Most authors remember the thrill of holding their first book in their hand. The UPS guy delivers that box packed with unmarked, perfectly new and untouched books with your name as the author. They even smell good. It was thrilling.
Today my sixth fantasy romance novel, Tiger's Mate, was released in ebook in April and today it came out in paperback. I'm thrilled to have another one of my books in print and I'll be ordering some copies for myself tomorrow. My publisher, New Concepts Publishing, is a small, but successful and well-established publisher. Like most small, independent publishers, you won't find their books in the big stores. Borders (if they're even in business later this week) won't set up a signing for my romance novels. With independent bookstores on the endangered list, it's more and more difficult to find venues to sell my print books. That used to bother me.
I've grown past my need to see my book gracing the shelves in a bookstore, though I still love that, and come to the realization I make more money off the sales of ebooks. And I don't need to search across three states to find a bookstore willing to set me up at a table inside the front door. The number of print books I'll sell won't pay my son's college tuition next year but each one is an extra little treat. I hope some people put it on their 'keeper' shelf.
As an author, do you see more of your earnings from ebooks or print? Do you have a 'keeper' shelf for the books you want to keep and reread over and over again?