First of all, the stories themselves stayed the same. I didn’t change anything in the stories.
Okay, that aside, here’s what I did do…
I’ve been meaning to go back and give the South Dakota Series a facelift for a couple of years now, and I finally decided this was going to be the year I was going to do it. I gave it new covers, new formatting, updated backlist of other books at the end, and two books got new descriptions. I made these changes on Smashwords and Amazon. Amazon will probably take effect first. Smashwords will send out the changes to Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, and its other channels.
I also just went through CreateSpace and updated the covers for the paperback editions. But this will probably take the longest to get through because I need to order the proof copies and then approve them.
Just so you know what series I’m talking about…
Here are the old covers:
Here are the new ones:
So if you see the new covers and think, “Did I read those stories?” The answer is, “Yes, you probably did.” That’s why I showed the original covers. I remember covers more than I do titles when I look at other authors’ books. There’s something about the visual that’s easier to remember.
Anyway, the changes will take some time to trickle through. I just uploaded everything to Smashwords, Amazon, and CreateSpace. Smashwords will distribute to Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, and other smaller retail channels. So give this stuff time to work its way through the system.
Also, while I was at it, I decided to make my first boxed set. I asked a question on Facebook about boxed sets, and a lot of people were in favor of them. I’m sure those of you reading this already have the books, so there’s no reason to get this boxed set, but since I do have the boxed set made, I figured I’d show the cover.
I decided on pricing it at $4.99, and I put it on pre-order for March 31. The reason I’m doing a pre-order on it is to give myself some breathing room because I have to get ready for Make Believe Bride’s release on March 24. I have some things I need to get ready for that day. The pre-order on the boxed set will give me time to round up links to post them across my blog and website. Pre-orders are great for getting things ready ahead of time, which is why I do them all the time.
Anyway, I tried to make a boxed set with the Native American Romance Series last year, but it fell through because I couldn’t get everyone in my team to work together. So this time, I decided to take on the project myself. So, while this facelift of the South Dakota Series isn’t perfect, at least it’s done.
I plan to go back and give facelifts to old books, but that will take me a while because doing this series took me a full three days, which was longer than I expected. I need to focus on writing books. I’ll get to the facelifts as time permits. Writing the next book will be the priority.