Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Shadow of Uncertainty




My publisher sent me a special box. My first book, Kindred of the Fallen, in print. I was thrilled to hold one for the first time.

I'm nine months pregnant, so don't think the belly is from eating too many brownies, lol.
Once the high faded, uncertainty quickly replaced my excitement. When I signed with Samhain, my one complaint was their policy on releasing print books one year after e-books. They had great answers to my questions regarding this. Their philosophy of focusing on e-book sales and higher royalties for their authors seemed to make sense.
 
In hindsight, I do wonder if I made the right decision. I had another offer from one of the big six (I think there are now only five) traditional publishers, but it was for their e-book line with print on demand and I had serious issues with the editorial vision.
 
A one year gap between the release of the e-book and print book forces the author to do double promotion. Personally, I find it a hassle, but it does keep the book “out there” longer, offering the opportunity for greater exposure.
I’m not big on regrets, so I’ll concentrate on the pros of a delayed print release. For now, I’m finally planning my giveaway on Goodreads. I’ll be sure to let you all know when it starts.
 
Today, I’m co-hosting the Insecure Writer’s Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. I’m off to visit my fellow co-hosts for this month: Huntress a.k.a. CD Coffelt, Tina Downey, Michelle Wallace, and some other writers in need of support. If you’re a writer, definitely check out the IWSG.

58 comments:

  1. You can never have regrets. It's hard to know what "might" have happened with another decision. Congrats on your release.

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  2. Hi, Isis! The last time I saw you, your hand was in a sling and you bought one of my books. The one in the pic, I have on my Kindle to read.

    Congrats on the paperback.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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  3. Hmm, interesting challenge - but certainly a nice one to have.

    I think the only way to approach this is to seize the opportunity. Take advantage of the good press the e-book generated and use that to reach people who refuse to read anything but paper. Yeah, it's double the promotional struggle, which I get, but it does open up a whole new audience.

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  4. Oh, congrats on getting your hard copies! How fabulous! It's good to have a vision on how to go about things, too. I need a little work on that vision thing...

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  5. Talk about delayed gratification! Glad you finally got to hold it in your hands.

    Thanks for hosting. :)

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  6. I know a lot of publishers do that, but I'd look at it as a positive. Your book is in front of people longer. That can only be good.
    Thanks for co-hosting today!

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  7. Best wishes for the birth a new baby, so exciting!! I understanding wanting to hold an actual copy of your book in hand, it makes it seem real! I absolutely love the cover of your book, Kindred of the Fallen!

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  8. I know how exciting it must be to get that printed copy in hand. I know everything will work out in the end, so good luck to you. Thanks for hosting!

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  9. How exciting to hold your book in your hand. I love my Kindle and ebooks, but there's something special about seeing the print version. All publishers have something we don't like--some more than others. We make our choices and live with them. Thank you for hosting ISWG today and best wishes for the birth of your baby.

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  10. One year does seem a bit long for print, but in this age of technology, I can't help and wonder if print is the big draw it used to be. Personally, I never thought I'd read more ebooks than print ones. Turns out I do, and it's by choice. Still, it always feels good to curl up on the sofa with a real book now and then too. Congrats on your print version.

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  11. I'm sharing your excitement with you, Isis. Regardless, it's nice to hold the finish product in your hands. My publisher won't be printing a hardcopy of my ebook because I already did that when I first self-published. I was so disappointed when I first heard that. I prefer the ebook cover. I now have to settle with postcards. Not the same thing. Thanks for co-hosting.

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  12. Regrets will never make you happy, that's for sure. You learn and you go forward. You have the power to change what you need to going forward with your work. All the best, Isis.

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  13. Congratulations on receiving the print copies. It's always a nice moment, even when the book has been out for a while.

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  14. I envy that not only are you holding onto your printed book, but will soon be holding onto your baby. Super thrills in your house right now. :)

    Regarding the year delay, I'd say it's about right. You may not find too man of the print sell (in comparison to ebooks) and you'll make much less on those that do. You'll see soon enough. Best of luck!

    shahwharton.com

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  15. Everything I've been reading and hearing, both in regards to fiction books and scholarly research/publishing, seems to indicate that e-books and electronic resources are really edging out print. It's probably a good idea to delay the print version, to give you extra time to promote the book and pick up new fans who might only want print.

    Congratulations on getting your book in print!

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  16. Congratulations, what a thrill to be able to hold that book in your hand. And best wishes for the rest of your pregnancy and new baby!

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  17. Congrats on your first book! I can't wait to blog about THAT someday! I'm sure it'll do great!

    Do visit me at avantikac.blogspot.com

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  18. Congrats on the print book! My books are e-books, no print. My pub requires 55000 words to print it. I guess I have to get long-winded to get into print.! LOL..When I do book signings with my writer's group, it's easier to sell the print! Thanks for hosting.

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  19. Congrats! There is nothing like holding that paperback in your hands. It will all work out!
    Congrats on your growing family!
    Heather

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  20. Congratulations on your print version coming out!! I know how that feels. I cried the first time I held mine. Thanks for sharing with us, and giving your opinion on some of the ups and downs you've experienced. Also, thanks for co-hosting today!

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  21. Congrats, Isis!! The book is gorgeous! I cannot wait to get my hands on a physical copy. More and more, I can't seem to read on my kindle.

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  22. I self pub-bed my epic fantasy. So my struggle is continuing. I did this because at the time no publisher was interested since my voice is YA but my characters are in their twenties. Now they have young adult.
    Nancy

    Oh yes, you have your book in hand. Congratulations.

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  23. It's become the trend now. Ebook first, since it costs less to produce. If it does well, then print. On the bright side, you'll be able to go do book signings now.

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  24. How exciting that you finally get to hold a print copy of your book! This is the first time I've heard about a print copy being released so much later than its ebook version. I hope this ends up working in your favor!

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  25. It's always fun to open up a box of your own books! And people tend to buy more ebooks nowadays than print ones. It's great to have print to hand-sell books, do signings, and the like.

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  26. Congratulations! What a fantastic accomplishment, and a dream I have for myself one day...
    There does some some sense to that argument- keeping the book out there, exposing you to e-book readers first so they can review and recommend and spread the word about you to pave the way for paperback readers to give you a try.
    The one thing i've gathered from all the published bloggers out there is this: there's no one way to publish a book. Each ways has merits and draw backs. I think the merits of this method speak highly enough.
    thanks for co-hosting!

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  27. It must be very exciting to open that box and pull out your print books! Congrats!

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  28. Oh wow, that must be such an amazing feeling - your book, in print! I can understand why you felt unsure about the approach, but as Beverly said, there's no one right way. Enjoy your success, and congratulations!

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  29. My publisher is all e-book too. And I have so many friends and family that don't have Kindles, IPads, or Nooks. But finally, finally I am getting some promo books.
    Can. Not. Wait!!!

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  30. Hi Iris! Nice to "meet" you. Congratulations on the print run of your book! It must have been so exciting to get those copies in the mail.

    As writers we have so many choices these days. It can be really confusing. I would tend to second-guess myself in your position, too. But what's done is done, and you made the right decision for yourself at the time. I'm sure you did the right thing. It may be a hassle now, but it will all be worth it in the end.

    I'm cheering for you!

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  31. A few years ago all I wanted was a big pubber, and I looked down my nose at small ones. But I've been educated since then. I've always prized my freedom and the big pubbers take it away in every part of the process. I'm very happy with my small pubber, and I hope you remain happy with Samhain. :-)

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  32. I like that you're not big on regret, Isis. With you on that. We can only parcel out so much energy for the tasks at hand, might as well not let regret and frustration take more than their share, right?

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  33. Love your attitude. And congrats on the new arrival! You look great! the book too. =)

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  34. Congratulations on finally holding your book in your hands! I will never forget that feeling. My publisher did just the opposite, print books first and then the e-books and audio books but only a few weeks later, not a year.
    Be positive and expect good things...
    Thank you for co hosting and I wish you the best with your new little miracle. (the baby one:))

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  35. I strive to be like you. I'm better than I used to be, but regrets eat at me. I'm glad you are looking toward the pros of your situation. You have a great cover. Some people will buy a print book just because it looks nice...Congratulations all around, especially on the little one coming soon.

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  36. I had no idea one of the big 5 had print on demand.

    Congrats on getting to hold your book, Isis. That's big!!!!

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  37. Congratulations on getting to hold your physical book in your hand, even if it is a year after the e-book release. There are pros and cons to every approach, but you're published. That's such a big accomplishment. Kudos to you.

    Great IWSG post!

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  38. Congratulations on getting to hold your physical book in your hand, even if it is a year after the e-book release. There are pros and cons to every approach, but you're published. That's such a big accomplishment. Kudos to you.

    Great IWSG post!

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  39. Wow, that's great. I know it was a thrill to have your e-book published, but it really is different to hold it in your hand, isn't it? And you probably made the right choice of publishers, if you weren't on board with the editorial vision of the other place. I'd regret an unwanted change to the story more than having to wait a year for a hardcopy of the novel. :))

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  40. Hi Isis! Congrats on your upcoming bundle of joy and the print copies of your novel! That's just awesome. Thank you from IWSG for helping co-host this month's meeting.

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  41. OMG!!! The print version!!! And you're carrying!!! How did we miss that info? Congrats!

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  42. I'm sure it'll be worth it, Isis. Hope you're keeping well and thanks for hosting IWSG this month.

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  43. Everything aside, congratulations on holding your book in print! It, and you, look great :D

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  44. What an ahhhdorable baby bump! Even cuter with book in hand:) Congrats and may you be showered with rave reviews!

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  45. Oh, another happy delivery event is close.

    .......dhole

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  46. That's interesting (and congrats on baby and book!). On the bright side, maybe people who buy you e-version will love it so much that they'll want a print copy when it comes out, and tell their friends? :D

    Thanks for co-hosting!

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  47. Hi Isis. Sorry that it's taken me such a while to get to your place.
    I love that picture!! Two "babies"... baby bump and baby book!
    I can imagine the excitement of holding that book in your hands... a special emotion that the e-book cannot fulfill. (At heart, I'm a paperback girl.)
    Thanks for co-hosting the IWSG. And nice to meet you!
    Writer In Transit

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  48. First of all, thank you for co-hosting the IWSG this month!

    Congratulations on both your babies :) The one to be and the paperback version in your hands. That's exciting. That is strange, delaying the physical book release for one year and I can certainly imagine the double hassle it is to do TWO promotions. BUT, that also means that you get double the excitement of a book release! Best of luck to you and nice to meet you!

    Jen

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  49. Thanks for being a co-host! Having the releases a year apart is great because now you have a new book release all over again. Good luck and have fun!

    Mary Montague Sikes

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  50. I can't imagine how good it must feel to have that book in your hand. Congratulations and thanks for co-hosting IWSG.

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  51. Congratulations on the book and the baby! :)

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  52. Congrats on getting your copies! We cannot live without regrets.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  53. I hope the co-hosting has left you with at least a bit of energy to enjoy your weekend-- and get back that high with your print books. It's sooo pretty!

    I'm looking forward to some baby news on this blog sooooon...

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  54. Looking on the positive side, instead of thinking "double promotion", you can think "double excitement"! Because it must have been really exciting the first time around when your ebook was finally finished and published and OUT THERE! And now you get the excitement of holding your very own book IN YOUR HANDS!

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  55. Yep, a second release definitely can bring life back into the sales. :)

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  56. Many congratulations on your book and your baby.

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  57. Sorry I'm SO late. Busy month! Congrats on the book and the baby! Nice to meet you, and thanks for joining the Holiday Food Drive Blogfest. I'll be back to read that post of course.
    Tina @ Life is Good

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