Here is the cover of One Summer in Malta, a large print book that began life as a serial. It will be published by Ulverscroft on 15th November. And Starting Over has just come out in audio and will follow in large print on 1 November.
Both audio and large print rights have been sold for All That Mullarkey, too, and will make their bow according to the publishers’ schedules.
All these things are what an agent or publisher might refer to as ‘subsidiary rights’. Books can come out in many forms: hardback, paperback, trade paperback, audio, large print, all the various ebook formats etc. And that’s before you get to the foreign rights: the US version, the Australian, the South African, and then different languages, too.
Subsidiary rights can really earn you money, because you don’t normally have to do much more work to get a whole new fee! So let’s hear it for subsidiary rights sales! Yeahhhh!
And that’s why writers get excited when their publisher or agent goes to a book fair (Frankfurt is next, in October). Because rights get sold.