(miss snark feels her leg being pulled...oh wait, it's just the dog laughing)
When my hound bays at the moon, he's thinking of KY.
(man, I read that as husband..I need a vacation)
What's your take on trade paperback originals? They seem to be an increasingly viable option--especially for first-timers.
Supposedly a quality look with a lower price, longer shelf life, fewer returns, albeit with lower advance. I've read that publishers like the lower overhead involved and may promote them as heavily as a hard cover. Some books even start as tpos and then find their way into hardcover.
What kind of experience have you and your clients had with this approach?
I love TPO for certain kinds of books: debut authors, authors who need to rocket up the visibility charts; authors reaching into the book group market.
You lose some library sales, no doubt about it, but overall, I like them.
I've had several clients in TPO for first novels and glad of it. I'll trade lower royalties for increased sales NUMBERS almost any day of the week cause the more people who fall in love with the work, the better my chance at converting them to hc buyers, and auto-buys in libraries.
TPO gets taken seriously for awards too, which is important.
(For those of you who aren't yet versed in the lingo, trade paper refers to the size of the book. It's the one that's bigger than the small book you see on the grocery store racks (those are called mass market) but it's bound in paper, not cloth.) There is a comment from PNH in the comment trail that corrects this--I yield to superior knowledge and experience on this one.