Roughly five years ago, my first book STORM'S INTERLUDE was published. I'd just turned sixty-two a couple weeks before I held the first copy in my hands and cried like a baby. Since then, I've gotten the rights back and tucked them away, going over possibilities of what I'd do with it to make it sell better. Odd a book that won two awards just slept away on Amazon's shelves, but it did. Still, no one knew who I was. Heck, some days I still don't know who I am.
Kelly Moran, an author friend, approached a few of us and asked if we'd like to join her in putting together a bundle for February. I said the only thing I could contribute would be my first book. Several others, who also have busy writing schedules, jumped on that idea, too. Just to make sure I could do this, I contacted legal at Random House since I'm writing exclusively for them now. They were very co-operative and told me the clause in my contract only applied to new material. I could self-publish previously published works with no problems from them. I was good to go.
Kelly made me a new cover, since I wasn't allowed to use the one from TWRP.
Isn't it pretty? Imagine, next year I'll join the ranks of hybrid authors. Whoot!
Before I began reworking the manuscript, I read all my reviews to see what things readers did not like. I made a point of correcting those issues as well as updating things like cell phones that opened and closed. And, of course, my writing has improved slightly since then. Newbie goofs needed corrected. Working on my first-born book took longer than I'd expected. Once finished, I set it aside while I attended RWA, came home, and wrote and rewrote the first two chapters of my wounded warrior series. Now I'm ready to give STORM'S INTERLUDE one final read through. I'm thinking I was a little heavy on the male internal thought. Men just don't think and rethink things like we women do. Sometimes we wonder if they think at all, but they do...just in a different manner.
Here's a picture of our bundle cover. See any other names and titles you recognize?