I sold my first book to Samhain Publishing in 2006. Only six years ago. However, when thinking back over the life of digital books, it sure seems far longer. Although digital publishing has been around since the 1990's, the mid-2000's saw a bit more interest. And at that time, I was looking for something new and different. The big six publishers were tough to get into and agents seemed even tougher (although I did get one later that same year). Samhain seemed like a sound company and so I took a shot. Besides, they would eventually put my book into print. (At that time, it was only 3 months later. Now it's 9-12 months later.)
And so THE PRICE OF DISCOVERY was released late 2006, followed shortly by my erotic short story TABOO. They didn't sell much. All I heard from family and friends and others I knew was - "when will this be in print so I can read it?" LOL! So much for being adventurous! Of course, eventually THE PRICE OF DISCOVERY did go into print. And by the time I sold BEAUTY TEMPTS THE BEAST to Samhain in 2009, ebooks were finally starting to take off. The next year saw A TARNISHED HEART and now THE IRON HEART in 2012.
And what a difference six years makes. Now when I tell people about my book I hear instead: "can I get that on Kindle or Nook?" I always have to laugh and explain that ALL of my books are available electronically...and I actually prefer they purchase them that way since a digital-first publisher typically pays much higher royalties that way! I can't wait to see what the future brings in the digital and print world...for both myself and readers!
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