Here we are almost five months into the year and already people are scrambling to get ready for Christmas. Yes it’s true, authors must think ahead. If readers want to be able to go to Amazon and buy a print copy of a book for a gift, much must be done by the author ahead of time. Here’s a list of things that might be involved.
- Review the contract if the book is published in ebook form with a standard publisher. When I say standard I don’t mean the big six (or is it five now?) in New York. Regular ebook publishers have their own custom contracts and the rights they take can differ depending on the length of the work. Did they take print rights as well? Can you get them?
- Once you clear that hurdle, you’ll need to have the original .pdf formatted for print.
- Set up an account with a print on demand or other print publishing business.
- Get a new cover.
- Obtain a new ISBN (in most cases).
- Upload it yourself to Amazon, etc.
- Get some sales!
Okay that’s a pretty simple list but really, it’s a lot of work to have it all done in November in plenty of time to ship to wherever. It’s nearly June. It’s enough to cause authors panic attacks, especially when there’s audiobooks to consider too, and book bundles, and sale prices and …..
Every author should really be bald! At least it would be an easy way of telling them apart in a crowd. “Oh look, an author”
So I have all this on the backburner of my mind. On the front burner I’m knee-deep in book marketing, upcoming blog tours, blog posts, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google +, and new book submissions, new releases and works in progress. Excuse me while I go shave my head.
If I have any luck, I’ll make a good start on Christmas by July! Hey, that’s why they call it Christmas in July, right?
My upcoming book release this FRIDAY is with MLR Press. It’s book II in the Love Hurts series. Don’t laugh, we all know it does! Although you might guess from looking at the cover that in this particular story, it might hurt a little more. * grins *
Paul and Geoffrey return from their special trip to Paris. Paul plans to propose to Geoffrey but first, his urge to protect his lover drives him to close an old loophole. He visits Brian, demanding the original video he made of Geoffrey be destroyed.
Brian doesn’t understand what Paul’s upset about, or his dominant streak. But the clearer Paul’s feelings for Geoffrey become to him, the more Brian desires to have a man love him the same way. Curiosity draws him to the local kink club, and into the arms of a man whose punishment gives him all he secretly craves.
To read an excerpt, go here: http://wp.me/p1JQUw-py
Thanks for having me today and if anyone has some suggestions on how to get Christmas off the ground NOW I’ll sure take them! Snow notwithstanding…
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Eva Lefoy writes and reads all kinds of romance, and is a certified Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, and hiking. One of these days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her job, and go travel the galaxy. Until then, she’s writing down all her dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers.
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