A Happily Ever After of Her Own

Pulling My Titles from Kobo Books

I really didn't want to do this, but I no longer have any choice.

I distribute some of my self-published titles to Diesel, Kobo, Sony and Apple via Smashwords. It came to my attention last week that Kobo discounted books uploaded by Smashwords. I thought maybe it was a one time glitch or something, but it looks like it is not. Furthermore this random and unauthorized discount has a huge financial impact on writers.

Mark Coker responded to the situation:

April 12, 2011 - Bugs of a different variety. Kobo has experienced a glitch that in the last two days that has caused an automatic repricing of some number of Smashwords titles. We don't know how many are affected yet, but I've personally confirmed about 20 books affected in the last two days. I have noticed an initial pattern that in some cases, the prices reverted back to a previous list price, so it might only be affecting authors who raised their prices after first landing at Kobo. Kobo is aware of the problem, and they've escalated it to the highest priority. If you discover your books are affected, click the comments/questions link and send us a direct hyperlink to your book at Kobo, along with a notation of the proper price, and we'll forward the information to Kobo in case they're not aware of it already. Whatever you do, DO NOT opt out. I expect this to be resolved shortly because Kobo doesn't want this error taking place any more than we do.

Here's the thing -- I don't trust that Kobo's glitch was a two-day problem because I know it's been going on longer than that. I'm not confident that Kobo can fix it anytime soon. Given that this can impact my pricing at other vendors, including Amazon and Nook, I'm pulling all my titles from Kobo.

In addition, Mark Coker's comments on Kindleboards give me no confidence that Smashwords or Kobo is going to take responsibility for what went wrong, as they seem too busy blaming Amazon for daring to price match. :?

I'm sorry if you happen to like shopping at Kobo. But all my books are priced below $4.00, and I cannot afford to have Kobo's "glitch" mess things up for me at other vendors, especially given that my sales numbers from Kobo are so much smaller than what I get elsewhere (such as Kindle, Nook and Sony).

So here are the updated vendor links for all my titles:

Carnal Secrets

All Romance eBooks
Amazon Kindle US
Amazon Kindle UK
B&N Nook
Smashwords
Sony eBook Store

Destiny Entwined

All Romance EBooks
Amazon Kindle US
Amazon Kindle UK
B&N Nook
Diesel eBook Store
Smashwords
Sony eBook Store

A Happily Ever After of Her Own

All Romance EBooks
Amazon Kindle US
Amazon Kindle UK
B&N Nook
Diesel eBook Store
Smashwords
Sony eBook Store

Hello April!

I'd like to thank everyone for your lovely words of support and encouragement, etc. after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami (and Fukushima crisis).  Hero Material and I are doing fine, and our area remains unaffected despite continuing aftershocks in the disaster area even after three weeks.  We feel blessed to have escaped the disaster, and grateful for our awesome friends.

How to Format Your Manuscript for Kindle and Nook by Nadia LeeMarch was a busy but fantastic month for me.  It started out with fabulous news, which I cannot share yet.  I'll let you know as soon as I can.  :)

After having formatted my manuscripts multiple times for multiple vendors (Smashwords, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and All Romance eBooks), I've decided to update my How to Format Your Manuscript for Kindle and Nook. If you haven't downloaded the updated version from Smashwords, please do so.  It's free if you've bought a copy already.

And speaking of my formatting guide, I got fabulous reviews from three wonderful authors.

"How to Format Your Manuscript for Kindle and Nook provides simple, concise instructions on how to successfully format your manuscript for publication on both Kindle and Nook without any advanced technical knowledge of HTML or coding. Nadia Lee is a wonderful teacher and her guide lays out a clear path to creating great-looking ebooks." -- Ilona Andrews

"This is a wonderful little book. I was able to follow the clear instructions very easily and format a short story with no problems." -- Portia Da Costa

"This short guide saved me a lot of headaches. The clear and concise directions made formatting my book for the Kindle very easy and I would definitely recommend this." -- Katie Reus

I'm totally flattered that my guide was helpful.  :)  I also had a great freelance project helping the lovely Dana Mentink put her novel on Kindle, Nook and ARe.  It was interesting to see how different Word document styles can affect the conversion process.  (I basically stripped everything down to the basics to do it.)

March also saw some focused effort to promote Carnal Secrets on my part after the soft release last month.  I had multiple opportunities to do guest blog posts.  Here are the links in case you missed them:

  • Read the Fine Print, hosted by Zoe Winters -- The Importance of reading contracts carefully and why I ended up declining a publisher's offer to publish Carnal Secrets.
  • Walking Away Can Be Hard, hosted by Kait Nolan -- The emotional impact walking away can have on writers.
  • Small Press v. Self-Publication, hosted by Love Romance Passion -- The advantages and disadvantages of having a publisher versus doing it all on your own.
  • Distribution, DRM and Geo Restrictions, hosted by Pearl's World of Romance -- The thorny problem called distribution and how to reach as many readers as possible, no matter where they live!
  • Creating a Cover Art with Non-White Characters, hosted by Monkey Bear Reviews -- The nervousness I felt at creating a cover with non-white characters, given the controversies over white-washed covers, etc.
  • The Ideal Reader: Is She Really Ideal? hosted by Dear Author -- What the (seemingly) ideal reader is to the Big Six, and how that doesn't foster lifelong love of reading.
  • Three Qualities of Effective (and Possibly Successful) Indie Writers, hosted by Babbling about Books and More -- Three qualities authors need to self-publish effectively.

I've also gotten two fabulous reviews from Pearl and Lorien.

Pearl wrote

...a rich and layered read, subtle in the sexual scenes but intense in the romance and emotional parts.

Lorien wrote

A fantastic read with intriguing characters and heartfelt emotions. The flow of the story was well-written. This is a must-read book if you're a fan of steamy contemporary romance and exciting plot.

And the lovely @SarahTanner tweeted me earlier this week:

You have a new fan! A RL friend called me today to say thanks for the Carnal Secrets rec. She raved about it for a good 10 mins :D

Thank you, ladies, for your lovely reviews and all the word of mouth.  :)

A few people have asked me if I plan to write a sequel to Carnal Secrets.  I wish I had the time to do it, but this year isn't looking very good.  I'm trying very hard to finish a full-length novel WIP, plus edit another full-length novel in addition to having a baby this summer.  Hopefully when those projects are finished, I can sit down and think about a possible sequel.  (Yes, I find Ethan and Kerri rather intriguing... ;) )

For those of you wondering or would like bigger samples than the ones available on my website (I usually post the first chapter only), click on the link below to download free excerpt ebooklets.  They contain the first three chapters from my longer works.

Carnal Secrets (contemporary romance; novel)
PDF :: ePub :: Kindle (PRC) :: Sony (LRF)

A Happily Ever After of Her Own (paranormal romance; novella)
PDF :: ePub :: Kindle (PRC) :: Sony (LRF)

Hope you all have a fantastic April!  Talk to you soon!

A Happily Ever After of Her Own and Carnal Secrets - Now There Are eBooklets!

Just want to let everyone know that I've created excerpt ebooklets for A Happily Ever After of Her Own and Carnal Secrets. Each one has the first three chapters of the book, and you don't have to sign up for anything, pay anything, or go into indentured servitude to get them, either. ;) Both are totally free!

A Happily Ever After of Her Own

A HAPPILY EVER AFTER OF HER OWN by Nadia LeeMelinda Lightfoot, a preschool teacher with an unusual ability to flit in and out of fairy tales, never thought she would get into trouble...

...until the Fairy Tale Police arrest her while she is in Beauty and the Beast. They offer her a deal: Find Beauty, who left the story when Melinda trespassed into it, or be charged with the ultimate crime -- Fairy Tale Killer. If that's not bad enough the Beast tags along in search of his true love, and Melinda starts falling for the fairy tale prince. She must choose between doing the right thing and having her own happily ever after.

Warning: This title contains the following: Fairy Godmother, the Wicked Witch, dysfunctional fairy tale families, ax-wielding executioners and a happily ever after (or two).

Excerpt eBooklets

Buy eBook: All Romance EBooks :: Amazon Kindle US :: Amazon Kindle UK :: B&N Nook :: Diesel eBook Store :: Kobo Books :: Smashwords :: Sony eBook Store

Carnal Secrets

CARNAL SECRETS by Nadia LeeAfter a rapid change in management, Natalie Hall is surprised to find that she's being promoted so quickly. But when it becomes obvious that the new CEO is interested in her on a more personal level, she pushes him away -- she doesn't want to repeat her past mistake of giving her heart to the wrong man.

A self-made billionaire, Alex Damon has his own reasons for pursuing Natalie. Her adoptive father, a powerful U.S. senator, is using his political clout to protect his friends the Rodales, who Alex intends to destroy for ripping his own family apart when he was a child. Furthermore, he suspects that Natalie is spying for the Rodales.

What he hasn't planned on is her unflinching sense of loyalty and integrity, the sizzling attraction between them that threatens to turn into something much more, and the dark secrets that can destroy them both.

Excerpt eBooklets

Buy eBook: All Romance EBooks :: Amazon Kindle US :: Amazon Kindle UK :: B&N Nook :: Smashwords :: Sony eBook Store

The excerpts are DRM-free and you're welcome to share them among your friends if you're so inclined. Hope you like 'em! :)

Now You Can Sample DESTINY ENTWINED on Nook

DESTINY ENTWINED by Nadia LeeI'm not sure how many of you saw Dear Author's post from yesterday regarding B&N PubIt stripping samples from erotic romances (the post also featured two of my books: erotic romance Destiny Entwined and contemporary romance Carnal Secrets). It appears as though PubIt started not allowing anybody to download samples of eroticas or erotic romances of indie authors, which resulted in a big loss of sales and so on for many indie authors.

Destiny Entwined was never allowed for sampling since it went on sale on February 14, and I just assumed that it was due to its length; it's a short story. Mind you, Amazon Kindle has always allowed people to sample stories regardless of length or genre. But I honestly had no reason to suspect that how I categorized Destiny Entwined had anything to do with Nook users' inability to read samples until I read DA's post.

Between the time DA's post went live and a few hours ago, PubIt allowed people to sample Destiny Entwined for the first time ever. I haven't changed anything on PubIt. The story still has the exact same description and genre category as before. So I have no idea what happened on PubIt's end. Maybe a little public pressure...?

Anyway, if you're a Nook owner, I hope you download the sample and hopefully enjoy it enough to buy a copy. :) If erotic shorts aren't your cup of tea, I also have a paranormal romance novella, A Happily Ever After of Her Own, and the aforementioned Carnal Secrets on sale as well.

And should any work of mine not have a sample on a particular bookseller's website, you can always come here. I have links to excerpts of all my stories on the Bookshelf page.

Lovely March!

First, I want to thank all of you who made the soft launch of Carnal Secrets such a success. I hadn't expected it to do as well as it did in February, given that I only announced the release on my personal social media sites. So thank you, thank you, thank you!

Second, thank you so much for making the launch of Magic and Mayhem Writers so fun and rewarding! You guys are awesome.

It's getting warmer in Japan, though figuring out what to wear every day can be a bit tricky. Sometimes it's warm, and sometimes it's very cold. But soon cherry blossoms will bloom, and it's going to be gorgeous!

Hero Material and I learned that our first baby is going to be a boy. We're thrilled. Yes, we're still debating the name. Maybe we should give the Boy multiple names to appease both of us. But then he might get upset when he has to learn how to spell all of them. Dilemma, dilemma!

This month, I'm doing five guest-blog posts relating to Carnal Secrets with some lovely and uber-talented ladies I was fortunate enough to meet via Twitter. (Social media rocks!) Each topic touches upon a step of my self-publication journey with Carnal Secrets.

  • March 8: Read the Fine Print, hosted by Zoe Winters -- The Importance of reading contracts carefully and why I ended up declining a publisher's offer to publish Carnal Secrets.
  • March 9: Walking Away Can Be Hard, hosted by Kait Nolan -- The emotional impact walking away can have on writers.
  • March 10: Small Press v. Self-Publication, hosted by Love Romance Passion -- The advantages and disadvantages of having a publisher versus doing it all on your own.
  • March 14: Distribution, DRM and Geo Restrictions, hosted by Pearl's World of Romance -- The thorny problem called distribution and how to reach as many readers as possible, no matter where they live!
  • March 15: Creating a Cover Art with Non-White Characters, hosted by Monkey Bear Reviews -- The nervousness I felt at creating a cover with non-white characters, given the controversies over white-washed covers, etc.

I hope you stop by. :)

Finally -- I'm making some changes to Facebook. I had a personal profile there, and due to some situations (involving minors in my extended family, etc.), I've decided to create a page instead to communicate with my readers and writing friends. It has photos, events, discussion boards, and many more.

So, please "like" my profile by going to the new page.

Also I've created a Facebook profile page for each of my books, again with events, discussion boards, etc. They're really for you to use in any way you see fit, and I'll stop by to answer any questions if any and post news updates, etc. You can "like" them by going to the following pages:

Hope you have a wonderful March. Talk to you soon!