The Examiner welcomes back prolific Texas author Cerise DeLand to talk about her experiences with epublishing. Welcome, Cerise! Please give us your take on ebooks.
I began to hear about these marvelous books years ago when numerous friends of mine thought them a marvelous opportunity to help themselves get published. While I worked over on the print side of the biz, I have come over to ebooks with great delight. Why? I get to write to the length of the story, to write the type of story I like (not my editor or my agent) and I get to be Paid WELL.
I have been pubbed in print 18 times! All with large houses. Now with ebooks, I am coming up on my 15th release this month and 3 more in September! Are any of those ebook stories unusual ideas? Not for me. Each is a romance. Contemporary or historical, matters not, each sings with a committed relationship. THAT is what draws me. The value of ebook versatility in accepting works shorter than 95,000 words is that I can concentrate on the romance…and yes, the drama of the sexual relationship without adding in a subplot!
You are a very enthusiastic author—and that excites the rest of us. Please tell us a little about your first published ebook.
My first pubbed ebook was POWER POSITION, still out and selling very, very well. Published by Wild Rose Press in their Scarlet line, it is a story of an older woman and the bodyguard whom she hires to protect her as she works abroad. All too soon, she sees that he wishes to do more than protect her…and she desires his extra attention in a big way!
We’re glad to hear that it is still selling well. Certainly one of the main perks of ebooks is that they are always available. So what is your latest ebook?
OH, I HAVE 3 out this month! Two historicals–one Regency and one medieval–and a new contemporary! Yes, I have a background in historical romances (in print, donchaknow) and in hardcover print in contemporary. These 3 new ones are such a delight to debut because they are all dear to me. The Regency, LADY FEATHERSTONE’s FERVENT AFFAIR is out at www.resplendencepublishing.com while the medieval is 1210 King John’s England, FOR HER HONOUR over at www.total-e-bound.com. The contemporary is a yummy story I did to launch the marital heat line Branded over at EC. This one titled WHENEVER WE MEET is a lush little romance starring a delicious hero who is a Mexican hotel magnate and a graphic designer from Seattle. Their love story is one I often fantasize about, even now that I finished it!!
What a great month for you. But so far, have you been pleased with how well your electronically published books have been selling over all?
I am deliciously tickled with my sales! Couldn’t be better. And have I said how I love the ebook biz model?????
It is different, isn’t it? Most epubs pay more quickly and frequently than the traditional publishers do. But selling well does take involvement from the writer beyond writing the book. What has been your most successful promotion activity for your ebooks?
Good question. I would say, from tracking, that promotion on various loops with excerpts is the activity that gets me noticed. Often!
How involved are you in selecting your cover art?
I fill out art forms and usually they give me gorgeous covers. In fact, only once have I demurred and asked if they might reexamine what they did for me. And they came through with 3 new covers and an entire new look for a longer series. A delightful experience that endears me to the publisher and, I know, ensures great sales.
How about the “back cover” blurb…does your publisher write it or do you?
I write my own, but management has the right–and does edit where they wish!
How does the editing process work? Is everything handled online?
On line. Yes. Divinely EASY.
Does your publisher register your copyright for your book?
How about contract terms? You’ve been on both sides—ebook and print—so how do they compare?
Ebook publishers make an author’s life easy and extremely profitable. Why work in print where you are going to receive 8 % of an inflated cover price? Have twice the work? No guarantee of a decent marketable cover? And no guarantee that they will do more than they must for your precious baby of a book? Hmmm. I could go on, but then you’d think me really witchy about print. With good reason. Shall I continue?
Did you use an agent to sell your ebook to a publisher?
What does your publisher offer: editing, cover layout, etc?
EVERYTHING. All 4 of mine are superb, efficient, kind and thoughtful, devoted to high sales of each work.
Do a little fortune telling for us: how do you see the publishing world ten years from now?
We will see at least 75% of all books put into e-format. Paper books will be mostly non-fiction and research, text book types. Authors will receive a higher than 8-10% royalty from their e-books. Chain stores will be gone. One or two in each major city. The return of the indie book store will return where people can gather to meet authors and buy special books. And New York? Agents will be fewer in number. So will editors. Art Departments, as many are now, will dwindle to one supervisor of freelancers, except in children’s books. And best seller lists will be more numerous, more specialized and more accurate reflecting sales not orders.
That’s quite a prediction. But for today, where can readers find your books online and what is your website or blog address?
A great question as the last one! I open a new website SOOOOOON: www.cerisedeland.com and do come to my blog for lots of goodies including AFTERNOON DELIGHTS, the first of each month, cerisedeland.blogspot.com
My books are available at: