The good news is that I’m writing again. I wasn’t writing for the longest time because of all the work we had to do to get the house in good ship for selling. I stayed behind for a couple of days to give the whole place a thorough cleaning. It was hard to get back into the process of writing after taking such a long break, but that is true no matter why I go on “vacation.”
The bad news? I came down with the nasty cold my kids brought home at the very end of the school year, so my word count has slowed. Not that I was writing as much as before, but now that the ideas are finally coming back, it’s frustrating the energy to write them isn’t there.
But even more frustrating than that is the ordeal with Barnes and Noble. I don’t know what to do about everyone on my “New Release” list. A Most Unsuitable Earl is already available everywhere but B&N. That means it was up on Sony, Diesel, and Kobo before B&N this time, and in the past Sony, Diesel, and Kobo have been notoriously slow.
Now, I did put Smashwords down as the distributor to go to B&N. I don’t want to go into detail in a public forum, but I felt this was the best decision given everything else that is going on. I’m sorry I can’t be more specific than that, but I have a good reason. It wasn’t an easy one to make. In Smashwords’ defense, they sent A Most Unsuitable Earl out to B&N before they shipped the book to any of the other venues I go to through them. That means that even though A Most Unsuitable Earl was shipped to B&N first, it still isn’t up even though it’s on the other sites. I’m not the only author who’s been having this problem, which makes me feel better since I’m not the only one out there going through this.
Unfortunately, this does impact the timeliness of my New Release email.
So here’s my question. I was waiting until the book was up on B&N before emailing those of you on my New Release list. Now I’m wondering if I need to make a separate list for Nook owners. That way those of you who buy my books through Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, Diesel, Sony, and Apple can be notified when the book is live on the site where you like to shop. Then when it’s on B&N, I’d send out a list for the Nook owners. Does that sound like a good plan?
I have about 80 people on the list, and I don’t know who owns a Nook and who doesn’t. That’s one of my problems. I was wondering if those of you with a Nook would be willing to send me an email? I can create a form to make it easy to send me.
Let me know what you think. Otherwise, I can wait until the book is live on all the sites before sending the email out.