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Nov 11, 2020
Why? Because it's a little like navigating a minefield, this publishing thing.
*The print cover looks great on Amazon, but it's wonky on Draft 2 Digital (see spine above), and I haven't yet figured out why.
*I have a FINAL final review copy on the way, so I might find a few leftover errors that will now have to be fixed on several sites before December 4th arrives (actually it's earlier than that, because they need time to get the files changed. More like November 30, then.)
*Over the past week, I've slated ads with a half-dozen sites like Great Books, Great Deals and Kindle Daily Nation, so their readers will see the cover and read a bit about the book. Each one is different, and I dread that I might have made some mistake that will screw things up.
*And, of course, there's the everyday author angst: Will they like it?
Into this madness my husband wades, asking the right questions.
So what if some people don't like the book? It's not the end of the world, or even the end of my career.
Most mistakes can be corrected, so we'll take them one at a time (He means I will, but I get it.)
I have two full weeks to examine the final-final review copy. That's plenty of time, and fixing any leftover errors isn't a big deal, just time consuming.
And the cover thing probably just needs me to step away for a while and think about it. I get a little stressed with uploading stuff like that if it needs adjustment. Breathe, Peg, breathe!
So I will get through this, and I LOVE the new book. It's been a two-year project, and I've read it at least a zillion times, but it's been worth it.
So take a look at Deceiving Elvera--not a mystery, so don't expect a murder on page two. Think Kristin Hannah, not Janet Evanovitch.
Nov 25, 2015
We'll start with a giveaway--How's that for getting in the Christmas spirit?
I have 2 copies of HER MAJESTY'S MISCHIEF in large print to give away. If you have someone on your Christmas list who needs/prefers large print, here's a chance to get them Book #4 of the Simon & Elizabeth series.
What do you do?
If you're signed up for my newsletter, just say so in the comments below and I'll put your name in the drawing for one of the books.
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(You might want to know that I only send a newsletter when I have a new book coming out, and I'll never give your name/email to anyone else.)
If your name is drawn I'll contact you and you can decide if you want the book mailed to you or directly to the person on your gift list (personalized, of course!.
Once you're signed up, you'll also be eligible for freebies I plan to send out after Christmas, so you can get a print book or try out that new e-reader you're going to get from Santa!
Sep 7, 2015
Here's a rundown:
The Loser series is finished, at least for now. The first two are out as audio books. The third is in the pipeline, but the narrator is at university and just had a baby, so she's asking for patience.
The Simon & Elizabeth series will have one more installment (#5), but it's going to be a while. I'm slow and so is the publisher of this series. (To their credit, they like to get it right.)
The Dead Detective series will have its final story sometime in early 2016. The manuscript is not complete, but the story's down.
The Sleuth Sisters series book #4 will probably be next. It's in my head but not written down anywhere yet.
My new/old standalone mystery about the death of a friendship in northern Michigan is out. (It used to be just an e-book but I rescued it, got a new cover made, and arranged for print copies.)
And yes, (sadly) I have a new idea circling my brain. I hope it will be as fun to write as it seems, but there's the problem: EVERYone has a book in his/her head. It's the writing-it-down thing that stops so many.
Apr 10, 2015
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