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Thread: Repurposing POD

  1. #1
    A.L. Sirois
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    Repurposing POD

    A bit of background before my question... I'm new here, but not to writing or even publishing; my first short story publication was in 1973. Over the years I had middling success but my efforts trailed off a bit after I got married in 1992 and started a family. I should mention that I never stopped writing, but I did stop writing *seriously.* I was doing okay, with Nebula and Pushcart Prize nominations to my credit, a children's book from Morrow, stories in Asimov's, etc.

    I made some of my work available through POD and Fictionwise. I got decent reviews and made some money but I never really did any self-marketing.

    I'm divorced now, and getting back into writing. In fact, I am hot to trot. I've been doing a monthly review column for SciFi.com for several years, and I won a short-story contest in '06, so I'm keeping myself in trim. No agent yet (I've had two or three in my time, including a guy from William Morris) but I'm shopping around.

    I had written mostly science fiction but I'm now more interested in mysteries and supernatural thrillers. I have developed a series of YA mysteries set in ancient Egypt, and I'd like to get an agent for those. (One's completed, one is first-drafted.) I do also have several other books (adult mystery, fantasy, horror, even sf) in outline or first-draft form.

    Now, getting to my question: I have secured rights to a few POD works (self-illustrated chapter book, YA novel, sf novel; visible here on my writers.net home page) that were published some years back, around the turn of the century. What I'd like to do is to edit these -- add some material to them -- and re-market them under new titles: essentially as new books.

    Does this idea suck, or is it do-able? Obviously it would be nice to have a few additional books to flog, but not if it gives me a bad name. Please advise!



  2. #2
    Anthony Ravenscroft
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    Re: Repurposing POD

    I'll be darned -- I remember you from IASFM in the 1980s -- glad to hear you're back in the game!!

    First of all, come on over & hack around at Ellison's site:
    <http://harlanellison.com/heboard/unca.htm>
    I'd like to think that the likes of Adam-Troy Castro (he's a regular there) might be interested in any sf/f stories you have. (And here's his most recent contribution to Helix: <http://www.helixsf.com/fiction/Q3_castro_livingpotus.htm>)

    Anyway, I don't think your idea specifically sucks. Of course, that backlist will be worth more once you get back in the game....

  3. #3
    A.L. Sirois
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    Re: Repurposing POD

    Hey, Anthony -- thanks! Harlan's using a computer these days? Will wonders never cease. :-)

    I took a quick glance at the Helix site -- William Sanders' baby! He's quite a guy, Sanders. I see Adam-Troy's byline on SciFi.com pretty often, being a columnist there myself. I'll swing by Ellison's site soon for a visit.

    It's nice to be stretching the muscles again...

  4. #4
    Anthony Ravenscroft
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    Re: Repurposing POD

    Ellison uses a computer only under duress (he still writes only on the typewriter), but has discovered that the Internet's handy for tracking down books, music, & collectibles. (Besides, Susan does most of the heavy lifting.) The site's a fan project, but with HE's blessing & frequent visitation.

    My Hidden Agenda is that, while Helix is an invite-only outlet -- their story by Janis Ian (yes, that one) is up for a Nebula -- you could do worse than get ATC's attention, or perhaps ply any connexion you have with Sanders.

  5. #5
    Bill O'Quist
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    Re: Repurposing POD

    AL - You have secured rights, however you didn't author these books? Do I understand correctly? Assuming I do, you wish to add some words, edit and such, and then have them published traditionally under your name?

  6. #6
    A.L. Sirois
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    Re: Repurposing POD

    No, Bill, they're all my work, all right -- no problem there. They were published as POD but didn't do very well, so I asked for the rights back. Now I'm trying to figure out how best to re-purpose them.

  7. #7
    Bill O'Quist
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    Re: Repurposing POD


    Sorry I misunderstood. FWIW, I would go for it, of course, their are others here that may differ in opinion.

  8. #8
    Linda Hiles
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    Re: Repurposing POD

    Best wishes to you in all you UPCOMING endeavor.

    Blessings,
    Linda

  9. #9
    G.D.
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    Re: Repurposing POD

    Interesting idea, good luck with it.

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