Some bits of news for April:
First of all, "wide" in the indie author world means making your books available at stores besides Amazon (as opposed to being in Kindle Select/Kindle Unlimited, which requires being exclusive to Amazon in 90-day periods). With brief exceptions, I've always been wide with all my books, and now I'm more committed than ever to nurturing my readership worldwide at a variety of stores. So, if you look at the buy links for my books (for example, on the Daughter of the Wildings page), you'll notice some changes (assuming you've ever looked at them before). Rather than a single Amazon link, I now have links for the main Amazon store, which serves the U.S. and other territories (fyi, this is my Amazon affiliate link), direct links for the Australia, Canada, and UK stores (the next three biggest for my readership), followed by an Amazon International link. This will (or should) automatically redirect you to the correct Amazon site for your country.
Following this is Barnes & Noble (which unfortunately I believe is U.S. only), Google Play (international), iTunes and Kobo, which are both global links that will take you to the correct store for your country, Smashwords (international), DriveThruFiction (international?), and More Stores. This is where it gets cool - this last link will (or should) take you to Books2Read.com, where you can select your preferred store from among 15 or so, including the main stores and a variety of international stores such as Indigo in Canada, FNAC in France, and Thalia in Germany. So, no matter where you are in the world, I hope you'll be able to find my books at your favorite ebook store. And, just as a reminder, for paperbacks, international readers can find my books at Book Depository and receive free worldwide shipping!
Next, the Defenders of the Wildings revision is coming along. I'm not where I meant to be by now, but I always overestimate how fast I can work and underestimate how much work needs to be done. Book 1 is out to the beta readers right now; I did take the time to do a second edit on it before sending it out, because that book was a mess. It's three books combined into one, and at different times in the drafting process those three books were in different orders. But I was pleased when doing that second edit to discover that it wasn't as bad as I was afraid it was! So we'll see what the beta readers say. I'm hoping/aiming for a release in July. We'll see.
Unfortunately, the artist who did the covers for the Daughter of the Wildings series turned out to not be available to do the Defenders covers. I've commissioned another artist, and work on the covers will start in late April. So watch for a cover reveal coming up in a few months! (Psst: subscribers to my newsletter will get the first peek.)
Finally, speaking of wide, I'm going to be widening my horizons with some travel this month. So I probably won't be posting again until the end of the month; watch for pictures as I show you where I've been!
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