A long, long time ago, I wrote a “chick-lit” book. Domestic Goddess is about a TV lifestyle expert, (Martha Stewart type?) who gets into a bit of a mess when her fiance decides to tell her he’s decided to become a woman…just as she’s about to embark on a huge advance for her show…using the theme of her upcoming wedding.
My critique partner loved it, but I think including a Trans character put the book a bit ahead of it’s time. So it went on the virtual shelf in my computer. I wrote other books.
Then the Bruce/Caitlyn thing happened. Suddenly, my book was more relevent. And a little HGTV series, called Fixer Upper, was all the rage. So I broke out the book, revised it, sent it to an editor, and got a cover designed.
I published it and waited, and waited, and waited some more. Sales were…let’s say – minimal. Something was wrong, because the book got some great reviews. It just wasn’t selling.
Then, my friend Gerri Russell stepped in, and she helped me to re-work the book, cover, description, etc. to do a relaunch!
Here’s the new cover her daughter Melissa designed!
I’ve changed the description, the tag words, and a few other things and I’m ready to send this book out again.
A Montana Sky Morgan’s Crossing Kindle Worlds book, set in 1885
He needs her, he desires her, but will he ever say the words she longs to hear?
Lucy O’Malley is content with her life in Morgan’s Crossing. She’s established a successful baking business and more miners line up every week to buy her pies and sourdough bread. Mining engineer, Nathaniel Carrington, is one of her best customers and she’s delighted he lingers at her shop several times each week to enjoy a cup of coffee and some conversation.
But, Lucy knows the handsome, educated man could never be interested in courting a woman like her, with the rough manners that came from living in frontier towns and on mining claims all her life.
Nathaniel Carrington has a problem. Actually—three of them. His children have been living in Colorado with his mother-in-law, but she’s ill and he’s forced to bring the children to Montana to live with him. He needs someone to care for them, and Lucille O’Malley seems to be the best candidate. She’s a fine woman, strong, upstanding and of the best character—and most importantly, she’s available.
Lucy accepts a proposal from Nathaniel for a marriage in name only, but when the children arrive she questions her ability to deal with them and realizes how challenging becoming a wife and mother would be for her.
She also realizes she’s fallen in love with Nathaniel.
I’m not running for office, but I do have a campaign. My newest book, a contemporary romance, has been chosen by Kindle Scout for a month long book campaign.
Part of the campaign is getting “nominated” by the public. That means votes for your book. After thirty days, using some unknown formula, the editors at Kindle Scout decide if they will publish your book.
It’s a good deal, with an advance and 50% of cover price in royalties. Not to mention being able to enjoy the advantages of Amazon marketing efforts.
My Deborah Schneider needed a facelift, which I thought would be an easy task. I hired someone to set up a new page.
Then I didn’t like it. I’d designed my webpages before, so I knew I could do it again. It would take some time…but it would be worth it, I’d have my “perfect website” with a design and features I wanted.
I didn’t count on losing the site completely! And for it taking days to get it back up again. I spent hours on chat with technicians, but they couldn’t seem to solve the program.
So, my solution was start over again. I hated to do it, but when you’re given a difficult choice the best thing is to take a deep breath, and do it.
So, this is a simple design, with pretty minimal stuff right now. But I’ll keep working on it. And eventually, I’ll have the site I’ve envisioned.