Thursday, November 8, 2012

I'm Late! I'm Late! For a Very Important Date!

The process of bringing out a new book can be painful.

The ebook version of THE MISSINGS has been doing very well since it's release October 15th. For those of you who have bought it and reviewed it, you have my humble thanks.

I really thought I'd have the paperback available within a week of that release.


This morning I ordered my second proof to make sure the cover works. The first one was far too dark and rather than red as an accent color, it was orange. Blick. It took several attempts on the part of my cover designer to come up with an alternative that looked good. If, and it's a big if, this cover is what I want, then paperback version will be out a full month later than I thought.

I don't know how other writer's paperback sales compare to their ebook sales, but for me it usually runs about 100:1. For every hundred downloads of a book, I'll sell one paperback. So, is it worth it? You bet.

It's important to me to have my books available in as many formats as reasonably possible. In our family, we read ebooks and paper books and we listen to audio books. Both RED TIDE and THE MISSINGS are currently posted with an audio production company for narration.

In some households, ebooks are not an option; and in still others, audio books are the only way people can "read" a good story. So I'll keep trying.

Are different formats important to you? Do you have a preference?

It's all better with friends.


  1. That's smart, Peg.

    DTBs are still bigger here in Canada than e-books are. I know a couple of people who have e-readers, but everywhere I go, I see stacks and stacks of paperbacks.

  2. That's interesting about Canada and ebooks vs. paperbacks. I had no idea.

  3. My digitals outsell the print versions about the same as yours, though I'm certain I don't have quite the following you do! :)

    As for print, my readership still includes many folks who simply don't want to read on the screen. So, yes the print version is important, although sometimes waiting for it is the hardest part.

  4. Waiting is hard. We've come to expect instant results.

    In the meantime, the paperback version is now available (and linked) through Amazon, so I'm confident that readers who want a paper book can find it. Phew!