Print proof, Google Play and a fair go

In case you’ve been away or living under a rock, there are really big developments occurring in the publishing world. People are releasing survey results left and right. Sharing data most of us would never get our hands on. It makes for very interesting reading, if you keep an open mind that everything is open to interpretation. The most controversial (to the panicked masses) seems to be coming from Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings website.

Things I always keep in mind when I read publishing surveys:

  • Not every survey can include every scrap of information we want.
  • Publishing data, in particular author earnings estimates, has never been shared so freely before. Without a central database of some kind there is no way to factor in every author’s earnings to the picture.
  • Some people dislike change and the people who don’t follow along with what they’re doing and get grumpy

Determining where you might fit into our fast changing industry is no easy task. You can spend SO much time looking at earnings levels, indie vs trad published, reviews and rankings, trying to see the sense in everyone’s opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I do love stats and conversations about publishing. But after the first release of new material there comes the inevitable naysayers who insist we must choose a side to stand on that just gets so depressing.

Its been a really big week for naysayer nonsense. Many thanks to Hugh Howey, Data Guy, and the Spider that’s crawling into interesting places and weathering the storm. Please keep it up. 🙂

For the record, I’m 100% indie published and pretty happy with the decisions I’ve made for my stories. If you’ve got a problem with those decisions please don’t bother to tell me. I make a living. I’m paying the bills.

What I want, all I want, is for authors to have a fair chance at making a living from their writing and have a chance to own, or get back, the rights to the spoils of their imaginations.

*slides soapbox beneath desk again*

Something exciting to leave you with…

20140221-103801.jpgDuring the week the print proof copy of An Accidental Affair arrived from Createspace. So very excited to see it in print at last. Also, I’m getting my books uploaded for sale at GooglePlay. Sadly it is taking a very long time unfortunately as we have a lot of books to load at once and GooglePlay seems to update only overnight. May be another week or two before that is complete. Will post links soon.

 

 

New Release and exclusive preorder available now

Happy Valentines Day!!  I hope your special someone spoiled you rotten. Mine was pretty quiet, treated hubby to breakfast, went to the bank, and have just finished some updates to my website. LOL. I truly have had a romantic day. I’m pleased to be back into writing again.

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At long last the Wild Randalls series is available in one ebook. Catch every moment of the Wild Randalls adventures in this 4 book edition – Engaging the Enemy, Forsaking the Prize, Guarding the Spoils, and Hunting the Hero.

AVAILABLE:

APPLE iBOOKS : AUS  |  US  |  UK  |  Canada

AMAZON: AUS | US | UK | Canada

KOBO

 

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Upcoming book release

I have great news. An Accidental Affair is now available exclusively at Apple iBooks for preorder at a limited time price of 99cents (or equivalent currency depending on your iBookstore location). Normal price is $4.99 so be sure to nab it at the special price when you see it.

Available for pre-order from Apple iBooks for only 99c for a limited time.

APPLE iBOOKS: AUS  |  US  | UK  |  Canada

The book will become available at other retailers from March 12.

Current WIP

Keepsake, an upcoming regency romance, is keeping me up nights. It’s my first romance with an already married couple and this pair do not get along. At all. I’m about a third of the way through the first draft. This pair, Kit and Miranda, have major chemistry but they dont understand the first thing about each other. I have a feeling I might need a few hugs as this one gets written. They’re bound to exhaust me.

Book reviews and reviewers

Many thanks to those who’ve requested An Accidental Affair to review via NetGalley. Approvals are up-to-date and if you were not accepted it was likely for the following reasons:

  • No working links to a blog, reviewing account at Amazon or other selling sites, or even to Goodreads even when specifically mentioned in your profile.
  • Review blog mentioned is abandoned (not updated recently) – come on we do check these things. Some mentioned blogs were even blank!
  • Cited interests, field of work, age conflict with the content of my book. I write regency romance that tends to be on the dirty side. If there’s a chance the book going to offend your sensibilities it got a decline.

In short when it comes to NetGalley approvals, if your profile is solid (links that work, description that proves you do like hot historical romance) we probably would have approved you. Netgalley is not a site to grab a free book. It’s for legitimate reviewers and that is who we approved. Thank you for taking the time to ask.

Now, since its Friday afternoon I’m going to grab a glass of wine, my ipad and settle back to read a regency romance and watch the yachts sail by on Lake Macquarie. Have a great weekend!