My first book has been out of print for well over a year now, which means you can no longer walk into a bookstore and have someone order you a copy. A handful of online booksellers have been carrying used copies and offering "new" copies from third-party sellers. But hardly anyone had honest-to-goodness new books left. In fact, several stores, like Barnes and Noble, for example, had dropped my listing entirely.
So I was more than a little puzzled several days ago when it came to my attention that Amazon.com was again offering it new. And Barnes and Noble. And Powell's. And Books-a-Million. And Wal-Mart. And others. Everywhere I looked online, my book was once again listed. And my question was, Where did they get the books? There aren't any more books.
Well, apparently, there are. No, it hasn't been reissued by my publisher. As near as I can figure it, a distributor has discovered a stack of books in a dusty warehouse somewhere and has sent them out to all of the online stores. So it is once again available "everywhere" online. I don't know how long this will last or how many copies are out there, but I just thought I'd mention it because (a) it's yet another example of the random weirdness of the publishing industry and (b) some of you might want to buy the book. It's Finding Hope, ISBN 0-373-87223-2. If inspirational romance is your thing (or if you're just feeling adventurous) click on one of the links, above, and buy yourself a copy. I'm itching to see how long the supply holds out. Since they were sent to almost a dozen online stores (that I know of), I'm guessing it must have been a really big pile of books.
And now I'm wondering if any were sent to brick-and-mortar bookstores. If one of you happens to spot a pile of new copies in a "real" store somewhere, please give me a shout.
I don't expect to make any more money on this book. My royalty statements show the book has pretty much "earned out", meaning that the publisher has accounted for all the copies they shipped. So it would appear that whoever "lost" these books had already paid for them, and I received my royalties.
It's just odd, that's all.