Last spring I put up three of my older titles (The Year Without Michael, Evvie At Sixteen and The Ring Of Truth) onto Kindle and Nook. While it doesn't cost anything to do the listings, I paid the excellent E-Quality Press to do the actual labor.
Then I sat around, wrote The Shade Of The Moon, played vast numbers of hands of Freecell and waited to earn out my investment.
Well, I finally did. Or more accurately, The Year Without Michael did. It's not surprising it's proven to be by far the most popular of the three titles, since it was by far the most popular of the three titles when they were first published.
So thanks to Michael, and with the help of E-Quality Press, I've put two more books up, Thea At Sixteen and Claire At Sixteen.
The publishing world sure is an interesting place. I wrote Life As We Knew It and it sold quite nicely, but even so I had to beg and plead to get my publisher to accept The Dead And The Gone. The Dead And The Gone sold quite nicely, but even so I had to beg and plead to get my publisher to accept This World We Live In. This World We Live In sold quite nicely, but even so I had to beg and plead to get my publisher to accept The Shade Of The Moon.
But back in the day, I had lunch with my then editor and I said, "I'd like to write a five book series about four sisters when each one is 16 and then a fifth book about their mother when she was 16," and my editor said, "Great. I'll have the contracts for you by dessert."
Possibly it wasn't that speedy, but there wasn't any begging and pleading either. I got to write the five books as a cohesive unit, a family saga novel divided into five parts. And I loved it. It was one of my favorite writing experiences. I loved the characters. I loved their interactions. I loved getting each of the books to start with Claire saying, "What a dump." I loved a setup in Evvie At Sixteen paying off three books later. I loved figuring out after the books were published that Character A wasn't in love with Character B all that time, but with Character C instead.
I don't have a lot of fantasies that the e-book sales for Thea At Sixteen and Claire At Sixteen are going to pay for my rapidly approaching retirement. My hope is that they'll sell a few copies and The Year Without Michael will continue to sell a few more copies, and then if all that adds up to enough money to earn back my investment, I'll put up Sybil At Sixteen and Meg At Sixteen.
At this point, these e-books are pretty much vanity press options for me. But I really love The Sebastian Sisters and it makes me happy to add their links to my blog.
Thea At Sixteen can be purchased for your Kindle and your Nook.
Kindle and your Nook.