|Sometimes it's time to say goodbye|
Now I'm responsible for everything from cover design to editing and the thing that scares me most is getting it wrong. But, my publisher's actions left me with no choice.
You see, I had high hopes for these books. They were the first two in a series I'd created called Die Hard for Girls. They were my babies, lovingly crafted. I'd already written the third.
Judging by the readers reports by the publisher, they shared my enthusiasm. Sadly, that didn't translate into any real effort on their part. In fact, the publisher started to charge for services that they shouldn't have. Things like converting your book into an eBook and even, at one point, putting it into print.
I won't go into all that. It's a long and boring story - hey, even I'm bored with it. But, what I will say is that I spent hours and hours trying to get my book the marketing they promised me and getting basic things like categories fixed and my author name spelled correctly.
Example - Throwaways, my crime thriller about Glasgow sex workers being kidnapped, was listed as true life and erotica. My, was my mum surprised about that:)
Now, it's down to me to do things right. It's daunting, but invigorating at the same time. Having two covers designed was particularly exciting.
I prefer the cover I commissioned for Hell To Pay to the original. What do you think?
And, here's Throwaways...
For now, I'm trying to find my way, but I'll keep you up to date on my self-publishing adventure and would love to hear about yours.
Both books are out now in eBook, but there's limited paperbacks from the publisher available.