Well, not me, but some. I have met some great people through publishing to ebook form and when I met the powerhouse team of Saffina and Mark, I was bowled over by their energy…and impressed by their sales. Then I read the book.
Wow. I was stunned.
What better way to celebrate Writer Wednesday than to celebrate with great news from a great writing team.
Oh Heck. They better tell ya.
I am THRILLED to be guest posting on Thea’s fantastic blog and even more thrilled to be sharing really good news with you all! It’s about time us indies had some luck! ;-)
Anyway, I won’t bore you with the whole saga, if you want the lo’ down and dirty details, check the full scoop out here.
In brief – we got a deal!
Now, as you may or may not know, we pride ourselves on being the UK’s biggest selling indie writing team (others may argue, but up until now, we were THE only TRUE indies to have reached number two in the UK paid Kindle chart and have sold over 100,000 copies of ONE title) so you may be a little surprised to learn that we have now got a boot firmly entrenched in the traditional camp, but here’s the thing: we haven’t sold out!
As you will see if you read the whole official release over on my blog, we have taken a deal that suits us, on our terms, allowing us to continue with our plans for 2012 and beyond, in our own timescale.
We were increasingly aware of the European market and the gaps to exploit, but having previously enquired about the cost of translation (and then gawping at the total cost as we punched the numbers into the calculator and it came back with almost 9k!) we had written it off for the time being. So, you can imagine what a ‘no brainer’ it was when our new publisher (I just can’t seem to get tired of saying that) offered us a deal where they paid to translate ‘Sugar & Spice’ and paid us an advance and are going to handle all the marketing!
Seriously, ask Mark (my co-writer) what I did when I got the email. I mistakenly thought THEY had asked US for the amount of the advance, not the other way around! I thought at the time it was a bit cheeky until I realised that the figure in Euro’s with the naughts after it was what they we paying US! ;-)
Anyway, ‘Paraphillia’ (newly titled specifically for the French market) will be released in June 2012. Yes, you heard it here first! It IS actually possible to have an indie ebook out in the digisphere AND have a print version done in under a year!
So, we are very pleased to say the least. We are very excited about working with these forward-thinking publishers and we are even talking to them about other possibilities.
So indies, take heart.
The future of publishing is a’changing and there is no reason why we can’t start having grownup conversations with the big guys, from a level playing field and even getting deals that suit us!
2012 is going to be a very exciting year and we wish you all the best for it!
Saffi & Mark (Saffina Desforges)
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