Peggy Jaeger is a romance novelist and I am happy once again to have her as a guest on my blog. Here is her latest work.
I’ve always vowed to never self publish one of my books. I’ve got nothing against indie publishing or indie authors – in fact, I hold them in the highest regard because they work so hard at every aspect of getting a book into the hands of readers. They are the writers, the cover designers, the copy editors, the content editors, the formatters and the marketers.
All I ever wanted to do was write and self publishing felt like it had an insurmountable set of tasks to learn and conquer.
I changed my tune when one of my traditional publishers decided to drop a series I was writing for them. The first book, DIRTY DAMSELS, had been published but they’d decided not to pursue the series DotComGirls any further. I already had the second book written, edited and awaiting a release date; the third was plotted.
What to do? I didn’t want to submit the books to another publishing house, even though this publisher told me I could, because it would be another year or so of emails back and forth, contract negotiations, and more edits.
I loved the second book and wanted to share it with the reading world, not shove it into a computer file to be forgotten.
The answer was obvious when I thought about it. Publish it myself.
Here’s the clinker: I knew nothing about self-publishing. I have many indie authors as friends, but I’d never asked them how to do the work of getting a book into print with a publishing house behind them. I called a few of them, got some preliminary ideas and then set about to learn everything I could.
The result is that the second book in the DotComGirl series, IT’S A TRUST THING, will be released on Amazon Kindle and KU on 11.1.19
Nell Newbery has trust issues. It’s hard to trust when you’re the daughter of a fallen financial scion who bilked people out of billions. Nell’s done everything in her power to keep away from men who see her as their ticket to fortune and fame. All she wants to do is run her ultra-successful business, HELPFUL HUNKS, in peace.
But it wouldn’t hurt to find a guy who doesn’t know a thing about her father’s felonious past; one she can give her heart to and trust it won’t come back to her battered, bruised, and broken.
Is Charlie Churchill that guy? On the surface he seems perfect, all polished manners and quiet mirth. Nell’s convinced he knows nothing about her, other than she likes superhero movies and views junk food as a food group.
Can she trust him to be what he appears to be? Or is he just pretending?
For Nell, trust is everything in life…and in love.
He opened the passenger door for me and I got in.
“You never answered me,” he said when I was seated. “Would you like to do this again?”
I’d lived my entire adult life taking chances in my professional life but shying away from them in my personal one. The reasons to avoid becoming involved were valid ones, in my mind, and they’d served me well.
But there was something so different about this man, something that wanted me to finally give in and take a chance that he wouldn’t be like all the other men I’d gotten close to. He wouldn’t use me to his own end; he wouldn’t betray me; he wouldn’t lie to me about who and what he was.
And dammit, I deserved to have some fun.
All this ran through my head as he stood, patiently waiting for my answer.
It really didn’t take much effort on my part to make a decision. With a half grin and my gaze staying zeroed in on his, I reached into my briefcase and pulled out one of my business cards. While the driver waited, I wrote my private cell number on the back of it. There were only five people on the planet who had this number.
Now, Charlie did as well.
As I handed it to him, I cocked my head and said, “Maybe next time we can get through an evening without me needing first aid or being mugged.”
His jaw wide smile made my stomach muscles flutter. He leaned in, gave me a quick peck on the cheek and said, “Where would the fun be in that?”
I decided to go exclusive with KINDLE and KU first and do only a digital release because I still have along way to go in the learning process for getting a book into a print copy. I’m learning that now, so hopefully something in the future I will be able to release it as a print book.
For now, I’m happy to just have it go out into the romance reading world.
I guess you should never say “never” when it comes to publishing!
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Thanks Peggy! Always great to have you as a guest once again.