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:

SongoftheSea said...

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.

Ju Dimello said...

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

Madeleine said...

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

E. Arroyo said...

Congrats!

Dora Hiers said...

Great video, Francine. Congrats on the contract!

Francine Howarth said...

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.

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Paula Martin said...

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:-)

Francine Howarth said...

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

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

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

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!

Francine Howarth said...

Thanks Alex.

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

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J.L. Campbell said...

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.

Francine Howarth said...

Hi Joy,

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

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M Pax said...

Congrats on the contract and the novella. Hoooo!

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

Lydia K said...

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

Francine Howarth said...

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.

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Michelle Fayard said...

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

Francine Howarth said...

Hi Michelle,

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

E-mail on its way!

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Talli Roland said...

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

Congrats congrats CONGRATS!

Francine Howarth said...

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. ;)

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KarenG said...

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.

Francine Howarth said...

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.

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Ellie Garratt said...

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

Ellie Garratt

Ellie Garratt said...

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

Francine Howarth said...

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. ;)

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Charmaine Clancy said...

Congrats - Book trailers look so tricky to make!

Wagging Tales - Blog for Writers

Francine Howarth said...

Hi Charmaine,

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

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Theresa Milstein said...

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.

Francine Howarth said...

Hi Theresa,

Many thanks for your support!

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M Pax said...

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

Francine Howarth said...

Hi M,

Thanks for kind comment.

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

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Ciara said...

Congratulations!!! This is awesome news. Woot!

Trisha said...

Congratulations Francine!! This is wonderful news!

Francine Howarth said...

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! ;)

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Gwendolyn Gage said...

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

Misha said...

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

:-)

Francine Howarth said...

Hi Gwendolyn and Misha,

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

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Lady Gwen said...

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

Francine Howarth said...

Hi Lady Gwen,

Thanks for the thumbs up re trailer.

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Bri Clark said...

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

Francine Howarth said...

Hi Bri,

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

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Anne Gallagher said...

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.

Francine Howarth said...

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! ;)

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Michelle Fayard said...

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 ...

Francine Howarth said...

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!

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