchester author community during this auction process has been a tremendous experience for all of us,” said Philip Patrick, Business Development Director at Amazon Publishing. “We are happy to be able to pay their back royalties and we’re thrilled to welcome them to the Amazon Publishing family.”
“Amazon Publishing is breathing new life into my series, and I’m very excited to see what the future holds,” said Tracy Madison, award-winning author of the Gypsy Magic series.
“I am excited beyond words about being offered this chance to join Amazon Publishing. I cannot thank them enough for stepping in and giving former Dorchester authors the chance to move ahead,” said Deborah MacGillivray, author and agent of the late Dawn Thompson, author of The Ravening. “Dawn literally lived for her writing. Amazon Publishing is helping me safeguard Dawn’s legacy, and to see that new readers can continue to find her books,” said Dawn’s sister, Diane Thompson.
“This new relationship will enable the works of countless talented fiction writers to serve their established readers and reach new ones across the globe,” said Gregg Loomis, author of The Bonaparte Secret.
“The transition from Dorchester to Amazon Publishing means that our authors will now be able to reach so many more readers and markets worldwide than they ever could before. That truly is something to celebrate,” said Vicky Piekarski and Jon Tuska, co-owners of Golden West Literary Agency, in a joint statement.
Going forward, the acquired Dorchester titles will be published under the appropriate Amazon Publishing imprints: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror titles to 47North; Romance titles to Montlake Romance; Mystery and Thriller titles to Thomas & Mercer; Westerns and other titles to AmazonEncore. Titles will be available both in print and as Kindle books. Under the terms of Amazon’s bid, any former Dorchester Publishing authors that chose not to work with Amazon Publishing will have their rights revert back to them to pursue other publishing opportunities including self-publishing via the Kindle Direct Publishing platform.
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