Autumn Sunrise

I'm working on a short story that hit me instead of sleep this morning.

Recently Published

I've been busy... Note that both Seer: Thrall and Wolf Women are on track for publishing in the next three weeks as well.

Fox Opponent

Since joining the Madison wolves, Michaela continually finds herself facing off against the established partnerships that have long existed within the pack. Sometimes this conflict acts as a source of stress.

In Fox Opponent, we discover that the little fox is, well, clever as a fox.

This is a short story of 6,500 words. It is a segment from Fox Found, not yet published, and is told from Elisabeth's point of view. This is a complete story but will appear in the full novel once published.

This is a chance to see the fox and her antics through Elisabeth's eyes.

Fox Rematch

Michaela and Lara have been married for a year when Elisabeth and Angel approach Michaela with a werewolf tradition: ransom night rematch.

Michaela accepts.

This is a short novella of 20,000 words. It is set to begin immediately (seconds) after the events from the final chapter of Fox Mate and, as such, is actually after the events in Fox Afield but prior to Fox Revenge. The story represents Michaela's ransom rematch and, as such, contains some unpleasant experiences. If you didn't care for the ransom night in Fox Mate, you won't enjoy this short. This story contains some important tidbits, but it is okay to skip reading it.

Book Returns

Over on the Virtual Living Room, there is a discussion regarding returning eBooks. My position is somewhat different from that of the other people posting, so I thought I'd share my comments here.

Do I think it's right if someone buys my book, reads it, and returns it afterwards? No, not really. But I don't lose sleep over it. It's not a whole lot different from someone picking up a book at Barnes and Noble then heading over to the in-store Starbucks for a few hours to read it right in the store. I've never done that, but given there are always people in there reading something, I presume it happens on a daily basis.

I also think a certain percentage of people buy the book knowing they can return it if they don't like it. When you pick up a book at Barnes and Noble, you can page through it and see what you think. You get a feel for how long it is and what the style of writing is. You can readily read a few pages. People don't have quite the same habit with ebooks -- they don't download the free samples. They hit Buy and then read a bit.

So I just don't get worked up over it.

Now, the ones I really dislike are the ones who download my books then make them available for torrent uploads. Those people are real assholes -- and they're violating my copyrights besides. So are the people who download from torrent.

But I console myself knowing that the people who download them this way wouldn't go buy them anyway.

I think there are a certain number of people who buy books, copy the .mobi file, then return it while keeping the .mobi. I suspect these people are proud they are getting away with something. They are enjoying my hundreds of hours of work without compensating me for it. Luckily, they aren't very numerous. My return rate is somewhere around 3% or so.

It's just not significant.

Fox Rematch

Okay, so... When I wrote Fox Mate, I also wrote the rematch, but I didn't include it in the novel. It's about 20,000 words, making it a short novella. I haven't published it yet for one simple reason:

It includes a plot element that I don't necessarily want to retain in the Fox universe. It's not a BIG deal, but unfortunately it was important to the novella. I've sat on this for over a year wondering what I was going to do about it. I kept thinking I would rewrite that portion of the story, but I haven't come up with any clever ideas.

I think I should publish it the way it is (after final editing) with a caveat about the plot element not surviving into future books.

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Number Two

Wolf Ways is already #2 for Lesbian Fiction and #1 for Hot New Lesbian Fiction.

To all of you helping to put it there -- thank you very, very much!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books/10173/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_b_1_5_last

Wolf Ways is Published

Wolf Ways is available on Amazon.

Frustration

My editing process for my books eventually has me reading them using the Kindle app on my iPad. I mark up errors or sections I need to edit, then go back and perform those edits on my computer.

Several months ago, the Kindle app began finding excuses to lose my annotations. I lost two sets of annotations (representing hours of markup) while working on Wolf Watch. I'm sure this led to typographical mistakes making it into the final copy, as I lose errors I would have fixed AND I began frustrated by the process besides.

Well... I did the recommended changes (turning off synchronizing annotations), and all was going well until 20 minutes ago when the damned thing did it again! This time, I lost all my work from today. Hours of editing. Sigh.

Needless to say, I'm FRUSTRATED.

I am giving the Kindle app one more try. I am updating all my software and we'll see, but if it loses my edits after that, I'll be looking for other choices.

If anyone knows of an app for iPad that reads the .mobi files you get from Amazon and supports annotations - and doesn't lose them - please drop me a note.

Paperbacks

I have been wondering if I should create paperback copies of my novels. The price would need to be significantly higher than I charge for eBooks -- probably approaching $14 each. I can prepare them using CreateSpace at no charge except the time and effort involved.

When I thought about this a year ago, I talked to a few of the publishers, such as Astrid at Ylva. The consensus was that paperbacks were a necessity in the publishing business at least in part because authors wanted them, and because it provides something to give away or sell at various events. But sales volume was extremely low, and for revenue purposes, it wasn't worth the effort.

However...

If you would like me to have paperbacks available, and you would buy them, please drop me a line. If there is sufficient interested, I'll try putting together the first few and see how difficult it is.

I *may* do it anyway, as it might be nice to have copies myself.

Wolf Women

I'm pushing back some tears.

Wolf Women first draft: completed.

93,000 words.

A little bragging

I want to thank everyone for this image associated with Hunting Pups:



It's been there since a day or two after I hit Publish and has remained in that slot since.

Fox in the Water is at #2 in a slightly longer category (22 to 32 pages); it's been there for days.

Thank you all for your continued support.