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Posted By Michelle Birbeck

I’ve been thinking a lot about my launch party for next year, and one of the things I will be doing is selling books, I mean, it’s a launch party, so books is a given. But I also know that a few of my friends have ereaders and will want ebooks. So I got to thinking, why can’t I sell them at the launch party, too? I’ve got a computer, it works well with USB sticks and memory cards. So why can’t I just use that?

Someone comes up to me, they want an ebook, I ask them which format, then load it straight onto a USB drive, or onto their memory card. They pay me, then go on their way, book in hand, or pocket. We’re all happy.

It also got me thinking, why have the shops not caught up with this? Am I the only one thinking that the shops should be doing this? Would it be that hard to walk up to the desk, hand over your USB—and let’s face it, is there anyone who doesn’t have a USB these days?—and then get your ebook. The shops would be selling books. Customers would be able to browse the paperbacks and then buy the ebook if they so wish.

Surely this is a win-win situation? I mean, come on! What store these days doesn’t have a computer? Small ones, but even the owners of small bookshops have computers they could use.

So in the age where ebooks are becoming the next big thing, and in fact may already be, why can’t I walk into a shop and buy one?


 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck


For a few months now I’ve been wondering when the whole being a published author thing would feel real. Now I know.

I was at a friend’s birthday party last night and we were all sat in the kitchen, talking, as most parties generally end up. For some reason I thought, ‘I’ll just check my emails real quick.’ Being able to do so on my phone these days makes it easy. So, there I was, checking my emails, and it was sat there. Big and shiny and oh so tempting to open it. No temptation really, I opened it. No hesitation or thinking that I was sat at a friend’s party and really should have been paying attention. It was just after midnight, so the party was winding down.

It took me a couple of minutes to open the email, wait for the attachment to load, save it, and then open it, but it was absolutely worth using up all of my free internet allowance to do so! Sat on my phone, staring out at me with wide eyes, literally, was the cover art for Consequences.

Of course, the first thing I did was go around and show everyone at the party. They all know I’m a writer, so it wasn’t exactly news to them, and when I saw it, I just had to share. The second I got home, it went up on my Facebook page, personal facebook account, twitter, tumblr, photobucket, and of course, the website. Safe to say I am very excited about it, and completely in love with the cover.

Now I can’t wait to see it in the flesh, so to speak.

In the meantime, it finally feels real. Contracts are signed, story is edited and polished, and the cover art is all done and so pretty!

Only thing left now is to feel the book in my hands. Consequences, by Michelle Birbeck