Taking Sea of Suspicion from digital-only to print edition

by Toni Anderson, author of Sea of Suspicion (available in ebook at Carina Press and print at Harlequin.com)

Editor’s Note: I mentioned in yesterday’s news round up that Carina Press author Toni Anderson’s Sea of Suspicion is now available in print. I’ve asked her if she’d like to blog about her experience turning her digital-only release into a print release. Thanks so much for answering my questions and stopping by, Toni! ~ Olga

When I heard about Carina Press opening as a digital-first publisher I decided to submit a book to them that was a mix of Romantic Suspense and Mystery. It was set in Scotland—contemporary Scotland—and many publishers weren’t looking at this sort of setting or this type of story at that time.

Carina Press was open to both the setting and the storyline and on Christmas Eve 2009 they offered me a contract for SEA OF SUSPICION. I was thrilled. It was one of their launch titles in 2010. The book also became an audiobook and I gained more of an idea about what ‘digital-first’ actually meant.

That was all I was expecting.

Then, on April 19th this year (my 14th wedding anniversary oddly enough), I received an email from Angela James telling me that Harlequin’s ‘Direct to Customer’ program wanted to use SEA OF SUSPICION in one of its 2011 shipments. I was shocked—but a good kind of shocked. I had to stop myself from yelling from the rooftops and jumping up and down like a lunatic. I’d had so many people ask how they could get hold of a print copy of this book and experienced firsthand how disappointed some people were when I told them it wasn’t available in that format. Now it is.

I was asked to make a few minor revisions for the print edition, so the ebook and print are slightly different but nothing major. I was happy to make the changes.

I’m patiently waiting for my box of books to arrive. I can’t wait to see them. The cover itself is a work of art. I’m going to keep some, run a few contests, and send some copies to those people who’ve helped me along the way. I might send a copy to the police officer in Fife who let me tour the station (if I can track him down), and another copy to the Gatty Marine Lab where the story is set (and where I met my hubby).

Since SEA OF SUSPICION came out I’ve had two other ebook & audio releases with Carina Press: STORM WARNING (another Scottish contemporary) and EDGE OF SURVIVAL (a Romantic Suspense set in Northern Labrador). I’m currently working on a spy story set in a remote part of Afghanistan, and a murder mystery set on Vancouver Island. Both are romances—romance is in my soul.

This print release is a great way to finish the year. Did you have good news this year? Care to share?

If I can just sneak in some Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday wishes here, that would be great. Wishing everyone a safe and joyful time!

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Comments ( 19 )
  1. Julie Miller
    December 16, 2011 at 11:37 am
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    Cool, Toni! Congratulations on seeing you book in print as well as in ebook. There really is something about being able to hold it in your hands.

  2. Toni Anderson
    December 16, 2011 at 11:44 am
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    Julie, I know 🙂 I feel like I have the best of both worlds 🙂 I haven’t been able to listen to the audio version. I just can’t get past the first 5 minutes.
    Can’t wait for the books to arrive 🙂

  3. Jeffe Kennedy
    December 16, 2011 at 11:58 am
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    Very exciting – congrats!!

  4. Anne Marie Becker
    December 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm
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    This is fabulous, Toni! I enjoyed hearing about the process. I, too, was pleasantly surprised in November to learn they’ll release my book in the DTC program. But I have to wait until July to see it. Hope your box of books arrives for Christmas! 🙂

  5. Toni Anderson
    December 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm
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    Jeffe-thanks 🙂
    Anne Marie–congratulations! I hope it arrives before Xmas too 🙂

  6. Veronica Scott
    December 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm
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    Very exciting to have the book make the journey into print! Congratulations indeed!

  7. Cynthia Justlin
    December 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm
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    Congrats on going to print, Toni! I can’t imagine how exciting that must be for you.

    Anne Marie–I am thrilled your book is going to print! That’s just too cool.

    My exciting news this year was signing with Carina Press. 🙂 Who knows, maybe next year I’ll be able to say I’m going to print to. (*fingers-crossed-and-wouldn’t-that-be-nice*) LOL.

  8. Maureen A. Miller
    December 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm
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    I’m so happy to see this book going to print. It was a fantastic book. I think you need to take a picture of that box when it arrives and post it for us all to see!

  9. MarcieR
    December 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm
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    Congrats on going to Print! The cover is gorgeous.

    Why did you have to make some changes to the print version?

  10. Janni Nell
    December 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm
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    Sea of Suspicion is a great book. So glad it’s going to print.

  11. Misty Dietz
    December 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm
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    Ahh, that’s great, Toni! :)Congrats and best wishes for continued success!

  12. Kathy Altman
    December 16, 2011 at 5:58 pm
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    My copy is on the way and I can’t wait to hold it, either, Toni! 🙂

  13. Jenny Schwartz
    December 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm
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    It’s fantastic how supportive Harlequin is of its baby digital sister Carina…but in your case, Toni, how could they resist “Sea of Suspicion”? Congrats and be sure to share a photo on Twitter when you’ve got the paper copies!

  14. Toni Anderson
    December 16, 2011 at 8:30 pm
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    Thanks guys! You are all so wonderful 🙂

  15. Rachael Johns
    December 17, 2011 at 1:50 am
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    HUGE congrats on going to Print Toni. My good news this year was definitely selling my first book to Carina and then a few months after my second to Harlequin Australia. Probably the best presents ever!!

  16. Shelley Munro
    December 17, 2011 at 3:14 am
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    Congrats on your print release, Toni. I’m absolutely thrilled for you.

  17. Kaelee
    December 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm
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    Neat ~ I didn’t know they did that. Congratulations Toni.

  18. Kai W.
    December 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm
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    I’m glad the Sea of Suspicion is going to print. I still feel more secure of having a print book than e-book. I already lost some of the old format ebooks due to the devices restriction. My laptop crashed and went dead. My ebook reader screen die. I have only one more device download access after that I can’t opened and read them even though I have back up my ebooks.

    As you can see electronics don’t like me very much.

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading Sea of Suspicion and many more of your books (print, of course.)

  19. Toni Anderson
    December 17, 2011 at 8:55 pm
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    Rachel–congratulations!
    Shelley–thanks so much 🙂
    Kaelee–I know, it’s good information to have if you’re a writer, or a reader.
    Kai–I feel for you. I hate losing files. Music is my doom and I still buy CDs. I try not to wear my fleecy pj’s when using my ereader. 🙂 I’m terrified I’m going to fry it. Thanks for stopping by, everyone.

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