Thursday, 1 September 2011

Publishing Contract signed - Novella Published & Now Available on Kindle!

A few weeks ago I signed a publishing contract for a contemporary romance, which I'm delighted about, but it won't be published until July 2012. 

In the meantime I've celebrated with "Her Favoured Captain" a historical novella, now available as a Kindle e-book.  



It took a while to get around to posting this historical novella to Amazon but it's there now!

The problem lay with the book trailer: getting it to function as best I could and with the music helping to set the scenes. I never thought book trailers would be seen as so important for e-books. But, I guess all the stops have to be pulled in utilisation of every marketing tool available, especially for something that sits within a virtual book store.

I'm one of those people that's willing to give anything a try, see bottom of post for end result.

Also, formatting for Kindle is no picnic. I'd class Kindle formatting nothing less than a hair-pulling experience. Nevertheless, I cracked it to what I think is as good as perfection given that Kindle automatically (annoyingly) indented first line of first paragraph to every darn chapter. 

Anyhoo, the link to "Her Favoured Captain" at Amazon: see top left side-bar. 

See Book Trailer here.

44 comments:

  1. Wow! Congrats, congrats, congrats on your publishing contract. So pleased for you. Simply love the movie. Loved the excerpt and I'm off to Amazon to purchase it now.

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  2. Congrats Francine !!!! This is such a fab news :) Doubly fab :) Woo hoo! Happy dancing for you!!!

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  3. Most impressive. Congrats. Hope you have some of tjhat lovely hair left :O)

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  4. Great video, Francine. Congrats on the contract!

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  5. Ladies, thanks so much for stopping by to comment! Yeah, I'm chuffed, and it's kind of hilarious that I'd already self-pubbed.

    best
    F

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  6. Thought I'd already commented here but it seems to have disappeared. Anyway, many congrats! Excellent trailer too! Need to pick your brains about creating a trailer:-)

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  7. Thanks Paula, and I have posted a book trailer tutorial at RFW: see top bar.

    That said, I'm always available for queries! ;)

    best
    F

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  8. Hey, that's awesome! I'm really glad my publisher made a book trailer for my first book. Can't wait to see one for my next!

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  9. Thanks Alex.

    Awesome learning curve! Lucky you: publisher made it for you. ;)

    best
    F

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  10. Glad you got the book up and running. I'm about to embark on my hair pulling experience with formatting an e-book. I'm reading up first though, so the job will be easier. I hope.

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  11. Hi Joy,

    There's a Kindle formatting tutorial at Romantic Friday Writers.

    best
    F

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  12. Congrats on the contract and the novella. Hoooo!

    I will by trying Amazon formatting in the near future. Oh boy ...

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  13. Congrats on both successes! I'm thinking about going the e-route myself.

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  14. Hi M Pax and Lydia,

    Like all new things re formatting for Kindle etc., it's really not that difficult. There is a short cut to better formatting once you've mastered it with the first novel. If writing specifically for a Kindle release, then format whilst writing. It will save days of re-formatting come end of story.

    best
    F

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  15. Congratulations on signing a contract for your contemporary romance, Francine! Because I love historical books, your novella Her Favoured Captain immediately caught my eye.

    Now that you mention it I can see the extra importance book trailers have for a title that's in an electronic medium.

    I am fascinated about your Kindle experience, although I wish it hadn't been such a frustrating one. I would love to host you on my blog with a guest post about some of your lessons learned. It will help keep writers around the world from going bald from hair pulling. :)

    I am glad to be a new follower and to find your site. I've also left a follow-up comment on Joy's blog for you.

    Wishing you a great day!

    Michelle
    http://michellefayard.blogspot.com

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  16. Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for stopping by and for adding yourself to like-minded romantics.

    E-mail on its way!

    best
    F

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  17. WOW! Why have I not seen this until now - I'm so sorry!

    Congrats congrats CONGRATS!

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  18. Hi Talli,

    Thanks for stopping by. Blogland is like that, things go down and we miss them. I'm finding it increasingly hard to keep up with every one, too. ;)

    best
    F

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  19. Wow, Francine! Congratulations on signing your contract! And 2012 is good-- that means editing is being done LOL. When people sign with a publisher and their book is coming out in 3 months, I always wonder about that.

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  20. Hi Karen,

    Me too: hee hee, though typos and other mishaps crop up in big named publisher books, too, not to mention too much padding out with waffle! ;)

    The little self-pubbed novella bore scrutiny from an academic prof and got a thumbs up, so that's why I put it up on Kindle.

    best
    F

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  21. Wow. Congratulations! I love the trailer - so professional looking.

    Ellie Garratt

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  22. Forgot to say I've added it to my blogging authors page.

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  23. Hi Ellie,

    Thanks for the kind comment! I'd quite like to do more elaborate trailers, but I also like the simple effect of pages seemingly flipping over in a light breeze. ;)

    best
    F

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  24. Hi Charmaine,

    Thanks for stopping by. Actually, it was fun making the book trailer. ;)

    best
    F

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  25. I'm so excited about your publishing contract! I know you've been working hard to break back into the business. YaY!

    And good luck with your novella.

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  26. Hi Theresa,

    Many thanks for your support!

    best
    F

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  27. Congrats on the contract! Woot! And on the novella release. Fantastic! Love the trailer. Nice work.

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  28. Hi M,

    Thanks for kind comment.

    Making the trailer was fun, formatting to Kindle a nightmare! but, once mastered easy-peasy second time around.

    best
    F

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  29. Congratulations!!! This is awesome news. Woot!

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  30. Congratulations Francine!! This is wonderful news!

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  31. Hi Ciara & Trisha,

    Thanks both for stopping by. I must confess I'm kind of chuffed, but dreading the revisions that'll surely be coming my way! ;)

    best
    F

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  32. Congratulations, Francine! I'm excited for you! :-)

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  33. Congrats on the contract! And good luck with Her Favoured Captain!

    :-)

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  34. Hi Gwendolyn and Misha,

    Thanks for best wishes, and for dropping by to comment. ;)

    best
    F

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  35. Lovely trailer! Congrats on your contract, too! I'm a new follower and love everything British!

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  36. Hi Lady Gwen,

    Thanks for the thumbs up re trailer.

    best
    F

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  37. Hi Francine. congrats on the contract. Thanks for visiting the Belle of Boise and I look forward to the campaign

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  38. Hi Bri,

    Me too. Can't wait to take up the first challenge. ;)

    best
    F

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  39. Love love love this blog. I want mine to look like this.

    And congratulations on so many good things coming your way. Fingers crossed for the Civil War.

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  40. Hi Anne,

    Thanks for stopping by here as well my fun-writer blog. I feel sure you upcoming writer blog will be gorgeous and reflect a romantic historical novelist! ;)

    best
    F

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  41. Congratulations, Francine, on inking the contract! If you decide to do a blog tour or would like to have a review and/or author interview on Bird's-eye View, you know I'd be delighted. :)

    P.S. I can't wait to run your post Thursday in which you share your Kindle formatting secrets ...

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  42. Hi Michelle,

    Come the time of release 2012, I'd love to be featured on selective blogs, including yours. I'm not too keen on being seen doing long round-the-blogs tours, I think people can get a little fed up with the same face every where they go. ;)

    Looking forward to Thursday!

    best
    F

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