Sunday, July 14, 2013

This blog is moving

From The English Spy
As most of you are aware by now, I've got a fresh new look for my website.  Among other excellent features, it now contains my blog.  From now on, you can read my occasional reports, musings, and miscellaneous other stuff without having to do any tiresome clicking to an entirely different place.

What this means is that this blog, at Blogger, is going into Sleep Mode. 

For new material (and yes, I know, it's not always that new, but I have a lot of writing to do) please visit Loretta Chase...In Other Words here on my website.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Job #483: Proofreader

I got quite a few complaints about errors in some of the digital versions of my earlier books, as mentioned previously.  This was something we tried to put in the hands of professional proofreaders.  That didn't work.  It seems you really need to be the author (and in possession of a good memory as well as a clean hard copy* of the original manuscript) to catch all the errors and not fix things that weren't wrong.

So I'm doing it myself.  And this takes forever.  And because it takes forever I can't do it all at once, or the new book I'm supposed to be writing will never get finished.  I proofread the eBooks in the evenings, after my writing hours.

Not long ago, I did complete the review of Knaves’ Wager.  Eagle-eyed readers will notice that spelling has been Americanized (the attempt at British spelling was a policy of my first, hardcover, publisher), some less-than-felicitous word choices have been corrected, and the scene breaks have been returned.  The OCR errors have all, I trust, been fixed.  Since nobody's perfect, readers may still find an error here and there, but only the normal amount.

What they will not find is a new version of the book.  Even if I had the inclination to go back and rewrite a book I wrote several hundred years ago, I don't have time.  I was proud of what I wrote then; it's impossible to write the same kind of book now that I wrote at a different stage of my life; and I think most readers would rather have the original story.

*Had it been possible to transfer the originals to my hard drive, we wouldn't have had this problem in the first place.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Recent International Titles

France, Scandal Wears Satin
I always get a kick out of seeing my stories translated into other languages, and imagining my books—and eBooks—in the hands of readers all over the world.

Here are a few that recently arrived on my doorstep.
Czech Republic, Lord of Scoundrels

Slovenia, Last Night's Scandal
Vietnam, Lord of Scoundrels

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Signing Books in Massachusetts

Stevens, The Letter
If you're in the New England area during the last weekend in April, you might want to think about dropping by the New England Romance Writers Book Fair for Literacy.  I'll be there, signing books—for you, maybe?

Saturday 27 April
3:30-5:30 pm

One Mall Road, Burlington, MA

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Devil's Delilah is a bestseller

Good news came this morning from All Romance Books.  My fourth traditional Regency, The Devil's Delilah, is a bestseller.

And here's the icon to prove it!

Book page

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Complaint Department

Rowlandson, Doctor Syntax

Along with sending those delicious emails telling me you love my books—no, I never get tired of  them, so please go on writing as the spirit moves you—some of you have approached the Complaints Window.

Here are the main ones:

How come I still  can’t get your recent books on Amazon UK?

What’s up with all the errors on the Regency eBooks?

Why can’t I find the eBook in the digital version I need, i.e., not Kindle or Nook?

OK, eBooks are fine for some people, but when are you going to make those earlier books available in print?

How much longer must I wait for the audio edition?

The majority of readers phrase their requests/unhappiness more courteously and tactfully than this.  I boiled it down to essentials to keep this short and to the point.

The main answer is that all these issues are being addressed.  Following are the details, as I have them.
Richard Dagley, Taking Thought

We’re not sure why there’s so much difficulty with Amazon UK, and we’re looking into it.  The first three Carsington books should be available now, and the others very soon.

We’ve seen differences in quality, depending on the type of digital reader.  Meanwhile, though, the team is proofreading like crazy and promises to get everything fixed ASAP.

At this point, all books that have been digitized ought to be available in all formats.
Note that Amazon & others allow readers to download the books to read on their computers or other devices without requiring the retailer's device.

We are in the process of ironing out details for Print-On-Demand editions of the eBooks.

I’m not sure what’s going on with audio books.  I know discussions have been ongoing, but I don’t have a progress report yet.

I apologize for things taking so long.  The trouble is, every version of my books involves some kind of contract negotiations.  Sometimes these don’t work out and we have to start from scratch.  At other times, it’s a long back-and-forth.  And then there’s the matter of implementing whatever technology it is, and getting everything set up with retailers (like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.)  My agency has been working hard on these matters—and there are a lot of things to work on!  If only we could wave a magic wand or something.  But hey, if I had one of those, I’d write way faster.

Illustrations courtesy Ancestry Images.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Climes are different

I live in Central Massachusetts most of the time.  We're in some kind of magnetic field for snow, which means that when Boston gets an inch (and gets mightily peeved about it), we get four feet.  It's not a lake effect thing.  I believe the area's under an ancient weather curse.  Thus, in addition to the arctic temps and charcoal-colored skies, we're buried under great mounds of dirty snow.  The main wildlife is mice trying to move into the house where it's marginally warmer.

As you might expect, we don't get a lot of wading birds in my neck of the woods.  Or palm trees.  So these things are terrifically exciting to me.  It's February!  There are palm trees, some of them growing coconuts. A pelican stands so close I could touch him or her.  A heron loiters in my back yard!  Little lizards lurk under the doorstep and try to scurry into the kitchen when I'm not looking.  They seem not to realize that people live inside—people, those giant Godzilla things they normally run away from at the speed of light.

For all those fortunate people who normally spend their winters in a warm climate, this is no big deal, I daresay.  For me, it's like moving to another planet.  A kinder, gentler planet.

And then I get to go back to New England before the giant insects come out.