Let me explain. I’ve been a published romance author four years now, and yes, I’m one of those writers you’ve heard or read about that’s been writing forever and has now made it. Well, almost. I may not be a USA Today Bestseller, but I’ve been a participating author in three bestselling anthologies. And I wish I could say my royalties pay my bills, but that’s be a gross overstatement. I’m also one of those writers that’s spending more on promotion than I make in royalties. Why, you ask? Because I love writing! And I want to reach readers! I love creating a fun, sexy, humorous story that readers will enjoy. And I guess I’m doing it, because I love hearing back from readers that they are in fact enjoying my work.
When I told myself I was going to write and become published, I very briefly considered self-publishing. But that road honestly intimidated me. I just wanted to write and let others handle everything else. So I began submitting to Indie Publishers, and when my work was accepted, I was thrilled! I wrote, they ran me through edits, made the covers, and put my work up at digital retailers. Easy peasy, right? I thought so. And I’m ever-so-grateful that my work is out there!
But as I began to learn more and connect with other authors and creatives, I began to rethink self-publishing. And as industry trends and views began to change, self-published authors (Indie Authors) were gaining more exposure and kudos. Because a great story is a great story, no matter how it’s published.
This summer I had the honor of collaborating with some great Indie Authors for a romance anthology. It was a fun, eye-opening journey, and I’m so glad I took part in the project. We knew the anthology would have a limited life span, so when it came time to think about what to do with my story after the antho, I thought I’d use it as a freebie in promotions. But then I reconsidered and thought, why not make the most of this story I love and know others will love too? Why not be rewarded for my time and efforts? Why not use this story as my jump into self-publishing?
So, I did! After a small revision, I uploaded my manuscript to a platform that is publishing my story Wide – meaning not just at Amazon, but many digital retailers, including platforms that supply libraries with ebooks. Now this may not seem like a big deal to some, but it’s definitely a big deal to me! (Over-thinker perfectionist that I am.) And will I be doing more? Absolutely! (I have three more projects in the works slated for release between Feb-May 2022.) Will I also continue to submit to Indie Publishers? No doubt I will because I’ve loved working with and supporting them as well as the terrific Indie Authors with whom I’ve connected.
With all that being said, I present to you, Kiss Me at Sunset. A later-in-life, relatable, humorous, steamy novella I hope will make you laugh and sigh. (Probably fan yourself too!)
It releases October 11th and is up for pre-order.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts, so happy reading!