A little bit more about why I decided to self-publish Educating Elizabeth
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 Jan 24th, 2012 leave a response

Sometimes you write a book and despite your best efforts, that book doesn’t get picked up by a traditional publisher. Sometimes, and especially with the first two or three books I wrote, this was a good thing. :) But while I was writing Educating Elizabeth I knew several things: 1. I’d come a long way with my ability to plot. 2. I’d written a couple of characters that other readers fell in love with and 3.that I was always disappointed that this book didn’t find a publisher. I really wanted to share it with readers as it was the kind of book I loved to read and increasingly haven’t been able to find,

Fast forward a few years and all the new e-readers burst on the scene and suddenly there was Amazon Kindle offering writers a free way to publish their own books. I admit I was skeptical about the quality of that collective outpouring of product, but I decided to try it out with a short story “The Ties That Bind” for 99 cents. To my surprise, that story sold quite well and the process of uploading it was very simple.

So this year when I had a few spare moments, I dug out my file for ‘Educating Elizabeth’ and started to go through it with the thought of self-publishing it. To my surprise, I still liked it. There was a lot to fix and trim though, but that was a good thing. :) I also got an outside editor to go through it for errors and someone to design me a cover. My aim was to produce a finished book that didn’t look as if I’d just written it and slung it up on the internet to make lots of cash. LOL. I also have severe techno fear so although I had a great self-formatting guide from Nadia Lee, I ended up asking her to format the book for me for all the different e-publishing sites of which there are four main ones (Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, AllRomance ebooks and Smashwords who distribute to Apple, Sony and Kobo) each with different requirements.

And voila! a book!
It’s not an erotic historical like the Simply’s with lots of sex and angst, so if that if what you love, this book might not be for you :). It’s more of a traditional steamy Regency with a half-French duke who is not what he seems, and a feisty over-educated and very frank heroine who has no compunction in asking the awkward questions that most gently bred Regency ladies would avoid. There’s a plot to assassinate a member of the Royal family, codes to break and a steamy love story all wrapped up in a satisfying ending. I enjoyed writing it immensely and I hope you will all enjoy it too. :)

5 comments to “A little bit more about why I decided to self-publish Educating Elizabeth”

  1. Joanne
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      · January 31st, 2012 at 12:20 pm · Link

    I loved the book! You should self publish more often now that there is a forum.
    I loved your contemporary book Raw Desire as well.



    • kate pearce
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        · February 9th, 2012 at 4:33 pm · Link

      Thank you! I intend to publish another one in this series in the summer about Jack Llewelyn. :)



  2. Amy
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      · February 6th, 2012 at 9:58 am · Link

    I just finished Educating Elizabeth. I truly loved this book. I have read all of the Simpy books so far and they make me laugh and cry. The characters have such depth. This book made me tear up and laugh out loud as well. Thank you for having the courage to publish this one. Truly wonderful. Loved Elizabeth. Love reading about a woman who, amidst so much chauvinism, strives for her indepedence.



    • kate pearce
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        · February 9th, 2012 at 4:34 pm · Link

      Thank you. I’ve always loved this story and it was great to be able to finally publish it. :)



  3. Kim
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      · May 19th, 2012 at 11:37 pm · Link

    Just finished this book and REALLY enjoyed it. I am so glad to see that you are going to follow up with Jack’s story. That is exactly the answer I was looking for when I came to your web site. THANK YOU!!



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