April 29, 2009 Guest Blog Post for Night Owl Romance
By Tracy Cooper-Posey
Twenty-three years ago today, there was a fire at the central library of the City of Los Angeles Public Library. 400,000 books were burned and destroyed. Some of them were gone forever because the authors have died, their original manuscripts with them.
I have the odd out-of-print title of my own for which I no longer have any print copies, and if I ever lost the original files, that book would be totally gone, and I would be devastated. The Los Angeles Public Library fire took 400,000 of them.
Think about that.
If you stacked your average romances one on top of the other, until you had 400,000 of them, you could build over thirteen piles as high as the Empire State Building!
That’s a lot of romances to lose in a fire – romances that you might never get back again. These days, though, thanks to the slowly building popularity of electronic reading, the chance of a story being irrevocably lost for all time are dwindling. If, say, today’s equivalent of Gone With the Wind was lost in a fire, then someone, somewhere, would have an electronic copy they would be able to donate to a publisher, who could swiftly set about producing new copies, giving that book a second chance at life.
(Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
was created in 1971 for exactly this reason – it was intended to preserve all classic public domain books in electronic format, so they would never be lost.)
Today, Night Owl Romance are kindly allowing me to celebrate the launch of Eyes of a Stranger by hosting me as a guest blogger. Eyes of a Stranger is published by Cerridwen Press, and is enjoyed a second chance of its own, for it was first published in 2000 when most romance readers weren’t even sure what an e-book was – I remember sitting at the book fair at the Romantic Time convention with my e-books and being ignored by everyone. I didn’t sell a single book. Big surprise!
Now, almost ten years on, everyone has heard of e-books even if they’re not raving fans of them (yet). And Cerridwen Press are giving Eyes of A Stranger a second chance to reach romance readers. The reworked, polished and updated Eyes is a contemporary romance, and won the inaugural Emma Darcy Award...perhaps you might consider giving it a second chance, yourself.
Two lucky posters will get an electronic copy of Eyes of a Stranger, in the prize winner’s preferred format.