Taking Sea of Suspicion from digital-only to print edition
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!