As I was checking on title availability for my upcoming signing, I noticed something odd.
No one has copies of Through the Fire.
Amazon is out. So are Borders and Books a Million. I just tried to order 10 copies from Barnes and Noble, and they only have 4. If you haven’t got a copy of this Maggie finalist/RT winning book and hoped you’d get it at GRW’s Moonlight and Magnolias conference, I can tell you that may not happen.
Genesis Press had 150 copies in their warehouse as of yesterday. (I know, because I called and asked them). As far as I know, there are no plans to go back to press for another print run. Of course, when I tried to order online, their site couldn’t find me or my books. I also tried to see if Black Expressions or Zooba had their bookclub hardcover edition available. Zilch.
I’m going to call Genesis tomorrow and try to order a few copies to have for M&M and For Sisters Only. At this point, your best bet to get this book would be through used bookstores.
Maybe they’ll turn it into a mass market. I can only hope, right?
I’m not sure if this selling out is a good thing. I think it is, but I’m not sure. When you consider how damn hard it was the find this book in brick and mortar stores, yes, selling out is definitely good. When I start my agent hunt, I’ll be able to say that my most recent contemporary romance not only garnered a couple of awards, it also exhausted its print run. It will look good on paper.
But in the meantime, I don’t have any to sell. A prospective agent may wonder why the publisher didn’t do a second print run. So might a prospective publisher. (I do have a couple of ideas for contemporary stories, you know.)
It is times like this when what an author doesn’t know can be quite painful to contemplate.
Maybe it will be pushed quickly into mass market. Or maybe it’s just done.
Either way, it’s good. Right?