Slabs of Stone, Wax Tablets…



I’ve got an extra Christmas present this year. A revised version of my first novel, Cane, which also happened to be my first historical novel, is set to be re-released by Phaze Books in both ebook and print on 21st December, and I couldn’t be happier.

I think the situation deserves a little background information because it is linked with the whole point of this blog. The re-release happened because the sequel novel, Conflict, which had been released by a different publisher than Cane, was due to be released in print in September, but the original publisher of Cane had not released that novel in print and it seemed to me that if one came out in print, so should the other. Canes contract was coming to an end in August and the timing seemed auspicious to query if Conflict’s publisher would be interested in taking over Cane’s contract. Happily, they were and the ball was set rolling for a re-release as soon as it could be arranged.

So why did I feel it was so important to get the novel released in print? This is a question which came up because of a few comments on various lists and blogs I have seen over recent months about the advantages – or otherwise – of differing publication methods.

When I was offered my first contract by a publisher specializing in ebooks, I was overjoyed. I’d sold a book. Someone actually wanted to publish my book! People would actually get to read it! You get the picture. At the time, that was all that really mattered to me. I’d spent almost a year writing that novel. What with the research, the first draft, the self-edits, the re-write – well I’m sure you all know exactly what I mean. I’m not saying I didn’t have a ball writing it, but still I had wanted a result after all that effort. Of course, it wasn’t the first time I had gone through that, but it was the first time I had been offered a contract.

Later, of course, I wanted my work available in any media possible and I had learned by then that not everyone liked the idea of digital media – and far too many people didn’t even know what it was!

So naturally having my work published in print too became a goal. So far, counting Cane, three of my five novels are in print (Cane, Conflict and Beyond The Veil) and one novella, Death’s Desire, as part of the anthology Past Shadows, is also in print. My short stories are only available in ebook format and I think if I wanted those in print I would have to go the self-publishing route, and I’m not sure if that is something I want to do. I confess to not knowing very much about self-publishing so I am still thinking about that one. I need to do some research into the whole process and, of course, the costs involved etc.

However, another opportunity arose recently when a submission call went out by a new Audio venture who wished to release audio versions of suitable published novels or short stories. The call just happened to coincide with the complaint of a friend of mine who particularly loves audio books, but couldn’t find enough of the type of books she likes. When I mentioned the new venture to her she wanted to know what I was waiting for! Why wasn’t I already submitting? So, I did. As I write this, I am waiting to hear if they will accept any of my submissions. (Or, fingers crossed, all of them. )

It seems to me that is the best of both worlds – all worlds? – to have my stories available for anyone to read in any media they want. It shouldn’t be an either/or, and us/them attitude. In one form or another, books have been here since man first began to think, to understand he could put ideas down for others to read – whether on slabs of stone, wax tablets, papyrus, paper or modern media.

Folk love to read – I say we should give them as many choice as possible, make it easy for them!



Advent Calendar Giveaway!

Leave a comment here on this post and I will randomly select one name from the entrants on the last day of Advent, December 24th. The winner can chose from any of my historical works in ebook format.

16 Responses

  1. I love the new cover for Cane! That’s really gorgeous 🙂

  2. Mmm, I love e-books, especially as living in the UK it means I don’t have to pay exorbitant postage costs to buy books that aren’t available over here – but there’s something special about having your work in print! 😀

    I’ve never really got into audio books – I’m a fast reader, and get impatient waiting for the narrator to get on with it – but I know a lot of people love them.

    • I know exactly what you mean 🙂 I don’t mind admitting I didn’t know much about ebooks until I was submitting to the smaller presses, but now 90% of what I buy are ebooks. But still to hold one of your book in your hands….

      As for Audio, when I drove I used to listen a fair bit, but I go everywhere by public transport now so my iPaq is my constant companion. But I like the idea of lolling on the sofa and just listening to some man’s sexy voice reading to me!

  3. I can’t get on with e-books, but I love the concept. Audio books I like, too, but mainly as background when I’m doing other things. I couldn’t manage an audio book of a work I hadn’t already read.



    • Hi Charlie! Different strokes and all that. I love ebooks and am looking forward to the – hopeful – spread of Audio books. My friend who pushed me to submit told me only this morning she is re-listening to a faavourite series because the man reading the stories makes them so exciting – and sexy LOL! Quite a trick as this series is not erotic 🙂

  4. Hi Steve, your post was right on! I’m a book lover in print version. Reading a book not sitting in front of my computer or holding a gadget is how I like to experience a story. However, I would never begrudge someone their favorite format for reading a story. I think when an author releases a new book all the formats should come out at the same time and the customer gets to pick which way they would like to buy it. Thanks. Lisa

  5. Nice post, Stevie
    Congratulations on the re-release of Cane. I agree: gorgeous cover!
    Happy Holidays!

  6. Thanks, Jeanne. I’m looking forward to the break 🙂 Hope you have a lovely time too!

  7. Congratulations, Stevie! that is fabulous news and the covers are wonderful. I hope you have at least one best-seller and maybe three. Your adventures in getting published and republished sound like some of the merry-go-rounds I’ve been on over the years. Frustrations can abound, but when Good Things happen, it’s great, isn’t it?

    Re the audio book, I, and I’m sure a lot of others, missed that call for audio book consideration. Is that an open, still-viable call or do you know. I was told by a reader recently she is legally blind and is listening to my book on the Kindle. I didn’t even know you could do that. I’d never even thought of the possibility before.

    • Thanks, Ruth, and a best-seller or three would be fantastic! And yeah I think merry-go-round is a good description of getting published, but then those good things come along and make it all worthwhile.

      I think the call is still open. I will dig out the info and send it to you by email.

  8. Congratulations! That’s great that they took both for print. Hope they do wonderfully! Happy Holidays!

  9. I’ve always had mixed feelings about print releases –returns and all that. 😦 Hope these do really well for you, Stevie!

    • Oh, I’m with you on that, the classic print model needs major overhaul, but with POD it is much different, no over-ordering and no returns! The biggest drawback I see to print sales is the big chunk certain sellers demand. Good thing I don’t rely on my writing to pay the bills!

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