In case you weren’t aware of it already, I’m an author going indie. I have sold to both traditional print houses and respectably-sized e-publishers in different genres. I won’t bore you with my unoriginal story of why I’m going indie (there are enough authors out there already who have articulated it much better), and I’m not interested in arguing terminology (it’s a drinking game to me, and it’s too early, even for a Friday). Still, it is a very exciting time, for publishing and for me.

Or maybe I mean a very interesting time. There is a learning curve. Not to spook any of you out there from trying it, but for a simple process, the formatting and uploading of a book (aka “book production”) can be quite detail-oriented.

Interestingly enough, for a medium as transient as digital documentation, my older works carry quite a detailed fingerprint of which word processing programs they have been through. Each version, iteration, and upgrade has left its own little digital breadcrumbs, enough to make a forensic specialist weep with joy. And an indie writer headdesk with frustration.

Like so many, I’m starting small, with a short story I sold years ago to a Berkley anthology. This short, sweet romance has the double advantage of being already fit for public consumption, and short enough to field any formatting issues by hand if necessary. It is like training wheels, or an artist’s canvas that’s already been filled, leaving you free to focus on the most perfect frame and showcase.

Okay, enough with the metaphors, already. What’s the story about?

Why I’m so glad you asked! “The Spelling Error” is a sweet romance about a spell gone wrong, which leads to a love gone right. 13-year-old Lucy Dane wants someone to love her, but instead of a dog, her father Paul brings home Mira Taggart. Mira’s happy to meet a man who doesn’t see her Pagan faith as a liability to his career, but would she feel the same way without the spell?

The Spelling Error will be available Monday on Smashwords, Kindle, and Nook.

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