Publishing, Then and Now (w/giveaway) by Terry Spear

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I have written over fifty books. And omigosh, have things changed!!! When I first started, I was writing children’s stories and typing on a typewriter! What a pain. Make a mistake, start over again. No copy and pasting like on Word programs today. I actually cut up pieces of paper and taped them where I wanted to move them. And then had to retype them all over again.

When I began to write full length novels, you can imagine the nightmare. Submissions were easier though. Because of no Internet, I had to research who was taking submissions in books that were a year old already, phone calls, ensuring that agents were still with a particular agency, and making sure I had their names spelled correctly. Everything had to be sent by snail mail, though at the time, publishers and agents were taking full submissions. That’s why I said it was easier.

Then the Internet happened. Talk about the difference between walking everywhere, to riding in a high-speed jet. But then that meant everyone could send in manuscripts much more quickly. Agents and editors began taking email queries, though many didn’t at first. Many still required submissions by snail mail, but some would allow a query, and maybe five pages of the manuscript. Sourcebooks was always good about taking full submissions when most publishers would not. They’ve also been great about reading unagented manuscripts also.

For writers, most of the time it was a Catch-22—can’t submit without an agent/it’s easier to sell a mss than it is to get an agent.

One of the first books I wrote was in response to a short story contest about the importance of the book store. This was WAY before the advent of ebooks. So I wrote this fun, futuristic shapeshifter story (my very first shapeshifter book, only she’s a black panther and her brother is a dragon, so pretty far out compared to my shifter worlds now) about a bookstore on a faraway planet. The more I wrote on it, the more fun I had and turned it into a novel. Recently, I looked it over, and I realized how far we had come. Ebooks didn’t even exist when I wrote that story! And maybe book stores will go the way of the dinosaurs.

I hope not. I now have an e-reader, compliments of my daughter and son-in-law who wanted to move me into the next century and bought it for me for Christmas, but I still love my paperback books, too.

I was with a couple of ebook publishers in the early days when no one had e-readers! So as you can imagine, sales were glum. And then e-readers came into fashion. Now everywhere I look, young and old have them. So that’s caused a revolution in reading.

Now, print sales often aren’t as high as ebook sales—totally the reverse of a few years ago. Who knows what’s to come?

But one thing will never change. Readers love a good story—and Highlanders are well-loved no matter the century—even when they’re rather wolfish.

And the great thing of it is, you can get them in paperback or ebook or both! And four whole books this year. When I was typing away on a typewriter with my white-out handy, no way would I have ever been able to write that many stories in a year.

I love Word, the Internet, and emails. Oh, and did I mention research?

Yeah, I used to visit the library, and still do on occasion. But there’s nothing similar to learning what the jungle is like at the touch of the keyboard and a few searches, or learning the difference between kitty cats and jaguar cats. And what a Highlander eats in Scotland, though I visited, but still, it’s easy to discover what the temperature is for a particular month, or when it rains more frequently, what haggis tastes like. Okay, I admit I could have tried it while I was there, call me a chicken. But I did try the blood pudding and I’ve decided it’s an acquired taste. Which was some of the reason I didn’t try haggis, too. Next time.

I just realized my characters are all still reading paperbacks. They are from the old world, after all. But in a future book, look for an ebook reading werewolf or big cat.

So what do you think? Should a wolf or a jaguar shifter have the first ereader?

Thanks for having me here today!



5_2 AHighlandWerewolfWedding CoverOn The Run…

After werewolves Elaine Hawthorn and Cearnach MacNeill almost have a head-on collision on a foggy Highland road, they’re pretty well stuck with each other. It’ll be hours before anyone can get there to pull his car out of the ditch and they both have better places to be.

And Nowhere to Hide From Each Other…

The sexy little American brings out all of Cearnach’s big bag protective instincts. If she thought she was in trouble before, Elaine has no idea what kind of complications a hot Scot can cause…

Delightful, steamy, and devilishly funny, join the hundreds of thousands of readers who already discovered that USA Today bestseller Terry Spear delivers a sizzle worth howling about.


Praise for A Highland Werewolf Wedding:

“The two protagonists are well matched in intelligence, and their snappy dialogue will have readers chuckling from the first chapter on.” —Booklist

“The hills of Scotland make a dramatic backdrop for this novel, and the characters are pleasing and well written.” —RT Book Reviews

“A Highland Werewolf Wedding is another shining example of exactly why Terry Spear is the Queen of the shifter romance.”—Night Owl Reviews, 5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:5_2 Terry Spear Photo

USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over two dozen paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. She has received incredible praise for her romances, including Heart of the Wolf named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on her next paranormal romances! For more information, please visit


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  1. Thanks so much for having me here today!! Is everyone ready for a hot wolf in a kilt???

    • Terry, you are an inspiration for so many that wish to begin a career in writing. Your personal story gives hope to a new generation of writers, young and old. It’s refreshing to see you giving back and paying forward. I look forward to your next exciting novel. II wish you many more years of continued success!

      • Thanks, Kelly!!! I hope to write forever. 🙂 I just need some of those wolf genes and I could!! The process has been a long one, but I love what I do!

  2. Loretta says:

    I think it would be fun to read about an ebook reading shifter. I can’t even imagine have to type an entire book on a typewriter. Totally agree it would have to be much easier now.I believe I have over 30 of your books. I always have your release dates on my calendar. I really love the adventures you take me on.

  3. Bonnie says:

    Hi Terry,
    I guess shifters are just like us in many ways. So I can see them reading an ebook reader.
    I also prefer paperbacks, just because I love the feel and smell. Also, if they have a hot wolf on the front, I can flip it over and drool over him while I read the story.
    I can’t wait! Only a few more days left until Highland Wolf Wedding comes out.

    • They are, Bonnie! I just have to figure out which I’m going to test drive an ereader on. 🙂

      I love paperbacks. I think it’s fun to have an ereader for when you’re on trips, but I still pack away a few paperbacks!!! And when I’m at conferences this summer, I plan to bring back a whole bunch to read!

  4. I think your first e-reading character should be a jaguar. They are very smart after all and they like new toys.

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  5. Terry you are a new author for me. What can I say I am hooked.

    I think a werewolf should have the first ereader. Lets just hope they do not get to upset while reading and throw or crush it. But then again it could be funny. 😀

    • Cindy, I’m thrilled you are a new hooked reader!!! I will have to think about this further. I think it will be fun to add one into the story. 🙂 For sure. 🙂

    • Samantha says:

      I agree. I would love to see a wolf with an e-reader! Think about it…they need to keep up with the times to give the appearance of aging. But they can still have all their paper books at home too!

  6. Yes, why not to your question

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  7. Janie McGaugh says:

    I would think a jaguar shifter would be the first to have an e-reader, because cats are more adventurous.

  8. jennifer beck says:

    i love your books and your one of my favs!!!your books take me away.thanks for being a great writer!!

  9. jennifer beck says:

    your books take me away. your one of my favs and i thank you for being a great writer. keep them coming!!

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