Morgan self-publishes digital backlist

Morgan self-publishes digital backlist

Young adult author Nicola Morgan has issued an e-book of her 2002 novel Mondays are Red after regaining rights from publisher Hodder.

The book is on Amazon for Kindle as of today [28th November] and also will be made available for reading on all other devices. It has been issued under the name Crabbit Publishing.

Morgan said: "The thing I love about all this is the freedom and contro lthat we can have as writers. If it does badly, it's down to me, not anyone else. I love that I can make all the decisions, from content and cover to price and publicity." She added that she still valued being published by a publisher, "but for republishing backlist novels which already have a proven audience . . . this feels very simple and empowering. And I hope it will also
help my published novels for Hodder and Walker."

Morgan said Mondays are Red is still widely used in schools so she knew there was demand for the novel. She has also added new material to the digital version, including creative writing samples by schoolchildren who have worked with the book in class and factual information about synaesthesia, which is the story's theme.

Morgan said she had given her agent Elizabeth Roy a commission on the e-book, commenting: "I feel I owe her morally."

Morgan expects to proceed with digital reissues of two further titles on her fiction backlist for which rights have reverted. She also self-published a non-fiction e-book, Tweet Right, in August.