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Self-publishing surprises

Self-publishing can be rewarding, but also overwhelming. You have to be the author, publisher, and promoter all in one. Turns out this works pretty well for me. I like the control of hiring my own editor, cover artist, and proofreader, and having complete discretion over my book release timeline—subject to my ability to write the books,

From big, scary goal to big news

I’m ready to jump off a metaphorical cliff here because… I’m excited to announce that my first romantic suspense novel BLIND FURY will release at the end of the month! A risk-averse programmer must rely on a thrill-seeking mercenary to keep her safe when her quest for the truth about her brother’s death makes her

Self-pub practice (or, I made a book!)

Before I gave my “Ebooks Made Easy with Scrivener” workshop at the Romance Writers of America National Conference last month, I figured I’d better actually go through the entire process of creating a book, from writing to publication. I’m so glad I did! I learned a few helpful tricks about how to set things up

Hail to the hybrid author

When I started writing romantic fiction in 2009, self-publishing was called vanity publishing. It was something only the desperate did. Or those who’d been suckered by some slimy, snake-oil publisher. It was something RWA warned us against: paying to get published. We should be getting paid for our work. What a difference four years makes.

My big, scary goal

I couldn’t talk blithely about my goals today without stopping to mention the tragedy in Boston yesterday. My heart hurts for all those affected. It also swells at the stories and pictures of those who raced in to help just seconds after the bombs went off. After such devastation, we need a reminder that most

The secret is out?

I recently read the following blurb in a free home decorating magazine that I get from my former realtor. The article was about trends for 2010, and the blurb was thus: Thanks to iUniverse and other self-publishing companies, the path to authorhood is a click away. Even a single copy of the history of your