Going Forward

There have been some more questions about my plans for books from this point out, so I thought I’d review the plans again to keep you all up to date. This includes not just writing plans, but pricing, too.

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixFirst of all, I’ll be publishing The Champions of St. Euphemia series by Claire Delacroix, beginning with The Crusader’s Bride in June. I had thought these linked stories might be novellas, but no, they’re coming out as books. So, the first one will be $2.99 and the others will be $4.99. I’m thinking the other publication dates will be August, October and December. No pre-orders on books 2 – 4 yet, because I want to be sure before listing the books (and I need to write the cover copy for them, too.) The pre-order for The Crusader’s Bride is up at iBooks and Kobo. It will be listed close to the publication date at Amazon and B&N because I find their interface for pre-orders irritating. All of these books will be available in print editions, too. Print publication will be simultaneous with the digital release, but as we’ve seen, the information will take time to perk out to the portals beyond Amazon. B&N seems to be taking 5 – 7 days, for example.

Here Be Dragons: The Dragonfire Companion by Deborah CookeNext up for the dragons will be Here be Dragons: The Dragonfire Companion in November. Again, this will be released simultaneously in print and digital editions. Again, the pre-order is up for iBooks and Kobo, but unless something changes drastically, the pre-order for Amazon and B&N will go up closer to the on sale date.

Some of you have asked about a boxed set of the True Love Brides series, but I have no plans to do this. My boxed sets were always intended as good ways for readers to catch up with my existing series, or for people who had bought my books in mass market to get the digital editions, and not a way to market newer titles. Going forward, titles will be available individually, and the first title in any given series will be discounted. No more boxed sets.

When I participate in multi-author boxed sets (which are for promotion and geared to my finding new readers), you’ll see familiar titles included – in most cases, The Beauty Bride is the book I’ll include because it’s a good place to start reading my Kinfairlie books. I also don’t think I’ll be discounting pre-orders any more. Changing prices on all portals simultaneously is such a hassle (as well as getting them all to turn back at the same time) and I’d rather concentrate on writing more books.

The next dragon shifter series will be DragonFate, which will start with Hot Blooded – there’s an excerpt from this book in the back of Firestorm Forever – which will probably be launched in the new year. The next medieval romance series will be The Brides of Inverfyre, which will also probably launch in the new year. Some of you have asked about a companion volume for Kinfairlie, but I’m going to wait on that until the new Inverfyre series is done, then prepare it for the entire suite of linked books, beginning with The Rogue.

My hope going forward is to publish linked books in fairly rapid succession, so instead of alternating books (one from Claire, one from Deborah), I’m going to alternate series. You’ll see three or four linked books from Claire, ideally published 6 – 8 weeks apart, then three or four linked books from Deborah, on a similar schedule.

This means writing more, which means a streamlining and a simplification of my working day. You’ll also see less of me on social media than has been the case, and less travelling. I’ll be at the Sexy in the City booksigning in June in Toronto, then here writing until Romancing the Capital next May in Ottawa. Once again, I suggest you sign up for my newsletter or follow this blog to ensure that you don’t miss any news. I’d much rather write than do anything else, plus I think writing is what I do best. I’m having fun with this scheme so far, and hope you’ll be glad to have more books faster from me.

Now you know the plan. I just need to make it happen! :-)

Writers Making Connections Events

WMCI’ve been organizing some sessions for writers in Stratford Ontario this summer, which are geared towards indie publishing and networking. These are not reader events, and there will not be booksignings. There will be three sessions in 2015 and they’re running at cost. Registration is going through my Selz store, just for convenience.

There’s now a page here on my website about them, so if you are a writer and in the Stratford area, please click through to learn more.

Sexy in the City Toronto Book Pre-Order

My amazing VA Angie has put together a book pre-order form for the signing at Sexy in the City in Toronto June 13. If you are attending and want specific titles from me, here’s an easy way to order them. At the event, I’ll only be accepting cash, but you can choose to pay in advance by PayPal when you pre-order. This way, no one will be disappointed!

You can pre-order my books for the event, right here.

Guest Post at I Smell Sheep

Firestorm Forever, A Dragonfire Novel and paranormal romance by Deborah CookeTo celebrate the release of Firestorm Forever, I’m visiting I Smell Sheep today to talk about dragons – and playing with fire! There’s a giveaway as well, so come on over and leave a comment for your chance to win.

Here’s the permalink to my post.

Print Distribution

One of the interesting things about publishing right now is how quickly things are changing. Each time I publish a book, something about the process is faster, slower or configured differently. Usually, these changes are improvements, which is a good thing.

Firestorm Forever, A Dragonfire Novel and paranormal romance by Deborah CookeToday’s question is just how long it will take for the print edition of Firestorm Forever to be listed as available for sale at portals other than Amazon. You might recall that last week, I published the print edition early, which made it immediately available at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and the Amazon portals in Europe. Thanks to everyone who has already picked up a copy!

This morning, I put the print edition into expanded distribution. This means that information about the book will perk through to other portals, like B&N and The Book Depository, through distributors like Ingrams or Baker & Taylor. Interestingly enough, the listings at Amazon.ca are created this way, as well. So, the clock is ticking. Let’s see how long it takes for the print edition to appear at these other portals.

Here are the Amazon.ca and B&N links for the book today, which are only for the digital edition. I suspect that it will appear as a separate listing at B&N first, before the two editions are married up. This is my author page at the Book Depository but you can see that their algorithm isn’t very accurate in assigning titles to an author page.

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Another thing in transition this month is that Overdrive is changing their publisher interface near the end of the month. This is a good thing, as their current interface is quite primitive. I’m going to wait to publish Firestorm Forever there until after the change is done – and all the glitches are resolved! – so look for it to be on Overdrive in June.