I don’t know how many people are aware of the merger between Smashwords and Draft2Digital. The merger is going in stages, and later this year, authors will have to use the Draft2Digital dashboard to publish their books. I have been publishing through the Smashwords dashboard to get onto retailers like B&N, Kobo, Apple, Scribd, etc for over ten years. I do have a Draft2Digital account but have primarily used it for my pen name and for paperbacks.
Now that Smashwords’ authors are encouraged to start using Draft2Digital’s dashboard to publish their ebooks, I have decided to unpublish Secret Admirer from my Smashwords’ dashboard. I will then put it up on my Draft2Digital dashboard, so it will be on pre-order again. If you already pre-ordered it, the retailer will cancel the pre-order. You will not be charged for it. So you won’t be losing any money.
The book I am removing from pre-order temporarily:
Secret Admirer (Marriage by Obligation Series: Book 1)
I have just officially moved from Montana to Omaha, Nebraska. The house in Montana sold, and the process went pretty smoothly. Moving is always a pain, but everything just fell into place with this move so it was the right thing to do. At the moment, I’m in the process of enrolling my youngest two in high school and getting things ready for the new house. My official date for moving into the new house is January 27.
I probably won’t be able to get this book back up on pre-order until February. Draft2Digital will probably issue a new ISBN for the book, so that means you will need to pre-order it again if you want it on pre-order. If you would rather wait until the book is released before getting it, I will make a post announcing when it’s out.
Another reason I decided to take Secret Admirer off of my Smashwords’ dashboard is that Secret Admirer is Book 1 of a series. I want all of the books in the series to link to each other. I think it’s easier to do that if the books are all published in the Draft2Digital dashboard. Having one book in the Smashwords dashboard but the rest in the Draft2Digital dashboard could confuse the retailers. This way, it’s a lot simpler. (I currently do not have the other books in the series on pre-order, so you don’t have to worry about those.)
Here is my list for the series:
I don’t know if I’ll be adding another book to this series or not. I think I might because I’d like to see Horatio (one of my characters in Secret Admirer) fall in love. My problem is that I currently have no plot for him that interests me. I have a great idea for a secondary character in Midnight Wedding, but I’m not sure his story belongs with this particular series. His story “feels” like it belongs to another series. When writing, I go by instinct. I can’t force someone into a series if they don’t fit there.
So that’s where everything stands at the moment. I’ll keep you updated on what happens with Secret Admirer and the other books in this series. 😀