It was a long, but fun and productive week. I meet Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series, which was a real treat, as well as a lot of publishing friends I only get to see about once or twice a year at shows like BEA. The general mood in publishing seems to be one of cloudy with a chance of sun. The whole ebook revolution is changing the landscape fairly dramatically and it’s not yet clear just how things are going to settle out. It used to be you’d come out with a hard cover and follow that up in a year or so in either trade paper or mass market, but now that the ebook is here at that lower price point does that old formula still work?
As the pub date for Ashes of a Black Frost is only a few months away I’m more than a little curious to see how the numbers break down between hard cover and ebook. I was talking with the folks at S&S and they’re intrigued, too, but very excited about the new opportunities ebooks present.