The other day, I wrote such a lovely post about my excitement at HEAD OVER HEELS finally being available on Kindle and Smashwords. Even though I saved the draft multiple times, immediately upon hitting Publish to release it onto my blog, the post disappeared. All but the first few sentences. So here I am, trying to duplicate my enthusiasm. Here are the first two original paragraphs:
After several days of a steeeeeeeeeeep learning curve and many frustrating moments, I am absolutely thrilled to report that the Updated & Revised third edition of HEAD OVER HEELS, self-published under the imprint, Blue Orchard Books, is NOW AVAILABLE on Kindle and Smashwords!
Sorry for shouting, but when I began my self-publishing journey, I never imagined I would rewrite 80% of the sentences in my first published book. I thought I’d just upd—
That’s where the blog post disappeared.
So, here I try to continue:
Sorry for shouting, but when I began my self-publishing journey, I never imagined I would rewrite 80% of the sentences in my first published book. I thought I’d just update the technology (cell phones, Internet, etc.) and be done with it, but it turned out I couldn’t keep my sticky fingers off my computer keyboard. It just didn’t feel right updating the technology without also revising to reflect changes in my writing style over the years, changes in cultural references since the 1st and 2nd editions of the book, etc. The great news is that I’m more in love with the story and characters than ever. And I hope you will be, too.
I want to thank the talented Kim Killion of Hot Damn Designs for the wonderful cover and also her assistant, Jennifer L., for being so easy to work with. Michael Hale of Hale Author Services did the proofreading and formatting, and I really enjoyed working with him, too. I look forward to working with both of them again.
Now that I’ve conquered Kindle and Smashwords (which will distribute to Nook, Sony and other venues for me), it’s time to move on to Kobo and Apple. I’m also doing a new trade paperback edition via CreateSpace. Right now, the print cover design is underway.
A note to Nook users. Canadian Indie authors can not, at this time, upload directly to the Barnes & Noble self-publishing portal called PubIt. So a Nook edition won’t be available until the Smashwords distribution is accomplished. I have no idea how long that will take, but have no fear, I will announce the Nook release here. In the meantime, if you own a Nook and you absolutely can not wait to buy a copy from Barnes & Noble, the Nook ebook format, ePub, can be purchased from Smashwords. You just download the ePub format onto your hard drive after purchase and then transfer it to your Nook (a process called side-loading). Because I don’t own a Nook, I’m not exactly sure how to accomplish this, but a quick Google search should help you out.
Here’s the new cover and the updated back cover copy. Thanks for helping me celebrate! And if you’ve read the book before and would like to read it again, thanks to taking the middle man out of the publishing equation via KDP and Smashwords, the ebook is now more reasonably priced than ever before. At $2.99, it’s no more than buying a tall latte. Cheaper, in fact. So grab yourself a latte, grab your Kindle, and enjoy!
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