The time has come to confess a weakness in my character. Here I am, an author of nine novels, four novellas, and three anthologies, and while I am in awe of the opportunity to have a dream come true, I'm not 100% satisfied. I am conflicted and feel guilty.
Each book was born as an eBook, and is now available on all manner and kinds of electronic readers and numerous eBook sites. If it weren't for small presses, sometimes called ePresses, I feel certain I would not be published. So, why all the guilt?
Because I still want all of my eBooks in print. Somehow, someway, someday...I hope to make this happen. My creations are scattered among several publishers (I'll skip over how this happened). Each publisher has a different plan for publishing prints for their contracted authors. Yes, as many publishers I have, there are that many different plans.
Of my nine full-length novels, five are in print. The remaining four are not yet, but a major goal for me is to have those in print, too.
What is important is my need to talk about loving prints, even though I own Kindle and don't want to give it up. But honestly, it's just not the same. I've heard all the arguments on the side of eBooks, and I do understand each and every one. Still, prints hold a place in my heart.
Last night I finished a western collection of short stories by Jory Sherman. I loved his writing and the stories are memorable. Now, I'm reading The Violin, an intriguing story by Sarah J. McNeal. Both of these are on my Kindle.
Yet, I have two books on Hold at my public library.
Home Front by Kristin Hannah. I eagerly awaited this newest release from one of my favorite authors, and found it on Amazon the day it was released. But because the eBook was $12.95, I did not buy it. I wasn't upset; I was secretly thrilled. Why? Because I can get the print at my library! I watch my Inbox every day for a message: "The book you have on Hold is now available." Yea!
At the time I placed Home Front on Hold, I asked the librarian to order a second one: Death, Island Style by Maggie Toussaint. Whichever I get first will be fine. I can't wait.
Celia Yeary-Romance...and a little bit 'o Texas