THREE-MARTINI LUNCH first hit shelves in hardcover form last year. Now the book will be reborn as a paperback in a little over a week, on August 8th 2017. I'm still bogged down with quite a lot of work, but I thought I'd take a beat here to share a few fun factoids about my experiences re the hardcover to paperback process with the uninitiated who happen to be a tiny bit curious about publishing.
First, the book's design. With my first novel, THE OTHER TYPIST, the publisher decided to keep the same cover on the book as it transformed from hardcover to paperback. But oftentimes, publishers will create an entirely new cover for the paperback. The old wisdom used to be that the hardcover would get a more "literary" cover (and usually more on the illustrated side), and then the paperback would get a more "commercial cover" (more typically involving a photograph). Publishing is a rapidly changing beast though, and I've found that these old school cover rules are certainly not set in stone, so take this with a grain of salt.
In any case, THE OTHER TYPIST didn't get a different paperback cover, but THREE-MARTINI LUNCH did. It's interesting to see, and I certainly appreciate all the work that goes into restyling the book and all its promotional materials. On that note, I'd like to share the updated "Book Club Kit" that the Penguin people created and updated for THREE-MARTINI LUNCH's paperback release (below). If you or anyone you know is interested in picking up the book, I'm happy to pass the "kit" in PDF form to all who'd like to have these materials and possibly print them out for a book club meeting.
Which brings me to paperback point number two: Paperbacks are more affordable (duh), so they make better book club recs. Having your book come out in paperback is a cause for celebration, because when a new friend or acquaintance says, "Oh, I want to buy your book!" you no longer have that twinge of guilt about the whopping twenty-five bucks the hardcover is likely to cost a person these days. I remember someone from Penguin (I think it was someone who ran one of their paperback imprints, so...) telling me the old saying, that "a book really LIVES in paperback." As someone who herself spends way more money than she should on books, I can get onboard with that.
Viva la paperback!