Do you know where all your assets are? (Oo-er missus!)
Seriously, though, do you keep a list of all of the books you’ve written(both traditionally published and self-published ones) and which markets they’re available in?
It’s so easy to think that you’ll keep a track of everything, but when I decided to formalise things by putting it all down into a small spreadsheet, I suddenly discovered I’d missed several markets with one of my self-published books.
There’s not a lot I can do for my traditionally-published books, because I’m restricted by the contract that I signed. However, I’ve made a note on my register about any situations that enable me to ask for my rights back.
For example, the contracts for both The Positively Productive Writer and Photography for Writers allow me to claim back my rights when sales fall below a certain annual figure (which they have). Because of this, I have reclaimed my rights and, in the future, I’ll update them and self-publish them.
So by asking for the rights back in these two particular assets, they’re now available to me to exploit again in any way I see fit. (Watch this space.)
And it was while I was compiling my asset register that I came across another of my traditionally-published books where the publisher has not exploited the eBook version. I’ve been in touch and will see what they say on the matter. The book in question could do with updating now, so this may be the perfect opportunity to discuss this.
When it comes to self-publishing, the different formats we can exploit are growing all of the time. As well as creating paperback books and eBooks, we can also create hardbacks, large print and even audiobooks. Each of these is a different format, with a different market (and requires a different ISBN).
And it wasn’t until I finished putting all of my books on this spreadsheet that I realised I’d made one of my ebooks available through Amazon only. I hadn’t uploaded it to my other ebook distributor, Draft2Digital. (Which means my book is not on sale via Apple, Kobo, Barnes and Noble etc). Slipped up there!
And that’s why having such a register can prove useful. Not only is all the information about all formats for all of your books in one place, it’s a sensible way of gaining an overview about which markets you’re exploiting for each of your books.
And as a new market becomes available, simply add it to your asset register, and then consider which of your books best fits that new market.
(For the nerds amongst you, I record the following information on my asset register:
- In Print/Out of Print
- Traditionally Published Paperback
- Traditionally Published eBook
- Amazon Kindle Format
- Amazon KDP Print Format
- Draft2Digital Distribution (Apple, Kobo, Tolino, Hoople, Barker & Taylor, Bibliotheca, Overdrive, 24 Symbols, Barnes & Noble, Scribd)
- Large Print Format
- Hardback Format
- Audiobook Format