I was going to wait to announce that I published To Have and To Hold, but while I was getting this book ready, I decided to polish up Eye of the Beholder. I didn’t do anything major with Eye of the Beholder. I caught a couple of typos and fixed them (one of them being when Dave says “for now on”, I changed it to “from now on”). Very minor things. I also shortened Jessica’s explanation of how she and Tom met since I wrote A Bride for Tom. Who needs to know the details when it’s in the book, right? So like I said, I did minor adjustments.
I also had to go through the entire book of Eye of the Beholder because I had six or seven versions. At one time, I had a sex-free version, a Christian version, a Harlequin version, a Wild Rose Press version, a version where I had different scenes, and the version I ended up going with. I couldn’t remember which version was the final one because I never labeled the versions (and Eye of the Beholder 1, 2, etc) was no help at all. So I picked the paperback version, which I knew was it, looked it over, had a proofreader look it over, and then polished it up. All the other versions have been trashed. The reason I had Harlequin and Wild Rose Press versions is because I had submitted this book to them. I can’t say they rejected it because they didn’t, but they wanted me to make changes I didn’t want to make. For example, description. I’m sorry, guys, but I am not a description-loving reader, and I’m not that way as a writer. I skim over descriptions because to me, they slow the plot. I like dialogue and action. This is why my books don’t suit everyone. Some people love description and want to know how everything looks. It’s just personal preferences, and I say to each his/her own. 😀
For one month, I’m offering a coupon for a free download of Eye of the Beholder. So if you have the old version and would like the polished up one, here is the link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/3100 and this is the coupon: GU24M.
So I ramble about all of the above to say one of the changes I made to Eye of the Beholder was announcing the book To Have and To Hold at the end where I gave the first chapter. Because of this, I decided it as better to publish on Amazon right away. I could have put “Coming March 2012”, but that seemed silly since March is only two weeks away.
I did publish it on Smashwords to get the ball rolling on distributing it to B&N, Apple, Sony, Diesel and Kobo (though Kobo is having so many problems right now uploading Smashwords’ books, who knows when it’ll be up there?). I know I have Nook readers, but I really want to support Smashwords, so I’m using Smashwords to go up on B&N. The founder of Smashwords has done a lot for authors, and this is my way of saying thank you. I’ll make an announcement when To Have and To Hold is up on B&N. Currently, I’m “pending approval” for distribution, which means Smashwords has to make sure my book is formatted right. Ever since Amazon has come up with KDP Select which requires authors to pull out of B&N (and other sites) to be in the program, the process of getting on B&N is quicker. So I’m hoping it’ll be up in less than a month. With Isaac’s Decision, it was up on B&N within 2.5 weeks of uploading to Smashwords. Before that, it was a month. So we’ll see.
As for a contest for a chance to win To Have and To Hold, my mind is a blank. Anyone got any compelling ideas?
For those interested:
To Have and To Hold is on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Have-Hold-ebook/dp/B007AITTYS/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_12
To Have and To Hold is on Smashwords at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/133850