How Publishing a Book is Like Having A Baby

I keep trying to think of a metaphor for releasing a novel into the wild.2013-12-07 11.45.56
The first one that I came up with is releasing novel is like having your first baby. You prepare for nine months (although this book took about 15 months), you read everything you can about parenting (all of those books on character development, pacing, etc.), and you buy everything you can think of to help you with your baby. You have parties (showers), you fix up the nursery, paint the room. But as the date gets closer, you wonder, have you done enough? Do you have everything you need? Will the baby be healthy? Once you bring the baby home, you start to get your confidence up as a parent. That’s where the metaphor fails.
The second one that I came up with is sending your child to college. Now, granted, my children are 12 (almost 13) and 11, and I haven’t sent either one of them to college, but here are my thoughts. You took care of your child for years, making sure that he does his homework. You hope that you taught him the right things about life. You hope he will have a good work ethic and not flunk out. You buy him everything you think he will need to help him in his new life. He needs a new computer, new clothes, and bedding for that extra-long twin bed. Then he moves out, and suddenly your control vanishes.
I‘m getting ready to send this baby on out its own. It’s hard, so very hard. I think the story’s strong. I love the characters. I’ve been working on the language for a month now. My editor has gone through it and four beta readers. Why is it so difficult to take the final steps required to publish it?
I’m not a perfectionist, but last minute changes can kill you with a book. That’s usually where those typos and “oops” moments happen. When I read it, I see what’ supposed to be there, not what’s really there. It’s also nearly impossible for me to read it and not tweak. Sigh.
When you send your child to college, she has to stand on her own. You’re not going to be there to make sure she goes to class, or eats breakfast.
Once I hit publish, the book either makes it or doesn’t on its own merits. Either the book will get good reviews and some attention from readers, or it will languish in the millions of ebooks available now, never read or loved. I have to give it the best shot I can, and then it’s on its own.


 

Update…

I wrote this last Friday, but I couldn’t bring myself to publish it. The book was still in process with Amazon, and taking forever, and I was like an expectant father of old, pacing the waiting room with cigars.
And now I find I’m mentally exhausted and not wanting to get anywhere near my computer, although I know that I need to be looking for ways to promote this book. After working all day, and then staying on the computer an average of 3-4 hours a night, that’s about 12 hours a day of computer time, and I have to admit that I’m burned out.

So, if you are looking for something to read, Under His Protection can now be downloaded from Amazon
Under His Protection (City Lights Book 2) Barnes and Noble and iTunes will hopefully release soon. The first in the series can be found here: No Strings Attached (City Lights Book 1)

I’m sure I will tell you in the future how great my baby is, and how it will scare and titillate you at the same time, but right now, like a new mother, I just want to sleep. Oh, and psssstttt, if you want to keep up with how all my babies are doing, don’t forget to join my monthly newsletter here. Every time I get ten new susbscribers, I give away a $5.00 gift card to Starbucks.

Cover Reveal: Under His Protection

Are you ready? I’ve held onto this one for almost six months. This is the cover that made me change the name from No Time for Love to Under His Protection.

 

 

I am so excited about this book. We continue Lee’s story, and no, he’s no with Deena, the chef he was dating in the first book.

Fox and Laura are in several scenes, and they are getting ready for their wedding.

Lindsey has been at Clemson for a year, and is progressing towards her Master’s degree in mathematics.

Lee has started his new business, as he planned in No Strings Attached, but he’s having trouble getting any traction. No one wants to give a new company a chance. Robert Stephens, his mother’s husband, uses his connections to get Lee an interview with Senator Martin Crowne, who wants to hire security for his daughter.

Elizabeth Crowne (don’t call her Beth) is running for attorney general for the state of Georgia. Someone is threatening her with vicious notes, but she doesn’t think they need to hire security. She has a feeling that her ex-fiancé is behind the threats and it will all blow over. She goes along with the bodyguard for her dad, but she thinks it’s a waste of time and money. When the threats become attacks, she has to admit that someone wants her dead.

Two jaded loners find a connection, but nothing is as it seems.  As Lee digs deeper, looking for answers, he only raises more questions, uncovering a conspiracy that goes deeper than they suspected. When those closest to you betray your trust, nothing is sacred.

Originally I envisioned this series as connected books, meaning that they share characters and not much else in terms of story line.  However, I found unresolved issues carrying forward into this book, and the plots are becoming more entwined than I planned. For this reason, I recommend they be read in order, and put the order number on the cover. My editor has the complete book now, and I am hoping for a release date in June or early July.

Today I dropped the price for No Strings Attached to $0.99, to celebrate its birthday. I’m planning to run the sale through the end of May. I’m not sure how long the different retailers will take to lower the price, but you can find a direct link to your preferred ebook seller here.  All-Romance ebooks also sells the book in pdf format if you don’t have an ebook reader. The book is now available in iTunes, Kobo, and the Nook. You can also download a kindle reader app for your tablet.

Everyone who signs up for my new email list between now and the end of May will be entered for a drawing for a $5.00 giftcard to Starbucks. You can choose either the monthly newsletter option, or the email on new release only option. Either way, you’re eligible for the drawing.

The first newsletter will go out June, and the contest will reset. So be one of the first subscribers and have a chance to win. Newsletter subscribers will also be the first to read the new prequel that I’m coming out with in August or September, that explains tells some of what happened in the first book from Lindsey’s point of view. What really happened in that casino with Ric? Sign up for the nesletter here

Happy Birthday to No Strings Attached!

The official birthday for my book is May 25, 2013, because that’s when it went live on Amazon. But on May 24th, at about ten o’clock at night, I clicked publish.

2013-07-08 11.00.55It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year. One year ago today, on May 24, I clicked publish on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program. We had checked and checked and made changes, and as I stared at that screen, I was terrified. What if I had some stupid error? What if everyone hated it? What if? What if? What if?

It’s scary as a writer to Let it Go. (Cue the Frozen song, because that’s what we do at our house).

But I knew that I had put too much time and effort into that book to let it languish on my computer. So I hit publish. Since no one knew me from Adam, and I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on promotion, I’m pretty proud of my results. In it’s first year, my book has sold over 500 copies.  The most interesting thing for me is that I have developed quite a following in the UK. For the past two or three months, I have sold more books over there than in the United States.

I have had strangers email me and tell me how much they enjoyed it. People regularly harass me as to when I’m releasing the sequel. So, to celebrate the one year anniversary of No Strings Attached, tomorrow I’m going to reveal the cover for Under His Protection.

I struggle with titles. The working title for the first book was always A Corporate Affair. The sequel was to be called A Political2013-12-07 11.46.15 Affair.

Then I decided to start each book in the series with the word No. So, following No Strings Attached, I planned to have No Time for Love, which was the working title for the second book. Tomorrow you will get to see the cover that made me change my title to Under His Protection.

If I wasn’t using the title to tie the series together, I needed a series name. I liked the idea of the city background for all of my books in this series, so I decided to name the series City Lights. While we travel to the Caribbean a good bit in the books, much of the action takes place in Vegas, Miami and Atlanta in the first book, and Atlanta in the second. Plus using the city background ties the covers together. Here’s the new cover for No Strings Attached with the series name.

Tomorrow I will celebrate the first book by starting a week long sale, and we’ll have a big cover reveal for the second book.  Everyone who signs up for my new email list between now and the end of May will be entered for a drawing for a $5.00 giftcard to Starbucks. You can choose either the monthly newsletter option, or the email on new release only option. Either way, you’re eligible for the drawing.

The first newsletter will go out June, and the contest will reset. So be one of the first subscribers and have a chance to win. Newsletter subscribers will also be the first to read the new prequel that I’m coming out with in August or September, that explains tells some of what happened in the first book from Lindsey’s point of view. What really happened in that casino with Ric? Sign up here

Free Flick Friday – Sons of Dragons by Andrea R. Cooper

I had someoCooper-SonsofDragonsne cancel who was supposed to appear today, so I’m moving Andrea up from next week to continue my video posts.  Welcome, Andrea!

Andrea R. Cooper grew-up creating characters and never stopped. She lives in Texas, and when not writing stories, she likes to dance when no one is watching. 

Here’s a little teaser about Andrea’s book, Sons of Dragons:

Mirhana has given up on love, but then it comes to her in the form a prince. Will she acquiesce?

 

I hope you enjoyed this trailer. Now rush out and give Sons of Dragons a chance…

You can connect with Andrea here…
Author Website:www.AndreaRCooper.com

 


 

If you haven’t seen the book trailer for No Strings Attached, you can find it here…  If you’re a romance writer interested in visiting my blog or you have a book trailer to share for Free Flick Friday, let me know here. Thank you for stopping by!

Tomorrow I have a special treat for you — we’ll be celebrating the book anniversary of No Strings Attached by showing off the cover for the sequel.  I also have a special prize. Details to come tomorrow!

Free Flick Friday – Free Falling by Raven St. Pierre

Continuing my Friday showcase of video book trailers, today we have Raven St. Pierre. She’s a newly published Interracial Romance author, best known for her Free Falling series, a New Adult saga featuring an African-American female lead and Japanese-American hero.  Raven has a host of stories published and awaiting release that she intends to share with readers who thrive on high-drama, messy love triangles, and emotionally jarring plotlines.  When Raven isn’t weaving her next tangled web of love, lust, and lies, her husband and three children keep her plenty busy….when she isn’t gaming, that is.

Now, here’s Raven’s video:

 

Cover_Free Falling_Book 3_ExposedFree Falling is the third book in the series

They’re back. They’re grown. It’s on… Five years have passed since the tragedy that changed Samantha Kelley’s life forever,
causing her to make the difficult decision to walk away from the man she once thought to be her soul mate. Looking back, there were a few regrets, but she still believes in her heart that fleeing to New York was the right move….or does she? For the most part, she’s settled and content, but there’s a question still brewing in the back of her mind – Will her current relationship ever measure up to the passion that she experienced with AJ?

When Sam walked away, AJ found himself spiraling uncontrollably through every emotion possible – grief, anger, and depression, to name a few. It took almost two years for him to fully get over the idea of her leaving him behind without so much as an address where she could be reached. But he didn’t get through the darkest time of his life without a little help from someone who seemed to just appear out of nowhere – a woman who now has dibs on his heart. It was simple for the pair to pretend like old feelings had faded into the abyss while they were hundreds of miles apart, but what will happen when Sam and AJ meet up again for the first time in years? Will resentment forever keep ‘what could’ve been’ just at arm’s length? Will it be love at first sight like they experienced in the past? Or will they fight against the insatiable pull that they have always had toward one another, choosing to keep their current relationships intact instead?

I hope you enjoyed this little journey into the world of Raven’s characters. The release date for Free Falling is June 1st.  Until then, you can find Raven at http://youaresowrite.wordpress.com/

 


 

If you haven’t seen the book trailer for No Strings Attached, you can find it here…  If you’re a romance writer interested in visiting my blog or you have a book trailer to share for Free Flick Friday, let me know here. Thank you for stopping by!

Free Flick Friday – Passion’s Sacred Dance by Juli D. Revezzo

Continuing my Friday showcase of video book trailers, today we have Juli D. Revezzo visiting. Juli is a Florida girl, with a love of fantasy, science fiction, and Arthurian legend, so much so she gained a B.A. in English and American Literature. She is author of The Antique Magic series, the recently released her debut paranormal romance novel, Passion’s Sacred Dance, and is a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour.

Without further adieu, here is her video:

 

 

PassionsSacredDance_w6021_300

And now, a little bit about Passion’s Sacred Dance:

Unless Stacy Macken can stave off her creditors, she may lose her historic art gallery–a loss she can’t afford for, she suspects, more reason than one. Then Aaron Fielding appears, claiming to be a Tuatha dé Danaan warrior dedicated to protecting humanity from demonic monsters and that her land is their sacred battlefield. Confirming everything she feared. Stacy and Aaron must work together to ensure mankind survives, but their mutual attraction only complicates things.

 

Buy links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Passions-Sacred-Dance-Harshad-Wars-ebook/dp/B00E4WOBWI

All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-passion039ssacreddance-1351775-143.html

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/passions-sacred-dance-juli-d-revezzo/1117518183?ean=2940148871422

Bookstrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/passions-sacred-dance

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/passions-sacred-dance/id733605817?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/passion-s-sacred-dance

And my web links:

Homepage: http://julidrevezzo.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julidrevezzo

Twitter: @julidrevezzo

 


 

If you haven’t seen the book trailer for No Strings Attached, you can find it here…  If you’re a romance writer interested in visiting my blog or you have a book trailer to share for Free Flick Friday, let me know here. Thank you for stopping by!

Free Flick Friday – Scents and Sensuality by Joan Reeves

Despite my best efforts, I didn’t get another blog done this week, but here I am for the second week in a row with Free Flick Friday. I’m hoping to continue to share book trailer love, so here is another. Welcome Joan Reeves and her book Scents and Sensuality.

SCENTS and SENSUALITY

 Amanda Whitfield is desperate for a man. She’ll do anything — well, almost anything — to get a date for her snooty cousin’s wedding. When a matchmaking mama proposes her son for the wedding date, Amanda agrees. After all, what choice does she have? Men aren’t exactly falling at her feet and beseeching her for the pleasure of her company.

Harrison Kincaid has had it with his mom’s matchmaking. Desperate to put an end to her meddling, he decides to teach her a lesson as well as get out of the date she’s “guilted” him into accepting.

Two desperate people, each determined to achieve their goals. Desperation makes for interesting bedfellows. Lies, seduction, and hot passion. Is it Love or just Lust? Will the truth set them free or rip them apart?

Amazon Link: www.amzn.com/B00BTIDUHW/

Now, without further adieu, here’s the promised trailer:

I love it!  It really shows the potential conflict between these two characters.  Sexy!!

Since Joan has a wealth of experience with videos, she took some time out of her busy day to give us some tips. Take it away Joan:

 

5 Quick Video Tips

Thanks, Lily, for having me here today. Here are 5 Quick Video Tips that will make it easier to create a video whether that’s one of your vacation or a business video or a book trailer.

1. Select your theme, or premise, or message you want the video to put across. Write it down so you keep your focus on the message you’re trying to convey. For a book, this might be a logline or a couple of sentences that sum up what the book is about. For a vacation, this might be the scope of the vacation–start to finish or the 1 week spent at a resort.

2. Select your art work. If you’re working with photographs, lay them out before you scan them. If art is in your computer, sketch a storyboard with squares to represent the art work and tag each rectangle, i.e., Bryan building sand castle or first kiss scene. Use a square for each photo you want to include so you can estimate the size of the video.

3. Match text, i.e., a caption, for each photo or a text block inserted between photographs. (You’ll see what I mean if you watch my videos.)

4. Music sets the tone. Hollywood has sound editors, and so do videos–you. Select the music you want playing in the background. If it’s a book trailer for a dark vampire romance, then you want moody, dramatic music. If it’s a romantic comedy, you want something lighthearted that invites the listener to smile. If it’s urban young adult, then you want something that makes one think of urban young adult, not a twangy country music soundtrack.

5. Time is crucially important. In a video for commercial purposes, like a book trailer or a product showcase, short is not better, but best. Try to make your video between 30-60 seconds long. If the video is personal, then time isn’t really a problem. It can be as long as you want IF it’s entertaining and holds the audience’s attention.

Let me know if these tips help you. I can be found online at my blog: http://SlingWords.blogspot.com / my website: http://www.JoanReeves.com / Twitter @JoanReeves / and my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/JoanReevesAuthor. Watch my other videos http://preview.tinyurl.com/Joan-Reeves-Video. I’ll be publishing new videos every month, including writing instruction and humor pieces aimed at authors, so SUBSCRIBE so you won’t miss any of them.

Leave a comment with your email on my post here and tell me which of my videos you like best, and you’ll be entered to win a 60 second video created and produced by Joan Reeves Productions! Contest open until May 8. Winner will be emailed directly and announced here in the comments on my blog post.


 

Wow, Joan is being really generous. So that your email isn’t spammed like crazy by those Internet bots we all hate, you don’t have to put your email in the actual comment, but include it when you submit the comment and I will be able to see it in the background and forward it to Joan. Good luck!  Also go check out Joan’s website and blog. She has some great tips.

If you haven’t seen the book trailer for No Strings Attached, you can find it here…  If you’re a romance writer interested in visiting my blog or you have a book trailer to share for Free Flick Friday, let me know here.

On Closing the Bedroom Door

Image Door with Scarf

Remember the scarves in college days? DO NOT DISTURB!! (Image copyright Lily Bishop)

Do you Read Romance for the Sex or Skip Those Scenes?

Romance vs. Erotica

There is a fine line between romance and erotica these days. The books that used to be hard to find (The Story of O, The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by Ann Rice writing as A.N. Roquelaire) are easy to get these days. Fifty Shades of Gray and its two sequels opened up a whole new world of erotica/soft porn to many readers. Saturday Night Live even did a skit where a mom was in bed reading on her Kindle while the kids were fixing her breakfast on Mother’s Day, and it was pretty clear that she was readying something very steamy.

Where does that leave romance?

As I began this experience of publishing No Strings Attached, I opened myself up to many friends and family members who had no idea that writing was my life’s passion. I told them a little bit about my book, and warned them that it was a bit “spicy,” although I don’t consider the book erotica by any stretch. My mother and sister said it was too spicy, but they are on the conservative side, so I wasn’t that concerned. Others loved the chemistry between the characters, and wrote reviews to that effect.

When it comes to spicy, I try to think about the way that Harlequin books are organized, with Blaze being the spiciest, and Presents being the most conservative (at least from my perspective). No Strings Attached trends toward the Blaze, although it may not be quite as spicy as Blaze. Fox takes some actions at one point in the book that some might say are a little kinky, but we still wind up on the vanilla side. In real life, people give and receive, and for one person to always be on the receiving end of passion rang false for me.

I tried to build a convincing relationship between my two characters. I felt the sex was a part of building that emotional connection, and not just thrown in. The core of the book is the relationship, and the real-life drama that keeps them guessing before they can each fully commit.

I had one final category of readers: The people who told me that they don’t read romance, but they loved mine. They surprised me the most.  While I was flattered, I’m not quite sure how I can use that statement to find new readers. I don’t see how I can market myself as “the romance for non-romance lovers”.

I’m fully committed to the romance genre. It’s what I like to read, and it’s what drives me to write.  I feel like the romance genre has gotten a bad rap from so many formula-driven books, from the historical romance bodice-rippers to the modern “she married a billionaire cliché.” So what if they always have a happy ending? Aren’t mysteries always solved? The pleasure that I obtain as a reader is in meeting the characters along the way and seeing how they work through their issues. I read all types, from historical, to paranormal, to contemporary, and I love them all.

I’m considering offering an E-book version of No Strings Attached that would be the same as the original, but that fades out before the sex scenes. I don’t know if it would still read with the same intensity, or if it would fall flat. What do you think? Would you rather have the camera fade out as the couple is going into the bedroom, with the understanding that they are going to be intimate, or does leaving that open for interpretation come across as pandering? If I took the sex scenes out, would it then fall under mystery? Probably not, but it would seem to more evenly straddle the two genres, running the risk of pleasing neither. Isn’t it hypocritical to leave the sex out if the book opens with a hot weekend fling? Who knows.

What do you think? I’d love to hear your opinion in the comments.

Welcome Jan Romes, Romance Author

I am pleased to welcome Jan Romes to my blog this morning. It seems like every time I open Twitter she’s releasing a new book. I was determined to find out how she does it.

Jan RomesHow is it that you have released so many titles this year and last year? Do you work on multiple stories at a time?

Lily, while it seems like I’ve had a lot of books published all at once, they were actually written over a period of time. My first book came out in 2011. I had six in 2012 (one of those was an anthology with two other authors). And so far, one in 2013. Stories have germinated in my mind forever and I finally have the time to put them down on paper (well, on the computer). My life seems to revolve around writing these days. It’s a joy and blessing that I’ll always be grateful for.

I don’t write multiple stories at a time. I know there are authors capable of writing two stories at once; I’m not one of them. I have a folder with a ton of story ideas that I find myself wanting to get busy on. When I have those restless days, I have to remind myself to finish the story I’m working on. I think I have a tiny bit of OCD too and it won’t allow me to focus on more than one book at a time.

You’ve had three books published with The Wild Rose Press, one with Champagne Books, four independently, and even published two short stories in a magazine. Do you have any thoughts to share about the publishing process or industry?

I have a lot to share, but keep in mind, I’m no expert. First of all, once you’ve written your story, have faith in your work and go for it. Don’t be afraid to contact publishers and agents. Chances are you will receive some rejections. Don’t be disheartened; even some well-known authors received multiple rejections before they were accepted. (Google ‘best known authors who received rejections’ you will be amazed – and if you receive rejections, knowing it took others awhile will help you keep things in perspective) The wheels of publishing turn slowly.

Also, whether you are traditionally published or independently published, a lot of your exposure as an author will depend on you. Your publisher will get your name out there but it will be up to you to keep it there via blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc.

You will meet some incredible people along the way. I’ve made some great friends, both authors and fans alike and I’ve discovered that they have just as much to offer you as you have to offer them.

Regarding the mechanics of publishing (if you publish independently), you will need to have your books properly formatted for each venue that you plan to upload to. (Each venue has certain requirements – check their sites for details) As far as cover art, you can use your own or there are many creative folks who are willing to help. Don’t forget editing, that’s a biggie. Comb over your work with an eagle eye and then have someone else do it too. A fresh set of eyes will pick up on things you may have missed. We are so close to our work that we inadvertently skim over things because we’ve seen that same line or paragraph a hundred times. Finally, when your work is uploaded and ready for sale, shout it from the rooftops!!

Do you have any new books forthcoming?

Happy to say, yes I do! Mr. August is currently with The Wild Rose Press. I’ve been through two rounds of edits so far. I’ve not been given a release date, but I’m sure it will be in the near distant future.

I also am seventy pages into my WIP (work-in-progress). I know everything that I will put my hero and heroine through. Their story is going slow at the moment as I enjoy all that comes with summer.

I live in South Carolina, so I loved the fact that Stay Close, Novac! was set in Myrtle Beach. Tell us a little about the story.

Book Cover Stay Close, Novac!Jessi Novac leads the quiet life of a romance author until someone leaves a series of explicit notes under her windshield wipers and heavy breathing on her answering machine.

Until NYPD can track down the culprit who’s trying to scare the bejesus out of her, Jessi hides out at her grandmother’s beach house in Myrtle Beach where she hopes to get her bearings. Instead, her life takes an even bigger tilt toward crazy when she meets her clumsy neighbor. She’s suspicious of Ian Alexander, and attracted to him at the same time. Their relationship becomes a calamity of errors until strange things start happening at the beach house. Jessi clings to Ian for protection, but she soon discovers her heart may be in more danger than her life.

I have read One Small Fib, Three Days With Molly, and Stay Close, Novak!, and you are definitely one of my authors that I look for. I also just downloaded Stella in Stilettos, and can’t wait to start it. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Thanks for having me, Lily. I appreciate the opportunity to talk about something I’m so passionate about!

Below are links that you can use to find Jan:

Contact information:

Website – www.authorjanromes.com

Blog – www.jantheromancewriter.blogspot.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jan.romes.5

Twitter – @janromes

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5240156.Jan_Romes

 

 

Careful with E-Book Formatting

Some words of wisdom if you are formatting your own e-books, or even if you are paying someone else to format them. I am only speaking about the Kindle, since that is the e-reader that I own, but I am sure that other formats/readers would be similar.

Notice how I have a line break between these two paragraphs. That’s because this is non-fiction. This isn’t a story, or a novel, or a novella. But in case you’ve not read a physical book lately, fiction doesn’t use line breaks unless it is a scene change. Did you hear me? No? Let me say it again. Fiction doesn’t use a line break unless it is a scene change.

I have experienced this style of formatting from multi-published authors, and I just want to grab them by the throat and tell them to stop it.

I downloaded a book for my husband recently. I liked the premise, so I decided to read it too. It wasn’t one of the romances that I normally read, but sometimes I slip out of my genre. I won’t recommend it. The writer used larger paragraphs, not a lot of dialog, and a lot of telling. But aside from those weaknesses, it almost gave me a headache to read it. Every paragraph had a scene-break style line. If the paragraph spanned two pages, my subconscious mind would interpret this as a scene break, but it wasn’t. It was a new paragraph. It didn’t matter how many times I told myself that he had formatting issues, I couldn’t get past it.

A blank line in the text should only be used to indicate a scene break, or a change in the action, not a paragraph switch. In the free book that Amazon published on how to format for the Kindle, it explains how to have blank space between paragraphs, but I ignored that. I think that is for non-fiction.  Please beware when you are using this feature. Preview it and make sure that you don’t have huge amounts of space between your paragraphs.

Thank you for listening to me rant. Anyone else have any formatting issues they want to whine about? I’ll listen.