You asked for it. It’s here. And I’m happy to provide it.
I will now define those pronouns.
You: Those people that wanted a paperback version of the book; either because you didn’t want to read it as an ebook, or because you liked the ebook so much that you wanted a signed copy.
It: The paperback, of course! The paperback edition of Walking Thinking Drinking Across Scotland is now available!
Here: The paperback is available online at amazon and many other online booksellers. The paperback is available at most local bookstores, though they’ll probably have to order it through their distributors unless I hand them some for their shelves. And, the paperback is available from me, as long as supplies last.
I needed a lift yesterday afternoon, and up drove the UPS truck. I didn’t give the driver the chance to get out of the truck. It was the author’s version of Christmas. Brown paper packages tied up with string have been replaced with dull cardboard strapped down with tape, but the package was appreciated in any case.
At that point, popping a bottle of champagne would have been appropriate; but, I was in the middle of work (managing a long term consultation, announcing a self-publishing workshop, documenting the CreateSpace publishing process, editing a couple indiegogo campaigns, etc.); and if you skipped over the parentheticals you’ll understand why I was so distracted that I didn’t remember the celebration until halfway through the evening. An extra glass of wine took the place of a bottle of champagne; which really would’ve been too much for one person in a few hours alone at home.
The most convenient way to buy the book is to shop on amazon. There, at least as I type, you can witness the marketplace in action. The book is on sale, 36% off; while a used copy is going for $41.
It turns out that there’s a collectible market in self-published books. There’s always been a demand for limited and first editions, especially if they are signed. Successful self-published books can become even more valuable because their first editions may be part of a much smaller run. There are collectors who buy self-published books to hold then sell instead of read. I wonder if they buy the ebooks to know if they should buy the paperback.
However you want it, it is now available, and I’m happy to see it. And I’m happy to play with pronouns. They make sentences so much shorter.
Read on! And contact me if you want a copy or if you want me to drop by for an event – or even if you want to offer me a traditional publishing deal that proves those collectors right.