I had no idea I’d end up here when I self-published my first short story back in October 2011. My “plan” was to give this thing a shot and see what happened. I had no idea what I wanted to write. Some of my stories were more literary, and others were straight up horror. Then I fell in love with contemporary New Adult romance, and I haven’t looked back.
Almost four years later, I’m signed with publisher Booktrope and I have a whole team helping me bring my stories to life. It’s kind of crazy, when I think about it. My career as an author has followed quite the meandering path. Much of it has been a complete surprise to me. Along the way, I’ve learned quite a bit.
Last February, I released The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos. This year, I’ll be celebrating its first birthday by re-publishing though Booktrope. When I initially self-published the book, I made some mistakes. For one, I honestly didn’t think I needed to explain Savannah’s tattoos. After all, not everyone knows the stories behind my tattoos. But I’ve since learned that, in the literary world, there needs to be a reason for everything. In the new version, Max finally learns why Savannah got her tattoos.
I’ve also added an epilogue. It creates a bridge to the South of Forever series, but The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos is still very much a standalone.
These are small changes but they make a big difference. I know a lot of readers wanted to know about her tattoos and felt that the ending was abrupt. Thanks to the guidance of my editor at Booktrope, the story is now even better.
Finally, we’ve made one big change. The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos now has a cover worthy of the story inside!
When I self-published, I tried designing the cover on my own. While I look back on it fondly, I won’t miss it. Man, did I grapple with that thing! I just couldn’t capture the essence of the story. My designer at Booktrope nailed it.
That’s what I love about working with Booktrope. Though I handpicked my team when I was an indie author, it was nothing like this. My team at Booktrope works closely together. It’s an intimate arrangement that allows us to really engage.
Tomorrow we’ll be unveiling the new cover, and a month from now we’ll be releasing the new book. Make sure you like my author page on Facebook and sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss the new cover!