Tuesday, June 30, 2015

SERIES SPOTLIGHT: Wicked Men of Rockland Series by @KarynGerrard @Crimson_Romance #Contemp




It looks as though I am planning at least 4 books in this series. Already have the third book half-written. Working title is His Wicked Cold Heart.

The first book in the series is The Wicked Bad, Released April 13 2013 under Crimson Romance's Spicy line (yes, its hot. Erotic)

BLURB: Nick Crocetti is an imposing figure in black leather riding his motorcycle about the town of Rockland. Owner of a bar, The Chief, whispers of criminal dealings and a murky past swirl around him. Dark and brooding, Nick is "the wicked bad" in looks and demeanor.

 Veronica Barnes, leaving a husband from a disastrously quick Las Vegas marriage and her high-paying consulting job, returns home after ten years to follow a lifelong dream and open her own bakery. Despite the mutual physical attraction - and a shared past - Nick and Veronica are wary of each other and have protective fences around their hearts.

 Can they break down the barriers of past heartbreak, or is Veronica just a good girl who longs to rub against "the wicked bad"?

 Sensuality Level: Hot


FREE READ: The epilogue to The Wicked Bad Click HERE

Also The Wicked Bad is a free read at Amazon if you have KINDLE UNLIMITED


Photos from my Wicked Men of Rockland board at Pinterest CLICK HERE to follow

Rockland is a fictional blue collar city on the shores of the Chesapeake, in the state of Maryland, population around 120,000, About an hour's drive south of Baltimore. Lives and loves intersect in this contemporary series, good and bad.  


In The Wicked Bad, we meet Nick Crocetti. Always a rebel right from high school, Nick rides a motorcycle and keeps to himself. He existed on the outer fringes of a criminal life, but soon moves back to Rockland and opens his own bar, The Chief.

When Veronica moves back to town shortly thereafter, he can't stay away from her, as he had a secret crush on her in high school.

Sparks fly, but he doesn't want anything permanent with any woman. He's not the settling down type. He is—the wicked bad.




 Veronica 'Ronnie" Barnes moves back to Rockland after living in California for years.

After a failed, brief first marriage, she's ready to start anew and does so by fulfilling her dream of owning and operating a bakery.

But her world is soon turned on its axis when Nick Crocetti saunters into her bakery one afternoon.

Hot sex with Nick? Yes. Because Veronica longs to rub against—the wicked bad.







Book Two in the Wicked Men of Rockland series HIS WICKED CELTIC KISS released October 20, 2014 (sensual heat) under Crimson Romance's Contemporary line.

BLURB: It took just one teasing wink and a sexy Irish lilt from bad boy Lorcan Byrne to turn Julie Denison’s world upside down. The problem is, he’s only in town for six months, and happily ever after isn't in this world traveler’s vocabulary.

Julie’s worked hard to get her life in a good place—dropping substantial weight and getting a great job at her friend’s bakery. But this handsome charmer is just as tempting as any of the decadent pastries she sells, and she can’t resist his advances for long. Julie fully expects Lorcan to break her heart—but she’s planning to enjoy every second she can of their explosive chemistry.

After years of danger as a soldier and a spy, Lorcan fled to tiny Rockland, Maryland for some boring downtime. He didn't count on meeting someone who could ignite his libido and soothe his damaged heart, and their passion soon leads to deeper feelings. But can Julie convince Lorcan he has more to offer her than just his wicked Celtic kiss?

Sensuality Level: Sensual




Muse for Lorcan Byrne in His Wicked Celtic Kiss. Straight from Dublin, Ireland.

Appeared in book 1 as a secondary character where he meets Julie for the first time. Their story continues in book 2, His Wicked Celtic Kiss.

Lorcan has a varied and interesting past, ex-soldier, ex-spy, travelling the world. Comes to Rockland for a temp job and a little downtime. Haunted by his past, this model gorgeous guy never counted on falling in love.



Muse for Julie Denison in His Wicked Celtic Kiss. Friend to Veronica, she comes to work at Titus Bakery.

Featured in Book 1 as a secondary character, that is where she first meets Lorcan. Their story continues in Book 2, His Wicked Celtic Kiss.

Julie has struggled with her weight nearly her entire life, and when she goes on a blind date with Lorcan, the beyond handsome guy rakes up all her past insecurities, even though none of them are his fault.

Both take a journey to move past hurts and traumas to find...love.



SECONDARY CHARACTERS:


Muse for Tyler Barnes, Veronica Barnes's brother, and detective with the Rockland Police Department. Assigned to the Major Crime Unit under Captain Mike Leary's command.

In book 1, The Wicked Bad, and will be in book 3 as secondary character. Plans are to have Tyler be the hero in book 4.

Described teasingly as a "Viking God" by Julie, Tyler's blond good looks have sent many a female heart fluttering in Rockland. But Tyler carries a torch for one woman only, and she is not a good girl.
Find out who in book 3.



Muse for Sullivan "Sully" McDermott is Lorcan's best friend from Dublin and cousin on his mother's side to the De Luca's, crime family of Rockland.

Came over to Rockland to take a temporary job with the De Luca's, bringing Lorcan with him. Both men wind up staying.

Sully is an imposing man physically, and doesn't speak much, but when he does, he has something to say.

Loyal to a fault, he'll do anything to protect those he cares about.





Muse for Liam De Luca is the oldest son of Vinnie De Luca, and older brother to Kieran and sister, Regan.

Mentioned in Book 1, he figures prominently in Book 2 and in Book 3 (WIP), Liam will be the hero.

He is his father's right-hand man and heir apparent to the criminal empire his father has built. Cool and dangerous, his silver-gray eyed intense stare is known for making men shake in fear and women shiver with desire.

In book 2 he suffers a major loss that changes everything. Can he ever love again?

Stay tuned!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

News Updates, Hot Food, Hot Reads and Hot Guys! w/e June 27th @KarynGerrard #News


Hi all, I am rather discouraged with the whole newsletter concept. Mailchimp is a bitch to use. Even when you think the newsletter looks great by sending a test copy to yourself, you send it out and the writing all overlaps *headdesk* I don't have the time or inclination to figure it out.

So, instead, I am going to post updates on my website. There'a a strange concept!

First up, I just signed three contracts with Kensington Publishing Corp! Is this a big thing? Hell, yeah. To me, anyway. No, its not one of the 'Big 5' but it is a New York publisher of considerable standing. It's for three historicals to be released digitally. First up, The Vicar's Frozen Heart in March 2016. Next, Beloved Monster Sept 2016. Third, is the unwritten sequel to Beloved Monster for release in 2017. More details HERE. Beloved Monster and the sequel will be also available in Print on Demand (POD)

I have a new release, or re-release. TIMELESS HEART is available at Amazon. I thought for kicks I would put it in Kindle Unlimited for a 90 day trial. Two weeks later, Amazon announces sweeping changes for authors regarding the subscription program. Check it HERE. What does this mean for me? I have put any self-publishing releases on hold for a while until I see how this all shakes out, and also for personal reasons (Mr. Gerrard's health)

Being published is becoming rather depressing. E-book sales are soft, authors are being nickelled and dimed to death by publishers and vendors like Amazon. I predict smaller epubs are going to feel the pinch even more than before and so are authors of short stories. More to come!

Suffering from burnout, elementary school teacher Sandra Cranston is on leave and trying to eliminate stress from her life. That plan is blown when she discovers an abandoned carriage deep in the woods. Inside is a man, Jerrod Ross, who fuels all of her wicked Regency dreams and fantasies. Take him home? Sure, why not?
Jerrod Ross has been ripped from the only world he has ever known—1821 Cornwall, England. A mine owner with many responsibilities, all he wants to do is return to his time. But his growing attraction for the lovely lady who found him makes staying in the future a temptation he finds hard to resist.
Torn between duty and desire, past and future, the hardest thing Sandra and Jerrod will do is admit their feelings. Or say—goodbye.



Previously published. Re-edited, revised, and more than 7500 words added.
Heat Level: Very sensual


TIMELESS HEART
by Karyn Gerrard
KG Publishing
Time Travel/Fantasy/Contemporary
30,432 Words
Release Date: June 9th 2015


AVAILABLE ONLY AT AMAZON for 90 Days, then will be released to other vendors.
FREE READ at KU (Kindle Unlimited)

HOT READS

I'm not a huge fan (meaning she's not an auto-buy) of Eloisa James, I've read a few in the past, but then I prefer my historicals a little darker. Not a fan of the light-hearted Regency romp. But I actually went to the library this week (what? you have 3 boxes of unread, second-hand romance paperback books in your closet and 300 unread free and 99 cents romances on your Kindle!) Yeah, but I wanted to read a few new releases.
So I checked out Four Nights with a Duke and the recent release from Tessa Dare, Say Yes to the Marquess.
I finished Four Nights, though the hero at times was a stubborn and arrogant ass, yes, he had his reasons, so you could empathize with him a bit. The book is very readable, keeps your interest even though the plot is a bit of an eye roller, the banter and emotion kept me hooked. A very good read. Recommend! As for Tessa Dare, I preferred her earlier releases, the Avon books, not so much. This is the first one of hers I read in a while and 1/3 of the way in, I am enjoying it. Love the hero.
Next up? Elizabeth Hoyt Dearest Rogue and Mary Balogh Only a Promise new releases just arrived from Amazon. Yes. Someday I will get to all the other unread books. Really! *wink*

HOT FOOD

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Dip

Yield: Serves 10-15
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes (includes chilling time)
★ Make sure to read my TIPS above before you start baking!

Ingredients:

  • 2 (8oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup creamy ranch dressing
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup beer (I used Sam Adams OctoberFest)*
  • 3/4 cup cooked & chopped bacon

Directions:

STEP 1: In a large bowl, mix cream cheese and ranch dressing using an electric mixer or stand mixer until smooth and creamy.
STEP 2: Mix in your favorite beer until combined.
STEP 3: Add in shredded cheese.
STEP 4: Add chopped bacon and mix until combined.
STEP 5: Place dip in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. Top with additional shredded cheese and chopped bacon, serve with crackers, pretzels, and/or potato chips.

*You can use any beer you would like. Also, if you don't want to use beer you can substitute it with chicken broth. 
*Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

HOT GUYS


Aidan Turner (born 19 June 1983) is an Irish actor. He is best known for his roles as Kili in the three-part The Hobbit and John Mitchell in the supernatural drama series Being Human. Notable television roles include those of Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Desperate Romantics. He also portrayed Luke Garroway in the film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in 2013. Turner also portrays Ross Poldark in the 2015 BBC adaptation of The Poldark Novels by Winston Graham.

Pictured here in Ross Poldark mode. I have seen the new series, and while my nostalgic heart still prefers the 1975 version of Poldark, this is a very close second, thanks to Aidan's brooding, sexy performance. Poldark is now showing in the States on PBS Masterpiece Theatre Sunday nights! Definitely recommend! And its been renewed for multiple seasons to span all the books!


 Check my blog, E-Romance News for recent book spotlights and giveaways!  http://eroticromancenews.blogspot.ca/

Until next time~Cheers~


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In this Biz, Nice Guys Finish Last by @KarynGerrard #Opinion #Publishing #KU




In truth, I don't think it helps that at my core I was a cynical person before I even decided to publish. But after four years, I am still amazed at what I see in my internet travels.

Humans will always find a way to game to the system and turn things to their advantage. Its the nature of the beast and I am not going to stand here and accuse.

But after witnessing shenanigans across the board, its kind of weary some days to continue in the publishing biz.

From author exchanged reviews (I'll give you five stars if you give me five stars) or authors buying fake reviews to boost their visibility at Amazon. (just a couple of examples, there are more)

The new thing? Borrowing circles, where a group of authors all get together, buy Kindle Unlimited subscriptions (9.99) and 'borrow' each other's books so the author gets remuneration. Get 20 people, and at 1.38 a borrow, you've made 27.60. The cost of the subscription plus a profit. 50 people in the group? 69.00. 100? 138.00. Meanwhile, their sale ranking grows under false pretences and add that with the fake reviews and suddenly the author is on Amazon's radar and has a best seller.

NOTE: July 1st Amazon is changing its TOS (Terms of Service) for Kindle Unlimited. See HERE Going to pay now for pages read. And I am sure those who game the system will find a way around these new changes.

Meanwhile, most authors languish in obscurity because they are going about things in a more 'following the rules' way. Unfortunately, outside forces are also dictating the terms. You must have 10 reviews to even considered by numerous book promotions sites (like at Bookbub, where they turn down more authors than they accept and charge hundreds of dollars for the ones they do accept) I can't deny such exposure can boost your sales for a few days.

But in truth, after the sale and promo, your book drops back into the 6 digits in the sale rankings. And another disturbing fact, most people are ebook consumers than ebook readers, meaning chances are your Bookbub special is lost on someone's Kindle with hundreds or thousands of other unread books.

FACT: I have over 300 free and 99 cent unread ebooks on my Kindle. Will I ever get to them all? No. I still have three boxes of used romance paperbacks in my closet I haven't read yet either.

And this should give authors pause with the new changes coming for Kindle Unlimited. Amazon knows exactly how many ebooks are on people's Kindles unread. This is actually a shrewd move on Amazon's part. Before, you would get 1.40 (just an example) if someone borrowed your ebook in KU and read at least 10% of the book. Now if they borrow it and read 10%? The author will get whatever Amazon decides they will charge by the page. If its 1 cent, you may get 10-50 cents. (I'm guessing here, no one knows how the calculations will shake out, its all in 'wait and see' mode) I have the sneaking suspicion sometime down the road, ALL ebook purchases on Amazon will be by pages read. (See? I am a cynic) Oh, and Amazon will be deciding how many 'readable' pages your ebook has. Yeah.

Authors are clamouring over each other to be noticed. And it does place a lot of stress on an already stressful situation.

 I need 10 reviews! How do I get them? What do I do? *pulls hair* Short cuts start looking more and more feasible. And doable.

Also add plagiarism, book pirating and less than honest publishers and a writer begins to wonder: Is this worth it? Any of it?


On paper, at times it really isn't. Many surveys have shown only the top 5% is making all the money (just like in real life!) the majority are NOT making a living wage.

So why do it? Personally, because I love to write and share my stories. Though I will be giving some thought on what do with any possible upcoming self-pub releases, and if I will even bother to continue the venture. I have too much going on in my life at the moment outside of writing and far too weary to jump through hoops and take short cuts to be noticed. If that means I languish, so be it. I'll just go about my business and live in hope that the old adage 'nice guys finish last' is not true.





Tuesday, June 9, 2015

(Re) Release Day! Timeless Heart is Back! @KarynGerrard #99Cents #TimeTravel #Fantasy


TIMELESS HEART
by Karyn Gerrard
KG Publishing
Time Travel/Fantasy/Contemporary
30,432 Words
Release Date: June 9th 2015

BLURB:
Suffering from burnout, elementary school teacher Sandra Cranston is on leave and trying to eliminate stress from her life. That plan is blown when she discovers an abandoned carriage deep in the woods. Inside is a man, Jerrod Ross, who fuels all of her wicked Regency dreams and fantasies. Take him home? Sure, why not?
Jerrod Ross has been ripped from the only world he has ever known—1821 Cornwall, England. A mine owner with many responsibilities, all he wants to do is return to his time. But his growing attraction for the lovely lady who found him makes staying in the future a temptation he finds hard to resist.
Torn between duty and desire, past and future, the hardest thing Sandra and Jerrod will do is admit their feelings. Or say—goodbye.

Previously published. Re-edited, revised, and more than 7500 words added.
Heat Level: Very sensual

AVAILABLE ONLY AT AMAZON for 90 Days, then will be released to other vendors.
FREE READ at KU (Kindle Unlimited)



Excerpt: 

Sandra, with eyes closed, soaked in the lush bubbles, her head resting on the bath pillow. She’d been tempted to go to Jerrod’s room and knock on the door and offer comfort and sympathy, but ultimately decided to leave him in peace. Could she have handled the conversation between them any better? Hardly. Jerrod had to be told what she found out, and she couldn’t blame his reaction either. The look of raw devastation on his handsome face cut straight through her heart. She hurt for him. Maybe she should check on him after her soak.
A deep sensuous voice filled the silence. “Move forward, Sandra.”
            Gasping, her eyes snapped open.  “I thought you retired for the night?”
“I’ve had a change of heart.” He gave her a brief, but sensual smile. “I am not a man who wallows for long in a state of piteous self-indulgence. In fact, I am more of a man of action.”
Jerrod stood next to the tub gloriously naked. And aroused. What a delicious sight. Taking a moment to savor the view, she realized things between them were moving in a different direction tonight. The prospect of sex with this man amped her desire right off the charts. Good thing she owned an old-fashioned clawed foot tub that could easily accommodate them both. As she slid forward, Jarrod stepped in behind her and sank to his knees, gently pulling her against his hard chest. Slowly and with purpose, he stroked her skin.
“Allow me to wash you,” he whispered. His arousal pressed heavy and thick against her back. While massaging her scalp, he laid kisses along the exposed part of her neck setting her skin ablaze. With a flip of the cap of her bottle of bodywash, the odor of grapefruit filled the air. He moved his gel-covered hands in circular motions on her neck, then down to her shoulders. “Still not fond of the scent, but on you it is quite enticing,” he murmured. White, foamy suds oozed through his fingers while he lingered on her breasts. She reached for a washcloth and with a trembling hand, held it behind her.
“Maybe you would like to use this,” she whispered.
“I want no impediment between my hands and your glorious skin,” his husky voice rumbled.
Obviously, what in hell was she thinking? What did she know about bathtub seduction rules? Sandra threw the damp cloth across the room where it landed with a splat against the toilet tank. No impediment. Check.


Cover art by Cora Graphics


AUTHOR INFO: Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She whiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Tortured heroes are a must. A multi-published author with a few bestsellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write historicals, particularly in the Victorian era. She also writes the occasional contemporary.
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 keeps her moving forward.

     Karyn's Site/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Tsu/Amazon Page

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

NEWS! Three Contracts from Kensington Publishing! @KarynGerrard #Historicals #Squee



I am certainly in shock. On my recent author anniversary post, I stated I wanted to seek out validation for my writing, (everyone has their own idea of what that entails) and coming from a publisher based in New York, this certainly is validation in my eyes. The contracts are all for historicals, which will be my main genre going forward. Three contracts. I am stunned.



First contract is for VICAR WITH THE FROZEN HEART (working title). Bold Seduction, which releases Sept 1 with Kensington, is now a series, and this new book is #2. Tentative release is March 2016.

Second contract is for BELOVED MONSTER and is like nothing I've ever written before. Take a Victorian era romance, add a dash of Gothic with elements of Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray and sprinkle it with Beauty and Beast. Kensington liked it and asked for a second book. Tentative release for Beloved Monster is Sept 2016.

Third contract is for book 2 in the Beloved Monster series and unwritten. Tentative release will be in early 2017 I surmise. This will be a challenge as I have never signed a contract for an unwritten book. I'll have deadlines. Yikes!

It seems I have moved from a 'hobbist' writer to a full-time profession and I couldn't be more pleased! And maybe a tiny bit apprehensive.
The releases will all be in digital form with Kensington Publishing's digital line, Lyrical Press, though Beloved Monster and its sequel will also be available simultaneously in Print on Demand (POD)

Things are moving in new and interesting directions, Kensington also expressed an interest later for Book #3 in my "Hornsby Brothers" series. (yet to be written) So I have a lot on my plate.

Since I am also now a hybrid author and started my own business, I joined the RWA (Romance Writers of America) and can write off my dues as a business expense! (I am so cheap) Not sure how this will benefit me as there are few chapters in Canada and none near me, also I live in a small community far away in moose country, so attending conferences will be next to impossible. But, I've taken the plunge.

With this and upcoming re-releases on tap, the next couple of years will be busy but I hope—ultimately satisfying.

So, forgive me for a OMG squeeeee!

~Karyn

Thursday, May 28, 2015

SPECIAL! Timeless Heart Pre-Order Sale @KarynGerrard #99Cents #Timetravel #Fantasy #RegencyHero


TIMELESS HEART
by Karyn Gerrard
KG Publishing
Time Travel/Fantasy/Contemporary
30, 432 Words
Release Date: June 9th 2015
Special price for pre-order, only at AMAZON! 99 cents! 

BLURB:
Suffering from burnout, elementary school teacher Sandra Cranston is on leave and trying to eliminate stress from her life. That plan is blown when she discovers an abandoned carriage deep in the woods. Inside is a man, Jerrod Ross, who fuels all of her wicked Regency dreams and fantasies. Take him home? Sure, why not?
Jerrod Ross has been ripped from the only world he has ever known—1821 Cornwall, England. A mine owner with many responsibilities, all he wants to do is return to his time. But his growing attraction for the lovely lady who found him makes staying in the future a temptation he finds hard to resist.
Torn between duty and desire, past and future, the hardest thing Sandra and Jerrod will do is admit their feelings. Or say—goodbye.

Previously published. Re-edited, revised, and more than 7500 words added.




Excerpt: Sandra winked then picked up the shave cream and dispensed some into her hands, mixed it between her palms, and spread a thin film over his face. In response, he spread his legs wide, allowing her to step in closer. Good God, he was hard as stone. All this talk of shaving, the touching, her nearness. Jerrod gazed up at her, his heart thumping madly in his chest.
Though she appeared somewhat nervous, he definitely could see desire swimming in her lovely eyes. How satisfying. Picking up the Fusion, Sandra flicked the button and a low hum filled the silence surrounding them. When her breasts slightly brushed by his cheek, he couldn’t stop the low growl from rumbling deep in his chest. Using one finger, he swiped away the bit of shave cream from her sweater, right on the nipple. Barely there contact, but enough to have the simmering flame between them roar to life.
He slid across the seat so his thighs touched her leg, reached behind her back, and eased her down until she sat on his leg. “Shave me,” he whispered hoarsely. Sandra held the razor to the base of his throat and began a slow ascent to his chin. She twisted, turning toward the sink, and ran the razor under warm water before turning back to him. Giving him a soft, sultry smile, she scraped him again.
Her free hand followed the ascent of the blade, gently caressing his shaved cheek. God, he was tempted to kiss her right then, instead he leaned back and let her tender strokes lull him into relaxation. Closing his eyes, he came to the realization he could become used to this very easily. Some minutes passed and Sandra continued with her task. In his time, he usually shaved himself since he was not keen to have a valet fussing around him. However, having her sitting in his lap perilously close to his throbbing erection, with her warm, sultry breath surrounding him, appealed to him greatly.
“Kiss me,” he commanded, keeping his voice low and quiet. Setting the razor on the counter, she patted his face dry with a cloth, then leaned in and laid her lips against his. A jolt of heat rolled through him. Tilting his head, Jerrod delved deeper, cupping her cheeks to hold her still while he tasted her. Sweet and hot, like a dish of honey warmed over the flame. He swiped his tongue along her plump lower lip and she opened in invitation. The kiss grew fierce, both of them hungrily exploring. Sandra met the thrusts of his tongue with insistent plunges of her own. Passionate. Intoxicating. Yes. This was a kiss worth traveling through time for.



AUTHOR INFO: Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She whiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Tortured heroes are a must. A multi-published author with a few bestsellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write historicals, particularly in the Victorian era. She also writes the occasional contemporary.
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 keeps her moving forward.

     Karyn's Site/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Tsu/Amazon Page

Monday, May 25, 2015

Previously Published E-Books? Got Your Rights Back? Some Options to Consider #Opinion @KarynGerrard


NOTE: This blog post is just my own opinion. I don't claim to have all the answers and most days I've no clue what I'm doing. :)

You just got the rights back from a publisher for whatever reason. Could be they went of business (happening with more frequency) Or the terms of your contract could be up. Always check the terms of rights reversal before you even sign on the dotted line. If after 3 or more years and the contract is up, you may want to consider having the rights reversed to you. In this opinion piece, I am talking about digital books only.

Why keep it with the publisher if it is not selling and they are doing nothing to promote it? (which after the first week or two of release, most publishers don't, unless your book goes viral, then you are their new best friend!) Here's some flowers! We love you until your next book flops! Remember a publisher is a business, not your family or your BFF. Keep your relationship professional.

But I digress. Why keep the book with a publisher? Are you itching to revise it? Most people can't wait to get their books back (Note: I have never referred to them as my babies and never will, just my own preference) was the edit less than stellar? It can happen. Did the editor want to cut huge swaths from your book (sometimes it is warranted, but sometimes it's not) Were you never happy with the cover art and can't wait to give your story a fresh, new face? Then send a request to your publisher as soon as you are contractually able!

Now that the book is back in your hands, you have to decide what to do with it. A few pubs will take previously published works with caveats, like you have to be an in-house author or must change the title. Check with submission guidelines before considering resubmitting somewhere. Be prepared, though. A lot of publishers want nothing to do with previously published stories. After having your story lost in a dark wasteland for 3 years or more, why put it back in bondage with another owner?

You might consider self-publishing.

I know. I can't believe I said those words. *shock* But I think self-publishing is a fantastic idea for a previously published e-book. I am about to do it with Timeless Heart. It was with a publisher May 2011 to Jan 2015. It sold a fair number of copies the first year. Since then? Meh, not so much. So I was in no hurry to do a quick-turn around and get it back out there right away.

Besides, my writing style and quality has changed so much since that first-ever release. For the better, natch. *wink* I wanted to take my time, reacquaint myself with the plot and characters and time travel in general. At 23,000 words, I wanted to expand and revise, add more meat to the bones. And I have, the story is now over 30,000. I didn't rush through the re-write.

Now for editing. Did your publisher do a clean, thorough edit? If you are not really revising the story much, why would you lay out extra money to hire an editor? A copy editor might be an option. (less money than a content editor) Regardless, having good old cousin Sally look over your manuscript is not a good decision. Also, don't finish your story one night and upload it the next. Let it percolate for a while, then look it over. Revise. More edits. And edit again. Hire an editor. Buff and polish until shiny.

Remember the costs of self-publishing can pile up with cover art, formatting, and edits. Can you expect to make your money back? Think realistically. Just because you're self-pubbing doesn't mean you are going to start raking in the dough. Make a budget for yourself. But don't cheapen your product. Make sure the edit is clean and professional as well as the cover and formatting. Slap-dash self-pubbed e-books look substandard and reflect on you and your 'brand'. (Ugh, that word!)

WISE OWL TIPS: If you are going to self-publish a previously published book, don't pass it off as a new release. Pisses off readers. They feel duped and may never buy your books again. State right in the blurb.
Here's what I said with the Timeless Heart blurb: Previously published. Re-edited, revised, and more than 7500 words added.
I didn't change the title, but if I did, I would have added that statement as well. Publishing the story under a different pen name? Mention that too. Be honest, the readers will appreciate it. I got the rights back to two time travel books, I am only releasing one. I may never re-release the other. But how nice to have it on the back burner for future considerations.

Also explore the pros and cons of the pre-order function. Worked great for me at Amazon, other vendors? Not so much. So I will adjust accordingly for the next release. Also be competitive in your pricing, but don't give the thing away, especially if you have costs to recoup.

In conclusion? Everyone has different thoughts on previously published books. Don't rush into it, (unless monetarily you must) do what's best for you. Maybe leaving it with the publisher works to your advantage. Great! But review your options often.

~Cheers





 
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