Monday, September 10, 2018

The Times Are A-Changin' with @meganslayer #romance #writing #market #shenanigans

I tend to be more of a head-down, chugging away kind of author. I'm horrible with trends and keeping up. I like to write what the readers and muse wants.

But things get sticky when the muse doesn't want to cooperate. Even more so when life spins out of control. Hey, the tot going back to school, critters getting sick and DH changing schedules has been rather difficult for the writing schedule. I know. I should have dedicated time to write. Tell that to my muse. When the muse decides it's not time, there's nothing I can do to get the muse in gear. I've come to terms with that.

But in the last couple years, a few other curve balls have come my way. One of them, being one of the biggest, is having more than one of my publishers go out of business/shut their doors. I understand this business tends to chew people up and spit them out. Same goes for publishers. For a while there, a ton of new pubs came along, then just as quickly, the pubs disappeared. Others have been stalwarts, but things happen and they've opted to close. It happens.

In this climate of change, authors have to adapt. I know I have. One of the ways we adapt is by self-publishing those titles that were with pubs and putting them back out into circulation. We might add a few chapters that are new or re-edit the book to make it fresh, but often times, the authors will just put a new cover on it (because the pubs own the original) and put the book back out. We love to write, but a book doesn't bring in readers if it's sitting on the hard drive.

But there are shenanigans afoot. I've been accused of putting re-issues out and I have. I make sure I plainly label the books that are re-issues as such because I'd hate for a reader to buy two of the same book. I have two pen names and I had a series that I opted to put all under the same name. Again, labeled re-issue. I had one book that I'd put the wrong name on. It was a Wendi book and I created the cover with my Megan name on it. I've let readers know it's still me.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm still learning in this business. I've been around for almost ten years and I'm still figuring things out. But I'm trying. I won't let the market, shenanigans or anything else get me down. I love my readers too much to quit.

Speaking of re-issues and re-vamps, my novella, Molten Steel, is out now. Here's a little bit about this book:

Molten Steel 

By Wendi Zwaduk
A Nathalia Hotel Novella
M/F, Anal Sex

Breaking down was never this freeing.

Rory Speedle charms the world and rocks the stage with his band, Disaster Transport. He’s dealt with ex-girlfriends, overzealous fans and letters from a stalker, but nothing has prepared him for his next concert date. When the tour bus catches fire on the outskirts of Dallas, he loses more than just his instruments. His desire to create music is gone and he believes his hope is next. Then he meets Cady Hollister and everything changes. She inspires him and stokes his desire. 

Cady knows the handsome rock and roller won’t be in town long. He’s only at her hotel until the band bus is replaced. Still, he makes her feel like a woman again—sexy, desirable and beautiful. He claims he wants her in his life as more than a passing fancy. Can he convince her to five him a try or will his fame keep them from finding the love they both deserve?

Love could be his salvation, if he’s willing to work for the woman he wants. 

This book was previously released as Molten Steel by Wendi Zwaduk, a Dallas Fire and Rescue Kindle World story, and has been revamped for this edition. 

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1 comment:

Tina Donahue said...

Publishing is crazier than ever. I recently learned that even if you contract your old titles with other publishers, Amazon is hiding them on their site because they're not new (even if they're clearly marked as reissues). Gotta love a company that's supposed to be selling your stuff but is making it nearly impossible to do so.

Hopefully, we've reached the nadir with this and things will start looking up for authors.