I Loved the Beatles Song “Paperback Writer”…
When I came into publishing almost fifty years ago, what dominated as far as fiction distribution was the mass market paperback. In 1977 I opened a bookstore called “The Paperback Exchange” and did really well, changing the name to “Twice Sold Tales” after I bought a comic store and the towns only album store and moved them all in together. It was a fun place.
As a writer, all I ever wanted to be was a paperback writer.
And then as the world changed in the early part of this century, trade paperbacks started taking the place of mass market paperbacks and now that mass market form is mostly gone.
As indie publishing gained speed, I came to love the trade paper editions of my books. Just never dawned on me that my books should be in beautiful hardbacks with dust jackets. I was a paperback writer, after all. (Listen to the words of the song and you will understand even more.)
Then a few years back, because mystery readers love hardbacks and my Cold Poker Gang series was selling very well, we put all of them in a stunning set of hardbacks. And I was hooked.
We now also have my Seeders SF series in hardbacks and at some point next year we hope to move Thunder Mountain into hardbacks as well.
What brought all this up was today I got this very heavy box full of copies of the hardback of CASE CARD: A Cold Poker Gang novel, and ACTION: A Cold Poker Gang collection. I am going to actually sign the books for a few backers from the last Cold Poker Gang Kickstarter.
And I get to keep a few for myself of each book and send the rest back up north signed and numbered to WMG offices for use down the road.
At the moment you can’t get paperbacks and hardbacks from our store at www.wmgbooks.com but that will be coming soon, we hope.
But you can get Case Card and Action. I think both are great books and Case Card is very, very twisted, even for a Cold Poker Gang novel.