Next Chapter (https://www.nextchapter.pub) informed its authors that ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) has closed NC’s account—with no warning.
Moments later, ACX advised the publisher that there’d been a copyright infringement of one of their titles, yet provided no proof of said infringement. Moreover, outstanding royalties won’t be paid; as Next Chapter authors, we’re now cut off from our books while ACX continues to make money from us.
ACX, for those not in the know, is a publishing platform, that allows professionals to connect and create audiobooks; there are thousands of titles in a sundry of genres (https://www.audible.com/ep/ACX).
NC will be investigating legal options. Hopefully, all will work out in everyone’s favor.
Hey, it’s Rey! And, for once, I don’t have much to say . . .
. . . except that . . .
The Boss is excited—and the three of us from the Triple Threat Investigation Agency (JJ, Linda and l’il lovely me) are stoked—the cover of HA-HA-HA-HA, our most recent [super exciting] case is ready! Can you spell w-o-o-h-o-o?
The Boss, at first glance, thought it was a bit too green. Linda wondered if maybe the rose should have been blacker and JJ was thinking a roulette might have worked, too. Me, I’d have liked it to have a bit more pop but, you know, it’s pretty consistent with the others, so . . . drum roll puh-leeze . . .
I signed the Next Chapter contract re HA-HA-HA-HA (the fifth book in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series), so now it’s a matter of waiting for it to receive a cover and be put on Amazon, etc. (Hopefully, those last few pages of research stuck at the end of the manuscript I submitted, mentioned in a recent post, will not be there, LOL.)
A little more laughter. I’ll really have to focus on marketing. Which means some serious reviewing of promotion principles. And applying.
Wish me luck (coz, as Rey might say, I sure as bleep’ll need it). <He-he>
A quick post today. As you may know if you read my FB posts, I finally submitted HA-HA-HA-HA (the fifth book in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series) to Next Chapter.
Was I proud? Happy? Relieved? As Rey might say, you betcha!
Lo and behold, I went to cut and paste the epilogue of the next (sixth) book into a new Word document and what did I find?! That I’d left 10 pages of research notes and the like at the end. Groannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.
<bleep> I could have sworn I’d deleted those. Where the <bleep, bleep> did those suckers come from!? Great editor/proofer, huh? I couldn’t catch a major faux pas in my own book. I’m not sure whether to laugh hysterically or weep profusely.
I’m slapping myself mentally for having been so dim-witted. Like really?
And that leads me to the message of this post. Proof and edit before you submit something—again and again. It will save in the embarrassment department, unless you’re thick-skinned, of course, and could care less. I, however, do care . . . very much.
Be as professional as you can be, and take pride in that professionalism. Do as I say, not as I do. Groannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.
Next Chapter has asked if I would like to edit again (thanks Miika!). Would I! I can’t work at it to the extent I’d like right now (given mom-care is 24/7, with only two hours a week of support outside of myself, never mind the full-time job). But I’ll do as much as is doable for the interim. Can’t wait. Love to edit.
And while we’re looking at the word “editor” . . . I’m still going through the final draft of “HA-HA-HA-HA”. Getting there. Slowly but surely. It’ll be ready soon, I promise (I hope). Rushing an edit isn’t in anyone’s best interest.
I suspect there’ll be some editing-related posts in the near future (he-he).
And that, dear friends, is my short-and-sweet post for the weekend.
Another five-day promo blitz is coming up for both The Connecticut Corpse Caper and Can you Hula like Hilo Hattie?.
That got me to thinking—I’ve never really posted very much about my publisher, Next Chapter, “the community-driven, next-generation publishing house”.
Feel free to join. As they state, there aren’t any hidden fees or small print. We like that.
We also like that NC (as we call it) has published several bestsellers. That tells you it’s not a fly-by-night, vanity, or duplicitous publisher.
Another like? The site itself. It has a “free-flowing” feel to it. Very simple yet stylish and professional. And “search” is a bit different from the norm—no little box in a corner. It’s right there in the center—pull up an author/book without having to squint, tilt the head, or adjust the progressives (like I often do).
There you have it—a little plug for my publisher. If you’re interested in becoming a fellow NC author or reading a fantastic book [or three], check them out at . . . https://www.nextchapter.pub/
See you tomorrow for Day 1 of The Connecticut Corpse Caper promo.
He-he. As an FYI, as part of the REV7 marketing platform, Next Chapter has opened their own Pinterest boards for showcasing Next Chapter books and authors . . . such as yours truly.
New content is added weekly and all Next Chapter books will be included on their boards as soon as possible.
Next Chapter’s Pinterest boards have grown rapidly and reach thousands of viewers every month. Thousands? The private eyes at the Triple Threat Investigation Agency and I think that would be super awesome.
Now, if only we could figure out Pinterest; it’s about as clear as Instagram. (Can you spell m-u-d?)
Feel free to explore the Triple Threat Investigation Agency mystery series directly on the book pages, which include free previews of all the books (The Connecticut Corpse Caper, Can You Hula like Hilo Hattie, Coco’s Nuts, and Forever Poi.)
A new feature: there’s direct commenting on the author and book pages. I can communicate directly with readers. As Rey might say: gotta love that.
If you have a minute or two, perhaps you’d like to take a quick look-see?
Take care everyone—please continue to stay safe and be well!
Hey-ho, it’s Rey. The Boss is having a meltdown; they’ve changed WordPress and she can’t find anything!! I can’t blame her (it’s <bleeping< annoying).
Not only is Forever Poi, the fourth Triple Threat Investigation Agency mystery, still available today for 99 cents . . . so is Coco’s Nuts! Woo-hoo (do people still say that?) He-he.
So-o, you may already know what Poi is about, but just in case, there’s a wee rundown below, let me tell you about crazy Coco, someone we tracked down in our second official case as Oahu private eyes.
JJ, Linda and I have to prove that socialite-turned-trucker Buddy Feuer didn’t shoot her boss, infamous entrepreneur Jimmy Picolo. Despite what police believe and evidence suggests, we’re sure Buddy has been set up. In our search for answers, we have to contend with a slew of suspects. A lot of people hated Picolo enough to kill him, but locating the one who pulled the trigger really proves challenging. Our detecting travels lead us along a few detours—like the world of gambling and “limb-breakers”.
Forever Poi has the three of us at Triple Threat Investigation Agency (that name, by the by, was my awesome idea) tracking down the culprit that torched two Chinatown art galleries . . . and left two charred bodies in the rubble. There’s a slew of suspects: a haughty gallery owner with a questionable past, an art consultant as treacherous as she is beautiful, a risk-happy photographer who lives on the edge, and an aspiring manager with a dicey history. There are some great motives, too . . . like a major insurance pay-out, an ugly break-up, vengeance, and a cover-up for past transgressions.
Here are a couple of Amazon links:
Hope I piqued your interest! Catch ya tomorrow (if Boss Lady doesn’t cancel WordPress)!
Or rather, my books have now gone through imprintation (which doesn’t appear to be a valid word, actually, but hey, what’s wrong with adding new ones to the lot?)
The Triple Threat Investigation Agency series—The Connecticut Corpse Caper, Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie, Coco’s Nuts, and Forever Poi—are now formally part of the Next Chapter catalog! How exciting is that? The P.I. gals (JJ, Rey, and Linda) and I officially belong to a recognized publishing house. We’d woo-hoo, big time, but no one really does that anymore . . . do they? Oh, what the heck—WOO-HOO!
If you have a second or two, dear friends and followers, we humbly ask (beg, plead, promise to be your BFF) that you visit one or all of the links to check us out.