Old Dogs and Blue Fuzzy Slippers
by Ginger Chambers
I hope I won't be shown the virtual door because my favorite pair of slippers are blue and fuzzy! If it's any help, they're a shade of pale blue that looks very pretty with pink. (waits to be tossed out) (isn't) (big smile) Thank you! My blue slippers and I have been together for quite awhile. Even written several books together. Let me prop my feet up, cross my ankles properly as shown in your photo, and tell you a little story.
I'm sure you've all heard the saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." Well, don't believe it. You can. I'm the "old dog" and the "new trick" is e-publishing. Now wait! Wait! Don't everyone rush off in horror. It's not going to be THAT bad. I'm not going to try to teach you anything while we're enjoying having our feet up. I'm just saying that it can be done. "Old dog" here is doing it! And, believe me, if I can do it, you can do it...if you haven't already!
All of my writing life has been in Category Romance. I loved reading it before I started writing, and I have loved (almost) every moment of writing it for the past 30-odd years. I'm a fairly slow writer, so that time accounts for 33 or so books. And as I said, all Category. I'm a sucker for a HappyEverAfter ending. Gets me every time. Only, once the books had their moment in the sun (2 to 4 weeks on store bookshelves), that was it. The only way the book stayed alive after that was at Used Book Stores, with the pages growing shabby and torn from use, and the cover fading...
Now we have pixels and readers and Fires and Pads and Nooks and cell phones. And all those old books--the ones we wrote and the ones we once read--can be new again! With authors having final say on content and covers! Oh, joyous day! No more hero who looks like a vampire as he bends to 'kiss' the heroine's neck (and it's not a vampire book), no more "But my heroine is a blond, not a redhead!" Or my favorite, she's shown bursting out of a D-cup when she has trouble filling a B-cup in the story.
Which brings us to the event that brings this all together and is happening at this very minute. Today is the launch of LOVE ME SOME COWBOY! A boxed set of 5 full novels by 5 best-selling authors who have taken the e-publishing bull by the horns and wrestled it into submission. Yay, us! Jean Brashear, Day Leclaire, Barbara McMahon, Lisa Mondello, and Ginger Chambers. All at the bargain price of 99¢ ($.99) for the boxed set. My contribution, Love, Texas, is my first attempt at self-publishing at all the usual e-suspects: Kindle, Apple, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords. What an experience! And soon there will be another, Call It Love, which was my first Candlelight Ecstasy Romance back in 1982. After that, another, then another... Once this gal gets going, ya can't stop her! I'm loving this new world for writers.
There's a lot more to tell, but a little story is just that--little. So I'll uncross my ankles, put my fuzzy slippers on the floor, and get back to work. Thanks to all of you for listening.