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!