hardcover? paperback?

it’s game 7 of the stanley cup finals tonight and i’m also working through edits and revisions. i’ve got a thousand windows open, trying to convince myself i’m being productive. blog posts are productive, right?

as things currently stand, my book is going to be released in hardcover (yay, summer 2013!!!). i’m super excited about this, but also a bit (a lot) terrified.

the thing is, i enjoy buying a hardcover of a book i already know i love. i know i will it read again and again and will want to have forever. even if i’ve already purchased a paperback release, i’ll gladly buy another copy that’s “for keeps.” or if it’s the next in a series, and the set is hardcover, and i’ve already committed.

hardcovers look nice. they last forever. they have heft.

but i’m also cheap. super cheap. cheap, cheap, cheap. i will wait for the hardcover to go on sale. and if it’s a  new author or a book i haven’t read yet, i’ll wait for the paperback to come out before plunking my money down.

i came across this post on author nathan bransford’s site. it’s a couple of years old, but a really interesting read about hardcovers and paperbacks and debut authors. and then this one, from YA author Justine Larbalestier’s blog. again, it’s not a super recent post, but interesting to read just the same.

food for thought. in two years, who knows how things will be looking. i’m elated and very fortunate to have my book published, hardcover or paperback.

go, canucks, go!!!

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3 thoughts on “hardcover? paperback?

  1. Charli says:

    There are a couple of YouTube YA bookreview channels (run by YA’s) and I primarily use those reviews as a starting point for buying a new book. I compare YouTube reviews and sometimes read blog reviews in addition to that. Since I like to buy books (instead of borrowing them) but don’t live in the US, I have to order most of these books whereby the paperback is often the cheapest option for me.

  2. hi charli!

    thanks for the comment. i like to buy books, too, way more now that i’m older and no longer a starving student. reviews and word of mouth are my favourite fallbacks, as well.

    hope to see you back here!

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