I’m an odd duck, in terms of publishing. I happened to step into the publication realm just when bookstores were keening for trade paperback-sized novels (unlike now, when they’re keening for mass market due to the recession), and so my debut novel and in fact every single one since then under the CE Murphy byline has been a trade paperback.
This is a wonderful thing in many ways. It means a higher percentage of royalties on a higher-priced book. It means starting out in a format that for many authors is the midway point between mass market and hardcover. It means the books are physically larger and might perhaps more easily catch the eye.
It also means people who can’t afford to drop fifteen dollars on a book are not buying anything I write.
My agent and editor were both bemused by my genuine agitation to try to have the Negotiator trilogy released in mass market, when the publisher’s plan was to release it in trade. It wasn’t that I didn’t want the extra money; it was that I hoped they’d become gateways for people who hadn’t read my books to start convincing themselves they could afford $15 *this* time…
That moment is finally arriving. The first three Walker Papers are being re-released in mass market at the beginning of June. I got boxes full of the new, smaller versions of the books, and for some reason it’s just as exciting as it was to get the original trades. They’re brand-new books to me, and obviously I’m hoping they’ll become brand-new books to zillions of readers who haven’t yet picked up my books.
And! Tangently! Several tangents, actually. One is that I’d kind of like to do a contest give-away for all 3 books here, but I haven’t thought of a good contest, so people should suggest some. Perhaps I’ll send books to the person who comes up with the contest idea I use, as well as to the winner.
Tangent the second and third: I’m participating in Brenda Novak‘s annual charity fundraiser for diabetes research, and have a couple of Walker-Papers-related auctions running in it: you can bid to have your name as a character in book five, or you can bid on an Irish gift basket which will include all 3 of the mass markets.