New Print Editions at Amazon

The Mercenary's Bride, #1 of the Brides of Inverfyre series of medieval Scottish romancesIf you prefer to order print books at Amazon, you might have noticed that my print editions weren’t available for free shipping under Amazon Prime. I’ve added new print editions of most of my books at Amazon to straighten this out. These are the affected titles, if you’ve been holding off on buying a copy for your keeper shelf!

The Mercenary’s Bride

The Runaway Bride

Unicorn Bride

Something Wicked This Way Comes

A Duke by Any Other Name

What’s Up With Nook?

Heartbreakers: Three Medieval Bad Boys, a digital bundle from Claire DelacroixSome of you have contacted me, asking about the delay in new book links at Nook. There’s a story behind this (of course!) and today, we’ll talk about it.

Once upon a time, in 2012 or 2013, when I first began to indie-publish, it wasn’t possible for authors outside the US to open an account to publish at Nook. As you know, I’m in Canada, but I wanted to make my books available to Nook readers. My New York agent agreed to make this possible, and we set up the account so I could publish my books there. At the time, I thought I would eventually return to traditional publishing and my relationship with my agent would continue. There also was talk that Nook would eventually open to non-US authors, so I planned to switch over the account when that happened.

Fast forward six years. My agent and I had less and less business to do together and finally, earlier this year, the last of the Dragonfire novels reverted to me and we had no business left to do together. I also had decided not to return to traditional publishing. I like being indie too much. 🙂 Since I’d heard nothing more about Nook opening to other authors, I began to distribute my books to B&N via an aggregator, replacing the Nook editions with Draft2Digital ones. This meant that the product numbers changed, which meant that the links to the product pages changed. It also meant that there wasn’t a specific Nook edition, with links to my other books at Nook inside each book.

You can guess what happened next. Just as the transition was nearly done – with the last of my books coming out of Kindle Unlimited and going into wide distribution again, all with new Nook links – Nook contacted me and asked me to be part of a beta-test for the opening of their portal to Canadian and Australian authors. Ha. Right now, we’re in the middle of that transition, but once it happens, my books will be published directly to Nook again and the old product numbers (and links) will be the good ones again. The books will also have Nook links inside again.

The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixThe other good thing is that I’ll also be able to make print editions available directly through Nook, which will offer better pricing on the trade paperbacks to Nook customers than is possible on the print editions coming from Ingrams. This mirrors what I do on Amazon already. The list price of the trade paperback of The Beauty Bride, for example, is $14.99 US at Ingrams. Because Amazon is distributing only to Amazon, the list price on their edition (which is the same but is published only to Amazon) is $9.99 US. B&N has discounted the $14.99 US Ingrams edition to $11.84 US in their online store, but when I publish it directly to B&N through the Nook portal, it will probably be $9.99 US. The upside of Ingrams is that they make books available in a lot of other stores, particularly in international markets. My print books at Indigo, for example, come from Ingrams. The upside of doing the Amazon-only edition and the B&N-only edition is that the consumer gets a better price.

So, if you are a Nook customer, please be a little patient. Good things are in the works!

The Mercenary’s Bride in Print

The Mercenary's Bride, #1 of the Brides of Inverfyre series of medieval Scottish romancesI’ve just created mini-book print versions of The Mercenary’s Bride. I call these “mini-books” because they’re 4.25″ by 7″, almost the same size as mass market paperbacks, but are still print-on-demand.

This makes them an excellent size to give away or donate. I’ve sent 100 copies of this print book to Lori Foster’s Reader-Author Get-Together to go into the goody bags. They won’t be signed—because I’m not an attending author—but I hope the readers in attendance will enjoy the story. RAGT has over 500 attendees so not everyone will get a book, but people will probably swap them around, based on their reading preferences.

If you order a signed print copy of The Mercenary’s Bride from my online store, you get the digital edition for free. After you buy the print copy, you’ll get an email from BookFunnel about the delivery of your ebook. They’ll make sure you get the ePUB or the MOBI on your device of choice. Here’s the buy link for my online store.

Print Editions of the Brides of North Barrows

A Duke By Any Other Name, #2 of the Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romances by Claire DelacroixI decided to try a little experiment this month and am pretty happy with the results so far. My Brides of North Barrows Regency romances are novellas. This means their word count is between 25,000 and 30,000 words – while my books are closer to 100,000 words. I’ve had people ask about getting these stories in print editions, but in trade paperback, they’d make pretty thin books.

My Dragons of Incendium books – which end up being between 40,000 and 50,000 words, because they include a longer novella and a short story – are available in a special size from Amazon, which is 4″ by 6.5″. I like these mini-books a lot. The problem is that they can’t be distributed beyond Amazon and not all of you want to shop there. They aren’t even available to readers in all Amazon territories.Something Wicked This Way Comes, #1 of the Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romances by Claire Delacroix

The other company I use for print editions is Ingrams, and books from them are in wide distribution internationally. So, I tried out a new size there. It’s 4.25″ by 7″ which is pretty close to the mass market trim size of 4.125″ by 6.75″. The first two books I tried in this size were the two Regency novellas, Something Wicked This Way Comes and A Duke By Any Other Name. They’re about 1/4″ thick.

My copies arrived today, and here they are:

Print editions of the Brides of North Barrows Regency romances

The buy links for them are also live at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I’ve added them to the book pages.

You can also order signed copies directly from me in my online store. These will also include the digital version of the story, which will be delivered by BookFunnel once your purchase is complete in the store. Right now, the print edition of Something Wicked is available in the store, while the one for A Duke will be available on March 27.