Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Trade Paperback Copies Available----At Last!

by Maggie Sefton

You may wonder why the excited title to my blog post today.  After all, paper copies are available in all of my Kelly Flynn Mysteries, the Molly Malone political suspense novels---DEADLY POLITICS, POISONED POLITICS, and BLOODY POLITICS in November.  Heck. . .there are even old paperback copies available on Amazon of my very first mystery, DYING TO SELL, and my 1995 historical romance, ABILENE GAMBLE (bright red cover).     So. . .what's the big deal?

Well, for me it's a big deal because there is finally a trade paperback copy available for my E-book original fiction Historical Mystery---SCANDALS, SECRETS, AND MURDER:  The Widow and the Rogue Mysteries.  Set in 1890, Washington, DC.  There has been an E-book version available since March 29th on Amazon and Barnes and Noble as well as other formats, and it has been selling well.  Plus, reader response has been wonderful.  I've been really gratified at the 5-Star reviews.  Thank you, thank you, Readers.

But----there are a LOT of readers out there who do not like to read E-books.  They want a paper book they can hold in their hands.  We writers hear from them regularly, and we writers listen.  Believe me, we want every reader to be able to meet our characters, so we'll bend over backwards to find a way to accomplish that.

Thankfully---there's no need for acrobatics.   Enter Amazon.   Amazon noticed a few years ago how many authors wanted to have paperback versions of their E-book originals.  So, Marketing Seers that they are, folks at Amazon clearly recognized a need in the marketplace and decided to fill it.  Amazon developed a separate division of their company, a subsidiary actually, called CreateSpace, to literally create physical books out of authors' ebook manuscripts.   The books come in the trade paperback size which is much more popular than the smaller mass market paperback.  Readers love the larger font size.

If you're interested in checking out the book and taking a look inside, simply go to Amazon.com, select Books, then click on Maggie Sefton Books.  All of my books will appear, so scroll down to SCANDALS, SECRETS, AND MURDER.  It's the first in the Widow and the Rogue Mysteries, so there will be others.  In fact, I'll start working on the second in the series this month.  Please let me know if you give SCANDALS a try.   And----I'll have some more "writing news" soon.  Something completely different.  I'll let you know later this month.  :)  

Meanwhile----ATTENTION: All residents of New York State and New England----There's a huge festival coming up October 18th and 19th (Saturday/Sunday) in Rhinebeck, New York.  The New York State Sheep and Wool Festival.  There will be hundreds of sheep (all breeds), alpaca, llamas, sheep dogs herding sheep, all sorts of demonstrations, and a small city worth of vendors displaying fibers and fiber art of every description---spinning, weaving, plus knitted, sewn, and crocheted items.   I'll be signing books at the Merritt Bookstore Author event location.   If you are in the area, I hear it's a heckuva great festival, so come on down and see us!


10 comments:

Gram said...

As my eyes get older (I'm not :-) I love the trade paperback format.

mary kennedy said...

Very glad it's out in trade paperback, Maggie! Such a lovely cover.

SueAnn said...

This is great news! Just bought it..was so sad to see at first it was an e-book....thought I'd never have a chance to read it! Whoo-hoo! Now I will...so glad this happened for you.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Congrats, Maggie! I know that people will be very keen on this. You are right that not everyone reads e-books. I think the cover is spectacular too! What a terrific project.

XO

MJ/VA

Maggie Sefton said...

More readers are saying the very same thing, Gram. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Thanks, Mary. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Ohhh, thank you so much, SueAnn. :) I'm so glad you'll have a chance to read it. Please email me and let me know how you liked it. maggie@maggiesefton.com.

Maggie Sefton said...

Thanks so much, M.J. :) I love that cover, too. The artist is an Aussie. And she really "gets" the historical look.

SueAnn said...

I will be sure and let you know...should have it by Saturday...

Michelle F. said...

You mentioned some readers who don't like e-books but some of us can't do e-books at all because we don't have a way to read them. More people have access to printed books. My only computer access is at the library (but I don't read books online) and I don't own any device to read e-books. My parents also don't own a computer, so a lot of people can only read a printed book. I'm always happy to see books in a printed format. I haven't kept up with technology, but maybe someday when I have more money or win a tablet.

I had heard of this series before. It's probably not as cozy as the knitting series (which I do like). I enjoy historical mysteries, though. I have Dying to Sell, which I picked up at a book sale. I think I had two copies and traded one.