As many of you know, I recently sent out my first newletter. Yeh, for me! I did it to make readers aware that my book, His Valentine Bride, has now been released.
It’s not easy doing a newsletter. At least it isn’t for me. I didn’t want it to be too long. After all, everyone is pressed for time. And I wanted to be informative. So I mentioned the book (of course) and a bit about love tokens (what they are, how they evolved) since a love token plays a part in the book.
I have another book coming out in April and I was already thinking ahead to what to put in that newsletter. Then, it hit me, how about a behind the scenes look at how that particular book developed and changed as it was being written? Hmmm, might be interesting.
His Valentine Bride actually started out as The Christmas Medallion. I wanted it to come out in December 2012 and though I hadn’t sold it (way back in November 2011) I was so confident there would be room in the December Special Edition lineup, that I wrote it as a Christmas book.
I bet you’re already two steps ahead of me. While Harlequin did buy the book (and the next two), their November and December slots 2012 were already full. EEECKKK. They gave me the option of having the book come out December 2013 as the third book of the three, instead of the first. But that wouldn’t work because new characters are introduced in this book that you see in the other two. Another option was to have this book come out in 2013 and the other two follow in 2014. I didn’t like that option either.
Sooooo….I changed the book to a Valentine’s book. The Christmas medallion became a love token (which I think worked quite well) although I have to say the change in dates played heck with my time line in the book.
I could go on and talk about Puffy, the Pomeranian, and how she developed (I really loved her character…and you’ll see her again in other books) but, alas, as with newsletters, blogs can only be so long.
The question for the day is either “What do you like to see in author newsletters?” or you can tell me “Do you like holiday-centered books?” I’m drawing THREE names from those who comment. They’ll each win a copy of His Valentine Bride! Names of the winners will be posted on Sunday.
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