I’ve been debating if it’s worth making POD copies of my novels available. According to my contract, after “Chosen Sister” has been out a year (it’s been out 2 years) I have that option. At first I didn’t think it was worth it, but over the past year I’ve re-evaluated the circumstances. For one thing, lots of children still read middle grade novels in print. Also, book fairs and other real life events support print copies better than e-books. I’d enjoy trying to create some local events, or perhaps read to children in schools, even if I’m not sure how to set these things up.
So, the last couple of months I’ve taught myself how to format a book for print, something very different than making an e-book, hired a cover artist (I can’t use my publisher’s cover and reviewers wants something more middle-grade themed anyway), and got cracking on making print copies. I learned when I finally held the proof copy in my hands, that it actually does mean something different to my old fashioned mind to hold a paperback book, then to have a pdf on my computer screen. Wow it felt good. It makes me really glad I did this.
I’m also in love with JP’s cover for the book. It captures the humorous tone of the book perfectly and suggests the reader age is 9-12, which is really the best audience for this novel. Today I finished up looking it over and “Chosen Sister” is now available at Create Space for $9.99 in print. In a few weeks it will come available on Amazon and other distribution sites. I’ll make an announcement when those go through.
Now I just have to get “A School for Villains” finished up in the print edition and I’ll be set to crash some book fairs and farmer’s markets locally! Until then though, there’s e-copies available at Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.
Also, once I get all the site up-dated, I’ll get a non-advertising blog post up this week as well.