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A Note from Tanya about KU…

I received an email this morning from a reader who was upset not to be able to buy my ebooks on B&N. By now you may have noticed that all of my ebooks are primarily available through Amazon. It was a tough decision to make, becuase I do believe in choices, and supporting a healthy industry, but I made this decision carefully and for a number of reasons.

First off, let’s look some hard truths: Subscriptions are the way of the future. Kindle Unlimited is no longer the only subscription service, merely the most widely used. Kobo now has one, and there’s Scribd and Hoopla and countless others. The reason this trend is growing is because you are choosing them. You’re a prolific reader, and you want more books for less. I get that, and that’s great for you, but you getting more for less shouldn’t mean that I get less for more. And this is what has been happening. All the while this trend continues to grow, the fact is that more and more amazing writers are getting edged out of the business, unable to support themselves under current circumstances, and as you gravitate toward your favorite subscription services, actual book sales dry up. It’s true. Unfortunate, but true. I’d rather we have a win/win, where we are both winners, and the best way for that to happen is for me to accept this growing trend, and join one of those sailing ships.

So there’s that. But there’s also this. I actually want you to read more, and I understand that people are on budgets, and that food on your table takes precedence. It should take precedence. So, in order to help you read more of my books, I opted for a subscription service.

But why Amazon? Very simply, despite that I do lean toward buying local whenever possible, I shop Amazon myself. Why do I do that? Becasue as a consumer, Amazon believes in customer first. And since I also believe in customer first, we’re very well aligned. On top of that, the majority of my book sales comes from Amazon. So it made sense to me to partner with a company that looks out for you, my valuable reader.

Alas, I knew going into this that there would be sore feelings, and I’m if you’re among those consumers who don’t support Amazon and don’t want to shop there. I respect your choices, and because of that I took great pains this summer to ensure that you also have some choices in regards to my books. For those titles not currently available wide, you have several options. 

  1. Purchase the paperback version. To ensure you have reading choices, I teamed with Ingram Books to publish a competitively priced paperback version of most of my titles. These are available anywhere served by Ingram Book distribution.
  2. Most titles now also have corresponding hardcover editions available for library purchase, so you can support your local library while you’re reading my books. If your library doesn’t currently stock me, you need only hand them a list of ISBNS for the books you want to read. To get a list of these ISBNS, click here.
  3. Listen to the book as an audiobook. Most of my titles are currently available through iBooks, and now there are a few available at Google and Kobo and other retailers as well. Future titles will also be distributed widely.
  4. If you’re not averse to Amazon, and if you prefer to read the ebook and don’t have a Kindle, download Amazon’s FREE Kindle app by clicking here.

The Kindle app works with just about any device:
– Smartphone (iPhone/iPod touch/Android/Windows/Blackberry)
– Tablet (iPad/Android/Windows)
– Computer (Mac/Windows)

Once you’ve downloaded the free Kindle app, you can purchase the book from Amazon and it will automatically appear in your app.

In closing, I must say I have NO immediate or foreseeable plans to return my ebooks to wide distribution, although I will continue to work with Ingram to provide you more and more competitive paperback prices, and also with audio retailers to bring you audiobooks. I do hope you will support me in this career choice, and please understand that it was not a decision I undertook lightly.

Warmly,

Please don’t do this!

There’s so much exciting news coming up—the re-release of my little-known Impostor Series and my brand-new addition to the Daughters of Avalon series, Fire Song, due to be published September 24th. Also up for preorder is Book 5 of that series—Rhiannon! Woot! It’s getting hot!

So all that said, I really want to give you a heads up. I have not widely touted the Impostors as older books, because, I promise you, most of you have not read these. (Almost nobody has.) These are old Harlequin books, re-edited and re-launched under my own imprint. They are two of my very favorite historicals I’ve written, so please do put them on your TBR list!

But the re-release of these books begs me to remind you to PLEASE read descriptions. I’m so flattered when people are willing to buy my books without reading product descriptions, but please, please don’t do that.

For example, I’m still in the process of creating sweet versions of my classic books, and I make it clear in the book description every time I publish one of these, so you don’t accidentally purchase a title twice. And still, I randomly get an email from an angry reader, and this disheartens me, because I really try hard to make sure you get all the info you need. Not only does it make me feel bad, considering I’m doing this for you, it makes me feel bad for you as well, and it does make me reconsider the wisdom in creating these new editions.

So why am I revising some books?
Throughout the years, the one thing some fans have lamented was the strong language present in the original editions of my legacy books. Some readers also prefer not to read explicit love scenes, which are a signature of the period in which my legacy books were written. Also, keeping in mind that I didn’t want my own daughter to read my books until she turned 18, I remain sensitive to readers who wanted to experience my historical romances without compromising their personal values.

Bottom line: If you’ve already read The MacKinnon’s Bride (or any of my legacy books), the story itself will remain unchanged. There is no need to buy these books again. However, if you always wanted to buy a copy of one of my books to share with your daughter or niece, now you can. I will ALWAYS label these very clearly, so please, please, please be sure to read the description on all new books.

The titles are different; how can I tell these apart?
First and most important, while the titls are different, the character names are not. Also, in the description for each and every one of these titles, you’ll see in the very first line, in bold print, something like this, for example: “Page” is the SWEET edition of “The MacKinnon’s Bride” by Tanya Anne Crosby –revised by a New York Times bestselling author and her daughter. I also label most of them with a logo like this:

Also, for branding purposes, since my daughter, Alaina, does alter the voice slightly to fit a younger market, I have added her name to the byline and cover. You should be able to spot these Sweet Reads very easily. Additionally, I welcome any and all advice in regards to labeling these books so that you won’t be confused. You can email me at tanya@tanyaannecrosby.com.

I so much appreciate that I have so many readers who will click the buy button the minute they see my name. I love you guys for trusting my storytelling so much that you don’t feel you need to know the nitty gritty details, but please, please read the descriptions so you don’t find yourself purchasing a second copy of a book you’ve already read.

XOXO,

Happy (Early) Birthday to Me

I had to actually do the math because I’m at that age when I constantly slip into denial. Am I 55, or 56—surely not 57? But yep, I’m going to be 57 on June 5, and, while there was a time not so long ago that I worried I wouldn’t reach 55, I’m feeling better than ever, and I have to say it’s because of the way I am eating and living. For the first time in my life, I’m taking care of myself—I mean really taking care of myself. I am eating right, maybe not exercising quite as much as I should, but exercising nonetheless. I’m also trying to make sure I maintain a life balance, which is something I sucked at previously. But here we are, with days to go, and I’ve learned a few things by the eve of my 57thbirthday (metaphorically speaking). I’d like to share them, particularly for the writer community, because I think so often lately, the trend is to speed up, and do more. These are the things I wish I could have told my younger self:

  • Slow down, you will not lay on your death bed and wish you wrote one more book. Have a life outside of work.
  • Stop eating meat. Right now. I mean it.
  • Stop eating dairy; it’s shitty for you and DOES NOT do a body good.
  • Exercise more and stop working in weird positions; you’re not 10 and someday you’re going to pay for that.
  • Stay away from ibuprofen; your gut will thank you.
  • Establish boundaries and keep them.
  • Only write what you love.
  • Teach your children more Spanish; stop answering your mom in English when she speaks to you in Spanish.
  • You don’t sing like a frog and you’re not taking ugly pills (thanks, Dad!)
  • Did I mention work-life balance? Yeah, pay attention to that.
  • Age is just a number.
  • Be like a cat: live in the moment, get the hell away if something threatens you, or even annoys you, and take joy in the smallest things… yep, even that tiny ant crawling across the floor. Fascinating little creature.
  • True friends will always be there and will never judge you. Don’t waste time worrying about what people think.
  • Do the laundry (and all those other tasks). Procrastination will put worry lines on your brow.
  • It’s okay to be weird; embrace it.
  • It’s okay not to be the best at everything; accept it.
  • True beauty is not skin deep; it’s a soul thing.
  • If you run with dogs who have fleas, you will get fleas. (Both metaphorically and physically speaking.)
  • Someday, you will have wrinkles and gray hair, but you won’t see any of them when you look in the mirror. You are eternally 18, embrace it.
  • Fix your teeth; you’ll feel better about taking pictures.
  • Don’t just say you love someone, feel it, and show it.
  • Listen more.
  • Talk less.
  • Laugh more.
  • Love more.
  • Let go of the past.
  • Don’t worry about the future.
  • Take more time to just breathe.
  • Stop arguing. Nobody wins.
  • Eat more cacao. Chocolate is good.

That’s it! Love and peace,

 

Tanya

 

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The King’s Favorite – A Top Shelf Nominee!


Contests are SO subjective, and I’ve spent a lifetime reminding myself I’m not in competition with my peers. Where there are winners, there are necessarily losers, and I believe it often sends the wrong message to writers who are providing readers a labor of their love. However, every once in a while, when my publisher has entered a contest, or, when readers, booksellers and reviewers have nominated my books, I’m a little more apt to see where it goes. I’ve been so very lucky in my career to be nominated for MANY, MANY awards, but like Susan Lucci, I’m ever the bridesmaid and never the bride… let’s see how it goes this time. Plus, this is a brand new kind of book for me, and so thank you SO MUCH to those who nominated The King’s Favorite for a Top Shelf Award.  You rock, whoever you are!

What Makes You an Author?

The industry drama continues, of course, but part of the overall scandal has to do with “what constitutes an author.” For me, that has a very straightforward answer. But before I get to that, let me tell you guys a quick story…


Once upon a time, Fabio “wrote” a book. For those of you who don’t know who he is, he’s that long-haired swoon-generating model who once graced hundreds of romance covers. The powers that be decided he had name recognition and wanted to capitalize on that, so they hired a ghostwriter, who was not named on the book (as far as I can remember). Pretty much the entire industry knew these books were ghostwritten, and most readers who followed the Italian model knew he could barely throw three English words together. They understood it was a gimmick and that the book was ghostwritten. Some people bought it and didn’t care; some wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole. In the end, I believe Fabio had two romance novels with his name on it. (You might still be able to find these in used bookstores.)


So is Fabio a writer/author? HELL NO. Was it illegal? Nope. Do I think the ghostwriter (who shall rename nameless at this point, at least by me) was “wrong” to accept the assignment? No. She was making a living and they offered her a job and she took it. Do I believe the publishers were wrong to handle this the way they did? Absolutely. Because I believe it disrespects the reader. However, they are also not authors; they are publishers and our bottom-lines are far different. Theirs = Money. Mine = Love of My Craft.

There are a lot of decisions I make as an author that I make for love of my craft. I wake up every day, sit at my computer for eight-plus hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year, give or take a few sick days, and vacations. Given this, I feel pretty strongly that someone who hires ghostwriters and does not give a byline to their co-author is at the very least not being fair or transparent to someone who made “their” work possible. That said, I don’t live in anyone else’s shoes (or head) and only they can determine what they can live with. Ultimately, I had/have ZERO interest in reading “Fabio’s” books, even though I highly respected the true “author.” On principle, I didn’t buy these books or read them. Things like humor and voice are simply not interchangeable, they are subtle and precious and can actually be edited out by a heavy-handed editor. Ultimately, as a reader, I follow authors, whose voices I love.


In the end, I believe ghostwriters can be authors (but not necessarily), while people who hire ghostwriters to write 70 to 100 percent (pulled this figure out of my hat; don’t ask me where to draw the line, because for me, it’s at a heavy edit) of their book are simply NOT. Sorry. Not to me. But, unless you’ve added some of these other shady practices to your efforts, you’re certainly not a criminal, nor should you be dragged over the coals for trying to make a living (though I don’t agree with your ethics). You’re an entrepreneur perhaps, or a publisher, or an ace-editor or project manager, NOT an author. And your ghostwriter deserves a byline. That’s. How. I. Feel.