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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM STEVIE WOODS
I’ve got an extra Christmas present this year. A revised version of my first novel, Cane, which also happened to be my first historical novel, is set to be re-released by Phaze Books in both ebook and print on 21st December, and I couldn’t be happier.
I think the situation deserves a little background information because it is linked with the whole point of this blog. The re-release happened because the sequel novel, Conflict, which had been released by a different publisher than Cane, was due to be released in print in September, but the original publisher of Cane had not released that novel in print and it seemed to me that if one came out in print, so should the other. Cane’s contract was coming to an end in August and the timing seemed auspicious to query if Conflict’s publisher would be interested in taking over Cane’s contract. Happily, they were and the ball was set rolling for a re-release as soon as it could be arranged.
So why did I feel it was so important to get the novel released in print? This is a question which came up because of a few comments on various lists and blogs I have seen over recent months about the advantages – or otherwise – of differing publication methods.
When I was offered my first contract by a publisher specializing in ebooks, I was overjoyed. I’d sold a book. Someone actually wanted to publish my book! People would actually get to read it! You get the picture. At the time, that was all that really mattered to me. I’d spent almost a year writing that novel. What with the research, the first draft, the self-edits, the re-write – well I’m sure you all know exactly what I mean. I’m not saying I didn’t have a ball writing it, but still I had wanted a result after all that effort. Of course, it wasn’t the first time I had gone through that, but it was the first time I had been offered a contract.
So naturally having my work published in print too became a goal. So far, counting Cane, three of my five novels are in print (Cane, Conflict and Beyond The Veil) and one novella, Death’s Desire, as part of the anthology Past Shadows, is also in print. My short stories are only available in ebook format and I think if I wanted those in print I would have to go the self-publishing route, and I’m not sure if that is something I want to do. I confess to not knowing very much about self-publishing so I am still thinking about that one. I need to do some research into the whole process and, of course, the costs involved etc.
However, another opportunity arose recently when a submission call went out by a new Audio venture who wished to release audio versions of suitable published novels or short stories. The call just happened to coincide with the complaint of a friend of mine who particularly loves audio books, but couldn’t find enough of the type of books she likes. When I mentioned the new venture to her she wanted to know what I was waiting for! Why wasn’t I already submitting? So, I did. As I write this, I am waiting to hear if they will accept any of my submissions. (Or, fingers crossed, all of them. )
It seems to me that is the best of both worlds – all worlds? – to have my stories available for anyone to read in any media they want. It shouldn’t be an either/or, and us/them attitude. In one form or another, books have been here since man first began to think, to understand he could put ideas down for others to read – whether on slabs of stone, wax tablets, papyrus, paper or modern media.
Folk love to read – I say we should give them as many choice as possible, make it easy for them!
Advent Calendar Giveaway!
Leave a comment here on this post and I will randomly select one name from the entrants on the last day of Advent, December 24th. The winner can chose from any of my historical works in ebook format.