Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mass Market paperback backlist

I'm noticing my mass markets from Dorchester/Leisure/Love Spell disappearing from Amazon as Dorchester pulls all their books out of print (they're disappearing from stores as well). At this point I have no idea if or when the books will be reprinted. I will have more information as time marches.

Meanwhile, all my Jennifer Ashley works are available from Kindle, Barnes & Noble ebooks, All Romance ebooks, Books on Board and the like (in other words, the e-versions are widely available). Rhapsody, the hardback book club, also has editions of THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE and PRIDE MATES. There are audio editions of IMMORTALS: THE CALLING and IMMORTALS: THE GATHERING available from Amazon and Audible.

Please note that my Jennifer Ashley books, beginning with LADY ISABELLA'S SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE, followed by PRIMAL BONDS in March and going forward are/will be published with BERKLEY. I'm not going away! Just shifting gears. I will update on the status of my backlist when I have more news.

This is very sad for me, folks. I feel like I should have a going-away party for my books.


At 11:18 AM , Blogger Sabrina @ about happy books said...

The whole situation is so weird and sad. Sending you some cyber hugs.

Right now I'm looking for the new book by Gemma Halliday and can't find an ebook store where I will be able to download it here from Europe.
I really want to read the book and don't understand why Dorchester isn't giving more information about where to download it.
Looks like they don't really care about us readers from Europe.

At 12:20 PM , Blogger Always Abigail said...

Sending good wishes your way

At 1:16 PM , Blogger Colleen Thompson said...

I feel your pain, friend. Same situation with my romantic suspense, and no answers yet.

At 1:40 PM , Anonymous Denise A. agnew said...

Thanks for the update Jennifer. Will be snapping up ebook versions I don't have. Looking forward to Primal Bonds!

Denise A. Agnew

At 7:10 AM , Blogger L. Rosario said...

This is sad. Thankfully I was able to order Ian's story through Amazon's Marketplace sellers. I hope all the vanishing titles eventually find a new life in reprints :)
L. Rosario (Lora Darling)

At 8:25 AM , Blogger Kate Douglas said...

This whole Dorchester thing just makes me sick, and I understand how you feel. Your pub has always put out such different and interesting titles--things you couldn't get from other publishers, so I'm really going to miss that unique slant we learned to expect from Dorchester/Leisure/Love Spell books.

As far as your own, I imagine you're going to have to go through a grieving process--it's got to be like a series of little deaths as each one disappears. I'm just really sick about this, and I wish you well.

At 6:32 AM , Blogger Stephmartin71 said...

I sent an email to Dorchester advising them how unhappy I am and that I feel this is a huge mistake. This format change affects lower and middle class families who can't afford e-readers and trades. I'm sure they'll delete it but I thought you should know that I did this. This is long but here is what I sent...
I would like to inform you, that is if you care, that thanks to your switching from mass market to e-book/trade format you have helped me to shrink my AUTO BUY Authors Books by 53 Authors Less to buy, as well as however many books they can release in a year. All 53 of these authors books, as they release, were bought, full price, from a legit bookstore, without me thinking twice about buying them. Now, I will no longer be buying any of these Authors new books. I have noted in my bible list, whom your authors are, as to not look forward to any upcoming books whether they are part of my series or not. There are only 2 Authors on your list that I will continue to buy in the trade format and they will be from the used book store, so you and those 2 authors still won't make a cent out of me. I wish I new this could have happened 10 years ago, so that I wouldn't have wasted so much love, money and time invested in collecting these series that I will no longer have endings to. I think you and your company are making a huge mistake by making these changes and I hope that my 53 authors I collect decide to leave your publishing company when there contracts are complete. How can you do this to the lower and middle class customers who can't afford to pay $10. plus dollars per book. Let alone pay $130ish for a reader. Technology is sketchy at best. Things break, new editions aren't always upgradeable or transferably friendly and lets not forget erased, lost or even pirated. My mass market books are mine and can only get destroyed if I choose to destroy them and I don't have to rely on someone helping me get back ebooks that went missing. I read in my forums Every day and there is always someone crying about there reader losing there stories. Whatever! How depressing. Sincerely, Stephanie Martin

I also plan on emailing my other 52 authors letting them know how I feel and that I can't be the only customer out there that feels this way. Stephanie

At 6:40 AM , Blogger Stephmartin71 said...

PSS... I know this reads harsh but I wanted to Make a Point to the Company. I will still buy your books but I can't promise I can buy as often as I'd like. I really can't afford to auto buy trades. I really hope this doesn't affect you and the others too bad but I know it will and I am sorry for that, Steph

At 7:42 AM , Blogger Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner said...

Stephmartin71: I hope you are aware that I (as well as many Dorch authors) have moved on to other publishers, so our books moving forward WILL be in Mass Market, just somewhere else. I'm finishing all my series at Berkley, where I'm in mass market as usual.

I do appreciate readers telling Dorchester how they feel about the change (positive or negative). They need to know. The reality is that Dorchester is struggling and really didn't have a choice. I hope the best for them.


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