Every contract we write and sign with our authors includes an End-of-Term clause, which lately is for three years. This specifies the number of years Koehler Books will own the rights to publish the work. After that the rights revert back to the author. Legally speaking you the author then own the publishing rights.
Here are four options for authors to pursue when their book is at the end of term and no longer published by Koehler Books:
1) Do nothing. The book will essentially fade away and cannot be printed or sold, unless there was any inventory with booksellers. Unlikely.
2) Ask us for an extension of your term. If your book is still selling well we may consider it. You can ask.
3) Self-publish your book in your own name or company name. Ask us to send you the publishing files. You will have to find a designer who can help you with the InDesign files, replace our branding logos and contact info with your own, setup your own account with KDP or IngramSpark, acquire new ISBNs, install your book per the directions of either company. A lot of work but possible. The downside is you will likely lose your reviews on Amazon and will have to start over. $1679 – estimated cost for an author to pay for the ISBNs, layout and design and installation of new account.
4) Hire Koehler Books to replace our logos and contact information with yours. Setup your own IngramSpark account. Fill out a transfer form that authorizes Ingram to transfer the publishing files to your account. We will prepare the way and then initiate the transfer to your IngramSpark account. The good news is you can keep the ISBNs and your reviews and other data associated with your book will remain. We will also have a Zoom call with you to show you how to use the account, change meta data and order printed books. $1259 fee.
Setting up an IngramSpark account:
Setting up a KDP account:
Transfer form for authors to fill out for option 4: