New Audiobook Links at Apple

The great redistribution plan continues. 🙂 My audiobooks are available once again at Apple!

Since they are coming down a different distribution route, they’re considered to be new works at Apple. This means that if you reviewed them before, those reviews won’t be linked to the new editions. If you did review any of my audiobooks before at Apple, I’d really appreciate your posting your reviews again on the new edition.

The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audioHere are the Apple links:
The Rogue

The Beauty Bride

The Rose Red Bride

The Snow White Bride

The Ballad of Rosamunde

The Renegade's Heart, #1 of the True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audioThe Renegade’s Heart

The Highlander’s Curse

The Frost Maiden’s Kiss

The Warrior’s Prize

The Crusader’s BrideThe Crusader's Bride, #1 of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audio

The Crusader’s Heart

Remember that you can listen to samples on my Audio page.

Overdrive and Blackstone

I’m in the midst of changing my Overdrive distribution. (le sigh) Overdrive is a portal that specializes in selling (or licensing) ebook and audio content to libraries. I’ve uploaded my content directly to Overdrive since 2012, although I’ve never loved their interface. Now, there are many other options available for getting content delivered there, all of which are easier to use. I’ve been on the fence about this, but have finally jumped off. 🙂

Since I use Draft2Digital to deliver to other library systems (Biblioteca and Baker & Taylor) I’ll be delivering my ebooks to Overdrive from there, too. There may be a short period of time during which they aren’t available at Overdrive, but all should be well by the end of the year. Transitions take time. It’s also possible that any reviews on Overdrive may not be transported to the new editions.

My audiobooks are also changing their distribution, as well. They’ll continue to be distributed to Apple, Amazon and Audible from Audible, but my contract with Blackstone will terminate on December 31. After that, my audiobooks will get to all other portals via Findaway Voices. So, the link at Kobo will probably disappear briefly then reappear with a new link. The content will be identical.

Once these transitions are completed, new ebook and audio titles will made available at all the subsidiary portals much more quickly. I’m hoping that the transitions will also fix some metadata errors, so fingers crossed.

What’s Up with Nook?

Spring Fever, #2 of the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeSome of you have contacted me, asking about the appearance of duplicate editions at Nook this week. There’s a story behind this (of course!) and today, we’ll talk about it.

Once upon a time, in 2012 or 2013, when I first began to indie-publish, it wasn’t possible for authors outside the US to open an account to publish at Nook. As you know, I’m in Canada, but I wanted to make my books available to Nook readers. My New York agent agreed to make this possible, and we set up the account so I could publish my books there. At the time, I thought I would eventually return to traditional publishing and my relationship with my agent would continue. There also was talk that Nook would eventually open to non-US authors, so I planned to switch over the account when that happened.

Fast forward six years. My agent and I had less and less business to do together and finally, earlier this year, the last of the Dragonfire novels reverted to me and we had no business left to do together. I also had decided not to return to traditional publishing. I like being indie too much. 🙂 Since I’d heard nothing more about Nook opening to other authors, I began to distribute my books to B&N via an aggregator, replacing the Nook editions with Draft2Digital ones. This meant that the product numbers changed, which meant that the links to the product pages changed. It also meant that there wasn’t a specific Nook edition, with links to my other books at Nook inside each book.

You can guess what happened next. Just as the transition was nearly done – with the last of my books coming out of Kindle Unlimited and going into wide distribution again, all with new Nook links – Nook contacted me and asked me to be part of a beta-test for the opening of their portal to Canadian and Australian authors. Ha. Right now, we’re in the middle of taking my books direct again, so there are duplicate editions appearing at Nook. Once the transition is complete, my books will be published directly to Nook again and the old product numbers (and links) will be the good ones again. The ebooks from Nook will also have Nook links inside for my other books.

Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series.I’ll also make some print editions available directly through NookPress, just as I make some available directly through Amazon, as that gives a better consumer price than having either portal sell the Ingrams editions. For example, the list price of the trade paperback of Simply Irresistible from Ingrams is $13.99 US. I have an edition available on Amazon that is the same except that it isn’t available for broader distribution. It’s priced at $9.99 US. On Nook, I just put a print edition on sale which is exclusive to B&N – it’s also otherwise the same as the Ingrams edition, but has a list price of $9.99 at Nook.

So, if you are a Nook customer, please be a little patient. Good things are in the works!

New Distribution

There are some new distribution portals for my books that I want to share with you today. This comes of updating book interiors and having another look at where the books are for sale, how they’re getting there, and where things can be tweaked. As a result, I made some changes and additions.

(FYI – None of the buttons below are linked, although they are linked to the appropriate product page on the book pages here on the site.)

Buy at Amazon.com Buy at Amazon.co.ukBuy at Amazon.caBuy at Amazon.deOn many of my historical romance pages, you’ll find only Amazon links for digital content. This is because my medieval romances are all being enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, which means the digital editions can’t be available anywhere else. Right now, the Rogues of Ravensmuir, the Jewels of Kinfairlie, the True Love Brides and the Champions of St. Euphemia are enrolled in KU.

One Knight Enchanted, book #2 of the Sayerne Series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixI’ll be moving the time travel romances over before the end of the year, the Bride Quest II books in December and the Bride Quest I books in January. All new medieval romance releases, like One Knight Enchanted, will be published directly into Kindle Unlimited. I’m also participating in some multi-author boxed sets which are in KU. You can check the status of any of these books on the new Kindle Unlimited page here on the website.

Buy at Scribd, Tolino, 24Symbols, InkteraThe Books 2 Read button is supported by Draft 2 Digital. Whenever it appears on a book product page, it’ll take you to a landing page for that book with links to Tolino, Scribd, 24Symbols, and Inktera.

Buy at OverdriveThis button will take you to an Overdrive product page. I have my books available there only for libraries, not for consumer sales. You can ask your library to add my books to their catalogue.

Buy at GooglePlayI’ve been using an aggregator called Pronoun to distribute my books to GooglePlay. On Monday, Pronoun announced that they were closing, so I’ve reloaded the books directly to GooglePlay. The links will change, once the books are processed and made available for salea again. I’m hoping that will be later this week.

Buy at AudibleBuy at iBooksBuy at Amazon.comMy audiobooks originally were distributed by Audible, which ensured that they were for sale at Audible, Amazon, and iBooks. Remember that Audible has a new romance subscription program for romance: the Jewels of Kinfairlie audiobooks are enrolled in that.

Buy at BlackstoneBuy at DownpourBuy at Barnes&NobleBuy at KoboMy audiobooks continue to be available that the above portals, but I also have them distributed through Blackstone now. This means that my audiobooks are available more places and also as physical CD’s as well as digital downloads. Blackstone’s own portals are Blackstone for libraries and Downpour—you’ll find audio rentals at Downpour, too. Blackstone’s distribution is how my audiobooks are getting to Barnes & Noble and also to Kobo – remember that Kobo has a subscription plan for audio, similar to Audible’s regular subscription plan, but I think the pricing works out a little better for Canadians.

Buy MOBI e-book from DeborahBuy EPUB e-book from Deborah When possible, I sell digital editions directly to you from my Selz store. There are also free downloads in the store—like colouring pages, book lists, book charms, downloadable samples, and family trees. You’ll find the store right here. All the digital books are in this category.

Buy at Amazon.comBuy at Barnes&NobleBuy at The Book DepositoryBuy at Chapters IndigoBuy at IndieBound Print copies of my books are available at many portals. Amazon, B&N, the Book Depository, Indigo, and IndieBound are only a few of the portals. If these aren’t your favorite places to shop, search on your portal of choice for the title in question. Because I use Ingrams for print distribution, any bookstore can order a copy of any of my books for you.

Buy Signed Print Book from DeborahYou can also order signed print copies of my books from my online store. Although the store calculates postage, the calculator needs a bit of refinement – I always charge the actual postage, so you might get a refund. I have some older editions for sale as well as the current ones, and I offer special pricing on entire series. You’ll find all the print books for sale in my online store, right here.

Dragons of Incendium at GooglePlay

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke I’m making steady progress on getting my books listed for sale on GooglePlay again. (Yay!) As of this past weekend, all six Dragons of Incendium books are available there.

We’re working on getting the series information right for all of my various series and book product pages, as well as getting all of the books onto my profile page, but we’re getting there.

You can find Wyvern’s Mate on GooglePlay right here.

My author page—which includes both Claire Delacroix and Deborah Cooke books (but not all of them just yet)—is right here.

I’ve been uploading to GooglePlay using Pronoun, and working by series. Right now, the following series have been uploaded and published:

Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series.The Jewels of Kinfairlie—here’s The Beauty Bride on GP.

The True Love Brides—here’s The Renegade’s Heart on GP.

The Champions of St. Euphemia—here’s The Crusader’s Bride on GP.

The Coxwells–here’s Third Time Lucky on GP.

The Prometheus Project —here’s Fallen on GP.

And some onesies 🙂 including Simply Irresistible, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Highland Heroes.

The GP links have been updated on my websites, and when I catch my breath, I’ll add some more books.

Back on GooglePlay

Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series.Last fall, I removed my books from GooglePlay because I had issues with pricing. I heard from a few of you that you wanted the books to be available there, so I’ve been seeking a solution.

This past week, I’ve taken advantage of another option. I’m using an aggregator called Pronoun to deliver my titles to GooglePlay. I’ve only uploaded about half of my booklist, and most of those are still in the process of being listed on GP,  but they’re on their way. I’ll get the rest uploaded this week. I’ll have to update the links here on the site when the books go live on GP.

As of this morning, The True Love Brides Boxed Set, The Crusader’s Vow, and Simply Irresistible are now available on GooglePlay. We’ll see when the books that were at GP before appear whether the reviews are carried between editions.

The other good thing is that Pronoun’s royalty rate is better for books priced over $9.99US than several portals offer to publishers who upload directly. As a result, my more expensive boxed sets will now be available at all portals, instead of just at iBooks and Kobo. The True Love Brides Boxed Set was just published to Amazon this morning, for example. Here’s the new link.

The True Love Brides Boxed Set of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe author pages at Pronoun look pretty cool. I like that they allow books in a series to be displayed together and in order. They also provide the links at all portals, even the ones that they aren’t distributing the books to.

You can also see how far I’ve gotten with my uploading.

Here’s Claire’s author page at Pronoun.

Here’s Deborah’s author page at Pronoun.

The Rose Red Bride Blackstone Edition

The Rose Red Bride by Claire Delacroix, Blackstone audio edition

Another present in the mail yesterday!

This is the physical edition of The Rose Red Bride in audio, from Blackstone Audio. It’s available to libraries and also will be in physical distribution to bookstores. Use either the Downpour or the Blackstone link to order one, and change the option on the dropdown menu to CD’s. (It defaults to digital download.) It’s also interesting to me that Blackstone offers an audio rental option, through Downpour. Check that out on the Downpour product page!

The Blackstone Audio editions are also distributed to Barnes & Noble, so you can order them online from their site. The audio appears as another format option on the book product page – here’s the one for The Rose Red Bride at B&N.

Here’s a sample of the audiobook, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, as well as the other buy links.

Buy at Audible Buy at iBooks Buy at Amazon.com Buy at Blackstone Buy at Downpour

The Mini-Books

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeI’ve had a couple of questions about the print editions of Wyvern’s Mate, so it’s clearly time for a post on them.

The Dragons of Incendium series has a different format than Dragonfire. It’s a different series, set in a different world, so can be based on a different premise—and have a different structure. The main stories in this series are novellas, and each novella is a romance. In between the release of each novella will be a short story. Because there are lots of characters in this world—twelve dragon-shifter princess sisters, to start with, never mind those eleven princes of Regalia—there are a lot of interpersonal relationships to explore. There’s also a fair bit of worldbuilding. So, my idea is that each novella or story will reveal a slice of the world, but that you’ll build an understanding of Incendium over the series, as well as see those interpersonal relationships develop and evolve. I’m hoping that this will be a very long-running series, with a novella published every quarter and a short story in between each novella.

This is the kind of storytelling adventure that is well-suited to digital publication, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to experiment like this. (I’m having a lot of fun writing the stories, too.) The trick is that many of you like print editions, so I had to consider how best to present these stories in print editions.

Many of you like the mass market format, but that is only available through traditional publishers, who have distribution relationships with bricks-and-mortar bookstores. The only option available to me right now is print-on-demand. The cost structure of POD is such that it works best in trade paperback format.  A full length book of 100,000 words, for example, can be formatted into a trade paperback of 300 pages or so. The POD book can be priced at $14.99US which is comparable to a trade paperback edition from a traditional publisher. Although there are smaller trim sizes available in POD, the costs are consistent—even when the size is closer to a mass market paperback (the exact size isn’t an option) the price is very nearly the same as for a trade paperback. I doubt that anyone would pay more than $10 for a mass market book, which is why I and many other indie authors favor the trade paperback size.

BUT Wyvern’s Mate is a novella, which opens an interesting possibility. There is a format available in POD called a mini-book, which has a 4″ by 6.5″ trim size. They are cute little books. One downside is that this size can only be distributed through Amazon and Createspace. On the upside, the pricing works out in a more appealing way, given the length of the story. For example, the mini-book of Wyvern’s Mate (which includes the short story Nero’s Dream) is 188 pages. The spine is a little less than 1/2″ deep. This book is priced at $6.99 US. I really like the look of this format—here’s a picture of the mini-book on top of a copy of Flashfire:

Wyvern's Mate by Deborah Cooke minibook print edition

There’s about 1/8″ difference in size in each dimension.

Here’s another shot, this time of the spines:

Wyvern's Mate by Deborah Cooke minibook edition

The mini-book is thinner. Wyvern’s Mate is a novella, so the work is shorter.

And here’s a shot of the interiors:

Wyvern's Mate by Deborah Cooke minibook interior

It looks as if I chose a font that is a little bit smaller than that used in the Dragonfire novels. The POD edition is printed on cream paper, which improves the readability, and the paper used in POD is also thicker. The show-through from the type on the next page is much less in the POD book than the mass market one.

Now, I know that this format won’t suit everyone, but it provides a way to have each individual story available in print.With mass market unavailable as a format, we must find alternatives.

I will also compile anthologies for the Dragons of Incendium: each group of three novellas, with the intervening short stories, will be bundled together in print and digital editions. The print edition will be POD in trade paperback format, the same size as Serpent’s Kiss. Because of the length of the anthology, the pricing will likely be $19.99US or less for this anthology in print. I’d like it to be closer to $14.99, but we’ll have to wait and see how it works out once the page count is finalized. This trade paperback edition will be available from all online portals. You can expect the anthologies to be available several months after the last book in the series is published, probably concurrent with the first book in the next trilogy of novellas.

The mini-book print edition of Wyvern’s Mate is available now from Amazon and Createspace. The digital edition is available for pre-order at all major online portals and will ship June 14—buy links are on the Dragons of Incendium site, right here.

Exciting News #1

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix    The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides Series

This bit of news has been in the works for a while, but the deal is finally done so I can tell you about it. I’ve signed an agreement to make my print books more readily available to bricks-and-mortar outlets – that would be primarily Barnes & Noble and Chapters/Indigo, although all portals stocking print books can access them this way. It’s an enhancement of the way I’ve already made some books available through Ingram. They’ll still go through Ingram and still be print-on-demand, but there are exciting possibilities for promotion and distribution of upcoming titles.

I’m hoping you’ll find more of my books in your local bookstore as a result of this partnership and am pretty excited about it!

Right now, we’ve agreed to begin with 8 books: the four medieval romances in The True Love Brides Series and the four medieval romances in The Champions of Saint Euphemia Series. If all goes according to plan, then more of my upcoming releases will join the list.

If you shop at a bricks-and-mortar bookstore that stocks romance, you can help this process by requesting that they stock these books or order the ones you want for you.

I’ve got more good news to share tomorrow…