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Tuesday News: Bella Andre inks print only deal with Harlequin; New...

  • We’re hoping to announce our first acquisition (a three book deal) in the next couple of weeks – just subject to getting the contract signed. The first of those books is being line-edited at the moment and *should* be out in November. Certainly before Christmas. 
  • We’re not using DRM except where it’s enforced by the retailer. eBooks will be available in all major eBook retailers, and most of the minor ones, but we’re not currently going to sell through our own site.
  •  And we’re publishing globally in English language – one of the things we’re passionate about is building global author brands – something made more difficult with the territorial rights of traditional publishers. My Inbox

I am beyond thrilled to have made this print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA. They will be doing a major global paperback launch of all 8 Sullivan books in US, UK, Canada and Australia starting summer 2013.

I have retained all ebook rights, foreign translation rights, audio rights and film rights in the 7 figure print-only deal and will continue to be self-publishing the Sullivan ebooks with all major retailers. Let Me Be The One, The Sullivan’s #6 ebook has spent the past 3 weeks on the nyt ebook bestseller lists and I will be self-publishing the 7th book in the series as an ebook this winter.

Yes, I will absolutely continue to self-publish all of my ebooks just as I have for the past 2 years. The very exciting addition now is that all of the Sullivan books will have extremely wide paperback print distribution with Harlequin MIRA in the major English language markets worldwide. Their enthusiasm and excitement for the series is absolutely wonderful – and exactly what I always wanted to see happen for my Sullivan books on the print side. 

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. sarah Mayberry
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 17:05:13

    The Belle Andre deal is smart business. And I think Harlequin were a good choice for her to go with for print distribution. Will be really interesting to watch this partnership develop. Good on Bella for doing it for herself.

  2. Ros
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 17:28:27

    I agree about the Andre deal. She’s done some smart negotiating there, working out what’s worth selling through a publisher and what she’s keeping for herself. I think she’s always been a great model of self-publishing done in a business-like fashion and this is no different. Unlike other self-pub successes who seem to have been happy to sign any deal they’re offered, she knows she’s negotiating from a position of strength. Good for her.

  3. SonomaLass
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 01:46:53

    Bella Andre is a smart and savvy businesswoman. I especially admire how she quietly goes about her business, not getting up on a soapbox pretending to have all the answers about publishing. She just sets a good example by her hard work and smart choices, and she’s making the current system work for her very well.

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