It’s that kind of day today. Up nice and early, off to the hairdresser- her first customer of the day. I’m fairly pedestrian in that it’s generally a case of ‘take off an inch’ all over. I like a no fuss, no frills hairstyle of the ‘wash, blow and go’ variety. However, sometimes I surprise myself by agreeing to something a little bit different.
Blonde? Don’t think so. Grey …sometime…soon maybe ( *wink, wink and a smiley face here.)
But sometimes a change is ideal when things need a bit of a shake up. This morning I got the top shorter and the sides a bit different. Was I delighted with my new hair?
Cringe…I got exactly what I had asked the stylist to do but when I climbed into my car for the
journey home the view in the interior mirror told me I wasn’t actually that sure about the wide sweep away from my cheeks.
Hastily scrubbing the hair towards the front made some kind of compromise I could live with. (Sorry – no selfies till I shampoo tomorrow)
Right now I’m also doing a bit of snip, snipping in my writing.
Last week I had to make a huge decision about my contracts with my first publisher. The contract durations had overrun their courses. Did I want to continue the status quo, or should I call it quits with them?
My two contemporary romance novels with my first publisher were always in both ebook and print versions. The slight problem for me, as an ‘overseas’ author was that on Amazon.com my print books were set at around $12.99. On Amazon UK, the price was just a change of sign to £12.99 and that was way too high priced for a paperback. It’s not surprising that they didn’t sell well in the UK, since I wouldn’t pay for a paperback at that price. The ebooks were languishing too, so I withdrew my publishing rights.
That left me wondering what the heck to do with the stories?
I pondered if I should approach another publisher and just try for an ebook version instead of print and ebook? Or…should I take the plunge and self- publish on Amazon?
The deciding didn’t actually take much time.
Those two stories are contemporary mystery romances and had to go through quite hefty edits before they were published. Originally not nearly romancy enough, I had to add in a lot of new heavily sensual details to satisfy my editor. Now the situation is reversed. Since I need to publish a different version of the story, I went back to my original manuscript which is without most of the ‘heaving bosom’ details. I am so glad I don’t tend to throw things out, and that goes the same for my writing- although I never envisaged back in 2011 that this situation would transpire.Don’t throw away your originals!
So does that mean I think my story ready to self- publish? Not by a long chalk.
It’s amazing just how much I believe I’ve learned about writing over the last few ‘writerly’ years. I’ve started a nice snip, snip, snipping process and hope by tomorrow (or next week, at the rate I’m working these days) I’ll have the same basic story to self- publish but a very well manicured one. Not a ‘number 2- gosh I’m now bald’ haircut, but hopefully a compromise I can live with.
I guess I might also need to have a new name for the story, as well as a new cover design?
Does anyone reading this blog have any advice to give me in this new (ish) venture? I’d love to find out what other authors might have done if they have faced the same situation.
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Have a great weekend!