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Paper again, and word counts

November 8, 2010 - - 2 Comments

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FTF paperback update: Batch 1 is all out, but I’m expecting batch 2 to arrive in a few weeks. Sorry about the delay — apparently I’m bad at figuring out supply and demand. (Good thing I’m not an economist!) Please be OK with being batch 2. πŸ™‚

The books got some exposure on the interwebs this week by being featured on Chachic’s Book Nook. It’s always exciting, especially now that I’ve come out and started interacting with people who post stuff about the book. The reviews also give me something to think about, so here are a few thoughts to toss back out:

From Chachic’s review of Fairy Tale Fail: “If only the paperback was as cheap as the e-book edition, I’d buy lots of copies and give them as Christmas gifts to my girlfriends. Unfortunately, the paperback is more expensive at P350.”

I appreciate the thought, and I do wish the printing was cheaper. πŸ™ I got a great deal from CreateSpace, but it still can’t beat the cost of distributing an ebook.

From her review of My Imaginary Ex: “I just have to say that I’m enjoying reading local chick lit. I just have a minor complaint – they’re all so thin! Small paperbacks less than 150 pages long. I’d be glad to read something meatier if the authors come up with something like that.”

I had to learn to write with a word limit that would still make good business sense to my publisher. But to their credit, my next title’s manuscript was 8,000 words over — but they’re still taking a chance on it. (Love them!)

BTW I just found out that that book now shares a title with an upcoming Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman movie. (Story’s different, as far as I can tell. Unless they too meet on a beach in Batangas.)

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  • Chachic

    November 8, 2010 at 11:58 am, Reply

    Oh wow, I feel flattered that you replied to my reviews! πŸ™‚ I really want to give <i>Fairy Tale Fail</i> as gifts to my friends, if only the actual copy has the same price as the e-book or if it&#39;s P150 like <i>My Imaginary Ex.</i><br /><br />Yay, I&#39;m excited to read your next title! More so now that you mentioned that it&#39;s longer that your other books. When is it going to come out? πŸ™‚

  • Mina

    November 8, 2010 at 1:23 pm, Reply

    I hope it&#39;s before Christmas too, I think it&#39;s likely naman. Not sure exactly when!

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