Got My Publishing Schedule in Place for the Rest of 2019
I finished up the first drafts of the four books I was working on. Lesson learned from that experience is that I can’t work on four books at once and have time for exercise. LOL So in the future, my limit is three. But I am glad I did four books because these books will take me through the rest of the year.
Here’s what my publishing schedule looks like:
The Wedding Pact: July 14
This is Book 3 in the Marriage by Fairytale Series.
Fairest of Them All: August (Publishing Month)
This is Book 4 in the Marriage by Fairytale Series.
Nelly’s Mail Order Husband: September (Publishing Month)
This is the first book in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series.
Forever Yours: November (Publishing Month)
I’m going to try to slip this into the Nebraska Series. (Not sure if Amazon will let me do that. I know I can on the other retailers. Amazon can be a bit “touchy” when it comes to linking books in a series.)
COVER NOT DONE YET
(Cover artist will be working on it when her schedule is freed up.)
I don’t have specific dates on exactly when Fairest of Them All, Nelly’s Mail Order Husband, and Forever Yours will be out. I’ll do that in the next few weeks. Right now, I have too many other things to focus on, which I’ll mention below.
Time to Think Of the Next Three Books I’ll Write
I’m taking the summer off from writing new books. My kids are now 16 (will be 17 in August), 15, 14, 13. I want to take advantage of the time I have with them. For the past three summers, I kept writing. I’ll still be engaged with the business side of writing, but those are things I can do a little at a time. Writing is more focused for me.
Anyway, during this time, I am going to thinking over what three books I’ll start on at the end of August.
I know I want to do another book for Tom and Jessica’s daughters. Nelly was the first one. Time to work on the second. 🙂 The key is to come up with the plot.
I’m not sure if I want to do a Book 5 to the Marriage by Fairytale Series or start a new Regency series.
As for the third book, I haven’t a clue on what will pique my interest yet.
So this summer will be about me figuring out what upcoming books I’ll be doing.
I’ll Be Updating Book Descriptions
I just updated the description on The Wedding Pact so that I’m happy with it. But I need to redo the ones on Fairest of Them All, Nelly’s Mail Order Husband, and Forever Yours. I hate writing descriptions before I write the book because the book rarely ever plays out the way I think it will. But in order to get a pre-order up, I have to put something down. Also, I’m not very good at writing book descriptions. It doesn’t come naturally for me. So anyway, I’ll be revising those over the next couple of weeks.
Putting Books Directly on Kobo (instead of using Smashwords)
At the moment, I have books on Kobo, but I use Smashwords to put them up on Kobo. I’m currently in the process of uploading the books directly on Kobo myself. So if you notice a book isn’t there, be patient. It takes 1-7 days to get Smashwords to pull down a book from Kobo. After that, I need to get the book back up on Kobo by publishing it directly there. So if you notice a book is missing, wait a few days and check again.
All pre-orders currently on Kobo will stay there. So there’s no need to worry about those being removed.
Looking into Selling Ebooks Direct
Some authors sell books directly to people. In addition to using a retailer (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, Google Play, Smaswords, Scribd, etc), they put up books on their own storefront. Earlier this year, I found out about Payhip (https://payhip.com/). Payhip would handle the payment and delivery for me while allowing me to have my own storefront.
I don’t know if anyone ever buys anything off of Payhip, but I’m looking into setting up a store there as we speak. I have close to 100 books I’d be putting up there, and this number does include short stories and my pen name’s books. I don’t know if I can sell the books I have with my publisher (which are nine of them). I didn’t even realize my backlist was so extensive until looking into uploading everything.
Anyway, Payhip would allow you to go directly to my own storefront where you can buy a Mobi and Epub (both will be available) copies of my ebooks.