For a change, I have some good news! The family has decided to release 18 of Mom's books to a publisher who will turn them into eBooks! Think of it! A whole new generation of people will get to read her stories!
The story started about a week or so ago when Pop got a call for Mom about her books. Seems the copyrights on the books was about to run out and this had attracted a publisher looking for some good works. When Pop told him that Mom had passed a while back, the guy was sympathetic and was curious to what Pop wanted to do with the books. Pop got the guy to talk about what he was looking for and agreed that it sounded like a great idea, turning Mom's books into eBooks and releasing them to the public. But Pop's really sharp on this. He made sure that the control and royalties were transferred over to my Big Sister and I so there would be no problem with what happens from here. Both of us have been contacted and we are really excited by the news!
Mom started writing books back in the mid-1970s with a few books of science fiction and horror before settling onto her nitch which was "Historical Romance". With this in mind, Mom hit the ground running and started to travel all over the place for ideas on books which continued throughout the 1980s and well into the 1990s. When I was in high school, Mom was at her height of popularity, having hit the best seller's list for Waldon Books and several times on the Romantic Times best sellers, even Romantic Times magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award for New Age Fiction 1992, awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Career Achievement in Historical Fantasy and Reviewers' Choice Certificate of Excellence.
As I have learned ... through some careful talks with my Big Sister ... Mom's career came to an end around the bottom of the 1990s, thanks to a publisher who didn't listen. Seems that the holographic covers (covers with a changing cover image when you shifted the book in the light, usually just two images) were all the rage back in the 1990s. Mom's newest book was being slated for one. Mom put her foot down and said that this was a bad idea and that she wanted her work to stand without gimmicks. "Allow people to read them for what they are and let them decide on the strength of the writing, not some cheep gimmick to trick them into buying a book." The publisher didn't listen and went ahead with the book. Book stores, excited by the combination, tripled their orders of what they normally got of Mom's books. Well, I think you see the trainwreck coming. The stores sold what they normally did of Mom's books, but the high turnover rate of sold to unsold books was too high and the publisher dropped her contract. Mom was hurt.
To have Mom's books come back out in any format would be awesome! Personally, I'm hoping that a collection of them will come out in a box set, something with a biography about Mom's life. It would be a great tribute to a woman whom I respect highly.
I'll keep you guys posted on the rest of the story as things occur.
Love and Kisses,