Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What to Do With Reverted E-Books? by @KarynGerrard #SelfPublishing #Editing #Patience



Ah yes. The fork in the road thing.

I now have more reverted e-books than I have published. I know there are a lot of authors in this boat with me, especially those who had huge backlists with the now defunct Ellora's Cave and the about-to-close-for a second-time Samhain Publishing.

These two erotic romance/romance publishers were big back in the early days of digital publishing. The money poured in. Let's buy big honking rock star buses! Buy/rent fancy office space and hire full staff! Go to all the conventions and throw swag around! Well, the gravy train has come off the tracks. Many people (a lot of experts as well) believed e-books would take over and squash print into the dust.

Nope. Not even close. The digital bubble has burst and smaller e-pubs are struggling and/or folding their tents. A lot of authors have given up. Trying to make a living at this is not for the faint of heart.

So what to do with all these manuscripts sitting on your back burner? I firmly believe the best advice is "Don't rush to get the books back out there." Is there an exception? Sure. If it is still a big seller and you rely on the income, by all means, slap that puppy back up for sale. Or here is an option, shop it to other e-publishers. Do check their guidelines, many pubs do not take previously published manuscripts.

But if it isn't, then take the time and look over the manuscript. Chances are your writing style has changed. Perhaps you don't write as hot as these previous releases (I know I don't) Maybe the love scenes are cringe-worthy to you now because a publisher insisted you use crude, filthy terms. (Hello, EC) Maybe the particular genre doesn't appeal to you any longer as an author.

Turning a critical eye to previously published stuff is a must. I am looking at one I wrote 4 years ago and I am embarrassed and also wish I had a better edit. But, water under the bridge, I am glad it is back in my hands because damn, it needs a lot of work.

So, going to self-publish all this backlist stuff? Watch your costs. I'm sorry, but if I am going to re-release a ebook with minor revisions, I am not hiring an editor. The $$$ does not justify it. Cover art alone is anywhere from 95.00 to 150.00. And if you are selling the ebook for 99 cents, you would have to sell hundreds of copies just to recoup the cost of the cover art. But that is an individual choice. Just know the higher the cost, the more you have to sell to make a profit. But also be sure you put out a clean product. No glaring spelling or grammar errors.

Look at your backlist. What genres are selling right now? Put those books at the top of the list for revision. I know its scary to have very few books up for sale, but don't rush out a re-release just because your backlist is thin. And what to charge? JMO, but if this is a re-release (and you should state it is in the blurb) you shouldn't charge what the publisher did. Example, my one and only book with EC was 28,000 words and they charged 4.99! (had to pay for that bus) When I re-release it, I will be charging 1.99. If I hire an editor, I will charge 2.99, but no more than that. 4.99?? No wonder they went out of business.

Patience is the key. Set your priorities. Make a to-do list. And don't buy cover art until the product is finished and about ready to re-release. Trust me on this. Because plans can change.

Cheers! ~Karyn

Sunday, February 5, 2017

3 BOOK DEAL: Coming Soon, The Men of Wollstonecraft Hall by @KarynGerrard @lyricalpress #Historical


On top of the news that I now have an agent (Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency) comes the news of a three book deal with Kensington Publishing's digital line, Lyrical Press. So I had my first announcement in Publishers Marketplace. It is the biggest publishing place for professionals and read by more than 40,000 daily. Every writer/author (or whatever label you wish) has their own idea of when they feel they are a true author. For me, it is this. Seeing a deal being announced in the trades.

Did I start out in 2011 when I was first published with an ambitious plan to get an agent, get deals, etc? Nope. It all sort of fell into place by a series of circumstances. Obviously. my writing had something to do with it. (And I hope to continue to improve) So I will move forward, write, and if I sell a few books along the way...bonus.

Now about the historical series! It is called The Men of Wollstonecraft Hall.

Handsome, vibrant, and distantly related to an infamous family, the men of Wollstonecraft Hall share one tragic failing; women who become romantically entangled with them meet premature deaths. Society claims the men are cursed and only finding a true, passionate love will break the cycle of tragedy. Will they be doomed to live alone...or will the curse finally be broken?

A sensual historical series set in the mid-Victorian age, my series will center on a family of men consisting of:

Book One: Riordan Wollstonecraft, age 26 (father Julian Wollstonecraft, age 45, Viscount Tensbridge)
Book Two: Garrett Wollstonecraft age 32 (father Oliver Wollstonecraft, Earl of Carnstone, age 64. Garrett is the younger half-brother to Julian.

Book Three: Aidan Wollstonecraft, age 26, (oldest twin, father Julian Wollstonecraft, and heir to the earldom.)

Selected pics for inspiration for my heroes, excuse the modern dress.


Hero inspiration for the patriarch. The Earl of Carnstone, Oliver Wollstonecraft, age 64. 
Widowed 3 times, he is far past any romantic entanglements. Tragedy has clouded his life. He believes there is some merit in the curse, and has no intentions of testing it a fourth time. Or will he? He will be a secondary character in the books.




Julian Wollstonecraft, Viscount Tensbridge, and oldest son of Oliver, age 45.
Married and a father of paternal twins at nineteen, he became a widower four years after his sons were born. His heart broken, he vowed never to love or marry again. Instead he turned his passion toward progressive causes, something the entire family fights for. Meaningless affairs have filled his life and he intends to continue down that path, until he meets a woman who captures his attention as no other. Julian will be a secondary character in the books.




Book 1 will focus on Twin #2, Riordan Wollstonecraft. Age 26.

Of Julian's two sons, Riordan, like the rest of his family, is involved in progressive causes. For him, education is everything. Hiding his family connections, he takes a position as a schoolmaster in a small town where he meets an earl's widow. The cool, aloof beauty has an interesting proposition, one Riordan finds he cannot refuse. Not only does he wish to assist her in her plight, but also teach her to open her heart to happiness, contentment, passion, and —love.





Book 2 will focus on Garrett Wollstonecraft, age 32. Son of Oliver and Julian's half brother.

If anyone in the family believes in the curse, it is Garrett, It has ruled his entire life. He is six and a half feet tall, the giant of the family, and red-haired like his late Scottish mother, The Beast of Wollstonecraft, as he is often called, keeps busy running the family estate and seeing to the tenants and has little time for romance.
Until a woman from his past appears, upending his world and everything he has believed in.
  



Book 3 will focus on the oldest son and heir, Aidan Wollstonectaft. Age 26 and paternal twin to Riordan, A complete reprobate, Aidan hits rock-bottom and finds himself exiled from the family. To earn his way back, his father has a proposal: embrace the family's causes by taking a position in a textile factory. Using an assumed name, Aidan is to gather information on the poor working conditions for his father's reform bill. While there, he meets a young woman who touches his heart. This bad boy doesn't want to feel...to love...but fate has other plans.


All three books will be released in 2018. I had better get writing! Deadlines!



Karyn Gerrard, born and raised in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada, now makes her home in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. When she’s not cheering on the Red Sox or travelling in the summer with her teacher husband, she writes, reads romance, and drinks copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. 

 Even at a young age Karyn’s storytelling skills were apparent, thrilling her fellow Girl Guides with off-the-cuff horror stories around the campfire. A multi-published author, she loves to write sensual historicals and contemporaries. Tortured heroes are an absolute must. 

 As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden. Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement and loving support keeps her moving forward.



Monday, January 30, 2017

COVER REVEAL: The Copper and the Madam (Blind Cupid #3) @KarynGerrard #Historical #ComingSoon



THE COPPER AND THE MADAM (Blind Cupid #3)

Coming in 2017 a re-release
Historical/Victorian
approx 37,000 words
KG Publishing


In 1897 London, Detective Sergeant Rory Kerrigan never expected to find love among the crime-ridden streets he’s vowed to protect. Especially since his wretched past has hardened his heart. Keeping emotion from his life ensures it does not interfere with his police work. Yet an unlikely woman finds a way past his defences.

 Rea is owner of the brothel, The Blind Cupid, and harbors a desolate past of her own. As a result, she trusts no man. Yet it is hard to deny the ruggedly handsome Rory is everything honorable and appealing. He awakens feelings she never experienced before.


 A grisly murder has Rory and Rea determined to bring the killer to justice. As danger lurks, secrets are revealed and passion ignites between them. Despite the obstacles, will the copper and the madam acknowledge their mutual yearning even at the peril of their lives?


Cover art done by Cora Graphics. She does beautiful work, check out her website.

This is the third and final book in the Blind Cupid Series. They were previously released by Decadent Publishing.

I am revising and re-editing now, and hope to release later in the spring. Or early summer. Depends as I have a lot on my plate.

* * * *

Karyn Gerrard, born and raised in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada, now makes her home in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. When she’s not cheering on the Red Sox or travelling in the summer with her teacher husband, she writes, reads romance, and drinks copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. 

 Even at a young age Karyn’s storytelling skills were apparent, thrilling her fellow Girl Guides with off-the-cuff horror stories around the campfire. A multi-published author, she loves to write sensual historicals and contemporaries. Tortured heroes are an absolute must. 

 As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden. Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement and loving support keeps her moving forward.



Monday, January 16, 2017

The Ravenswood Chronicles: Something Completely Different by @KarynGerrard @lyricalpress #Gothic

I have always been fascinated by immortality and the heavy burden such a life state would garner.

Back in 2011 I wrote a few paranormals. I haven't written in that genre in years. Yet something drew me back to the immortality theme again and again. I always loved Frankenstein. Coming back from the dead? I wanted to write a romance, but not go full paranormal. In other words, not a vampire or some other unworldy creature, but an ordinary man dealing with extraordinary circumstances.

Beloved Monster fell into place. I originally envisioned three books in this series, Victorian, WW II, and the present day. However, historical and contemporary settings are not what the publisher wanted in a series, so only two books to keep it in the historical genre.

The Ravenswood Chronicles follows Luke, or Lucas Madden, Viscount Ravenswood. Beloved Monster (book 1) begins in the 1890's, showing a dissolute rake and his untimely death. No one really mourns him, he was a complete reprobate. The heroine, Glenna, who had her heart broken by this man a few years before, does not mourn him either.

But Luke does not rest in peace. For he is dug up and used by an eccentric scientist for an experiment. This is where the Frankenstein angle comes in.

I knew when I wrote this it was so different, because it was a complete mash of so many genres. It has fantasy elements, sci-fi, Gothic, but at its heart it is a romance. I also threw Beauty and the Beast and The Picture of Dorian Gray into the blender.

It is soooo different from anything out there and from anything I've ever written. It is something I am proud of. Beloved Monster got me multiple contract offers from Kensington Publishing. Caught the attention of literary agents, enough that two of them wanted to speak to me on the phone?! (I signed with Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency) Amazing. Even my mother liked it! lol.

Give it a try!

BELOVED MONSTER by Karyn Gerrard
Book 1 of The Ravenswood Chronicles



  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press 
  • Publication Date: September 13, 2016

  • What makes a man? 
    The wild and dissolute Viscount Ravenswood lives only for his own pleasure, caring not one wit for the broken hearts left trampled in his wake. But his decadent lifestyle finally catches up to him in a fatal carriage race. It’s an infamous and spectacular end to a brief, immoral life—or is it?

    And who is the woman who loves him?
    When Glenna Parker stumbles upon her cousin Reed Parker’s cluttered laboratory, she could never have imagined the mad experiment he is about to embark upon—to bring a man back from the dead. Not just any man, but Ravenswood, who once shattered her heart. With no memory of his former life, Glenna calls him Luke, and finds herself enchanted by his compassion—and passion. Protecting the scarred Luke has become Glenna’s sole mission, but can she protect her heart from her beloved monster?


    BUY BELOVED MONSTER NOW: (Bonus! On Sale until Jan 31st for 99 cents!)



    Book 2, Beloved Beast (Feb 28, 2017), follows Luke into WW II London. A new life. A new love. A new adventure. I will admit one of my favourite films, Casablanca, was a huge influence on the plot. I even used a facsimile of one of the film's famous quotes in homage.

    I had fun writing this as I've never done WWII setting. I loved the research, learned things I never knew before. As I wrote, I envisioned these books as a mini-series unfolding in my mind and wrote it as such. It certainly has more action than anything I've written before.

    Again, this has a mash of genres, Spy thriller, suspense, fantasy, sci-fi, Gothic, etc, but again, this is a romance. Some may not like that Luke loves again, but he is possibly immortal. He feels things deeply. All his senses are heightened. Even more so as the years pass. People he loves are growing older, and he is not, Or they die, leaving him alone. How to grapple with it all?

    I had a good deal of fun writing these two books, and an author can't ask for more than that.

    Give them a try, for they are...something completely different. :)



    BELOVED BEAST Book #2 The Ravenswood Chronicles

    Historical/Fantasy/Suspense
    Kensington Publishing Lyrical Press
    74,000 words +
    Release date: Feb 28, 2017
    (can be read as a stand alone)

    If a man can live forever . . .

    A lifetime ago, the debauched Viscount Ravenswood lost his life, only to be revived as as new man with a new name…and a new desire for love. Now, scarred and monstrous of visage, Luke Madden has outlived his beloved wife. Crushed by loss and despair, he swears to never feel such a love again. For such a perfect mingling of souls could never happen twice in one lifetime. Especially for a beast such as Luke believes himself to be . . .

    . . . how can he love forever?

    Gillian Browning is a bold woman of action. But her spy activities in pre-war Germany have made her a target. Now in London, she is being hunted by ruthless Nazi operatives. Luckily, a fellow spy knows someone who can protect her—Luke. Taking Gillian to his former home in the country, he reluctantly finds himself caring for her more than he thought possible, and to his surprise she reciprocates. But when a threat from Luke’s own past increases their peril, he must decide if he has the true strength to love—and trust—again . 

    BELOVED BEAST: Pre-Order Now!


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    Karyn Gerrard, born and raised in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada, now makes her home in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. When she’s not cheering on the Red Sox or travelling in the summer with her teacher husband, she writes, reads romance, and drinks copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. 

     Even at a young age Karyn’s storytelling skills were apparent, thrilling her fellow Girl Guides with off-the-cuff horror stories around the campfire. A multi-published author, she loves to write sensual historicals and contemporaries. Tortured heroes are an absolute must. 

     As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden. Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement and loving support keeps her moving forward.



    Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    SALE! #99Cents Beloved Monster by @KarynGerrard #Historical #Gothic @lyricalpress


    BELOVED MONSTER by Karyn Gerrard
    Book 1 of The Ravenswood Chronicles

  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press 
  • Publication Date: September 13, 2016

  • What makes a man? 
    The wild and dissolute Viscount Ravenswood lives only for his own pleasure, caring not one wit for the broken hearts left trampled in his wake. But his decadent lifestyle finally catches up to him in a fatal carriage race. It’s an infamous and spectacular end to a brief, immoral life—or is it?

    And who is the woman who loves him?
    When Glenna Parker stumbles upon her cousin Reed Parker’s cluttered laboratory, she could never have imagined the mad experiment he is about to embark upon—to bring a man back from the dead. Not just any man, but Ravenswood, who once shattered her heart. With no memory of his former life, Glenna calls him Luke, and finds herself enchanted by his compassion—and passion. Protecting the scarred Luke has become Glenna’s sole mission, but can she protect her heart from her beloved monster?



    BUY BELOVED MONSTER NOW: (On Sale until Jan 31st for 99 cents!)




    COMING SOON!



    BELOVED BEAST Book #2 The Ravenswood Chronicles

    Historical/Fantasy/Suspense
    Kensington Publishing Lyrical Press
    74,000 words +
    Release date: Feb 28, 2017
    (can be read as a stand alone)

    If a man can live forever . . .

    A lifetime ago, the debauched Viscount Ravenswood lost his life, only to be revived as as new man with a new name…and a new desire for love. Now, scarred and monstrous of visage, Luke Madden has outlived his beloved wife. Crushed by loss and despair, he swears to never feel such a love again. For such a perfect mingling of souls could never happen twice in one lifetime. Especially for a beast such as Luke believes himself to be . . .

    . . . how can he love forever?

    Gillian Browning is a bold woman of action. But her spy activities in pre-war Germany have made her a target. Now in London, she is being hunted by ruthless Nazi operatives. Luckily, a fellow spy knows someone who can protect her—Luke. Taking Gillian to his former home in the country, he reluctantly finds himself caring for her more than he thought possible, and to his surprise she reciprocates. But when a threat from Luke’s own past increases their peril, he must decide if he has the true strength to love—and trust—again . 

    Pre-Order Now!





    Karyn Gerrard, born and raised in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada, now makes her home in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. When she’s not cheering on the Red Sox or travelling in the summer with her teacher husband, she writes, reads romance, and drinks copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. 

     Even at a young age Karyn’s storytelling skills were apparent, thrilling her fellow Girl Guides with off-the-cuff horror stories around the campfire. A multi-published author, she loves to write sensual historicals and contemporaries. Tortured heroes are an absolute must. 

     As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden. Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement and loving support keeps her moving forward.



    Saturday, December 31, 2016

    2016: All Romance, Ellora's Cave and More. Here's Hoping 2017 is...Better by @KarynGerrard



    Col. Potter from MASH had it right, and it certainly fits for the year 2016. I won't run down the events of the year, like Trump's election (!?!) and all the celebrity deaths and other world events, instead I will narrow the focus on romance publishing and my own year.

     More small digital epubs closed, some did it the right way like Amber Quill Press, and some did it the shit way, like Tourque and Ellora's Cave. Or like Samhain Publishing who claimed to be closing, then did an about-face, messing with author's heads and their publishing plans.
    Both Tourque's (MM Pub) and Ellora's Cave played the victim card, bemoaning those evil authors for their decline. Both also did not pay what was owed. Both were sleazy and underhanded in their dealings. Good Riddance. All that is left in their wake are unpaid authors. As usual.

    My personal take from all this? I no longer submit to independently owned digital pubs. Lesson learned.

    Can anyone be trusted in this business? To give the final F-You to 2016, independent e-book distributor (and also a publisher), All Romance, sent out a shocking email 4 days before the end of the year, saying they are going dark Jan 1.

    Oh, and to you authors and publishers? F-You. If you agree to our shitty deal, we will give you 10 cents on the dollar for the 4th quarter. To you readers? F-You. Good luck cashing in those rebate vouchers and backing up your reader library.

    Owned by Lori James who writes under the pen names of Samantha Sommersby and SJ Harper, apparently this business took in millions in 2009. So what happened? We may never know. **UPDATE**: Click HERE for possible explanation.
    Again, an independently owned business run into the ground and others will suffer. To add insult to injury, ARe removed the delete button on the book maintenance page, so publishers (Self or Traditional) cannot remove their books from the server.

    Who is next? Smashwords? Draft2Digital? A larger corporate publisher or distributor? Things supposedly aren't good at NOOK. It could happen anywhere--any time. Yes, this is a hypothetical question, I am not saying these places are in trouble.

    The publishing industry is in flux, sales are down in digital, way down, Authors are being squeezed on all sides. Depressing, but not totally hopeless. I have a feeling when this all shakes out there will only be a couple of vendors left (Amazon for one, goes without saying) and probably the only digital pubs will be the ones the larger and/or corporate publishers have. Self publishing will still be an option, but in what context?

    Looking to 2017 with hope and a smile is really difficult. But if writing is something you enjoy, if you are not depending on it to earn a living, why not keep going? Find your niche and gather satisfaction from what you do.

    I will be continuing on as I do enjoy the writing and I don't need to earn a living at it. The one bright spot for me was getting a literary agent in Dec. I am not expecting big sales success, but am looking forward to learning more, deepening my writing. Maybe even submit something to the 'Big 5' in the future?

    2016 sucked on many levels. Here's to a better 2017. Even a little better would be welcome.




     
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