Just wanted to give a quick update on everything.

I’ll be signing my paperbacks at A Taste of Omaha Saturday and Sunday (June 2 and 3)!

I don’t know who (if anyone) is going to be in the Omaha area this weekend, but I’m at the Riverfront on the Lewis and Clark landing in downtown Omaha for A Taste of Omaha to sell some paperbacks.  I had no idea what to expect until today when Janet Syas Nitsick (fellow author and friend) went there.  Today was the first day, and I was pleasantly surprised, though I didn’t care much for the portable toilets.  I’ll state upfront that even if I love to write about the American old west, I love flushing toilets and electricity.  LOL  And yes, I brought some sanitary wipes to “wash” my hands when I was done.  Ever notice I have my characters wash their hands at the well when they use the privy (aka outhouse) in my historicals?  I’m a stickler for that kind of thing, even in the books.  😀

Like I said, if anyone reading this blog is going to A Taste of Omaha, stop by my table (I have my name right on the front of the table), say you read my blog, and I’ll give you a signed paperback copy of one of my books.

Loving Eliza and Suddenly a Bride will be Free Soon on Places like B&N, Amazon, Kobo, Sony, Diesel, and Apple!

In other news, I decided to make Loving Eliza and Suddenly a Bride free on Smashwords.  The price change will trickle down to B&N, Apple, Sony, Kobo, Diesel, and (probably) Amazon in about a month or less.  Amazon won’t allow me to go in and make a book free, but they often end up price matching when I make my book free at the other places.  Why did I choose Loving Eliza and Suddenly a Bride?  Well, Loving Eliza is the first book of the South Dakota Series, so I thought it’d be nice to have that be a free introductory book to the series for people to see if they liked enough to continue the series or not. 

Why did I make Suddenly a Bride free?  I would kind of like to do Runaway Bride as a contemporary, so this is the last effort to generate interest in Suddenly a Bride, which would be the first in the series.  I don’t know if the experiment will work or not.  I’ve been trying to do everything I can to save that series.  So far all of my efforts have flopped big time.  I can’t seem to generate enough interest to make writing the other books I had planned in the series worthwhile.  With my husband being retired, we’re now relying on my income to eat and pay bills, so it’s up to me to provide for me, my husband, and four kids.  I have to watch which books are selling better (and modify my writing to ensure that I spend my writing time wisely enough so we can live off my income).  It’s really more about the financial pay off in whether the time invested in writing a book is worth it.  This isn’t a hobby for me.  It’s a business, and part of making business decisions is figuring out what people want or don’t want.  So far, the majority of people have voted for Regencies and historical western romances.  So that’s why I’m now focusing my efforts in those two areas.  If I can generate interest in Suddenly a Bride, then I can write Runaway Bride.  If making Suddenly a Bride free doesn’t work, then I give up, and Runaway Bride will be given a historical western or Regency plot (and I think it would work well as a Regency, to be honest).

I’m Behind on Personal Emails

I don’t know how many of you reading this blog have been emailing me through my website, but I am backed up on those emails right now and probably won’t get to them until after Monday.  I tried to catch up on Facebook and blog comments today, but I know I have a few emails I still need to answer.  Those emails will take longer than a couple of minutes to answer, which is why I want to wait until this weekend craziness settles down and I have the time to answer those who emailed me.  I don’t want to rush through an email because then I feel like I’m being impersonal, and I don’t want to be that way.  So please be patient and bear with me.  If you want to resent me an email, that is cool, too.   Sometimes a reminder helps.  Right now I’m doing good to remember to pay the bills because I have so much stuff happening at once between this weekend and getting ready for a move.  😀

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to other genres, but her first love is historical romance. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and a couple of children. To find out more about her books, go to https://ruthannnordinsbooks.wordpress.com/.
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6 Responses to Updates

  1. Judy DV says:

    For anyone who hasn’t read the South Dakota Series starting with Loving Eliza. I have read that series 2 or 3 times and it might be my favorite. I enjoy all of Ruth’s books but that series is so incredible. She takes John, who is mute and treated like the town fool, and Eliza who escaped the bonds of the brothel and….you will have to read it to understand. The two books that follow are just as good.

    I do hope folks enjoy Suddenly a Bride. I enjoyed meeting Chris and would like to see Mark’s happy ending as well!

    • Thanks, Judy! Loving Eliza, Bid for a Bride, and Bride of Second Chances is my favorite set of books. 😀 As for Chris, he’s one of my favorite heroes.

  2. Iisha Small says:

    Please keep writing the sequel for Suddenly a Bride! I loved it. It combined my two favorite things a bit of Science Fiction and Romance. I know you have to eat and pay the bills so I hope making it free works. I really liked the first book.

  3. lynelleclark says:

    Hi there, I can relate with what you are saying. Both myself and my husband is with out income after we lost our business in 2008. When I started to write out of boredom I started to look at the world of writing in a different light. I have published 3 books and although the reviews was good the ones I did sell did not move at all. Than one reader critizised my book and it set me back. For 3 days I was sorry for myself but with the help of my husband I decided to give it another go and rewrite the books. In the meantime I found people that is willing to help me at low fee’s. Now it goes slower and the income is still not there, yet. But I come to realize that I have to give a good product to generate an income since competition is fierce.
    This whole exercise has taught me to think out side the box, with my stories and every thing else. I know if we continue on this path we will eat the fruit of our labor.

    • It’s amazing how different you view writing when you start looking at it as a business, but you have to if you ever want to earn enough to pay bills from it. I wish I could remove all the vanity press books I published from 2002 to early 2008. Back then, self-publishing was seen as a dead end, so I had no expectations of making money from it and because of that, I didn’t take the time to polish the books up as much as I should have. And even though I submitting polished versions of those books to the vanity publisher which is affiliated through AuthorHouse now, they never updated the books that are out there. Grrr… I made so many mistakes early on, and I can’t undo those.

      The income didn’t come to me right away. I was lucky since my husband was in the military so I had time to write. For people working and coming home to write, that’s got to be rough. I admire their dedication. I think part of earning the income partly depends on what genre you’re in. Some genres sell better than others overall. I was shocked by how much better Regencies do compared to historical westerns. It’s like night and day. I gather from that that there are more Regency readers out there. Part of the equation has to do with the amount of people in the target audience. I have learned so much from writing that Regency. But it took me about nine years total before I made a living wage. And it took an author friend I have one year to earn a living wage. LOL You just never know. Some people get their faster than others, and there’s no telling how things will play out. But taking time to write the best book possible is never wasted.

      I think doing public book events aren’t about making money (when you consider the cost of the table, eating at the event, and gas costs more than what you end up making, you end up spending more than what you bring in). But what I did get was a chance to talk to people about what they found attractive or not on my covers, what plots intrigued them and why, and their views on books in general. None of the people I talked to cared that I self-published. They just wanted to know what the book was about. I found that interesting. Oh, and I got seven people asking if I was selling 50 Shades of Gray. LOL I had to tell them I wasn’t the author of that book, but wow, is there ever a buzz about that book! And half of the people asking for the book had no idea what it was about. They just heard about it and wanted to buy it. I thought that was interesting, too.

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