I spent most of the past weekend rereading A Hoe Lot of Trouble. This title has been Out of Print a couple of years now, so with the help (she did all the work) of my agent, we got the rights back from the publisher. My thought was to use a print on demand company and sell copies myself because a month doesn't go by when someone doesn't ask me how to find one. What I didn't realize was that I also got back my e-rights. Which meant HOE was no longer available as an e-book. Yikes!
So, I'm taking a crash course in publishing an e-book. First and foremost is making sure the manuscript is fit to print. Since I didn't have a copy-edited version of the book as a .doc, this weekend I went through a print copy of HOE and the old .doc of HOE that I sent to my editor--line by line to sync them up. I'm still not done. It's a tedious process.
I'm learning a couple of things along the way, though. One, I still love Nina Quinn. Two, I miss Nina! Three, I had a love of ellipses. Four, I'm recalling how much the copy editor and I disagreed about certain scenes--and now I have the power to change them back to the way I want (mwa-ha-ha).
From here, I need to format the book for Smashwords. And I need a cover. Not sure I want to hire out--I kind of want to try it myself . We'll see how long that lasts! (anything has to be better than the bloody bunny cover!). Hopefully Hoe will be back online soon. And then I have to figure out Print on Demand. Oh, and try to get the rights to my Steamboat series, too. Oh, and finish a book by March 1st. No problem, right?