More Paperback Editions

Bad Case of Loving You, book #6 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeUntil about two years ago, I was creating two editions of each of my paperbacks. One was published through Createspace (an Amazon company) and made available to Amazon stores. The other was published through Ingrams and made available everywhere else. The two editions were the same, except that there were slight differences in the width of the cover spine, probably because the two print-on-demand outlets use different paper for the interior pages. (At one point, I also created editions at Nook of some books for B&N stores, which also have slightly different spine widths, but don’t see enough sales on those editions to justify paying the designer to tweak the spine, so I’ve stopped doing them.)

About two years ago, Amazon began merging Createspace (the POD publishing platform) into KDP (the ebook publishing platform) which made a lot of sense. Many indie books are available in both POD and ebook, and creating both through the same portal, with the same metadata, and reporting sales for both in the same place was a good plan IMO. Also the Createspace interface was older. The KDP interface was being updated, so the print update was rolled into that. Authors could migrate their titles from Createspace to KDP. There were some (inevitable, in such a big transition) hiccups, but ultimately, Createspace was closed to new content.

Unicorn Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix, 2019 new editionSince then, I chose to create my print-on-demand editions only at Ingrams, and have them distributed everywhere. Another variable was that I’ve been creating mass market sized paperbacks and during the initial transition, KDP didn’t support this format although Createspace had.

Recently, writer friends have shared that their Ingrams-print edition is showing a delayed delivery on Amazon – of about 60 days. Also, the Ingrams editions aren’t eligible for free shipping through Amazon Prime, which is a big deterrent to Amazon Prime shoppers. So, this week, I added KDP print editions for the books that didn’t have them before, just for the Amazon stores. They’re all going live now, and as they do, the Amazon edition will replace the Ingrams edition on the same link in the Amazon store. (This is because they have the same ISBN.)

So, if you’re an Amazon Prime customer and you’ve been holding off on buying print copies of these titles for your keeper shelf, now’s the time!

Under the Mistletoe, a contemporary Christmas romance and #4 in the Secret Heart Ink series by Deborah CookeBad Case of Loving You

Snowbound

Spring Fever

One Hot Summer Night

Under the Mistletoe

The Mercenary’s Bride

The Runaway Bride

Unicorn Bride

Maeve’s Book of Beasts

 

Print Copies of Under the Mistletoe

I received my print copies of Under the Mistletoe! Aren’t they pretty?

Under the Mistletoe, book four of the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

I had to laugh when I added a copy to my bookshelf. My plan with Secret Heart Ink was to write some shorter stories set in the Flatiron Five world, which could be published more quickly. Um. That didn’t work out so well. You can see how the stories kept getting longer by the widths of the spines.

The Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke in print

Looks like I need to face the fact that I write longer books. 🙂

Bad Case of Loving You Print Edition

The print copies of Bad Case of Loving You arrived last week, but I packed them all up to take to Romancing the Capital without taking a picture to show you. I really like this cover and hope you do, too.

Have a look!

Bad Case of Loving You, book 6 of the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke in trade paperbackIt’s a dingy day here, so the colour isn’t quite as saturated as in real life. That purple looks so rich on the actual books. Just like the other four full-length F5 books, there’s a hardcover edition of this one available, too.

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Bad Case of Loving You, book #6 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Buy Signed Trade Paperback Copy of Bad Case of Loving You

Buy directly from Deborah and you’ll get a signed trade paperback of Theo and Lyssa’s book – along with some swag. The price includes $10 US for shipping. If that’s too much – or if I’m meeting you at a signing – I’ll refund as appropriate.

$19.99

Buy Signed Trade Paperbacks of the Flatiron Five Series

Buy directly from Deborah to get signed copies of all of the F5 books so far – Simply Irresistible, Addicted to Love, In the Midnight Hour, Some Guys Have All the Luck, Going to the Chapel and Bad Case of Loving You – along with some swag. The price is in $US and includes $25 US for shipping from Canada. If this is too much, I’ll refund the difference to you.

$79.99

Pricing on Print Editions

Wyvern's Outlaw, book #4 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeI’ve made some changes to the distribution details of my print editions from Ingrams, which means that you’ll see better prices at your portal of choice than has been the case to date.

I publish print editions directly through Amazon for Amazon of most titles, and to date, those have had the best prices. l publish print editions for everywhere else from Ingrams. They’ve been priced slightly higher, but these changes will make the prices the same in most cases as the Amazon-direct prices.

As an example, many of my trade paperbacks were $9.99 US on the Amazon direct version but $14.99 US if distributed by Ingrams. In most cases, they’re now $9.99 US from Ingrams, too. I have uploaded some print titles directly to Nook as well – Dragonfire, Flatiron Five, the Champions of St. Euphemia and the True Love Brides – which have similar pricing to the Amazon editions. All the other series come to B&N from Ingrams, and they will all do so in future.

The Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire DelacroixSimilarly, the hardcover editions which come from Ingrams – Dragonfire and new ones for Flatiron Five – have dropped in price from $32.99 US or so to $24.99 US or so. The prices vary slightly from book to book – because the length of the book determines the production cost – but you’ll see an improvement.

The new prices were effective yesterday, so they should be live at your portal of choice now.

Print Copies of Wyvern’s Angel

Wyvern's Angel, book #9 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeThe minibooks have arrived!

I have 4 x 6.5″ print editions of Wyvern’s Angel (which includes Nimue’s Gift) available signed in my online store today. This is the trim size of the editions available only through Amazon. If you order elsewhere, it’ll be the Ingrams edition, which is 4.25″ x 7″. (Read more about that in this post on the Dragons of Incendium blog.)

buy minibook directly from Deborah in her Selz store.

I’ve also updated the print bundle for the Dragons of Incendium in the store. Now it includes five mini-books. You can find it right here.

New Dragonfire Print Editions

As the new Dragonfire editions are formatted for digital and print, I’ve been ordering single copies of the print books. I want to read them one more time for typos before the books are published. OCR scans leave a lot of teeny tiny typos, and we want to catch them all.

This also gives me the chance to show you all the new print books. They’re trade paperback, the same trim size as the conclusion of the series. Here are the new editions of Kiss of Fury, Kiss of Fate and Winter Kiss with the original mass market editions.

New Dragonfire trade paperback editions published by Deborah CookeThe Dragonfire editions that are in trade paperback already have the gloss covers and I can’t change that setting. (That’s The Dragon Legion Collection, Serpent’s Kiss and Firestorm Forever.) I tried Winter Kiss in the matte finish here, because pale covers look good with that finish. It looks nice, but I’m going to change it to glossy to match the others. I think the glossy finish echoes the finish of the original books, which had foil stamping and embossing too. Kiss of Fury even had a tint varnish in its original edition, which was kind of a silvery-blue and very pretty.

New Dragonfire trade paperback editions, published by Deborah CookeIf you’re looking for mass market editions to complete your collection, they’re getting pretty scarce. The rest of mine are listed for sale in my online store as signed editions. You can find them in Collectors Editions, starting here on page two of the listings. And yes, there’s a new cover of Kiss of Fire shown there, too. That’s the hardcover edition.

What do you think? I’m really pleased with them. 🙂

Print Copies of Snowbound

I decided to do individual print editions of the Secret Heart Ink series books. Here are the copies of Snowbound:

Snowbound, book #1 of the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, in its print edition

These are in that not-quite-mass-market size of 4.25″ by 7″. You can buy them at Amazon Barnes and Noble
or directly from me in my online store.

When you buy the print book from me, you get the ebook free. (The ebook will be delivered by BookFunnel after your purchase is complete.)

I love these little books! What do you think?

 

Angus & Kyle

Angus and Kyle arrived yesterday afternoon in their print editions.

The Beauty, a medieval Scottish romance by Claire Delacroix, and Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke, in print editions

Even though they were boxed up together for the trip, it looks as if they got along quite well. The books were in perfect condition! 🙂

These new print editions of The Beauty and Addicted to Love are available at booksellers, as well as in my online store.

This also means that everything has finally arrived for Romancing the Capital. Let the packing begin!

New Paperback Editions

The Renegade's Heart, book #1 of the True Love Brides Series of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire DelacroixOne of the interesting things about indie publishing is that there are lots of experiments an author can try. Some work and some don’t, but having the option (and seeing the possibilities) is pretty exciting. So, this post is about an experiment that didn’t work, but two new options that just might. 🙂

When I originally started indie-publishing my titles, I made print editions available through Createspace, which is an Amazon company. That meant the print issues were listed for sale on the Amazon website. Theoretically, since I’d chosen the Extended Distribution option, they were available for other bookstores to order, but a lot of bookstores don’t like to order anything from Amazon.

The Highlander's Curse, book #2 of the True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixSo, a few years ago, I made my print editions available through Ingrams as well as Createspace. This meant some tweaking to the files – the covers need to be adjusted because the interior paper is a different thickness – but was a good thing. Print editions of my books were available to libraries and also at chains other than Amazon. The less-good thing was that the cost of all that extra distribution makes the book prices a bit higher. My books are still all available from Ingrams, because I think wide distribution is a good thing, but I’m always looking for ways to get you a better deal.

The Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire DelacroixAbout a year and a half ago, I spoke to a publishing company that had a lot of ideas for improving distribution for print titles. I met with them at a conference to continue our discussion, and ultimately decided to license my two newest Claire Delacroix series to them in print. They took over the print distribution of The True Love Brides series and of The Champions of St. Euphemia series. Two of the Champions titles were only ever published through this company.

Companies change, employees leave and some experiments just don’t work out that well – like this one. This company and I agreed to part ways in December 2016, and control of the print editions of those books has returned to me. They are still distributed through Ingrams, but a very cool thing happened last summer—both Amazon and B&N created portals to publish print books directly through them. The Amazon option is a lot like the older Amazon option (Createspace) but I like that everything is tracked in one place when I publish through KDP. The B&N option means that B&N stores can more easily order stock of books. Both portals allow for better pricing on the books, because the distribution is exclusive to each company and not wide.

Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series.The first book I pushed through these two new portals was Simply Irresistible, which is also available through Ingrams. The cover designer has to do some modifications for the cover spine, but it’s a pretty easy process. So far this month, I’ve published The True Love Brides series through both of these portals—it means that the retail price is lower for the print titles at both portals. The Ingrams distribution ensures that the titles are available beyond Amazon and B&N.

The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides SeriesWe’re trying to work out one glitch at Amazon with The Warrior’s Prize, but I expect that will be resolved shortly. The other three books in the series are available at Amazon in print and all four are listed at B&N—you’ll know which are the new editions because the retail price is $9.99 or $10.99US instead of $14.99 or more.

Next, I’ll be publishing print editions of the  Champions of St. Euphemia series through these two portals.

Since I now have the rights back, I’ll do a Collectors’ Edition of The True Love Brides series later this year, with all of the books in a single hardcover volume. (I don’t think I can do one for The Champions of St. Euphemia – with five books in the series, the page count will exceed the maximum. I’m thinking about that puzzle, though!)

Those Hardcover Collectors’ Editions

YAY! The books arrived!

I received copies of these new hardcover editions of my books and they’re so pretty. Each volume includes an entire series – the first two are The Rogues of Ravensmuir and The Jewels of Kinfairlie.

Collectors' Editions by Claire Delacroix

Here are the actual copies. The slipcovers are matte paper, so they photographed a little darker than they appear in real life.

Collectors' Editions by Claire Delacroix
They’re about three inches thick. The books themselves are bound in blue cloth, with the title on the spine in gold.

Collectors' Editions by Claire Delacroix

Collectors' Editions by Claire Delacroix

The interiors are printed on cream paper, and are laid out the same way as the individual books, with illuminated caps on the chapters.

Collectors' Editions by Claire Delacroix

And in the back, the family trees for Ravensmuir, Inverfyre and Kinfairlie are included.

The books are made individually and to order by Ingrams Book Services, so your copy will have to be made for you. You can order them at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at other booksellers. If you’d like a signed copy, you can order it from my online Selz store.

The Rogues of Ravensmuir hard cover Collectors' Edition of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixIn The Rogues of Ravensmuir Collectors’ Edition, you’ll find The Rogue, The Scoundrel, and The Warrior, as well as family trees for Kinfairlie, Inverfyre, and Ravensmuir.

Order from:
Buy at Amazon.com Buy at Barnes&Noble Buy at Chapters Indigo Buy at The Book Depository Buy at IndieBound Buy Signed Print Book from Deborah

If your local bookseller doesn’t have the book listed on their website, you can ask for it by ISBN#.

The ISBN# for The Rogues of Ravensmuir Collectors’ Edition is 978-1-988479-12-5.

The Jewels of Kinfairlie Collectors' Edition of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixIn The Jewels of Kinfairlie Collectors’ Edition, you’ll find The Beauty Bride, The Rose Red Bride, The Snow White Bride, and The Ballad of Rosamunde, as well as family trees for Kinfairlie, Inverfyre and Ravensmuir.

If your local bookseller doesn’t have the book listed on their website, you can ask for it by ISBN#.

The ISBN# for The Jewels of Kinfairlie Collectors’ Edition is 978-1-988479-11-8.

Order from:
Buy at Amazon.com Buy at Barnes&Noble Buy at Chapters Indigo Buy at The Book Depository Buy at IndieBound Buy Signed Print Book from Deborah