On the Shelves

This week we’re discussing books in print. “Knowing that the profit margin / royalties in paperback formats is minimal, do you still try to obtain that format? Why or why not?” 

I’ve never had to ask myself this as all the publishers I have gone with offer books in print right away. I know there are authors out there that have e-book only but that is not a decision that I have had to make.

If I was in a position where I needed to decide if I wanted my books in print I would, undoubtedly, go with yes. I do read a lot of books on my Kindle, as I have said there are a lot of authors that only offer electronic versions of their works and I would hate to miss out on a great story simply because I can’t read it in paperback. However, I am an avid user of my local public library and absolutely love when I see one of my books on the shelves waiting for someone to be thumbing through the titles and come across it. There it is on the shelves for someone to pick up, look over the cover, read the blurb, and then take it home with them at no cost to them! Waiting to open up a new world for someone who maybe can’t afford an e-reader, perhaps a teen who doesn’t have a phone, or an elderly person who doesn’t know how to operate a tablet.

Then there’s my children’s books. I believe that a lot of people would rather hold a picture book in their hands with their child/grandchild snuggled up beside them, thumbing through the pages, pointing at the pictures, and following along with the words. If I had to fight to get my children’s books in print I certainly would, but I am lucky enough that I don’t have to do that. My books are readily available for those who read with e-readers and those who prefer to hold a physical book in their hands.

Now, if only I get them printed in Braille, that is something I have discussed with one of my publishers but I really need to push a little harder for it.


About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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6 Responses to On the Shelves

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    yes, seeing my books on the shelves of a library is an awesome feeling. It gives one a sense of validity and affirmation that is otherwise difficult to achieve. So far, I’ve not yet seen any of my titles in book stories, however. Perhaps that’s yet to come.

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  2. Elaine Cantrell says:

    It gives you an awesome feeling to see your books in print, especially at a library.

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  3. Children’s books NOT in book form should be downright illegal! I can’t imagine inspiring a love of reading without having books for the children to look through.
    As for Braille, I has not thought of that. With all of the audiobooks available,I am amazed that they print them any more.I remember when there were ‘talking books’, books on records. They were free to the blind, but they were specially made, so that they could not be played on a regular player (78/45/33 13 rpm).The payers were also loaned freely through the Lighthouse for the Blind, if I recall correctly.

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    • I have had a young girl reach out to me to ask if I could get my books in Braille. She mostly listens to audio books but enjoys being able to read a book on her own. She said a lot of the students at her school do as well. I am hoping that someday I can get that for her.


  4. My books are all in paperback and ecopy. I think it’s important that you use both formats today.

    The process for getting my books into the libraries here in Houston is a tedious one. After I finish the novella I’m working on at the moment, I plan to pursue that process to get my stories out there for everyone to read. The next step I might take is audio. I’m still researching that.

    Are you aware that anyone who would like to purchase your paperback through a brick-and-mortar store like Barnes and Noble, can do so even if they are not on the shelves. All they have to do is ask at the service desk and the store will order the book for either delivery at your home, or in the store. You pay the store the price of the book instead of ordering from Amazon or wherever.

    Most of these stores also have an online store where you can order the books.

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  5. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Reading books with my kids and grandkids have been the best times, and I think they enjoy it too. I’m so glad they all love reading, and I have to think that the time spent with them reading together has something to do with it.


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