(You can read my previous posts about my experience with the Kindle Scout program by clicking on Part 1and Part 2.)
Remember when Cinderella was all aflutter getting ready for the ball? Her fairy godmother shows up and poof! Cindy has a gorgeous gown, a carriage, and the sexiest pair of glass slippers. Next, she meets the prince, loses her slipper, gets it back, and marries the handsomest man in the land.
Then comes a reality check.
Cindy is a princess with a hundred and fifty room castle to manage, servants galore, royal obligations, and a demanding mother-in-law who canâ€™t wait to show her off at high teas.
First, she must learn how to be a princess.
Kinda like putting out a good book. Itâ€™s a lot of work. Period.
After my 30-day campaign with Kindle Scout for LOVE ME FOREVER, my Civil War time travel romance, being on and off the Hot and Trending list, then waiting to see if I made the cut, came my reality check.
Most writers would rather clean bathrooms for a week than open the Editorial Letter.
I was shaking in my slippers when mine came. I worked more than two years on â€œLOVE ME FOREVER,â€ getting the research right, the romance, settings. Not an easy task. My story is over 150,000 words.
Which brings me to one of my favorite things about Kindle Scout: the Kindle Press Team. With everyone jumping into the self-publishing arena, itâ€™s easy to want to write, write, write and get it out there. Do-it-yourself, especially if youâ€™ve been writing for a long time. I can wrap my head around a story pretty well. Iâ€™ve written several novels for trad publishers, non-fiction books, kidsâ€™ TV scripts, and plenty of magazine columns and stories.
But no writer is an island.
A good editor is as important as Cinderellaâ€™s fairy godmother. She/he can wave their magic wand and give you that extra spin on your book, make you dig deeper, cut excess. One thing that drew me to the Kindle Scout program was the idea of receiving editorial input.
I wasn’t disappointed. The editorial guidance at Kindle Scout/Kindle Press is awesome.
Iâ€™m thrilled to say that my editor at Kindle Press was thorough, gave excellent suggestions, made me think, and complimented me along the way when she particularly liked something. Sheâ€™s definitely one of the best editors Iâ€™ve ever had. The turnaround was quick: a week to complete the edits. I admit I hardly slept and I maxed out the balance on my Starbucks gold card, but the KP Team gave me a heads up three weeks before as to exactly what day to expect the email with the attached files and they delivered.
So here we are at a new juncture in my Kindle Scout experience. Edits done; book in production.
Preorder begins: July 13, 2015.
On Sale at Amazon: July 28, 2015.
Am I nervous? You bet I am. I put my heart and soul into this story, laughed and cried with my characters every step of the way. Iâ€™m anxious to get it out there. But the best part is, I feel confident that as part of the Kindle Scout program, LOVE ME FOREVER is the best it can be.
Youâ€™ll meet both my heroines and both my heroes in the excerpt. Itâ€™s a saga of love and romance and war. Believe me, I walked every road, fought every battle with my characters, even walked around in a hoop skirt to â€œget it right.â€
This is a book of the heartâ€¦any questions? Please ask!!
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