Independent publishing takes an interesting turn this week as Helen Falconer joins Ascribe.

Helen's books were originally published by Faber at the turn of the millennium but despite jaw-dropping quotes from the national review pages the books failed to sell well and her publisher soon lost interest. The full story is here on

Helen is able to put her new Kindle editions on Ascribe because her contract made no mention of ebook rights, so by definition these new Kindle editions are independently published.

Any authors being eyed by mainstream publishers ought to keep in mind that contracts are being written to cover digital sales too nowadays, so if the publisher is shy of throwing budget at the marketing campaign the author should think long and hard before committing because if the book fails to sell, it will not be allowed on Ascribe.

Spread a cautionary word to anybody in that situation!


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