Well, I went Indie! I do still have two publishers but I got tired of books not coming out on schedule, editors not answering emails and sales percentages that frankly stink. Don’t get me wrong – I love my publishers. I’m just impatient!
A sales percentage from Amazon for a .99 cent book isn’t a whole lot different than using a publisher. I don’t see any reason why a short story, at least mine should go for more. But I sit in a unique position. One pub went under and all rights were returned AND we were allowed to keep the edits. That was huge as I’m finding out. The cover artist arranged special rates to take the pub’s logo off the covers she had already made and sold them back at a discounted rate.
Since the covers are wonderful and I knew I was going to try to self pub I definitely took advantage!
NOW, my new books are a different story. I’m having to watch every penny going out to make sure I know how much I have to recoup. I hate math. I’m hunting for an accounting program that I can just put the numbers in and let it do it for me. I hear a lot about Quicken from my dad, so maybe that will work.
But I’m cheap! I’d rather spend my money on book covers, editors and swag than boring old accounting stuff.
Have you seen my new cover?
Awesome isn’t it? Yes, I paid for it. I’ve worked on the story for six months. I’m a bit erratic in my writing habits so don’t imagine I was dripping sweat all day long for those six months! I do have a full time job, babysitting duties as Grandma and a hubby to spend time with.
I had 5 Beta Readers (bless those women!) that helped me clear up stupid mistakes and that pointed out when I changed things I’d already said. D’oh! After I worked on clearing those up, I sent it to an editor. Along with the payment. It’s adding up!
Well, going Indie is a bit more expensive than I realized. I’m determined to do it though. I like control. (pushing my whip and stilettos under the couch-you don’t need to see that) So, cheer me on! Buy my books!
A Sailor’s Delight is coming out in June. So, before that, read the first book in the series, A Saint’s Salvation.
The Santiago’s book 1
Corporal Nicholas ‘Saint’ Santiago needs to go home to reclaim the man he used to be. To be the man he was before Operation Enduring Freedom slowly hardened his heart. He needs to reconnect to the values and the reasons he is doing what he does. Saint also needs to try to forget the courageous woman he fell in love with.
Petty Officer Angelina Jones’ life changed the moment Saint saved her life. She survived the blast but now has to deal with the fact that she will never be whole. She can’t believe that anyone would want her the way she is now. Digging up her courage, Angelina moves forward hoping against hope that she can live a full life again.
Crossing paths again brings their emotions to a full boil. A coincidence that will have them both reaching for their dreams.
Apple iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1093363669
A Sailor’s Delight
Lee Santiago went from one mistake to the next. When a friend dies, exposing his mortality all too well Lee’s family steps in to force him to make something of himself. He can’t be a party boy all his life and if he wants to sign his life away, it will be on the dotted line. He doesn’t even have time to say goodbye. Anyway it was only a drunken one night stand.
Isabella was always the good girl. Until that night. When the man she’d always worshiped finally noticed her. She couldn’t say no. She’s heartsick to find out he doesn’t remember it. Isabella’s life crashes around her when the results are in. The truth comes out and she has nowhere to turn. She looks for Lee, but he’s gone.
Will he be man enough to step up and face the consequences when he learns the truth?
Coming June 2016