Monday, October 20, 2014

What Took You So Long?

I've had some readers ask why it took so long to publish book #3 of the Klaus Brothers Series. Mainly, a couple of reasons.

1. I had a heart attack.*

2. I had to wait for my publishing contract to expire so I could self-pub the whole series.**

*I am fine now, but had to curtail my writing quite a bit following that health scare. I'm not allowed to sit in front of the computer for 8-10 straight hours anymore. Sedentary lifestyle = heart problems (at least for me it does). So, now I focus on shorter books, shorter periods of writing, and balancing my work load with exercise and eating avocados. Stuff like that.

**My contract expired last fall, and then I re-released book #2 as a self-pub. Now I'm free to self-publish #3 (SWEET ADVENTURE), #4 (SWEET CINDERELLA), and the final book of the series, #5 (SWEET DESTINY).

I intended for the rest of the series to be novellas (around 20,000 words each). However, when I started writing SWEET ADVENTURE it turned into a 45,000-word "short novel" or "Yeti-ish story" or "not-too-long-not-too-short" Christmas adventure. My favorite saying when I'm writing a new book is "it is what it is" and since I self-publish, I'm free to stick with this approach.

SWEET ADVENTURE is now off to the editor! And it will be published on Amazon, B/N and Kobo in November. Stay tuned for more details.

Here's a picture of Yeti with the new promotional soaps for the series, made by Be Greatful. My daughter used the gingerbread soap yesterday and now she smells like a cookie! Hee hee!

Nicholas Klaus = GINGERBREAD
Sven Klaus = CEDAR
Gregor Klaus = BRANDY
Wolfgang Klaus = PEPPERMINT
Oskar Klaus = EVERGREEN

Happy Monday,


Juju at Tales of said...

You have me totally addicted to Be Grateful. Her lip balm is just so creamy and perfect. No other lip balm will do.

I need to try her roll on perfume and soaps.

These sound scrumptious.

I can't wait for a little Klaus action.

CBrandstatter said...

I am so happy that you are keeping yourself healthy and writing all the Klaus Brothers. 🎅

Brenda Jackels said...

I'm positive that books 3, 4 and 5 will be well worth the wait. I'm glad you were able to take care of yourself, and I'm glad you're still able to write.

I agree with Juju: You've got me totally addicted to Be Greatful. I'm not much for perfumes or scented soaps, but I absolutely adore her lip balms. I think I'm going to have to try some bath bombs next. :)

Penelope said...

Hi Juju! I'm so glad you like Be Greatful. I love her products!

Penelope said...

CBrandstatter...thank you!

Penelope said...

Hi Brenda! I think Be Greatful would be a great place to find stocking stuffers for the holiday season!

Bea said...

I'm glad you're doing better! The series sounds fun and those soaps are cute.

Penelope said...

Thanks, Bea!