beth_bernobich: red mushroom (handful of pearls)
I'm running a two-week special on my collection, A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories, over at Smashwords. Use coupon TL86W and get the collection for free!
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (blue woman)
I'm in my office writing ALLEGIANCE, which is all about how the end of one story carries the seeds for the next. Just so the old year dies, and dying, makes possible the new.

So. Last year.

Last year was not a bad year. It had its share of stress and tedium and frustration. (The mountains of snowfall last winter. The three months of hellish commute. Selling house. Moving house. One hurricane, and one freakish snow storm, both with many days of power outage.) It also had some lovely shiny moments. (M's high school graduation. M in college. Passion Play winning the RT Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Epic Fantasy.)

Things accomplished? Not nearly as much as I wanted.

Fox & Phoenix went through copyedits, galley proofs, and is now a Real Book.

A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories re-released in e-book form by me. I'm pleased with the cover design, and I learned a lot about making e-books.

Pig, Crane, Fox, the short story that comes before Fox & Phoenix, also re-released in e-form.

But what about new short stories? you ask. What about writing novels?

That's the problem. I wrote no new short stories in 2011. I did make progress on ALLEGIANCE, but not nearly as much as I wanted. (See above about hellish commute and moving house.) I also wrote notes for two new novels: a sequel to FOX & PHOENIX and a stand-alone fantasy that I'm calling Mansfield Park with polyandry and magic. And just a few days ago, I wrote notes for a short story in the world of the Seventy Kingdoms.

And there you have the seeds for my next year. I'll finish ALLEGIANCE and send that to my editor. While she's going to work with her red pen, I'll write the short story and send that to its intended market. And once ALLEGIANCE is well and truly delivered, I have seeds for more novels. I might plant them in 2012 or not, but at least I know I have them.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (handful of pearls)
As y'all know, the first edition of my collection, A Handful of Pearls, went out of print last February. Since then, I've released a second edition as an e-book, but I see from Bookscan that the original paperback version still sells a copy now and then. Eventually, the publisher's stock will run out, and I was wondering about releasing my own print version.

So for readers, my question is: Would anyone be interested in such a thing?

And for authors: Any warnings or suggestions you'd care to share about your own experiences?
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (squee!)
...and my collection, A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories (2nd edition), has been nominated in the Indie Press Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic category. The full list of nominees is here. I am utterly stoked to be in such fine company.

*pets the shiny nomination*
beth_bernobich: Beak Bird (Beak Bird)
...of my collection on Smashwords. Enter coupon code FU89H when you buy.

Or, the special price is now available on B&N and Amazon.

I'm curious to see if this bumps up the sales, and if it does, for how long.

HOP, cont'd

Jun. 1st, 2011 12:59 pm
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (handful of pearls)
Now that the collection is live on B&N and Amazon, I'm expanding to new markets. A Handful of Pearls will soon be available to buy on Goodreads, as soon as the digital mice run a few more cycles.

I also formatted a .DOC for Smashwords, but when I tried to open a new account, I discovered that my screen name was already taken. Apparently this is a leftover from the old Lethe version, because it lists my real bio and has a link to my webpage. I'm now in contact with Smashwords to get that page & screen name transferred to me. Once that's accomplished, I should be able to get the collection listed on Apple, Sony, Kobo, etc. Strike that last. The amazing Mark Coker took care of everything. I have my account set up, and I've just uploaded the files for the collection.

But how about those sales?

Well, they are slow. I expected that. It's a collection, not a novel. Nor am I a well-known writer, like the amazing [livejournal.com profile] jimhines. However, a few reviews are in the pipeline from the winners from last week's contest and from RT Book Reviews. I've also submitted the book to a couple other review sites, so hopefully those will generate some notice.

I also have some other plans. At some point, I might run a 99-cent sale, just to see what happens. And in September, I plan to release an e-version of my short story Pig, Crane, Fox. It's really for promoting my YA novel, but new titles tend to give a boost to existing books. Beyond that, I don't know. Maybe Jim will come up with a splendid idea that I can copy. *g*
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (sparkle kitties)
Using the trusty random.org, I now have three winners for my e-book giveway. [livejournal.com profile] hooton, [livejournal.com profile] ruralwriter, and Milena will each receive a copy of A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories. Please contact me by email with your preference for ePub or Mobi.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (Default)
Okay, my collection is finally available from Barnes & Noble. Getting to that point was a bit...frustrating. Apparently, they had a small problem with the information on my account. They still let me upload an e-book, but they never notified me. (The email went astray, they said.) Customer service did respond within a few hours to my email and pointed me to a phone number. That number rang, gave the recorded intro, and went dead. However, another email soon set things straight.

I just spent the last half hour wrestling with the Editorial Reviews section. (The software for updating that appears to have bugs. Also, there's no way to add bold or italic formatting, as far as I can tell.) However, it now looks good enough for my purposes.

I need to concentrate on the novel for a while, but at some point, I want to add the book to Smashwords, and from there to Apple, Sony, and Kobo. And did you know you can sell e-books through Goodreads?
beth_bernobich: alice (alice)
I'm delighted to announce that the second edition of my collection, A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories, is now available from Amazon US, Amazon UK, and Amazon DE. (Barnes & Noble is on the list, but as usual, it's taking a few days for the book to appear.) And now from Barnes & Noble too! Same stories, but proofed to a higher gloss. Same cover art, but a new design. Just look:



A lot of people helped me make this possible. Vincent Chong, a talented and generous guy, allowed me to use his artwork from the first edition. Neil Clarke gave me all KINDS of helpful advice about ebooks. [livejournal.com profile] temporus, [livejournal.com profile] slrose, and [livejournal.com profile] zweipunktnull checked my various file formats on their eBook readers. Absolute Write's forums and [livejournal.com profile] jimhines's posts on releasing his own collection cast much-needed light upon the mysterious ways of self-publishing. And lots of other people, including my husband, gave me great feedback on the new cover design.

To celebrate this launch, I'm giving away three copies of the eBook in either ePub or Mobi format. All you have to do is post a comment here, and if you win, post a review of the book on Amazon or B&N within the next month. I'll pick the winner with our trusty friend random.org. Deadline for entering is Wednesday, May 25th.

(Note: If you are a book blogger or a reviewer for a trade publication, just contact me for a copy. No need to enter the contest.)

reviews!

Mar. 30th, 2011 03:15 pm
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (snobbish pig)
And very nice reviews, indeed!

One for A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories at Strange Horizons.

One, coming up soon, for Passion Play on SFSite.

And a second review, this one in Portuguese, for Passion Play.

It's too bad the collection is no longer in print, but I am making excellent progress with the eBook version. I installed InDesign today, imported the Word DOC file, and did some tweaking of the formatting. I also installed Adobe Illustrator and will be fiddling with a cover design over the next couple days. If all goes well, I should have the new edition ready before May. (And all the investigation I do for the collection will help with setting up "Pig, Crane, Fox" for release in September of October, as part of the launch for Fox and Phoenix.)

fyi

Feb. 7th, 2011 12:29 pm
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (handful of pearls)
Just to let everyone know, my collection, A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories, was declared out of print over the weekend. There might be some copies floating around on Amazon or through used book sites, but the publisher won't be printing any new ones, and the e-books are definitely not available anywhere.

I very much want to keep the book alive. How I accomplish that is something my agent and I will discuss this week.

(Comments closed here but email is welcome.)

Readercon!

Jul. 9th, 2010 09:19 am
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (sepia woman)
I am in the last stages of prepping for Readercon. My goal is to arrive around 4PM between four and five, um, earlier than I did last year. Especially since I owe the lovely and talented [livejournal.com profile] mroctober a steak dinner.

Speaking of [livejournal.com profile] mroctober, he tells me that Small Beer Press will have copies of my collection for sale. Yay!

Okay, enough chat. Time to pet my panel notes, print the kittens, and get going. Or something like that.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (passion play)
One year from today, Fox and Phoenix will be released. (Cover art is underway!)

In three months, Passion Play will be released. (Kindle, too.)

And right now, A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories is out from Lethe Press. (E-book, too.)

ETA: E-book info for A Handful of Pearls.

Shiny!

Jun. 29th, 2010 10:36 am
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (handful of pearls)
Publishers Weekly reviewed my collection!

(Scroll down halfway to find the review for A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories)
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (handful of pearls)
The editor tells me the cover is now final, and the books should start shipping in the next week. Yay!

Steve Silver has reviewed the book here. My favorite quote is when he says, All of Bernobich's characters have a quality of being "other," none quite reflective of humans in the early twenty-first century. These stories provide a wonderful feel of the alien, even when relating to situations which are appropriate to the modern world.

Oh, and once I receive my contributor copies, I'll hold another randomizer contest here.

oh my wow

May. 19th, 2010 08:02 am
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (squee!)
Splendid review for my collection, A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories, from The Fantasy Book Critic.

This is an updated and expanded version of the review Liviu posted on Goodreads. I'm especially pleased (and daunted) to see what he says about Passion Play.

Shiny!

Feb. 12th, 2010 11:40 am
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (book love)
One advantage of being married to a graphic arts wizard is giving him the cover art for my collection, and getting back this:

      

I'll be giving these away at Boskone this weekend. Come to my reading and get one!

misc.update

Feb. 2nd, 2010 06:45 am
beth_bernobich: petal twigs (petal twigs)
An updated PDF for A HANDFUL OF PEARLS & OTHER STORIES showed up in my inbox on Sunday.

Copyedits for PASSION PLAY went back to Tor yesterday. (Page proofs should arrive next month.)

Contracts for FOX & PHOENIX arrived at my agent's office.

Fred woke up and gave me a new opening scene for ALLEGIANCE, one that fixes all kinds of first-chapter-of-the-third-book problems.

And cover art for A HANDFUL OF PEARLS & OTHER STORIES just showed up in my inbox.

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