Yesterday was a really strange day for me, and I don’t mean that in a bad day. It was actually a really awesome, incredible, wonderful day. I had a weigh-in session at the gym, and found out that I’ve lost 10 pounds and gained a hell of a lot of muscle since joining in April. Which, you know, is kind of incredible. I’ve been sitting on this baby weight (HA, get it?) for a while now, so hearing that was really magnificent. It certainly added a kick to my step!
Then, when I returned home, I went online to find that Amazon has Collide in paperback already! I wasn’t expecting that to happen so quickly. Usually, these things take time. Other book distribution sites are a little behind – Kobo doesn’t have the updated versions yet, for example, and Barnes and Noble only has the ebook version – but that’s totally fine because again, I wasn’t expecting anything to go live until after the 18th. Suffice to say I was taken by complete surprise and left feeling awe-struck by the fact that my debut novel is now in paperback. It’ll be in my hands soon, and yours too if you order it. I fully intend on walking around calling it my precious too, if only for a day or so. Why not? This is awesome, I’m ecstatic! This is a major deal.
Since announcing that the paperback versions are live on Amazon, I’ve had several people message me with the news that they’d ordered it (and, you know, wanted me to sign it). The show of support from everyone has just been unbelievable. It’s like the first time I released it (in ebook format), only it’s different because it just seems bigger in my mind. Probably because it is.
Most people don’t consider an author “real” until they have their books in paperback format. Personally, an author is real to me the moment they complete a book and hit publish – even if it’s “just” in ebook format. If that story is good, if that story captures and audience and invokes a conversation or emotions in readers – that author is real. Not everybody shares that opinion, and that’s okay. Sometimes, people need something tangible in their hands in order to feel it’s real.
Since I started writing and publishing my books, I felt like something was missing. At first, I didn’t pay much attention to it because the feeling one gets when someone is reading any kind of copy of their book and enjoying it is still incredible and overshadows that feeling of “something’s missing”. It’s a kind of high I can’t properly explain right now (because I’m riding it!). When I signed with Booktrope and started the process of re-releasing my current novels through them (and publishing my new works) – I realized exactly what was missing. Paperbacks. The ability to physically hold my work in my hands.
So for me, right now, this is a major feeling: my first book in print. A physical copy that I can hold. It’s the physical birth of something I couldn’t really touch or feel, if that makes any sense at all.
It probably doesn’t, I’m in a state of wonder right now.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is that Collide is finally available in paperback and you can totally order it on Amazon right now, and the other venues as well once it goes live (I will update with the links as they come).
Here are the buy links: