I had originally had a different post in mind today, and I’ve bumped that until next week because of this exciting announcement… that was intended for last week but was delayed!
I’ve been wanting to put together a box set for the Daddy Takes the Reins series since book four came out. With the first four books being a complete story arc, it seemed like a good time, but I’ve never done a box set before, so I was nervous.
Also, there is an expense to putting this new edition out. New cover, formatting, etc. So, the timing needed to be right. At the beginning of August, I started working on it with the designer, and I got it all put together and ready to go live but… Amazon had some issues with it.
Amazon can be confusing. They have weird rules, which are often capricious and unfair. On top of that it can be hard to reach a real person. Since the series was already published as single books, the combination of the box set triggered alarms. They demanded proof I had permission from the publisher to combine them.
Well, I am the publisher, through Amazon. These books have never been with a traditional publisher, like some of my other series. They have never been published anywhere but on Amazon. So needless to say, proving I had my own permission was difficult.
They should easily have been able to look into my account and see that the person who had published them before was me, but somehow, they simply couldn’t do that.
I ended up having to write a contract between myself and myself, wherein I gave myself permission to go ahead and publish the box set. But when I submitted the contract Amazon kept flagging it and saying it didn’t include information. It listed the info it didn’t include, and every single thing was actually in there. What the heck!
I rewrote it anyway… nope, it now said it didn’t have my names in it, it wasn’t signed, the book names weren’t listed. All of this was in there. It turns out that I wasn’t dealing with a real person, just a bot. And the bot couldn’t read the pdfs for some reason.
I finally got it worked out through a real person over the phone and she was able to refer all my info to a human team on Sunday morning. A couple hours later the box set was live– a week later than I planned to release it, so it’s thrown off my schedule.
But after all of that, the box set is finally here! I’m really pleased with it, and I think you will be too. It combines the first four books of the series, a complete story arc with Sam and Charlie, and a brand new cover.
And you can get it for half the price of buying the individual titles. Everyone loves a good bargain, right?
Daddy Takes the Reins Box Set can be found on Amazon here. It’s in Kindle Unlimited and also available in a monster size paperback too. If you get the chance, please leave me a review. They are a big help in getting my work seen, even if the review is a simple “I liked it!” it helps a lot.
Join me back here next Friday for the post I had to bump: Aftercare Is an Option.