by Anna Bell
When I dreamt of being published I naively assumed that seeing your book on the shelf was where the story ended. I’ve been really pleasantly surprised to learn this isn’t the case. This week Don’t Tell the Groom – or Non Ditelo allo Sposo – was released in Italy, which makes me wonder, are rights deals the gift that keeps on giving?
When my agent was negotiating my first deal I felt like I was given a crash course in publishing rights. I sold World English rights to my publisher, the audiobook/large print rights to a specialist publisher and kept my foreign rights for my literary agency to sell. It meant I took a lower offer with my publisher than I would have done if I’d accepted world rights, but it was a gamble in the hope that my agency would get foreign deals. I’m lucky so far that I’ve been able to get Italian and Dutch deals.
It’s strange seeing Don’t Tell the Groom released again two years on from its original publication. The UK paperback is winding down, selling at the bargain price of £2 on Amazon, but with it coming out in Italy, it feels to me as if it has been given a new lease of life. It’s strange seeing my book in a language I can’t understand, but it did give me goose pimples trying to read the dedication to my husband as it made it sound more heart-felt and romantic. And it’s a hardback edition – my very first hardback!
It has also been strange revisiting PR questions for the book. I’ve had to remember what happened and not to add too many spoilers from the rest of the series. I’ve been really excited to see my interviews and reviews of my book in eminent publications like Italian Cosmopolitan and the Metro and websites like Style.IT (part of Vanity Fair).