Moving On to 2017

Let’s start with a Happy Thanksgiving wish for everyone in the United States. I hope you and yours have traveled safely and are enjoying a wonderful meal and good times together.

And now, for this big update post.

About a year ago, I went to a writers’ conference and met with a number of publishing industry professionals. I came home with a long list of things to do with my books and their distribution, based on their advice. I was excited. I had Plans. Things were going to go to the next level.

The disappointing thing is that, in the vast majority of cases, following this advice has proven to be frustrating, time-consuming and detrimental to my book sales. That I haven’t had time to write much – or publish as much as I wanted – while doing this hasn’t helped at all.

One of the things that made the results even worse is that there’s  been a change this year at the various portals. The word “erotic” is now apparently used as a flag for content that should be made less easy to discover. It’s as if someone somewhere decided that “erotic” is code for “porn” – although all of us know that’s not true. Each portal seems to have their own variation of this, none of it is documented or declared outright, and it’s a huge change.

This means that my strategy of giving each of the Phoenix books the subtitle “An Erotic Romance”, which seemed to be such a good idea at the time, has turned out to be a very bad idea. :-/ I’ve removed that subtitle from the digital books, but it can’t be removed from the mini-book editions produced by Createspace. I think these mini-book editions are so cute, but they don’t sell, and part of the reason they don’t sell has to be that no one can find them. I’ve added direct links to the Phoenix pages for these print editions here on my site, which you can follow to the print book product page at Amazon. They’re not always linked to the digital edition.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The end result – which is the important bit – is that here I am, a year wiser 🙂 and ready to get back to the real business of writing and publishing my books instead of mucking around with endless busy work.

What’s on the calendar for 2017?

His Lost Princess, #2 of the Euphoria series of fairy tale romances by Ella ArdentFirstHis Lost Princess will be published at the end of December. This is the second fairy tale in my Euphoria series and is based on Cinderella. I really like the story – Ellie saves the prince with her love – and hope you do, as well.

Another lesson learned here – the end of December is a bad time to publish a new work as the various portals run on lower staff or even shut down departments, so publishing of new titles may be delayed. We’ll have to see how that works out. This will probably be my last release ever scheduled for the end of December.

Second – I’m revising Dangerous into three installments, which will be published with new covers in 2017. I’m excited about this project and can’t wait to see the new covers. I’m hoping to have them to show to you in December.

The Wedding Collection of three contemporary romancesby Ella ArdentThird – an exciting new opportunity! Both Amazon KDP and B&N Nook have opened portals for publishing print editions for sale at their specific portal. These are print-on-demand, like the editions from Createspace and Ingrams, but the pricing works out much better. This is because there’s no expanded distribution – at Createspace, the pricing worked out well if the book was only available at Amazon, but to make it available elsewhere (like B&N) there had to be a margin added for wholesaling, which meant the book’s price was higher. Doing an Amazon edition for Amazon and a B&N edition for B&N, both at a lower price point, takes care of the two big markets for my print editions. I’ve set up The Wedding and the new Plume editions at both portals, and the prices will be $9.99US for most of them instead of $14.99US. (The exception is The Plume: The Third Collection which is longer so has a higher cost. It’s $15.99 in wide distribution but will be $10.99 at either portal.) So, this is a pretty exciting new option.

The goofy thing about it is that all the portals (Amazon, Nook, Ingrams) use paper for the book interior that is slightly different in thickness, which means that the spine of the book cover has to be adjusted for each portal. I explored KDP and Nook’s new options after my cover designer had finished the Ingrams editions of these new covers, so I’m back in her queue for the variations of the covers. Once those are done, the KDP and Nook editions of the five books with new covers will go live. I’m hoping it’ll be before the end of the year, but she’s busy and I want the Dangerous covers, too. 🙂

The Best Man, first in The Wedding series of contemporary romances by Ella ArdentFourth – I’m trying an experiment at Instafreebie. This portal allows readers to get free reads, usually in exchange for subscribing to the author’s newsletter. From now through December 4, you can download a free copy of The Best Man at Instafreebie right here. On December 5, I’ll have to decide whether or not to continue there after my experiment. If you do grab a copy, I’d appreciate you leaving a review online, at Goodreads, your blog or FB, or any other portal. Thanks!

Fifth – in 2017, the Phoenix novellas will get new covers, as so will the Phoenix Collections. (I haven’t published Marked because it’ll be easier to just publish it once, when the new covers are done.) I’m plotting out the culmination of that series, so all the covers can match and the series can be finished in 2017. There will be nine novellas altogether in the Phoenix series, and three collections. The titles are going to change slightly, but if you’ve already bought them, the new editions will be downloadable at your portal of choice as updates. Note that when the new covers are done and published, those cute little mini-books from Createspace will disappear forever. Collect them now if you like them!

Sixth – This is the tease. 🙂 As well as continuing the Euphoria series, I’m sketching out two new series to launch next year. One is called The Men of the Plume and you can guess who is going to get his HEA as part of that series. The other series is still a secret. More about those as we get through this list and they come closer to publication.

Phew. There are my plans for the year ahead. I hope you’ll be reading along with me!

New Covers for The Wedding Series

The first batch of new covers are done! I just love these covers, and hope you do, too.

They’ll be rolling out at the various portals over the next week or so.

The Best Man, first in The Wedding series of contemporary romances by Ella Ardent Always a Bridesmaid, second in The Wedding series of contemporary romances by Ella Ardent Forever Bound, third in The Wedding series of contemporary romances by Ella Ardent

You are invited to a wedding…

• where a mysterious lover fulfills the Maid of Honor’s naughty fantasy—and makes his own dream come true…

• where a bridesmaid seduces a guest to challenge his expectations—and finds true love in the most unlikely of places…

• where the groom has second thoughts until the bride changes the rules—and they find a happily-ever-after beyond their wildest dreams.

Get Ready!

I’ve had some interesting discussions this fall with publishers and other writers. As a result of these chats (and a good bit of thinking) I’m going to be revising a number of my books, and giving most of them new covers.

So, this is just a little advance warning for you. I’ll be unpublishing the following books in the next few weeks. They won’t be available again in their current format but will be changed and published in new editions.

Dangerous, the complete erotic romance, by Ella ArdentDangerous

Reid and Kendra’s story was originally published in nine installments. The first one remains available and is free in a lot of places. I’m going to revise this book to be in three installments, give it new covers and maybe make some editorial changes, too. It’ll be relaunched then. It’s possible that you’ll be able to download the complete story as a new edition if you already have the book on your e-reader, but the installments will be entirely new book products.

So, if you want the first part free, or the whole book as it is, grab it now! If you want to update your version, do it now.

There’s also a Goodreads Giveaway for six print copies of Dangerous with this cover. Sounds like a collectors’ edition to me. 🙂

Submission, first in the Plume Series of erotic novellas by Ella ArdentThe Plume novellas

The Plume series was originally published as nine novellas. The stories were then gathered into anthologies of three novellas each called Plume anthologies. Last year, I created a book containing the complete Plume series, so right now, there are thirteen book products in the series. Submission, the first novella, is currently free or 99 cents at online portals. I want to give new covers to this series, ones that reflect my realization that the Plume is actually the story of Mike and Joanna’s romance, with a whole lot of subplots. I’ll be unpublishing the nine novellas at most portals, and updating the three anthologies as well as the Complete Plume.

So, if you want to grab Submission for free, or need any of the individual novellas to make your naughty collection complete, or you want to update your versions, now’s the time. I think you’ll be able to download the updates as new editions if you already have the anthologies or the complete series volume.

The Wedding Series and The Phoenix Series will both be getting new covers, but they’ll just be updated at the various portals when the new covers are done. You will be able to download those as new versions if you’ve bought them already. There’s also a Goodreads giveaway for four copies of The Wedding Series with its current cover, so there’s another collectors’ edition.

More changes to come!

Seeing Double

Dangerous, the complete erotic romance, by Ella ArdentI’m in the midst of changing the distribution of my books. Instead of using Smashwords to deliver my books to Apple and Kobo, I’m uploading them directly to those stores. That means I’ll have better control over pricing – being able to set it by territory, for example – faster uploads and changes, and also more timely reporting. The only downside is that the books will lose their existing reviews. 😦 On both of these portals, reviews don’t transfer between editions of a book.

Some of my books have a lot of reviews (especially at Apple). I find reviews helpful when I’m trying to decide what to read next. So, my compromise is to publish the new editions through both portals but leave the old editions there for a while. I’m hoping that you (and others) will leave reviews on the new editions.

The Plume: The Complete Series by Ella ArdentHow will you know the difference between old and new editions? Well, you could look at the publisher name. The new editions will be published by Circe Books. (That’s me!) I’m also updating the links here on the site as the new editions go live. Or you could look at the price. The new editions are cheaper than the ones that will be going away.

New Links at iBooks

Claimed, an Erotic Romance by Ella Ardent

As discussed a while ago, I’m changing the delivery of my books at some portals. First to be done at The Phoenix titles at iBooks. Because I’m now delivering directly to iBooks (instead of through Smashwords) these books have new Apple ID’s, which means they have new links.

At this point, reviews don’t transfer between editions of a book, so changing the delivery means losing the reviews. :-/ That’s true at both Kobo and iBooks, but I’m hoping it will change sometime soon.

As of this morning, these books have new iBooks links:

RevealedHer Dark Prince, an erotic fairy tale by Ella Ardent

Harnessed

Hunted

Haunted

Sold

Claimed

Tales of the Phoenix

Also, there’s a new pre-order link for Her Dark Prince.

Print Distribution

The Plume: The Complete Series by Ella ArdentI mentioned last week that the bigger books – the collections of novellas – are available in wider distribution than the cute little books. Previously, they were all available from Amazon with some distribution to other portals. It turns out that many stores and libraries prefer to order print books from Ingrams.

So, now those larger print editions are available through Ingrams, which means that your local bookstore or library can order them. This has been a lot more time consuming than expected, but now it’s done.

You can now ask for any of the Plume Collections, The Phoenix Collection or the Wedding Anthology at your local bookstore or library.

These print editions also have new ISBN#’s:
The Plume: The Complete Series ISBN 9780995023444
The Plume: The First Anthology ISBN 9780995023413
The Plume: The Second Anthology ISBN 9780995023420
The Plume: The Third Anthology ISBN 9780995023437
The Wedding Anthology ISBN 9780995023406
Tales from the Phoenix: The First Collection ISBN 9780995023451

From this point onward, all big books will go into wider distribution, through both Ingrams and Amazon.

 

ISBN#’s and New Editions

Here’s another thing that I’ve been straightening out this winter! I now have ISBN#’s for my books. This won’t be a visible change for you on upcoming titles, but there will be some changes in backlist titles on two portals, Kobo and iBooks.

Portals usually use the ISBN# or a substitute as a tracking number, so it’s not a piece of information that can be updated or changed once the book has been published. The thing with both iBooks and Kobo is that they don’t transfer reviews between editions of a book. So, at those portals, when I unpublish the old editions and publish new editions, with ISBN#’s, the book will lose its reviews. In the hope that they both change their systems soon, I’ll start with books that don’t have many or any reviews. All new books will go out with ISBN#’s. Other portals link all the editions of a book together, so the change will be invisible to you.

Claimed, an Erotic Romance by Ella Ardent• If you had pre-ordered Claimed at Kobo, you probably got a message on Friday or Saturday that you wouldn’t be getting it after all. That’s because the old edition – which you pre-ordered – has been unpublished. There’s a new edition, with an ISBN#, right here. Sorry to make trouble for you, but you just need to pre-order the new one to get the book right on time on the 22nd.

• And then there’s iBooks. Because there were quite a few pre-orders for Claimed there, I published the edition that was already set to go. I have been delivering books to iBooks via Smashwords, but will be publishing directly to Apple from this point onward. By the end of the month, I’ll make a new version of Claimed available at iBooks and cancel the existing one. Please wait to post your review!

Her Dark Prince, an erotic fairy tale by Ella Ardent• If you had pre-ordered Her Dark Prince from Smashwords or iBooks, that version has been cancelled. There will be a new version at iBooks soon. I apologize for any inconvenience. I had already added the ISBN to the version at Kobo, so it’s good to go.

• The first books to have their editions replaced will be The Phoenix stories. This won’t affect the book files that you’ve bought – they’ll still be yours – but should make my books available in more places in future.

Cute Little Books

Claimed print edition coverAs promised, I’ve been working on print editions of The Phoenix. Some of you like having the individual novellas available on their own, and Createspace offers a perfect format for this. These are 4″ x 6.5″ paperbacks, which is just a little smaller than mass market size. They’re so cute!

The cover is taller and narrower than the digital book cover, so I’ve used a feather background on them all.

These editions will only be available from Amazon and Createspace. It’s not a size that can be put into distribution, but the larger anthologies and collections are available in wider distribution. (More about that next week.)

The cute little books are just heading into the Amazon distribution channel. You can see them on Createspace already:

Harnessed
(which also includes Revealed)

Hunted

Haunted

Sold

Claimed

Dangerous Available Everywhere

Dangerous is out of Kindle Unlimited and now available at other portals again. The first instalment of the story is free everywhere, too.

Fantasy can be the most deadly game of all…

When a woman with a hunger for risk challenges a man who needs to possess, nothing can quench the passion that sparks between them—except a secret from the past, one that will seal their fates together forever or destroy them both.

Kendra Jones thought it was harmless fun to pose for pin-up pictures for her unhappily-married boss—until he suddenly sold the company. Kendra knew she had to retrieve the pictures from his office before the new owner discovered them, but arrived too late—not only has he found the file, but he’s chosen a few favorite shots to keep for himself. Worse, he’s Reid Stirling, a sexy millionaire entrepreneur Kendra’s always admired. When Reid suggests she become his personal assistant in every way, Kendra seizes the chance to explore her fantasies. As their mutually satisfying game becomes obsessive, neither realizes that it’s put Kendra in the sights of a stalker determined to make Reid pay for his sins of the past.

Dangerous, the first instalment of the erotic romance by Ella ArdentPart I: D
In which Reid makes an acquisition…
Amazon
iBooks
Kobo
Nook
Smashwords

Dangerous, the complete erotic romance, by Ella Ardent

DANGEROUS
The complete erotic romance, in trade paperback and digital.

Amazon
Createspace

iBooks
Kobo
Nook
Smashwords

New Print Editions

The Plume: The Complete Series by Ella ArdentOne of the things that’s been happening behind the scenes this month is that I’ve been publishing the print editions of my books through Ingrams. They’re still available from Createspace and Amazon, but I’m told that other booksellers and libraries prefer to order from Ingrams.

This should mean that you can get the books more easily from other booksellers.

The Plume: The First Anthology by Ella Ardent PlumeAnthology2sm

For example, my books are now being listed for sale on the Chapters Indigo website, which is the big bookseller in Canada. The links are still populating, so the cover image isn’t there yet (these things take time) but here are Indigo links for

The Plume: The First Anthology

The Plume: The Second Anthology

The Plume: The Complete Collection

The Wedding Anthology

Tales from the Phoenix: The First Collection and The Plume: The Third Anthology should appear on the site soon.

The Wedding Anthology by Ella Ardent

This also means that you can ask for the print edition to be ordered by your local library or your local bookseller. 🙂