Monday, February 3, 2014

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Now that I planted that Bowie ear worm...

I've been making some changes, removing books that I've self-pubbed. For one of two reasons: 1) I felt they were sub-standard and if readers are going to pick up my work, I want it to represent me in the best way. I have a lot of wonderful stories, and want readers to love them as much as I do.

2.) I'm revising to sub around. Also for one of two reasons: a) An editor's touch would help polish it up to the best it can be, and b) Amazon's ridiculous new policy of excluding authors who don't select their KDP Select option, in which readers can only find the book through Amazon, from making 70% profit on their books as opposed to 30%. I can make more money with an actual publisher.

I'm happy to announce that Musa Publishing accepted my futuristic fairy tale story, Meilin and the Challenger (formerly The 12 Dancing, Zombie-Killing Princesses). I signed the contract on Friday and am really looking forward to working with them.

The Magic of Lavender, book one of The Goddess Connection series, is no longer available either. I'm revising it to sub to another publisher. Since I began writing the third Goddess Connection story, I wanted all of them to be available to a wider readership. I hope to have good news in the next few months about that.

A few more stories may follow in that direction. I want to weigh the options carefully about how much time to put in. I don't want to spend too much time recycling stories that are already out there. I have so many other stories in my head clamoring to get out first.

I'm not going to get caught up in a loop of endless rewrites and re-releases. It will only exhaust me and readers too. But sometimes it's worth going back for another round of revisions, especially if it will help new readers find the story.

Another busy month!

The Fire and Ice blog hop starts Feb 8 and runs through the 15th! Lots of goodies and giveaways up for grabs, so I hope you'll hop along. Check out the list of participants here.

The blog tour for my contemporary holiday story, Blue Moon Over Bliss Lake, will run from Feb. 10 - 21st, with a tourwide giveaway. I hope you'll follow along and enter! Thanks to Literary Nook for arranging a wonderful tour!



10 comments:

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I didn't hear about that new Amazon policy. When did that happen? I may take my books down if that happens also.

Cate Masters said...

The last few ebooks I listed with them, I wasn't allowed to select the 70% option unless I also opted for the KDP Select. Older books must be grandfathered in. It just really pisses me off!

Maria Zannini said...

And what about books previously published with Amazon? Did they change that too?

I hadn't heard about this either. Interesting.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on the acceptance of your next book!

Angela Brown said...

Congratulations! May your new relationship with Musa Publishing be a blooming and wonderful success :-)

Cate Masters said...

Amazon never sent notice about a change for previously published ebooks, Maria. I never checked to be sure but I'm fairly certain they didn't change.

Thanks Alex and Angela!

Patrick Royal said...

Cate, Horror Author Patrick Royal here.Just wanted to stop by and say hello. Things look really terrific in your world! Have a terrific day.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks very much, Patrick. You too.

LD Masterson said...

Congratulations on Meilin and the Challenger being accepted. And thanks for the heads up on that new Amazon policy. I haven't seen it either.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Linda!

No, I don't think Amazon advertised the change, lol. It surprised me when I came upon it and I almost backed out then, but they kind of have authors by the short hairs, don't they?