Writer’s Craft #79 That New Book Smell
Anne E. Johnson, based in Brooklyn, has published nearly thirty short stories in a variety of genres and for both adults and children. Green Light Delivery, her first novel in print, was published in June, 2012, by Candlemark & Gleam. She also writes novels for tweens. Learn more on her website, http://anneejohnson.com.
Full disclosure: Green Light Delivery is not, technically, my first published novel. It is my first novel for adults and my first science fiction novel. But, most important, it is my first novel published in print, rather than only as an e-book.
I’ve spent the last few years giving myself pep talks about the changing technology of publishing. “Digital is the future,” I said to myself (and my dubious family) over and over. “E-book is the same as print these days. Maybe better.”
But when my Green Light Delivery author copies arrived, I realized something: that physical thing called a book, the object I grew up holding, clutching, turning its pages eagerly…it matters. Having a novel published in paper gave me a much stronger sense of pride than I felt when I had an e-novel published. And my first signing was a thrill, opening those pages to write the note, feeling the curl of the verso pages under the heel of my hand as I wrote. Kindlegraph just ain’t the same.
How do you, as authors, feel about the final product of publication? Is an e-book publication as satisfying to you as a print book? Is it valid to crave a printed book to show as an accomplishment?