Some good news! WHERE SHE BELONGS released in library-hardcover from Five Star Expressions in December 2011. Nearly one year ago. I love that the book has been available in some libraries, but it was the last of the Expressions line…so it didn’t make it into nearly as many libraries as I would have liked. And, let’s face it, hardcovers are expensive for readers to purchase. So I’ve been thankful that, thanks to AudioLark, the book has also been up at Audible and iTunes since spring of this year. But, let’s face it, audiobooks can also be expensive (unless you’re counting the audiobook for HEAD OVER HEELS—it’s a steal at Audible). Well, my contract with Five Star, in conjunction with Tekno Books, did not include ebook and trade paperback rights (other than Large Print trade paperback rights; Five Star has 18 months from hardcover publication to choose to exploit the Large Print rights). But “regular-print” trade paperback rights and ebook rights remained with me. I just can’t release the book in those formats until one year following the hardcover release.
That one year will expire December 17th!
Yes, folks, I have a tentative ebook and trade paperback release date for WHERE SHE BELONGS, of December 17, 2012. A little more than two weeks from now.
The release date caught me a bit by surprise, as I had mistakenly thought I couldn’t release the ebook until January 2013. So this week I’ve been madly proofreading the manuscript yet again (to catch any mistakes that made it into the hardcover edition—there were five), and Thursday I emailed the file to my formatter. I’ve also been going nuts trying to find the perfect images for the book to send to the cover artist. But those got sent off Thursday, too!
With luck, this means I’ll have all the files returned in time to upload the ebook to Kindle December 17th. The trade paperback might take a bit longer, because I’ll need to wait for CreateSpace to send me a proof copy (which always takes longer coming to Canada). Then I’ll need to check it over and give the final okay for the paper book to go on sale at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as eventually appearing at Amazon Canada and other third-party venues through Extended Distribution. You can be sure that, as each release occurs, I’ll announce it here.
Alas, the re-issue of BORROWING ALEX keeps getting pushed back, first because I decided to revise Deceiving Derek and write Catching Claire, then because I went to the NINC conference, then because of website updates and getting the new newsletter running. Oh, and some house renovations (that are continuing). And then suddenly deciding to work on WHERE SHE BELONGS.
Next week I’ll open my BORROWING ALEX files and begin revisions and updating for the Indie re-issue. However, at this point, considering the holiday season is upon us, I’m now not anticipating releasing BORROWING ALEX until early 2013. I’m still having another ebook release in 2012. I just flipped them around.