Last year I was cleaning and trashing old files on my computer because my memory storage was getting low and I was not in a situation to purchase a new laptop. I think back to that day when I was trolling through all the stuff I had deemed "unnecessary" and am so happy I decided to cull.
In so doing, I discovered a wealth of stories I'd written many moons ago that I just knew I could rework, edit, and publish now that I was an indie author.
I even found a new publisher for one of the stories that lead to a 5 book deal!
MERRY'S GHOST was written in the late 1990s when I was a part-time nurse and full-time wife and mother. When I wrote the story I was heavy into reading Paranormal books and decided, "I can write a ghost book, too." At the time I simply wrote because I loved writing. I never tried to get an agent or a publisher for the book but just put it into a file of completed stories. When I rediscovered it last year I happened to see a Twitter ad for Magnolia Blossom Publishing on the same day.
I printed out the book, changed a few things and updated the text and sent out a query to Magnolia.
The book was bought and then published 4 months later, with the added bonus that Magnolia offered me a 5 book deal. So far 2 books in the ROMANTIC HAUNTINGS series have gone to print, MERRY'S GHOST and THE HAUNTING OF WILTON JUNE, and I'm working on book 3 now.
I found another book ( and PNR) I'd penned a few years after Merry's Ghost that I'd titled RENEWAL.
It was about a small-town Western Sheriff and a visiting psychic from New York. When I wrote this one I had been experimenting with different writing styles and putting a lot more effort into the more steamier scenes. I remember blushing in my office when I re-read a few of them, LOL.
Anyway. I loved the story and as I was editing it I decided I could make it a series because there were a few hunky co-stars that needed good women. Thus, THE SHERIFF & THE PSYCHIC ( WELCOME TO RENEWAL book1 ) was born and released this year.
I've written about this before, but last year Amazon introduced a new serialization format called KINDLE VELLA. I currently have 4 books published on the platform, all of them murder mysteries and thrillers I wrote over 30 years ago. I modernized them after finding them and then published them on the platform. I have to tell you I've been making a killer, moneywise, from those stories. I made more money in one month with my two most read stories, VINDICATION and THE JANE AUSTEN MURDERS, than I did all of 2020 with my normal book sales.
Crazy, but true.
What's that saying? Old stories never die they just get re-editied??? So true in my case. So true.
I write (mostly!) romcoms about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who simply can't live without them. Visit me on my website Peggyjaeger.com where I blog daily about things that make me go, "What??"