I’m about to take the first step on a whole new adventure in my life.

Yep, I’ve bitten the bullet. I’m heading into the world of self publishing.

I confess, I’ve never done anything like this before, and it scares the bejeepers out of me. How can a book possibly succeed without the framework of a publisher behind it? Then again, is a publisher necessary for the success of a book?

Tricky questions indeed, especially when it comes to the book I have chosen to self publish. Many of you will be familiar with it. You see, it’s not a new one. It was the third story I ever wrote: Visiting Paradise.

Visiting Paradise was contracted first by Triskelion Publishing – which closed its doors a few years back with a resounding clang – and then by Aspen Mountain Press, which so far hasn’t actually clanged any doors shut, it’s just kind of whimpered into a deathly silence. Did the structure of belonging to two different publishers do the novella any good? I don’t think so. And if it did, well, those previous publishers neglected to tell me about it.

And then there was the pricing issue.  Aspen Mountain Press took a 15 000 word novella, and sold it for $4 a copy. Hello? $4! Honestly, I would NEVER pay that much for a short story, especially in the age of digital publishing.

So perhaps the solution of self publishing this book is a good one. At the bargain price of 99c, you’re not paying too much for a story. And I can rest assured it won’t be contracted to yet another undesirable, unstable publisher.

And on the upside, I get another exquisite cover, compliments of Valerie Tibbs:

Visiting Paradise will release in the next few days at Amazon. I promise to keep you posted with dates and links.

In the meantime, please wish me luck. Hopefully third time is the charm when it comes to publishing this sweet, sexy novella.

VISITING PARADISE: The Blurb

Beth Brown needs a holiday. She’s burnt out, single and madly in love with the man who pays her salary, Joe Bastion. Much as she’d like to act on her feelings, Beth’s learned the hard way not to sleep with the men she works for.  As far as she is concerned, Joe is off limits.

Sometimes, to get what you want, you have to chase hard. And  Joe wants Beth  He’s organized the trip of a lifetime for her. Beth’s about to set sail into paradise, and she has no idea Joe’s the one who’ll be taking her there.

Product warning: This book is filled with sunny blue skies, gorgeous tropical islands and a whole lot of scorching hot loving.

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Jess

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