last week I spoke about how Amazon had offered to make The Cambridge Murder Mysteries available in hardback. It was a bit of a gamble. I thought if they looked awful I'd just remove them and none would be the wiser.
Well, I got my copies this week and I am pleasantly surprised! First, they are robust and the quality feels good. Secondly, the covers have come up well in the printing process. So all in all, a good thing. A family member was impressed. It remains to be seen if anyone will buy them instead of paperbacks, or ebooks. But, here is a photo of my copies
The dreaded long covid has sapped my energy this week, but while horizontal I have been continuing to plot out the next book in the series. I am enjoying the process tremendously.
Next week I will write more about getting some audiobooks made of the series. Hopefully, they will come out later this year if all works well.
In the meantime, hope everyone has a lovely weekend.
Charlot King's Blog Post
Hello, how is everyone?
I thought this week I would talk about hardback books. For some reason, Amazon contacted me and said they'd like to offer me the opportunity to turn my novels into hardbacks. It came out of the blue as they are 'BETA' testing it - whatever that really is. It does mean that I have not been able to get normal proof copies, as it is all in the trial stage, so I nervously accepted - as I like my books to look good! As soon as my copies arrive I will take pics and let you know what I think.
But it made me wonder who buys hardbacks anymore? I don't mean to be critical, just curious.
I only have a small number these days myself and don't choose them as the first option for myself. But, I have to admit, I do like buying them as gifts! They feel more luxurious, indulgent, higher quality.
Unlike many, I don't keep most of the books I read. It does make me smile when I join a zoom call and see most people sitting in front of rows of shelves stacked with books - somehow trying to show that they read them and hence are intelligent. Call me contrary, but I deliberately sit with few if any books behind me so I don't give off this 'air'. I don't want anyone to think I'm intelligent. It's too much pressure!
I don't keep my books for two reasons. I don't have time to read almost all of them again, as I'm not getting any younger and there are so many new ones out there. So why not give them to charity someone else can? Secondly, after my mother died, I gave away a lot of possessions. Something about clearing things out and not wanting to leave a large pile of 'stuff' for any left behind to have to wade through themselves. I was surprised by how easy it was to let go of almost all my books once I had those two motivations clear in my mind.
Consequently, I must have about ten to twenty hardbacks left. Ones I just cannot part with. I have a couple of art books, such as the drawings by Arthur Rackham which I peruse. I have an early edition of A Tale of Two Cities, and then a few remaining random books which will mean nothing to anyone. Just too sentimental to me to let go of - yet.
For me, hardbacks take up more space, they are heavier to carry, I presume use more of the tree, and always felt a little bit more formal. More scholarly. Traditional publishers would bring out the hardback first, wouldn't they - in the old days. Whereas the paperback was seen more as the airport novel. The commercial hit. The holiday romance read. At least in my mind.
All those days have gone and both the paperback and hardback are interchangeable, I'm sure.
And now it is the decade/s of the ebook. Sometimes I wonder what is coming next. The download straight into the brain book?
I must admit, I am surprised by Amazon's initiative. Are people going to go back to the hardback like those who have returned to the vinyl record? Is it the touch and feel. The gift. Something that ignites nostalgia? I would love to hear from you about why you love the hardback. Or, if even if you don't.
I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.
Charlot King's Blog
I wanted to thank my readers for all the reviews they have given over the last five years!
I also wanted to apologise for the radio silence while I've been fighting this ruddy evil little virus.
When you start writing your first novel it is very much in the dark. You never know if anyone else will enjoy the world you create. One of the ways a writer knows how they are doing is by the reviews they get.
I must say, I have been blessed by a core group of readers of my books who always make me feel part of something bigger than the bit when I sit and write alone. And that’s you. Those of you who have started to read my blog. When you tell me that you enjoy my books... well, it means a lot.
I have been particularly touched by the notes - you know who you are - I have received telling me that Vakentine’s Day - Kiss of Death is my best novel yet.
I am lucky being a self published author because I get to control everything about my stories. I have no publisher giving me notes saying this or that works but the other doesn’t.
Of course, many might say I need a good editor! That there are risks. But, now I feel like I’m part of a community of readers who visit the The Cambridge Murder Mysteries with me. Thank you.
As some of you may know I have long Covid, but it hasn't stopped me plotting my next book while sitting about the place! I am so excited after three months of rest, to now be close to starting to write it, finally. More to come - I may release some clues about it. I hope if any of you have been poorly, that you have found something you enjoy doing as much, and that it has seen you through any tough times.
Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.