“Cat’s Eyes” to be Renamed

A decision has been made to republish Cat’s Eyes as a second edition using a new title The Land of Miu. It has been a concern for some months that people will look at the former title and think the book is about cats, when in fact it isn’t. The book is about two young sisters who have an adventure in another world. It’s filled with magic, mythology, suspense and family. The only connection to cats is that the Miuan people are shapeshifters and often take the form of cats. They are also not human and have a resemblance to a cat with the top half of their face being very cat like, but don’t dare say that to a Miuan as they become highly offended by the comment. 😀

I feel “Cat’s Eyes” is a good name for the story, however, it does give the wrong impression and for that reason I know republishing with a new title is a good move.

Besides, it means the book will be updated in some ways. The cover for this book will remain the same as I think it’s highly important that the two versions resemble each other. It is also extremely important that the people who have already purchased the book KNOW this is the same story. I don’t want anyone feeling cheated and deceived.

Cat’s Eyes is the first edition. The Land of Miu is the second edition. They are one and the same book.

Books 2 and 3 will also be given a name change. The titles are yet to be confirmed.

Publishing Update

When Cat’s Eyes was published in December 2010, there was an indication at the back of the book that Cat’s Paw would be published three months later – in March 2011. It’s obvious that hasn’t happened. Why, you may be asking.

The printer used for Cat’s Eyes used to be quite good. The first time I used them, for Speculative Realms, the service was great. My lack of experience meant I had to seek help several times and I always received it within 24 hours, and the instructions were clear and concise. Two years later, when I was ready to publish Cat’s Eyes, I returned to them and noticed a definite change straight away. All indications showed a plummet in service level, to almost non-existent. There were so many bad stories going around and ignored pleas for help, that it made me wonder if I were doing the right thing using the company again. However, for various reasons, I decided to forge ahead and, luckily, do not have to add my name to the list of people who needed help and didn’t get it.

Yet, my gut tells me not to take such a risk again. And I’ve decided to listen to my gut as it usually (but not always) serves me well.

At the beginning of this year, I started looking for another printer. I would have preferred one in Australia but every quote I received (and there were a lot) was VERY expensive. In truth, not even close in comparison to the printer I had already been using. This made me feel a little concerned, but I chose to continue looking.

Then I discovered Lightning Source. I researched the company, what people were saying about them, their prices and whatever else I could find out about them and discovered a possible replacement. Their offices were overseas, which wasn’t a problem, but the one recurring comment I kept seeing was their postal fees were high. I decided to start an account with them so that I could do some comparative research, but I kept getting this niggling feeling about the whole thing, which made me hesitant. That’s when I discovered they would be setting up shop in Australia. At that point, I made the decision to put everything on hold.

Today I found out the Australian office is open for business. At the news, I went straight to Lightning Source and asked some questions. It’s the weekend, so I don’t expect a response until Monday but my gut is telling me to follow this through to the end. When the account is set up and the comparative research done, I’ll decide what I’m going to do next.

At this stage, I believe I might have a new printer in Australia, but let’s not count our horses too soon.

June Special: Cat’s Eyes Ebook for $0.99

It’s winter in Australia and most people I know love to sit and read in a comfy chair in a warm room, while the weather struts its stuff outside.

With this in mind, I figured it would be a good time to offer the digital version of Cat’s Eyes at a special price. For the entire month of June 2011, the ebook can be purchased from the Cat’s Eyes Smashwords page for only $0.99 (US dollars). Aussie readers should remember that with the strong Australian dollar, the ebook will be even less for you.

Use the coupon code below at the checkout to get the discount:

Promotional price: $0.99
Coupon Code: EW56D
Expires: June 30, 2011

Happy reading!

Cat’s Eyes: Another Review

It was a wonderful surprise to go to Amazon today and find another review. I feel blessed by the kind words…and inspired to keep writing. 😀

This is a very enjoyable read for young children with a great story that will take their imaginations on a journey to the land of Miu, where they will experience adventures. It also teaches children respect and love for others with good family values and of course a happy ending.I hope there will be a follow on to this book.

The review can also be read on Amazon.

Competition: What does a Miuan look like?

The Competition:
The author would love to see your impression of what a Miuan looks like. The competition is open to everyone, however, you will have to have read Cat’s Eyes in order to enter.

Conditions:
By submitting an entry, the artist is giving permission for the author to upload the image to her website and to Facebook, and use it indefinitely. However, copyright will remain with the creator.

How to Enter:
Entries will be accepted until 30 June 2011. Email your sketch, drawing, painting, etc, in jpeg format to karenleefield AT gmail DOT com. The winning entry will be chosen by the author.

The Prize:
The winner will receive a free paperback copy of book 2, Cat’s Paw, when it is published.

Read an Ebook Week 2011

Did you know ebooks have been around for 40 years? I didn’t. In fact, I find that piece of news fascinating because in my own mind ebooks were invented only a few short years ago. However, when I think about it for a while, I clearly see the flaw in my thinking because I used to make pdf versions of my manuscripts years before I became aware of the actual “ebook”.

These days ebooks are becoming quite well known and in some circles they are focused on and being watched very carefully. At some time in the future, ebooks will be mainstream and paper books will be for the wealthy. It will have nothing to do with what we like or prefer, it will be totally due to environmental issues. At the moment, we have a choice and I don’t expect that to change in the near future, but it will change.

Anyway, this coming week is “Read an Ebook Week” and I encourage everyone who hasn’t tried reading an ebook to rectify that over the next seven days. Ebooks can be read on your computer using applications made by Kindle, Stanza and other companies promoting digital printing. You can also read them on your iPhone, iPod Touch and of course the iPad. I believe other phones also have the ability to read ebooks too. And of course you can purchase ebook readers of all sizes as well. So, with all this in mind, there are plenty of options and no excuses. Read an ebook this week and see what you think.

If I haven’t sold you on the idea yet, here’s an added bonus. Ebooks are generally sold cheaper than their paperback equivalent. In fact, it’s through purchasing cheap ebooks that I’ve discovered some excellent new authors. This week Smashwords is having a “sale”. Hundreds of authors are slashing their prices, some are even offering their books for free, but the sale is only happening this week to celebrate “Read an Ebook Week”.

My book, The Land of Miu, is FREE!

Whether you grab a copy of The Land of Miu or not isn’t relevant. Of course, I’d be thrilled if you do and would be forever grateful if you also wrote a quick review over at Smashwords too 😀 (OK, I’ve finished with the shameless self-promotion stuff now). What I’d really like to see (and hear about) is more people trying ebooks and letting me know what you think. What I’d also like to hear about is have your opinions changed towards ebooks over the years. I know mine have!

Read an ebook this week. I think you’ll be glad you did. 🙂

Cat’s Eyes: The Book Depositary

Honestly, I was ultra excited when I saw Cat’s Eyes on The Book Depositary. I don’t know how they do it, but their prices are awesome compared to other online bookstores. They have Cat’s Eyes listed for $17.32. But what makes this price fantastic is that they offer free delivery worldwide. Yes, that’s right, worldwide. Sorry, the book mentioned is now out of print. However, why don’t you grab the free ebook instead.

This means you only pay $17.32 no matter where you are in the world. No wonder I’m excited. This opens the doors for anyone, anywhere to purchase the paperback book at a reasonable price and read it.

I know, before you go off on a tangent and tell me that it’s listed for $14.99 at Amazon so what’s the big deal? Let me explain why this means a lot to me. I live in Australia and purchasing books online is a real problem, not because of the book price or the wait time in receiving it, but because the postage is often so expensive, it’s not uncommon for the postage charges to be higher than what the book cost in the first place. Maybe I’m stingy but I honestly don’t see the sense in purchase books online if the postage is going to put me into serious debt. That’s why I became hooked on ebooks.

Yet as great and convenient as ebooks are, I actually prefer the old fashioned way of reading and WANT to hold a book in my hands when I’m reading. The Book Depositary will help me and other dedicated readers to do that for a while longer yet.

So, please, if you haven’t read Cat’s Eyes because it was too difficult to get a copy of the paperback, head over to The Book Depositary and take advantage of their generous offer.

Free Ebook in Exchange for a Review

Sorry, this offer is no longer available. Watch this website for the same offer when “Cat’s Paw” is released.

In an effort to get more reviews for Cat’s Eyes I am offering free copies of the ebook to anyone who will promise to write an honest review and post it either at Goodreads and/or Amazon.

Please remember that Cat’s Eyes is a fantasy book for younger readers, so only request a copy of the book if this genre and age group is something you would like to read.

If you are interested in receiving a review copy of the ebook then all you have to do is contact me with your details (ie name and email address) and tell me which digital version would suit your needs (ie Kindle (mobi), Sony (LRF), iPhone (epub), Palm Devices (PDB) or PDF) and I’ll email you the ebook.

Also, if you have already read the book I would greatly appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes of your time and head over to Goodreads or Amazon and write a quick review.