A reader asked me today, "Why are there multiple editions?" That is a loaded question that actually has a serious amount of work involved to answer, but in case anyone else wonders, I thought it best to clear that up.
First, let me start by explaining to any new readers that Ophelia Kee is it. No editors, no publishers, no paid employees or outsourced extras. I designed the covers, then changed them. I built the book trailer for book one. The music score is my invention. Thanks to the maestro app. Just as I write the book, I also edit the book, add in extra features such as the links to my other books, links to my social media, and bits of information that I think might be helpful like the quick reference page at the beginnings of the books.
The first editions did not have those things. I was new at the game. I added more social media. I realized the need for the quick reference page. I bought the website and the blog. I published more books in the series and needed to go back and add links. I also improved my editing tools when google docs improved their grammar and spell check. This caused me to edit again works which I had previously published.
Nothing about the stories has been altered, but some minor spelling and punctuation issues have been corrected to aid the reading experience. To my handful of beta readers, who read for free and always ask the hardest damned unanswerable questions, thank you for being so relentlessly tough. You are the best.
I am truly the epitome of the starving artist and indie author in many respects. If you come across a typographical error, I apologize in advance. Let me know, and I will try to correct it for the next reader. I wish every reader a good experience with the stories that make up Draoithe, so please do not fear the new edition or an altered book cover. Just know that I am getting better at my art, and I hope that translates into a better reading experience.
Thank you in advance for understanding that Draoithe has been a labor of love and is the product of countless hours of work by mostly only one person. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. If you read anything, please leave a review. If you have any question or simply wish to comment, I love to hear from readers.
I hope that clears up any misconceptions about different editions of the Draoithe books.
You might not Know this... but ebooks on just about every major retailer are sold based on sales rank. Yes ,I know the content matters and books are bought based on the cover, but the real truth is that most people don't search for an author they love, but by the genre they wish to read. They then choose a book from the first ten books that appear from their search.
You might say that's good because a lot of other people have read those books and the customer is more likely to get a book that they are satisfied with. The problem with that is there are more really good books waiting to be read that did not appear on the first page of only ten books. Think about it this way. When you step into the breakfast cereal aisle of the grocery store, what do you find? Are there only ten different varieties of cereal? No. There are fifty or more if you stick to just cold cereals. If we start adding hot cereals, pastries, and energy bars the number of options increases again until it is possible that you face a choice of over a hundred items to possibly purchase.
The question is this: Why limit yourself when purchasing a book when you don't do it when buying breakfast cereal? Don't let the book marketer decide which books are best. Click next a few times and scroll through some pages of thumbnails. Relax and read a few previews and even check out a few reviews, but don't get sucked into buying the first book that displays on the screen. You will never no if you missed an opportunity to buy a better read if you let the system decide for you!
In between putting furniture together, accepting deliveries, running out to the hardware store, and hanging drapes, I have been editing Draoithe: Fire and a Gryphon Book Nine. The new house is a challenge to get organized, but it is way better for writing. Things are still on track for Fire and a Gryphon to be published just before Thanksgiving and the musical score for the first book trailer is done. Book trailer for Draoithe: A Pack Forms should be uploaded to YouTube by Christmas!
It has been a lot of work, but I am very hopeful that within the next week, life will regain some normalcy, and I will have a better routine established. The fridge won't be delivered until next Monday, but I will have a dining room table tomorrow. I still need to finish working on the backyard. Laundry detergent and dish detergent have to be made, and I must bake bread tomorrow. Soon. I will get it all together soon.
Ophelia Kee is on Goodreads. Check out the Author site at Goodreads
I am seriously working on the promotion side of things at the moment. Once I get all the social media stuff set up and working correctly, I hope to break into the marketing soon. The only complaint of this Indie author is that the publishing stuff stifles the writing. But since I am moving and just gave up the day job, the promotion side fits my time frames at the moment.
I will be in Longview by the end of the week. I hope to be back to writing as soon as possible. Lucifer needs to wind up on the wrong island in the mist. This blog is the worst ever for spoilers and teasers, but that's what is going on in the world of Draoithe.
I saw a response to an answer I posted on Instagram or Twitter. No maybe it was Facebook. Never mind where, only what matters. It was a question about how to build characters. I do research about magic, legendary and mythical creatures, supernatural abilities etc... but what I think really matters is the name. I need the meaning of the name so I look up origins, meanings, synonyms then I sketch out the character the name belongs to. The way the character smells, eye color, hair color, height, weight, personal flaws, etc... Take Diarmuid Cinead from Book Seven in the Draoithe Series. He is a resurrected dragon who was once the Irish king of the ruined castle of Lachsmead in Leinster. If you want to check him out and learn about this unique character, Most of his story is in Draoithe: A Dark Gift.
If you have comments or questions, please drop me a line. I would love to hear what you think.
So I managed to link Pinterest to YouTube and Instagram. Soon I will link it to Etsy as well. But still no luck with the code writing Blog link even though I did claim my website. I linked my Instagram to my Twitter feed and my Facebook. Maybe I will get somewhere with that! It feels like it is taking forever.