This is normally the time when my excitement is ramping up, the time I plan a visit to the bookstore to see my new baby on the shelves, the time I begin setting up book signings and toss emails out into the world like so many birth announcements.
But things are different this time.
I’m am excited … don’t get me wrong. But I’m also anxious and a little worried. You see, this book isn’t going to be on the shelves like the others. Many of you, who are my friends on Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr and all the other little ways I eCommunicate, already know this. Dorchester, my publishing company, made the transition to an all eBook format (with possible future publication as trade paperbacks on a demand print basis) this month.
That’s right. This month.
There are positives. I’m a very green girlie, so the needless use of paper appeals to me. Some of you might know that when mass market paperbacks are not sold in a timely manner, bookstores rotate them off their shelves and often return them to the publisher. To save on shipping costs, they strip the cover from the book and simply ship the covers back … the remainder of the book gets trashed (one hopes into a recycling bin.) So digital publishing is earth-friendly.
Questions remain for me, though. Is this a bold move on Dorchester’s part, destined to place them on the lead wave of an industry-wide shift to digital publishing? Or is it a last ditch effort to save the company?
I’ve tossed options around in my head for the past few weeks, which is one reason I’ve remained mostly silent on this blog. I’m terribly fond of my editor, which is saying a great deal for me, since I mostly don’t like people. I have an offer on the table for Mercy, but so far, nothing on paper. My plans were to finish this series and begin the second, which I have mapped out. The proposal sits in my drafts, waiting for me to make a decision.
In the meantime, my beautiful friends, if you have not yet acquired a Kindle or a Nook, it looks like that’s the way the world will go for the last two Ackerly stories. Progressive little baggages, aren’t they?
~kisses for the world~