A psychic doing readings at a small conference I’d attended with my husband in
once called romance my “bread and butter.” Since I was writing full time, turning out four or five romances a year for both Bantam (Loveswept) and Silhouette (Special Edition), she was on the money. Las Vegas
As the years went by (twenty-six, to be precise), I turned my pen to murder and literary thrillers, completely forgetting that long-ago reading. My romances vanished from the shelves, and my mysteries took their place.
And then along came e-books. “A passing fancy,” I said. “A drop in the bucket.”
Before I could wrap my mind around this thing called e-publishing, the drop turned into a steady downpour and then a downright flood. Writers, agents, publishers and booksellers started scrambling to find a firm footing. Meanwhile, I had a backlist from Loveswept sitting on my bookshelves collecting dust.
Though I typically have to be drawn kicking and screaming into anything new, I am really thrilled at the chance to breathe new life into stories I loved writing. While I continue to write books that readers can pluck off the shelves in bricks-and-mortar bookstores as well as purchase online, I am also bringing back my romance classics as e-books.
It’s amazing to see Touched by Angels and the sequel, A Prince for Jenny, hit Amazon’s Top 100. It’s remarkable to get letters from long-time fans who are delighted to see these classics back with great new covers and in a jazzy new format. It’s astonishing to read email from fans who have just now discovered me – all because of this thing called e-publishing.
Though the challenges are great, the possibilities are endless. While I’m still learning to navigate the complicated e-publishing process, I’m delighted that I could write Christmas in Time, a time travel back to the Titanic, as a prequel for Only Yesterday, my classic time travel romance that weaves between the present and World War II.
I’d love to chat with you today about e-books. What is your reading experience with e-books? How do you like to shop for books, to read them? If you’re a writer, are you e-pubbing, either exclusively or additionally? Is it your bread and butter? Pour yourself a cup of coffee, pull up a rocking chair and let’s talk.
Best-selling author Peggy Webb has penned almost 70 novels in three genres – romance, mystery, and literary thrillers (written as Anna Michaels). She holds a Romantic Times Pioneer Award for her contribution to romance. Her classic, Birds of a Feather, is considered the first romantic comedy. Visit her at www.peggywebb.com and http://www.annamichaels.net/.