A Second Life

Edith here, writing from north of Boston where spring has finally arrived!

I am delighted to announce that my first Local Foods mystery, A Tine to Live, a Tine to Die, has been re-released in paperback. It’s a little bit unusual for a cozy mystery to come out in hardcover, but that’s what my contract with Kensington Publishing specified. My agent said libraries and collectors prefer hardcovers, so who was I to argue? TINEPaperbackCover

The contract also said that eleven months later, each book would reissue in mass-market paperback. Yes, the little ones with an affordable price and an easy heft. And it came out last week! They changed up the cover a bit, and included the recipes they forgot to include in the hardcover version. Isn’t it a nice cover?

I am excited to be able to offer an eight-dollar book when I go to libraries and farmers’ markets instead of the twenty-four dollar version. So if the price tag on the original version was too much for you, I hope you’ll go find it in paperback. And tell your friends and neighbors, too. My sister already reported seeing it in an Indiana Barnes and Noble!

Of course, when ‘Til Dirt Do Us Part releases on May 27, it will be in hardcover, but next PreorderVegescarfMay the whole process will repeat. And speaking of Book Two, I am offering the most gorgeous sky blue silk scarf, handpainted and signed by the artist, for every person who sends me proof of preordering ‘Til Dirt Do Us Part.

I really want the series to continue, and its fate might rest in the number of sales the week it comes out. Publishers like to see a ton of sales when the book is brand new. Preordering from your favorite indy bookstore or online outlet is the best way to ensure those kinds of numbers.

Isn’t that a beautiful scarf? See details of the contest on my web site. You have until May 27 to let me know. And if you don’t wear scarves yourself, I’ll bet you know someone who does and who deserves a really pretty present.

I’m delighted to have a second chance or two.

Readers: Have you had a chance to start over, to reinvent yourself, to reach more people? I’ll send a copy of the paperback TINE to one commenter! Make sure you leave your email address if I don’t already have it.

 

26 thoughts on “A Second Life

  1. as the saying goes, ‘be a better you, than you were yesterday’, so yes, I try to re-invent myself everyday……..
    thank you for the giveaway!!!

  2. Congratulations on the paperback release! I am in the process of reinventing myself right now, from advertising writer to fiction writer. (Though some cynics might say ads are fiction too…)

  3. I started on my first mystery novel at the beginning of this year so I am beginning to understand the process you have to go through to get where you are. Congratulations! I, too, am in the process of what I call “redefining” myself. Sort of that second stage in life. It’s exciting and scary all at the same time.

  4. I’m working on building up my blog following after reviewing for years other places. It’s a reinvention of sorts, but it’s also not since I buck the trend and talk about things other than books quite regularly. In some circles, that is a big no-no, but it’s who I am, so I enjoy it.

    And when you change jobs, even in the same field, it’s a chance to reinvent yourself. I’m trying to do that right now, too.

  5. After my teaching degree and birthing my kids, I went into the CASA program–working with abused and neglected kids. Very sad at times, lots of work to be actually helpful, very time consuming, but VERY REWARDING too!!! Ronnalord (at) msn (dot) com

  6. One of first jobs was sample lady. Went on to have a career in advertising. Semi-retired and became a sample lady once again. Totally retired and spend time reading now.

  7. Im always doing what I can to help others. I was put on permanent disability a year and a half ago and have slowly been trying to write about my experience with Rheumatoid Arthritis for 20+ years so that maybe my story will help others. Unfortunately I read way more than I write. 🙂

  8. Edith, I am so glad the recipes are in this one!

    I’ve only reinvented myself a few times. Rather than eliminate old selves I seem to have taken on parallels. These are fully integrated in my identity by their relationship to one another—a good idea when applying for scholarships, grants, and admission to programs. At first it was my singular purpose, when applying to school, to show that all my experience was linked and carried me forward rather than a series of changes. More recently this technique of seeing myself has helped me evaluate how my activities work toward my personal goals.

    My first jobs were in theater and a little in films right out of high school. I had no intention of going to college at that time. Leaving theater was probably my first do-over when I started college and discovered psychology.

    My first job out of college was police officer. I guess that’s my second do-over. I was going nowhere with using the psychology I had studied and loved. Guns—yuck.

    I went back to school become a psychotherapist. I went back again for theological studies and created a secular ministry in mental health counseling. I developed three counseling specialties: The Urban Indian community in Boston; Harvard Medical Students; and Harvard Theology and Ministry Students.

    I retired last year from all of that and now I’m writing—which is not a do-over from anything that ever happened before.

      • Katreader, I just read your post… pleased to meet you—are we twins separated at birth? I’m speechless. Rare for me. Usually I write way too much.

  9. Wow. What a bunch of great do-over stories. Let’s hear it for second lives! (I’m traveling right now, on my way to help my older son celebrate his master’s degree, but will respond more fully in the morning. And randomly select a winner!0

  10. I don’t know as I’ve reinvented myself, or just grown. My work career began in the theatre, while transitioning out I became a caddy, worked in the apartment industry, and then moved into law enforcement. After working as a cop, I worked with forensic patients in a psychiatric hospital. I’m now a rehabilitation counselor (who also runs an Arts group, showcasing opera and more) with those same forensic patients who also happens to sell Pink Zebra products and write mystery blog! I also enjoy being a bit of a locavore!

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