Change Of Season Extended Edition Launches April 8th, 2015!

At some point, remind me to update the Behind The Book series and tell you all about the woes of self-publishing a revised edition that doesn’t qualify for a new ISBN. It’s been a learning experience, that’s for sure!

It’s taken longer than desired, but I can finally commit to an official launch date for the extended ‘Director’s Cut’ edition of Change of SeasonApril 8th, 2015!  Why this specific date, you might ask?  Two reasons:

My favourite movie of all time is Empire Records.  Capturing a day in the life of a small-town record store, it’s a movie that is filled with music, personal struggles, romance and comedy.  It’s the kind of story I enjoy telling, and it happens to be the 20th anniversary of the movie as well.

To celebrate both my beloved film and the re-release of a book that others have connected with in meaningful ways, Change of Season is free on Kindle on April 8th.  I’m thrilled to share this new version of my story with you, and for those who bought the original edition, I feel it’s only right to give you the new edition at no charge.

Note:  Change of Season will be exclusively available on Kindle in ebook form, for the time being.  It is available for free for those with Kindle Unlimited.  Prefer paperback?  You can pick it up right now at Createspace or purchase from Amazon.

For those who have supported this book since 2012, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. For those just discovering the world of Autumn Brody, I’m so happy to have you here. As for book two in the series, stay tuned: a formal release date is forthcoming at the end of the month.

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Happy PI Day! A Look at an Extended Scene from Change Of Season

Happy PI Day, fellow math nerds (and Veronica Mars fans)!

Today was supposed to also be the re-release of Change of Season, for both reasons.  I do have a character named Veronica, after all.  However, there have been unforeseen and unexpected delays with both my printer and international sellers failing to comply with removing the old so I can ensure readers only receive the new edition.

I’m highly disappointed, but don’t expect much of a delay (end of March, perhaps?).  In the meantime, I still very much wanted to celebrate this Saturday.  For your enjoyment, I’ve decided to share one of the expanded scenes exclusive to this new edition of Change Of Season.  For the Miraj fans out there, she’s going to share a little more about her life as a waitress, in hopes of inspiring Autumn.

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Behind The Book: Second Editions Are Twice The Headache

This is part of a series of posts entitled Behind The Book, where fellow author Carrie Morgan and I share the ups and downs of the writing and publishing process — traditional and self-published.

We all judge books by their cover.

No matter how much we want people to judge our stories by their actual content, it’s a foolish notion.  Cover art matters.  Marketing and packaging matter.  In 2012, I knew this to be true, but as a self-publishing author in between careers, I simply did not have the funds to hire a graphic designer, nor did I have any awareness (if it existed at the time!) of services like SelfPubBookCovers.  I winged it, solicited reviews from bloggers and existing readers from the fandom world, and hoped for the best.

Word of mouth for Change of Season fared well, but I lost the casual browsers.  I knew it to be a risk, and accept that consequence.  That said, as my personal circumstances changed and a sequel formed in mind, I decided that my first novel deserved a new outfit.  I didn’t stop there, however; I decided that, based on feedback over the years, that alternate versions of scenes and new ones I’d omitted previously could be worked in as well.

Go big or go home, right?

So, if you’re going to re-release a previously self-published work, what do you need to know or consider?

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