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.