Friday, May 25, 2012

Second Chances



I joke about having split personalities with my writing, since I now have two names, but I realized something the other day. Heather Webber (so strange writing my name like that!) is officially an indie author now, while Heather Blake is still a traditional author.
 
In terms of publishing, I’m split right down the middle.

True, Heather Webber still has books in print with traditional publishers (some of my Nina Quinn series and the first three Lucy Valentines), but everything new HW has put out has been indie published.

Indie publishing, or self-publishing, has been an interesting journey for me. The main reason I jumped into the indie water was because A Hoe Lot of Trouble, the first book in the Nina Quinn series went out of print. I kept getting emails asking how people could find it, etc. I acquired my rights back and off I leapt into indie pubbing.

And it’s been wonderful. It’s opened up the possibilities of continuing series that were impossible to move to other publishing houses (this is akin to a TV show being canceled and trying to move to another network—next to impossible). I’m able to continue writing the Nina Quinn books and the Lucy Valentine series.

Last week, I published the fourth book in the Lucy series, Perfectly Matched. I picked up the series where it left off and had a blast writing it.

My biggest downfall with self-publishing is definitely in the editing process. Despite how many pairs of eyes have looked at the manuscript, and how much I’ve paid a professional editor, mistakes are made. BUT, thankfully, I have wonderful eagle-eyed readers who point out those flaws so I can fix them. I truly appreciate that because no one wants the best possible product more than I do.  Thankfully, all ebooks can be updated and you, as the consumer, can delete the original and re-download the newest version from your device's library (you do not have to repurchase it). Just check your (Kindle, Nook, etc) account to see if there’s an updated version available. Simple.
 
So, even though I’m split down the middle, I’ve been incredibly lucky to have readers who follow me wherever this road takes me. Honestly, can’t do it without all of you! Group hug.





11 comments:

Ann Philipp said...

Great information Heather, thanks for sharing. I passed it on to my writing friends on Facebook.

Aimee Hix said...

And we will continue to follow you. I don't care who or how your work gets published. I want it because of who has written it - you!

Mardel said...

It's great that as an author you're willing to accept the well-meant corrections and do something about them. It's wonderful to have approachable writers around.

I didn't know that we could download updated copies of e-books for free. hmmmm - another for the pro column on e-books.

:)

Anonymous said...

Its kind of wonderful that because of Facebook you actually get up close and personal with your favorite authors...I will read whatever you write, whoever you want to be Webber, Blake or someone new...Your words Rock!
Noreen Forest

Dru said...

I love your work and will follow your stories whereever they take me. Keep writing!

Breaunna Miller said...

Ditto all of the comments to your post! I will read your work no matter what. I am glad you are able to continue with the Lucy Valentine & Nina Quinn series in the e-book format and start new books in the more traditional format. It gives readers tons of options, which I love. Just keep writing because we will keep reading! Don't make us beg......

Aurian said...

I think it is a great thing to have your books available again for all the new fans in the coming years. One of the benefits of cozy mysteries, they are kind of timeless.
And yeah on making more money yourself on your own hard work! I am all for it! But whenever it is possible, I still prefer a paperback with a beautiful cover to look at.

Kristin A. said...

Oh my goodness, I agree with everyone else. If you write, I'll read. It's a promise. Your stories whether under Heather Webber or Heather Blake whether they are about Nina, Lucy, or Darcy are truly among my very favorites.

That is very interesting that you appreciate hearing from readers little corrections in your work. I would have never thought to approach a writer with something like that. Very cool that you don't mind mistakes being pointed out to you AND that when indie publishing in the ebook format you are able to easily make corrections and provide updated copies to your customers. I never knew...

Oh, a few weeks ago you posted on the topic of good news (Absolutely, Positively winning best mystery of 2011 by RRT!!!) and I mentioned how I was waiting on some good news. It came last weekend in a BIG way! My heart overflowed. I am so blessed.

Diane P said...

I'm glad that you are continuing Lucy's story by e-publishing. I feel too often some of the series I enjoy get cut off too soon. Now the writers can self-publish & make us readers happy again. :)

Shirley said...

Wonderful news and great information to know!

Books by Heather said...

Thank you, everyone! I didn't have Internet yesterday, so I'm catching up today.

No begging required--I'm going to keep writing! :)

And Kristin, so glad to hear about your good news!