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?
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 May 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.