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

Signed Book Bundles

The Crusader's Handfast, #5 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixI’ve put together series bundles of print books in my online store and priced them at a discount. This is a good way to get a whole series in matching editions and formats, and to have them signed, too. Each series bundle comes with a free tote bag.

All prices in the store are in Canadian dollars, so there’s a discount in the currency conversion for those of you south of the border. I think the Canadian dollar is worth about 75 cents US these days, which looks like a 25% discount to me.

We also pack each order from the store with postcards and other goodies.

The Beauty Bride, first book in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixIn the Series Bundles category of the store, you’ll find Bargain Bundles of Bargain Bundles of The Bride Quest II, The Coxwells, The Jewels of Kinfairlie, The Prometheus Project and The Rogues of Ravensmuir. You’ll also find Series Bundles of The Champions of St. Euphemia, The Jewels of Kinfairlie (with the new covers) and The True Love Brides Series.

If you like the mass market editions of my books (or the Berkley trade paperbacks of The Coxwells), be sure to look in the Collectors’ Editions category of the store. Buy three or more books from any department and I’ll include a free tote bag – so if you build your own series, you’ll still get a bag to carry them in.

New Print Bundles in the Store

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixIt seems I’m always playing around in my online store. What’s new now? Well, I’ve added some series bundles there, with special pricing. This is how I sell books at signings and other appearances, so it made sense to me to do the same in the store. Essentially, if you buy trade paperback copies of all the books in the series, you get a better price and a tote bag to carry them in. Some of the series with OOP covers are really discounted—they’re called Bargain Bundles. You’ll find these series in print bundles in the store:

The Bride Quest II
The Rogues of Ravensmuir
The Jewels of Kinfairlie
The True Love Brides
The Champions of St. Euphemia (the series so far)
The Coxwells
The Prometheus Project

The True Love Brides Boxed Set of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixI also created some new categories and rearranged the virtual shelves. You can find digital copies of the Dragons of Incendium books there now, as well as the print ones.

The True Love Brides Digital Boxed Set is in the store because it’s only available at Kobo and Apple—if you have a Kindle, you can get a MOBI edition in the store. Of course, the EPUB is there, too.

I’ll add some more digital bundles that aren’t available in wide distribution over the coming days. I’m waiting, for example, on the new cover for the Prometheus Project Boxed Set, and will add it to the store’s virtual inventory when it’s done.

Beguiled, a collection of short stories and novellas by Claire Delacroix and Deborah CookeBeguiled wasn’t there, for some reason, but now it is.

You can find all the old editions of my books in the new category called Collectors’ Editions.

Also, an astute reader found some inconsistencies in the Kinfairlie and Ravensmuir family trees, so those PDF’s have all been updated in the store. You can find Family Trees right here.

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.