Written by Dan Malone on Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Eric Van Lustbader, best known nowadays as the current author of the Jason Bourne series (taking over from series creator Robert Ludlum), has decided to follow in the footsteps of Jackie Collins and J.K. Rowling and go the self-publishing route. Authors are getting the rights back for their backlisted eBooks and making them available on the eBook market themselves.

“We’ve gotten all the rights back to my books from publishers, and we’re working on an e-book project for my backlist,” says Van Lustbader.

“Believe it or not, The Ninja and all of those are not in e-book form yet. None of them are in e-book, so we’re working on that first. As far as self-publishing an e-book. It’s been on the periphery of my thoughts for a while. Don’t forget, I’m writing 2 books a year… so I don’t have a tremendous amount of free time. But, yeah, it’s been in my thoughts. It would probably be a continuation of the Nicholas Linnear character from The Ninja because I see a lot of… fans just keep clamoring for it, but I don’t feel a lot of excitement from publishers for me to do it, basically because Japan is not in the news at the moment and hasn’t been for a while, so I don’t think they see it as a relevant kind of thing. It might be something where I might do a short story or novella and publish it and see how that it goes and if it goes well, then I might do a novel. But, you know, there are just so many hours in the day, and unless I give up sleep altogether there’s just so much I can do.”

Look for more authors to jump on the self-ePublishing bandwagon in the coming months and years. Who will be next? Your guess is as good as ours!

Credit: Jeff Rivera & Examiner.com

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