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Leslie Knight

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My contract with my publisher is over. Now what?
Posted: Dec 30, 2017 1:33 PM
 
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Hello everyone,
My publisher has decided to downgrade their business and didn't renew my contract. I have the rights back to my book and am looking to republish with Amazon instead of looking for another publisher because not having control over what I can charge for my book was disheartening. It looks like my publisher still has the book up here, but with a price tag of $2k so folks don't purchase it. Will that be an issue with publishing through KDP? How do I get that removed? I haven't looked much into publishing here, but also wanted to know if it was possible to transfer the reviews I have to a new account once I set everything up? Is there a help desk I can call if nobody knows the answer?
Leslie Knight

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Re: My contract with my publisher is over. Now what?
Posted: Dec 30, 2017 1:34 PM   in response to: Leslie Knight in response to: Leslie Knight
 
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Just found the help number so that question was answered but still would love to hear from others about my issue. Thanks

Edited by: Leslie Knight on Dec 30, 2017 1:34 PM
Donna St Felix

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Re: My contract with my publisher is over. Now what?
Posted: Dec 30, 2017 1:36 PM   in response to: Leslie Knight in response to: Leslie Knight
 
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Leslie Knight wrote:
Hello everyone,
My publisher has decided to downgrade their business and didn't renew my contract. I have the rights back to my book and am looking to republish with Amazon instead of looking for another publisher because not having control over what I can charge for my book was disheartening. It looks like my publisher still has the book up here, but with a price tag of $2k so folks don't purchase it. Will that be an issue with publishing through KDP? How do I get that removed? I haven't looked much into publishing here, but also wanted to know if it was possible to transfer the reviews I have to a new account once I set everything up? Is there a help desk I can call if nobody knows the answer?

Contact Customer Service below at 'Contact Us'.
Donna St Felix

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Re: My contract with my publisher is over. Now what?
Posted: Dec 30, 2017 1:37 PM   in response to: Leslie Knight in response to: Leslie Knight
 
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Leslie Knight wrote:
Just found the help number so that question was answered but still would love to hear from others about my issue. Thanks

I think you found the retail phone number, not the phone number for authors as there is NONE.
Contact Us is below.
Notjohn

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Re: My contract with my publisher is over. Now what?
Posted: Dec 30, 2017 3:03 PM   in response to: Leslie Knight in response to: Leslie Knight
 
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It looks like my publisher still has the book up here, but with a price tag of $2k so folks don't purchase it. Will that be an issue with publishing through KDP?

Very likely that's a "used" copy that doesn't really exist. That version of the book will always remain. Your version will have to compete with it.

If you post the ASIN or author/title, one of us can check on that.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting (2018 edition)

The blog: https://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
Emily Veinglory

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Re: My contract with my publisher is over. Now what?
Posted: Dec 30, 2017 3:59 PM   in response to: Leslie Knight in response to: Leslie Knight
 
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You need to check your former publisher does not have your book listed as "in print", and you need the reversion of rights in tangible form (a letter or email). Then you can proceed.
Leslie Knight

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Re: My contract with my publisher is over. Now what?
Posted: Jan 1, 2018 12:57 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Thank you, this is very helpful.
Jane Rubino

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Re: My contract with my publisher is over. Now what?
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 6:17 PM   in response to: Leslie Knight in response to: Leslie Knight
 
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When my first publisher went out of business some years ago, I recovered all rights to the books and republished the first three as a three-in-one on Kindle. If you own the rights to your book, you're the owner, and the only one who can re-license the rights, or you may opt to self-publish. However, former buyers may sell their second-hand copies. Could that account for the copies you're seeing? The gray area is whether the publisher may sell remaindered copies - did your contract address that?
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