One of the greatest delights for a writer is the arrival of the publication dare of a brand new book.
The design of the cover, the images of the hero and heroine are so important. Sometimes they’re a disappointment. Sometimes (OK – occasionally ) the design team have got the characters just rights. But it’s always intriguing to see what the book actually looks like.
And to hold it in your hand. To know it’s a real book – those words on a page on a computer screen or in a manuscript just don’t look the same as when they’re printed and bound into a proper book. Sometimes I’ve looked at a newly-published book and not really recognised the words! I almost wonder who’s written them! Specially if it’s a book that I wrote some years ago, like the ones that get reprinted in the Mils & Boon 3 in 1 By Request collections. That’s happened recently with two books – Kept for Her Baby and The Konstantos Marriage Demand which were both published in 2009, and have just been reprinted in this format this year. That’s like getting new books all over again.
The only problem with the arrival of these books is that boxes of books are heavy. So I have to feel sorry for the postman as he trudges up the path with yet another box of books. I’m thrilled to see them – he’s thrilled to get rid of them!
This last month has been even worse (if you’re the postie) or even better (for me) with even more book box deliveries that are not just the copies of my novels. I’ve just reworked and revised the 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance- with a brand new cover and a slightly lower price. The ebook came out on Kindle last year (with special thanks to Lee who helped me organise that), and this time I decided I should publish a new paperback edition for all those people who asked for a print copy so that they could highlight parts of it, make notes on the pages, and flick through easily to find them. I completely understand that – books I’m studying have to actual pages for me to underline, highlight, scribble in the margins. So there’s a new edition of the 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance – and a box of that new edition arriving at the house to burden down the postman yet again!
Finally, as some of you know, my DH is a writer too, and this month, by a lovely coincidence two of our books shared the same publication date. There was my Olivero’s Outrageous Proposal and his brand new book Uncle Albert – a collection of humorous short stories with ‘a Yorkshire voice’ (DH was born and grew up in Leeds West Yorkshire) Hello again, Mr Postman!
I think that the rush of new titles, new books has eased now. I’m sure the postman hopes so! I don’t have the heart to tell him that the next thing that happens is that sets of foreign editions will start to arrive. But at least he’ll have a chance to have a rest before that happens!
Meanwhile, I’ve been busy with the revisions for the latest novel, which is planned for publication in December – just in time for those boxes of books to arrive along with all the Christmas parcels! Oh dear, perhaps I’d better warn the postman now!
My latest title with Harlequin Presents - Olivero's Outrageous Proposal is out now in the April releases.
The new paperback edition of the 12 Point Guide is published this month too and should be around on
Amazon, Barnes and Noble etc. Or you can order from the Book Depository where it's at a discounted price with free delivery. The Kindle edition is also available.
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