So last week, I was futzing around with uploading Lady Northam’s Wicked Surrender on Create Space. I have been thinking about promotional items for conferences and prizes and I looked at various promo sites offering things like pens, mirrors, magnets, manicuring sets, notebooks, and other nicknacks.
The more I thought about it, I realized that the best thing to do to engage new readers is to let them try out a book. So with that end in mind, I decided maybe it was time to create a print book. I originally had not planned on doing a print book for Lady Northam’s Wicked Surrender as I figured I would wait until more books came out in the series and then I could bind them into an anthology. But last week, I decided that maybe it was better to invest in books rather than items that will get thrown away or end up in a junk drawer.
So, yesterday, I got the print proof of my book. It was totally unexpected as I thought it wasn’t coming until February 6th. So both my new trading cards and my print book came on the same day.
Seeing my book was a surreal experience. I never expected how strange it would feel. Writing an ebook is different. Most of the book’s life has been spent on the computer, in my word processing program. So the ebook is like an extension of that. The print book, however, is different. It is as if this thing that only existed in your mind is now manifested before you, sort of like magic.
The book I wrote came from me, originated in my creative mind, but yet it is not me. It carries pieces of my soul in it, yet it is its own being. I know that’s a little out there, but it is the best way I can describe the strange feelings coursing through me as I looked at my book, held my book, and met it for the first time. I assume this is something like what a new mother feels when she has finally given birth and gets to see the sweet child that has developed inside of her.
So today, I’ve been reading the book and discovering it anew. Discovering myself in some ways, too.
I will let you all know when the book becomes available on Create Space and Amazon.com. For the time being, it will only be available at those venues as it was a bit cost prohibitive to put the book into wider distribution. However, I do plan to release A Marquess for Christmas in print and I hope to do a print anthology later in the year or next year and those will be available through more retailers.
I am curious. Do you prefer reading in print or ebook format?