This is pretty huge for me. I’ve had four books published so far, and I’ve never held an actual print book with my name on it. I guarantee, there will be tears when it finally happens.
But there are details I promised to share over here.
As you probably know, my publisher, Carina Press, is a digital-first publisher. Print is not their primary concern. Their parent company is Harlequin, which has been around forever. Carina is only about four-years old. We’ve all been eager to see them start coming out with print versions of their books, but that takes time, negotiations, contracts. Publishing is changing fast, and one of the reasons I chose them was that they were rolling with those changes, trying new things, and experimenting to find what works.
And now they’re looking at all the options for getting their books into print.
The old ways of doing things were/are pretty brutal, especially for the author. A seemingly arbitrary number is chosen for the print run, the books are distributed to stores, and a month or two later, any leftover copies (unless it’s a bestseller) will likely be pulled, have their covers ripped off, and the price paid refunded to the bookseller. The publisher and author don’t get paid for those books.
I’ve simplified the process, but that’s the regular way of doing things. But you can see some of the problems. Bookstores don’t have a lot of room to carry a book indefinitely. If it doesn’t catch fire right away, it’s doomed. And everybody loses money.
Carina is experimenting with traditional, mass-market paperbacks in stores. I’ve seen a few out in the wild. Now they’re trying out print-on-demand options as well.
Print-on-demand has pros and cons to it. It’s a bit more expensive to produce, which makes the price higher. (And mine is going to be produced as a trade paperback, which is larger and fancier than a mass market paperback.) For now, physical bookstores won’t carry them. (They wouldn’t be able to return the ones they can’t sell.) However, the books won’t disappear after a month or two, either. Print-on-demand is forever(ish).
Monster in My Closet will be available in trade paperback on Amazon (not sure where else, yet) on June 2, 2014. The retail price will be $17.95, though I’m sure Amazon will discount it because, you know, that’s what they do.
So, those are the details. Monster has been chosen to test this out. There’s no planned end date, but it is a test of the POD service. Things could change, or this could prove to be a success and maybe the rest of the books will follow. Who knows?
Everything is changing. I feel so fortunate to be in the middle of those changes.
Have a great week! See you real soon!