Hello all! It's been so long since I've posted an update, I'm almost not sure where to begin XD.
Looking back at my last update almost a year and a half ago (!), I will say that God has blessed my family greatly in terms of all the things we were struggling through before! My husband's job situation is much more stable and supportive for our family, my kids are fantastic, my job hours have dropped considerably, and overall my life has smoothed out to the point that things are progressing fairly well here in the author department. Thank you to everyone who may have prayed for me/us during that chaotic time!
All of that boils down to say that I am OFFICIALLY transitioning to being a self-published author! I will be using KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing, through Amazon) to release all of my books from this point forward. I have put in my request to stop using BookBaby to distribute my works, and will be rolling over those first two books in the next few weeks. That means there may be a period where my books are not available, or only available in certain formats, as the transition takes place. Both books will be re-released, I promise! I'm also intending to enroll my eBooks in Kindle Unlimited, as the vast majority of my eReaders use Kindle. Might as well put the bait where the fish are biting, if you know what I mean! So the eBooks will no longer be available anywhere other than Amazon (the same goes for the print versions, as I will still release both print and electronic forms). Nor will I have a "buy from me" option. The buttons on the book pages have not been updated yet - I cannot promise that any of those links will still have books available if you click them, but as soon as I have new links to share, I will update those pages!
I'm actually very excited about this change :-D. This gives me greater independence in terms of producing my own books. I can control the price options better (no third party to take a cut!), I won't be waiting on anyone to format or make changes for me (KDP has several helpful tools for both the manuscript and the cover creation), I will be wearing my big-girl author pants and proud of it! Plus, Kindle Unlimited offers me options in terms of running discounts or promotions that I couldn't do before. Of course, that does mean I'll need to learn a few new things besides how to write a good story, but life's not very fun if you never try anything new :-P.
Oh, and I haven't forgotten about that sequel I promised you. The progression of all-things-author has included great work on getting that third novel ready to publish.... official book release announcement coming soon ;-).
Stay tuned for more updates and I wish everyone a wonderful week!