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I grew up in Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, then lived in Denmark and traveled throughout Europe before coming back to Colorado. I have two adult sons, whom I cherish. I started my writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor of two different papers. Along the way, my team and I won numerous state and several national awards, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service. In 2011, I was awarded the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism. Now I write historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense.


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Monday, November 08, 2010

Some good news

Those of you who stay on top of news on the blogosphere have no doubt heard of the struggles facing Dorchester Publishing, the publishing company that launched me back in 2003. They’ve had financial difficulties, which have resulted in their decision to go to an e-book format only and to discontinue books in print. They’ve also had a great deal of difficulty paying authors, including yours truly.

I hold great affection for many people at Dorchester, so I’m this post won’t devolve into Dorch-bashing. But I will say that I was lucky enough to separate myself from the company before its woes became serious. I left on good terms — at least with the people I care about, most of whom are no longer there — but Dorchester still owned the rights to my five historical novels.

My agent and I were not excited about the prospect of these novels being available only and forever by e-book, so she started the looooong process of getting back my rights. We had strong grounds to do this, and as of October 12, my books once again belonged solely to me.

They’re still available as e-books, although I’m not getting any of the revenue from sales. It’s still going to Dorchester because the e-book companies, Amazon included, seem to take their sweet time when it comes to removing titles. I haven’t raised a stink about it — in my case Dorchester is absolutely not to blame — because I'm very busy.

Today I got the fan-freaking-tastic news that Penguin — my I-Team series is published under their Berkley Sensation imprint — is buying the distribution rights to three of the five books in my historical backlist. They are buying Ride the Fire, Surrender and Untamed.

It makes sense for them to buy especially the last two, as they also bought Connor’s book. After people read his story, some will want to go back and get the previous two books. And unless they’re still in print, they won’t be able to find them. But now, happily, they will be in print.

So that takes care of the MacKinnon’s Rangers series.

But what about the others? I told my agent to please, please, please try to persuade Penguin to buy Ride the Fire, as well. There are reasons for this. First, it’s the novel where my writing really hit its stride, or so I feel. Also, it’s an intensely personal story for me, the novel that took the most out of me in many respects. And third, it’s a reader fave.

My editor hasn’t read Ride the Fire yet, but I trust that when she does she’ll be happy she included it in the purchase. And when she reads it, I'm going to ask for the chance to fix one thing that has bugged me for years (an oversight on my part toward the end) and to add the long-awaited, still unwritten epilogue.

I have no idea what the covers will look like or when the books will be released. I suspect they’ll want to get Surrender and Untamed in print before Connor’s book is released a little more than a year from now. As for Ride the Fire, who knows? But at least the stories won’t be languishing forever.

As for Sweet Release and Carnal Gift, I’ve got to contact all the e-book booksellers in the universe and let them know to send the checks to moi. Because I have time for that. But for the foreseeable future, those two are going to be out of print. It’s a bummer, yes, but I’ve had a much softer landing with regard to the Dorchester ordeal than some authors. I have my agent to thank for that.

I’ve been keeping my fingers crossed that my editor would want these books for weeks now, and I’m so excited to share the good news.


Daz said...

Huge congrats!!! I have Ride the Fire and Carnal Gift from Amazon for my Kindle.

Kara C said...

Such fantastic news! Thanks for sharing.

ANI said...

That is wonderful news!!! Looking forward to their re release so we can stock them in our store again =)

Ronlyn said...

WONDERFUL news! I'm thrilled for you!

Jane said...

Congrats, Pamela.

Diane W. said...

That is FABULOUS news!! Congratulations!! :) :)

Wendy said...

Great! I happen to have copies of all of your books. I am going to need new ones, though. The ones I have are so worn out from reading over and over. Fingers crossed for Sweet Release - Alec is such a sweet sexy studmuffin.

That's awesome news, Pamela! I'm so, so happy for you!

Di P said...

Great news Pamela. I'm really pleased for you. All your novels so far are among my all time favourites and have revisited the stories time and again.

K.O said...

Pamela: You know I'm already thrilled to death at how darn SMART your new publisher, Penguin, is for having the darn good sense to snag you and your backlist up! :) That said, I just "tripped" into all of the mess that has been created for authors by the Dorchester issue -- YIKES-A-MONDO! :O I understand you don't want to do any DP-bashing here, but I was wondering if we should pretty much stop buying the e-books (or print?) until further notice from you on those books. I recommend you A LOT so are people "purchasing" from the "right" publisher at this point? Is Penguin helping fight the "good fight" for you to get your books out of the "entanglement" that seems to be Dorchester right now? I know you are on deadline, and don't want to distract you too terribly, but if you could just jot off a quick response so I'll know how to "carry your flag" appropriately/how you would wish when advising other readers to buy -- my conscience will rest better! Thanks a bunch ... and waiting with GREAT anticipation on "Breaking Point" (means I get to read "Naked Edge" off the TBR now! LOL! ;D)

Hi, KO —

You're such a dear!

That's a very good question! The answer is this:

Right now, the sales from e-books and print books are going to Dorchester and not to me. Let's just say I will almost certainly never see a penny of it.

Penguin will have SURRENDER and UNTAMED out in time to coincide with Connor's book. They haven't committed to a date for RIDE THE FIRE.

But SWEET RELEASE and CARNAL GIFT are out on their own, so the only way to buy them is however you can. I'll eventually have e-book sales turned over to me, but the print copies will dry up. I'm trying to buy the remaining copies from Dorchester and will probably sell them myself through Amazon until I run out. But then... ?

I still have to contact all the booksellers in the universe and get them to switch the profits from sales over to me instead of sending them to Dorchester. I just haven't had time because I'm on deadline with BREAKING POINT.

Thank you for carrying that flag! You have no idea how much that means to me.

I hope with all my heart you enjoy NAKED EDGE. I'm at the climax of BREAKING POINT right now.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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