Ravenous Romance Author Blog
|I. G. Frederick|
|Brick & Mortar|
Yesterday, I learned that Powell’s will carry my novels, Broken and Shattered.
The Nazca Plains Corporation, the small press that published them, delivered books to me last August, barely more than a month after I signed the contract. Normally, with a traditional publisher, that’s a one- to two- year process.
But the distribution network works at the same snail’s pace regardless of how fast books come off the presses. The novels weren’t even available for most bookstores to order until mid-November. According to the website, Powell’s is accepting preorders for May.
So my books have only been available to folks who know me and those who found out about my novels via my website, mailing list, My Space profile, or stumbled across listings by the publisher, Relatively Wilde, or Amazon.
The owner of Relatively Wilde has been very supportive, carrying my books even though he mostly sells non-fiction, and working with me on promotions. I have seen my books for sale as part of his displays at a number of events in the past several months.
But, knowing I will be able to walk into Powell’s (where I can and regularly do get lost in the stacks) and see my books on the shelf, has given me a thrill. All authors dream of seeing their published work on display where anyone can purchase it. That, and all the wonderful comments/reviews by folks who have read the books so far, make it easier to keep writing despite rejection and hardship.