Saturday, March 12, 2016

My New Life by the Shore

I've been MIA for the past six months.  During this time, major changes took place in my life.
My husband and I decided to move down to the Jersey Shore to an Adult Community.  After a few trips down to the shore, we finally found our new home. But that was just the beginning.  Who knew that moving would totally wipe me out.  The daily packing and through away things.  Looking at things and deciding if I needed it or it was just another knickknack which would collect the same dust at the new house. I must say the worst of it was throwing away my thirty year collection (out-of-date) Writer's Digest Magazines.  It's amazing how the publishing industry changed in since then.  But the best part of our new house I would  have my own  writing room, which is still a work in progress.

To add to the mayhem of moving, my publisher shut its doors.  Oy!  Here I was in the middle of packing, now I would have to figure out what to do with my seven books which would no longer be available to the readers and my fans.  The pressure mounted as I packed, when in the back of my mind, I knew I had to do something about my books.  I had never been an independent publisher so I had my work cut our for me.  With just buying a house and the out-of-state moving expenses, I couldn't afford to hire a cover artist or someone to format my books. I knew what I had to do but needed to wait to get through the move.

Moving day came.  I had mixed emotions.  I was moving away from my family and friends into a community where I didn't know a single person.  I couldn't run back home because it would take me an hour and twenty minutes to get there.  So after moving in, unpacking, it was time for me to get back into the game.  All that was left of my books were pictures on Amazon.  Readers couldn't order an ebook copy of my books either, since the publisher took them down.  Now, I was on a mission.

And a journey it was to teach myself how to make my cover for Createspace and Smashwords.  Anyone who tells an author it's an easy feat to independently publish is lying. It takes determination and patience.  I can honestly say on this day in March, my books are online and available on all platforms.  It was a struggle, a long journey, but I say absolutely worth it.

The banner above highlights the new covers for my four book series.  As a treat for my readers, I have combined both Circle of Friends and Second Chances. All are available at Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Nobles, etc. 
Coming up soon I will be running contests and giving away promo merchandise.  
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