I’ve got my rights back!

It’s taken some time and quite a lot of emails winging to and fro across the Atlantic, but I’m delighted to say I am now the proud owner of the rights to the nine books published by Mills and Boon/Harlequin under my pen-name of Rachel Elliot.  I decided ages ago I wanted the rights back, because I want the books to be available to a new audience through the miracles of downloading and POD.

Certain conditions are attached, as you’d expect – for example I’m not allowed to use the M&B or Harlequin trademarks and I can’t use the original book covers. That’s not a bad thing – I reckon it’ll be fun to collaborate with my illustrator Wendy to come up with new ideas.

The plan isn’t to republish the stories as they are, because I want to rewrite and update them all to some extent – and I’m really looking forward to that, though it’ll be a pretty mammoth task. So for example – Song of Love centres on the story of singer Claire Silver and Scottish castle owner Roddy Mackenzie, and the conflict arises from the fact that he thinks she’s using him to further her career, because his brother just happens to be an Agent for top entertainers.  I’m toying with the notion of introducing a kind of X-Factor element to the new version of the story – what do you reckon?

I haven’t actually read the originals for ages, so revisiting them will be fascinating – I hope readers think so too!


14 thoughts on “I’ve got my rights back!

    • Thanks Ros – I think I may have to cast myself away on a desert island for a year (or more!) to get all the rewrites done, but I think it’s going to be ‘fun’ – and I know every writer will understand why I’ve put the word in quotes!

  1. I had no idea you wrote for Mills and Boon. I was an avid Harlequin reader for too many years to count and occasionally, still absorb one. There is no way I’ve missed reading your early books. Somewhere, packed away in a box, I wave a binder with the list of all the books I read in the 80’s and 90’s. When I find it I will look up your name and the titles I read. This is a round about way of saying you are famous in my eyes! I cannot wait for you to re-release the new updated editions.

  2. Suzie, you have no idea what a boost that gave me! Thank you very much indeed for stopping by – I wonder if you did read any of my books? I’m going to list all the titles on a separate page of this blog, so please come back and visit again soon and see if you recognise any of them.
    I thoroughly enjoy your Bad Luck Detective blog – it’s a glimpse into a different new world for me – not always an easy world by any means, but always fascinating. Keep up the good work Detective!

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