Back in 1997 Silhouette published Heiress Seeking Perfect Husband under their Yours Truly line. I loved the story. It’s a “You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find Prince Charming” type of story and is probably the most humorous one I’ve ever written.
When the publisher dropped that line, my agent was able to get the rights back for that book. (Harlequin still holds the rights to the second book I wrote for the line.)
I was lucky, not only to get back the rights, but also to discover I still had the disc with the finished manuscript I’d sent to Silhouette. Last summer I was able to convert the file to my computer, and I started changing the formatting to fit e-book requirements. I soon realized my version wasn’t the edited version. That slowed my process as I compared my copy to the published book to make sure I picked up all of the line and copy edits.
Once I had the new formatting and changes in place, I left the file for a while, both to work on another story and to allow time before I looked at the ms again. During that time I also started looking for pictures that might work for a cover.
This is the original cover, used for the paperback. It clearly shows the story, and would look fine on a bookshelf, but I didn’t feel it would work for an ebook. (Also, I didn’t want to pay for the rights to use the cover.)
I contacted Florence Price, of The Novel Difference, http://thenoveldifference.com/ who has done several covers for me, and she started working on a cover.
I then went back to the ms and added the front and back material and read through it looking for typos, repeated words, etc. Considering I’d already edited the original ms before sending it to Silhouette, you would think it would be perfect by this stage, but I still found some errors.
Florence came up with a great cover. (What do you think?)
So now I was ready to go…or, almost ready. I needed a blurb, key words, and how, exactly, to categorize the book.
The blurb, in my opinion, is extremely important. When a potential buyer is browsing through Amazon looking for a book to buy, it’s the cover and the description of the book that often sway the buyer one way or another. But how do you tell all you want to say in 4000 characters?
Tuesday I met with a writers’ group and showed them what I’d written.
Several didn’t like the first sentence. They felt it sounded as if Shannon had put an ad in the paper (which isn’t what happened). So home I went with their suggestions on how to fix it. This is what I finally decided on. (The nice thing about Kindle is if those of you reading this blog feel it doesn’t work, I can go in and change the description again.)
So now it’s out there, and now I have to market it. I hate that part of this job.