Tuesday, July 23, 2013


There was a time when I thought every  book would eventually go to paperback.  You know, it starts in hardback and then a year later you see it in paperback.  
I was wrong.  
Not every book goes to paperback...a book has to sell enough copies and, in essence, earn that opportunity.  When I learned this publishing fact, I was heartbroken.
Even if every person I know bought a copy of LOVE
Even if everyone at my church or at my kiddos school bought a copy
Even if I convinced the grocery store clerk or my mail lady to pick one up
Even if my mother bought boxes herself (which  I'm pretty sure she did)
It would still only add up to a few hundred.
Not nearly enough to warrant a paperback release (which requires several thousand sales).
But here is something wonderful....
Others bought a copy.
People all over the country.
And now look what landed on my doorstep:


Why does it matter so much to me, you might ask?
Easy - paperback is affordable and light and somehow more accessible.  With this new paperback release, more young readers will have access to the novel and it will ultimately have a longer life.  Plus, there are fun "extras" included like book club questions, an author interview section and even a teaser chapter from my new, upcoming novel Skies Like These (coming Spring 2014!)
I am so excited! 


ilima said...

That's so exciting! Seems like more and more books these days don't start with hardback and go straight to paper. And I'm talking traditionally published books. An effect of e-books or book sales in general? idk.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Congrats! You wrote a terrific book. I hope it finds its way into the hands and hearts of many young readers. I think it would be a wonderful multi-generational book club pick!!!

Tess said...

Ilima: yes, many do start in paperback I agree - what will yours be?? btw - I'm excited for that :)

Mary: hello old and dear blogging friend - thank you for these super kind words and for being excited with me!

Michelle D. Argyle said...

Oh, Tess, this is FANTASTIC!!!!!!! I'm seriously jumping up and down for you! Now I have an excuse to get a second copy of the book, hehehe!

Davin Malasarn said...

Tess, I'm so happy for you and for the book. Congratulations! I'm still telling people about With a Name Like Love.

Tess said...

Glam and Davin: thank you both for squee-ing with me. wait. that sounded creepy. still,you know what i mean :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...


paige said...

Woo Hoo!!! That's wonderful!

Crystal said...

Congratulations, Tess! So,so PROUD of you!

And realy, really enjoyed reading With a Name Like Love . . . found myself wishing for a sequel . . . :)

Tess said...

Paige: thanks, friend
Crystal: hello there ole writing buddy :)