A woman I've known for months said to me yesterday, "I hear you wrote a book!"
Yup. And another, and another, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
I have to stop and think when someone asks me how many books I have out, because there are different versions, different publishers, and different formats. Oh, and different prices!
Here's how it goes:
***MACBETH'S NIECE is out of print in regular, still out in large print and on Kindle.
***GO HOME AND DIE is only on Kindle and doesn't seem destined to be anywhere else.
***HER HIGHNESS' FIRST MURDER is available in hardcover, large print, and on Kindle.
http://www.amazon.com/Highness-First-Murder-Five-Mystery/dp/1594148422 ($24.79 or $7.99)
***The sequel, POISON, YOUR GRACE, is recently out in hardcover, soon to be in large print, and should be made available on Kindle soon, but the publisher hasn't made that decision yet.
***THE DEAD DETECTIVE AGENCY is available in paperback and for all e-readers.
http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Detective-Agency-Peg-Herring/dp/1905091702/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1324900613&sr=1-1 ($11.32 or $3.99) SEQUEL, DEAD FOR THE MONEY, is due out in the spring, just finished the final edit!
***SHAKESPEARE'S BLOOD is available for Kindle and Nook.
***SOMEBODY DOESN'T LIKE SARAH LEIGH is on Kindle but not available for Nook until March.
http://tinyurl.com/88eph4s (Currently on sale at 99 cents)
Crazy, isn't it?
Why? It boils down to decisions that are usually out of my hands. Some publishers market primarily to libraries, so they create sturdy (expensive) books. Some market mostly or completely on the Net. Some do both.
It seems the most available book format is e-books, and Amazon leads the pack with 70% of sales. When a publisher decides on a direction, I'm pretty sure that has a huge impact. So when you ask me how many of my books you can get, the answer will vary. It depends on how you're going to get them!
If you missed one or want to know what a particular book is about, I've just redone my website, http://pegherring.com, and all the info is there. (It's wonderful, and I can say that because I didn't do it!)