Saturday, November 5, 2011

A New Book - Finally!

Gosh - folks - getting this brand new book out was like birthing a ten pound baby in a short but furious labor. Releasing an ebook is a different critter than releasing a paper book.

Why? Well for one thing, releasing a hardback book often takes up to two years, at which time the UPS man delivers a box of books to your door, which you open lovingly, take one from the top of the stack, inhale the wonderful new book smell and then begin to gingerly turn the pages, all the while thinking "Mine. I WROTE this."

No, publishing an ebook with a brand new publishing house, whose staff is keeping round-the-clock hours, means it's possible to sign a contract just over two months ago, go through two rounds of edits with a head editor, be working on copy edits, acknowledgment pages, and an author bio right up almost until the release date itself, with your stomach in knots hoping everything is finally, actually correct. Then looking at your pages in a PDF document on your computer, formatted in book form, with a beautiful cover with wild horses galloping across it, thinking - Wow, this looks (and reads) pretty darn good!

Then, on Release Day (yesterday) looking on the Musa Publishing/ Euterpe Imprint site and seeing a picture of your book cover and it now says "Featured Book." And then seeing that it's actually up on Amazon, too. (It will be on the Barnes and Noble site soon, also.)

If you want to know the actual length of time it took for THE GIRL WHO REMEMBERED HORSES to go from glimmer in this author's brain cells to published, you can read its journey on fellow Musa author Sharon Ledwith's blog:

If you want to know some of the reasons I'm glad it's coming out as an ebook, read Euterpe's blog post right here:

THE GIRL WHO REMEMBERED HORSES is now available in all electronic formats PDF, ePUB, Mobi, PRC. It's a great book for Horse Lovers of all ages - from 9 to 99. (My 86-year-old mother is reading it in PDF form on a laptop.) So Go! Buy it! (It's only $4.99) And be sure and let me know what you think!

Right now I'm going to go take a well-deserved Nap. Birthing this book was Exhausting!


Dreaming said...

I just ordered it and it was sent to my Kindle!
I had a moment of horror there... my Kindle stopped responding! Well, it was more than a moment because I had to search in several places to find out what to do! But, all is well and we are back on track.

Can't wait to read it - have a few others that must be read first, though!

Linda Benson said...

Thanks, Dreaming! I hope you like it!

I don't even own an e-reader yet, but that may change soon. I think they're going to be a hot gift item this Christmas. I can see how you could get a to-be-read pile built up in one, though, because it's so easy to buy what looks good. That's okay, though. Reading is a Good Thing. ;)

Sharon Ledwith said...

Thank you for mentioning me on your blog! I was just going over your website to get an idea of how to approach one with a website consultant. You've given me some great ideas! BTW - great post and good luck bestseller!

Anonymous said...

Speaking as said Head Editor...I'm really proud of this book. I know you're the book's mother, but I sort of feel like the book's grandmother or aunt...I didn't actually CREATE it, but I'm really invested in it and want people to love it as much as I do!

Rhonda Lane said...

Congratulations! Sounds like a book-of-the-heart. I love those.

Linda Benson said...

Kathy - thank you so much. You do have lots invested in this book and I so appreciate your efforts. Whoop!

Rhonda - you pegged it. THE GIRL WHO REMEMBERED HORSES is definitely close to my heart, and holds a lot of meaning for me. I hope you enjoy it, too!

Linda Benson said...

And Sharon - thanks so much for the interview! Great questions, and it turned out wonderful. I appreciate it very much!