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So Much to Do, So Little Time

Readers are aware that I'm making the Loser Mysteries mine by getting new covers, re-editing (which I shouldn't do but can't stop myself from), and re-releasing them. That's enough to keep me busy...sort of. The problem is there's lots of wait time. Wait for proof copies. Wait for beta readers to comb through for those last few niggling mistakes. Wait for more proofs. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Because I can't stand to be idle, I took up a side project: the sequel to SHAKESPEARE'S BLOOD. I blame this on a reader who claims it's the best book she's read in years--how's that for incentive? When I had an agent for SHAKESPEARE'S BLOOD, she told me to work on the sequel while she shopped the book to publishers. Being the good girl I am, I did that. Then after a year, I got a letter saying she couldn't sell the book (though she said she still loved it) and she was dropping me as a client. That's how it goes in the biz. Anyway, I

Everything Old Is New Again

Amazon is great for authors. Their print book division, CreateSpace, has been very helpful for me in publishing books on my own, either from Day One or when the rights revert to me from a publishing contract. Recently the news came out that CreateSpace will be going away, and KDP, Amazon's ebook division, will take on both print and ebooks in the future. I decided to convert my books to KDP now rather than later. It's pretty easy if the book is already in CS, though one needs to pay attention to the details. In the process, I did some updating, including altered covers and even new covers for some of my books. Above is Shakespeare's Blood , the old version on the left and the new one on the right. I'm going to do a print version, which I hadn't done before, and that one will have the cover on the right as well. I like having Mercedes featured and like it lighter, both in mood and actual light. I still might make some changes in placement, depending on how the

Dredging Up Old Novels--for 99 Cents

Okay, it's not THAT old. I wrote Shakespeare's Blood back in...maybe 2005. It's a tad bloodier than my other books, but that's not my fault, it's the Bard's. Shakespeare's got lots of death and dying in his plays, and the bad guy in my book is a copycat. The Kindle version is on sale this week for .99 on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeares-Blood-Peg-Herring-ebook/dp/B0053GCTLE I recently modernized the book, since the technological changes in the last ten years are pretty extensive. I still like it, and during the edit I got excited about the sequel, which has been languishing in my computer for years. You see, when an agent takes on a book, he or she will often tell the author to get busy on the sequel. For writing a first book, an author has a lifetime. For the rest, she gets a year if she's lucky, and fans are grumbling the whole time about how long it's taking. So while I waited for SB to sell to a publisher, I worked on another a