At the end of last month’s blog, I mentioned that I was planing to tell you about my book launch on a cruise onboard the same cruise ship that Passage to Greenland was set. Sadly, we were all packed and ready when on the day before we were due to sail, our cruise was cancelled.
As you can imagine, I was devastated. Apart from the loss of the launch event, I’d spent six weeks preparing my lectures on a literary journey of the British Isles. However, all was not completely lost. The wonderful Katie has booked me on a replacement cruise in November and though it’s off to a different destination – the Canary Islands – she has said I can give the same lectures and sell my book. The lectures won’t go to waste and though it won’t exactly be a launch, a book signing is certainly the next best thing.
Rather than dwelling on my disappointment, I decided to throw myself into my next project. Though I’m planning the next book in my head (another Aunt Jessica and Harry mystery set on a journey to Egypt), I decided it was high time I got down to some serious marketing before I became totally absorbed in writing the next novel. Before investing in any promotion, it was time to update all my novels. Adding the latest book to the books page was the easy part. However, the first Fiona Mason Mystery was written over fifteen years ago and times have moved on considerably since then, especially in the world of technology. There are now seven books in the series, but Fiona’s tours are only a few months apart, so I decided a few tweaks were necessary.
Updating ebooks on Amazon is a relatively easy task, but print books are a different matter. To say I had problems reloading the revised paperbacks is something of an understatement. I won’t bore you with a long list of all my woes, but let’s just say problems with my PC didn’t make things any easier. Fingers crossed; I now have things sorted but I will NOT be updating my paperbacks in the future!
Perhaps not. Great title, but I’ve just discovered it’s been used before – many times – including by one of my favourite authors, Elizabeth Peters. Oh well! Back to the drawing board.