This is kind of an FAQ post but not really because they aren’t all questions I’ve recently been asked. So here’s my odd and ends post….
1. You don’t need to read the Nebraska Series in order.
Each book was written to stand alone. The same is true for all of my other series except for the Native American Series. So I suggest reading whatever book(s) interest you in the Nebraska Series. The only books I could see possibly being better read in order are Eye of the Beholder, His Redeeming Bride and Isaac’s Decision since those have a common storyline underlying them. When I wrote Eye of the Beholder, I knew Isaac would marry Emily. That is why I made Isaac a boy. I already knew Cassie would have Emily (a girl), and when I was trying to decide if Dave and Mary would have a boy or girl, I decided they’d have a boy so I could marry Isaac and Emily up. A lot of people told me they felt the abduction part of Eye of the Beholder was unnecessary, but I had His Redeeming Bride and Isaac’s Decision in mind when I wrote the end to Eye of the Beholder (something people didn’t know).
The same situation does not apply to the other Nebraska Series books. I mean, I will bring in the same characters, and Dave and Mary will end up with a trilogy within the series once Forever Yours is done. But all of those books can stand alone. I am going to jump around in the timeline. I have to write the books as they’re ready, and some are ready at different times in the series, if that makes sense. I can’t force it. I tried forcing it in the past and had a horrible time of it. I can’t say I’m forcing Bound by Honor, Bound by Love, but I am having trouble connecting with the characters so I’ve slowed down in writing it. I’d rather take longer and have the book be the best it can be instead of rushing it. I’m still aiming for this summer to publish it, but we’ll see.
Anyway, another thought about the Nebraska Series…
2. I can write Richard and Amanda’s book.
I didn’t think I could, but I went back to the timeline to figure out when things happened for the characters. Since Eye of the Beholder was the first book I wrote in the series, I use that as my reference point. If I’m right (and I will go back and check), the Larsons moved to Nebraska in 1865. In 1866, Richard and Amanda had the twins. So this leaves some wiggle room I didn’t realize was there. (I can see them not being in love if she’s pregnant but I want them in love when the children are born, and since they were in Nebraska a year before the children were born, this is possible to have them in Nebraska for their romance.)
Someone mentioned Richard and Amanda marrying out of convenience, rather than love. I don’t think I ever stated they married for love in any of the past books I’ve done so this can be a doable (and even attractive) plot. I love marriages that start out along a convenience plot….or a marriage where it’s forced. So could Richard and Amanda leave New York to escape an unpleasant situation? That’s very likely. I’ll have to think about it.
3. It looks like I need new covers for the Regencies.
The question came up of whether I’d do paperback versions, and I’ve read through the terms and conditions of the agreement with the company I got the pre-made covers from. It sounds like I can’t put those covers on paperbacks. I don’t know how many people want paperback versions of my books, but I’ve always made them. They’re actually easier to make than the ebook version because formatting is a breeze compared to the requirements at Amazon and through Smashwords. (I’ve been making paperbacks longer than ebooks, so that’s part of why it’s easier.)
So I’ll be looking into other covers. It might be for the best. Pre-made covers can be used by anyone and might cause confusion in the long run.
4. The proof copies for Shotgun Groom and Isaac’s Decision came in, and they look good.
The question might arise at this point on why my paperbacks are on Amazon and nowhere else (unless you buy it used). It all has to do with price. On Amazon, I can keep paperbacks at $7.99, which is the same price publishers ask for romance novels. But if I put them on other sites like Barnes & Noble, it would be about $10.99. (Amazon would want their cut for distributing to B&N, and this does mean the book would be $10.99 on Amazon, too.) Anyone out there want to pay the extra amount to get the paperback on B&N? If so, I can make it happen. I was staying just on Amazon to cut out the extra expense for those who wanted paperbacks.
As for bookstores and overseas, I’m sorry but I have no control over distribution beyond what CreateSpace (through Amazon) allows. My books are not in physical bookstores. I’m a self-published author, not one with a big publisher. 🙂
As for Lulu, I have done some proofs through there and am not completely satisfied with the quality I see. The books look more professional when they’re done through CreateSpace, and I do aim to be as professional as possible. I want my paperbacks to look like the paperbacks you’ll find in bookstores. That’s always been important to me.
5. Can I do extra scenes on this blog?
Scenes I mean are stuff that didn’t show up in books, like when John and Eliza (from Loving Eliza) found Brian all by himself and took him home. So these are things that never made it in the book but might be of interest.
I have tried several times to do these kinds of posts, and each time the story wants to expand. Whenever I do a short story, it wants to be a novella but then that novella wants to be a novel. My average is 70,000 words. I don’t think I can successfully write a short story. I’ve attempted it and most people weren’t happy with the results (when I thought I did succeed). They always want it to be longer. That’s not a bad problem to have. But it also means I am not a short story writer.
So I can’t. I tried to make those posts, but each time, it didn’t work.