It was published and about six weeks later, the publisher pulled down the blinds, bolted the doors and went out of business - an early victim of those financial problems the banks arranged for us. We had sold about eight copies.
We changed the title, explained the situation to a new publisher and we were off. The new title was "The Back of Beyond" because the little French village in which it was set was called St. Gwilhem le Desert. In colloquial English, that's St William in the Back of Beyond. (Or in the boondocks, the backwoods, the wilds, etc.)
Not the most explanatory of titles, especially if you're not familiar with the phrase. Ah well, we live and learn. The book has been available for about two years, we've sold about the same number as in its first incarnation.
So we've asked for the publishing rights to be returned to us, not something one does without licking one's lips and holding a lucky rabbit's foot. However, we were very pleasantly surprised at the publisher's agreement. Another new cover, a new title: "Murderous Intentions". It's still a medieval murder mystery but we've taken the opportunity to re-edit the text.
Another three weeks or so and it will be on Amazon under our co-operative publishing name: Acclaimed Books and soon after that on a number of other on-line re-seller sites. Let's hope it works for us this time.
Jack Everett & David Coles