I have added A Moment In Time to my backlist that is self-published on Kindle. This is a time-travel romance with pirates. Felicity is the captain of a pirate gang who lives on one of the small islands that makes up the Florida Keys. Eric is a presentday Park Avenue attorney, who manages to fall off his fatherâ€™s yacht and land on Felicityâ€™s pirate ship. Eric falls for Felicity, but she doesnâ€™t want to give up her captaincy for any man. However, there are those who would steal her captaincy and her life.
I have discovered that the first few weeks any book is up on Kindle, it sells few, but over time it picks up. Wild Honey has started to sell much better, though not as well as Debra Hollandâ€™s books.
I also put my childrenâ€™s middle reader chapter book up on Kindle. I never could sell it, so I figured it was sitting here so I might as well see if it will sell on Kindle. The thing I find funny about childrenâ€™s books is they are categorized as chapter books. Like books donâ€™t have chapters. I actually had a student once ask me if I wrote chapter books or no chapter books. Iâ€™m not sure if children in elementary school realize adult books automatically come with chapters. To them it is a big deal to read a â€œchapter book.â€
My childrenâ€™s book is called A Tea Party and is a historical time-travel about the Boston Tea Party. There are the two children, one in sixth grade and one in fifth grade, and the Theodora, the magic black cat who takes them to Boston. The problem with Theodora is that she is a cat and not really a proper supervisor for children. Her needs often come first and she forgets to tell the children certain important things. This leads to an adventure in one of the poorer parts of Boston and the children telling people information they shouldnâ€™t. Theodora leaves them on their own more than once to go home and get some of Momâ€™s chocolate chip cookies. It is a fun book that hopefully makes history fun for the reader.
The thing I didnâ€™t realize when I start the book was the Boston Tea Party was one of the most boring incidences in history. The colonists dressed up like Indians, boarded the ships while the soldiers watched, threw the tea into the sea, got out the brooms and cleaned up after themselves, then went off to the local pub for a brew. Try and make a book out of that. Linda Mac tells me it was a fun book and so did my sisterâ€™s granddaughter.
I had to have covers for both books. I didnâ€™t own the cover for A Moment In Time and A Tea Party never had one. I had one of OCCâ€™s new members make the covers for me. Lex Valentine does a really nice job and several members of my plot group have also hired her.
I hope to put more of my back list up on Kindle over the next couple of months. I look at it as â€œfoundâ€ money. I have even put up some of my short stories. Even a little money is better than what the books and short stories were making.