It’s a whole new world out there, my reading friends. And we’re all benefiting from it. Self-publishing allows an author a certain freedom to offer her readers more options. I know I’ve certainly taken advantage of it (as have my fellow Smutketeers). Let me tell you a little bit about my self-publishing journey so far.
I self-published a short little sexy story with a holiday theme last fall entitled A Very Sexy Christmas. It was previously published at a now defunct e-publisher (my one and only e-publisher secret shame) and I was always sad it didn’t really have its time to shine. So I polished it up, changed the title, got a new cover and ta da.
Then there’s Indulgent Pleasures. The idea behind this book came to me out of nowhere and I wrote it fast. We’re talking fast fast. I thought it had promise so I made the agent rounds with it and I got nowhere. I put it away. Just forgot all about it until last spring and all the talk of self-publishing got me thinking…
I mean, who can resist a heroine with a secret and a hunky former pro baseball player who have lots and lots of sex? Plus, it’s a full length novel. At $2.99 it’s a steal! I really love this story and I’m so glad I self-published it. I’m even contemplating writing a sequel or two. A few readers suggested I redeem a particular character in the book. We’ll see.
Finally, I must talk about Melt With You which is slated to release one week from today on October 3rd.
Dragging a man into a supply closet at work so she can maul him—that’s so not Lanie’s style. But there’s something about Wes, the sexy paramedic with the bad reputation, that she can’t resist. After a terrible breakup, a move and a job change, Lanie’s ready to indulge in some new and exciting adventures. But Wes wants more…
From the moment he meets Lanie under um, stressful circumstances, Wes is a goner. Yeah, he has a reputation around the hospital as a serial dater but lately he’s thought about settling down. And he believes the petite nurse with the curvy body might be the one. Too bad she only wants a quick affair.
Lanie can’t deny the chemistry between them is strong but will she take a chance on fate? Or will she let Wes go?
You see, I had just wrapped up my Fated series and I created this character who I believed deserved his time to shine. Knowing that it would take a while to get the novella on the schedule at Samhain (who the Fated series is published with), I decided to write it for self-publication. I asked the cover artist who designed the covers for the series and she came up with the sexiest cover. I’m in love! This one will only be 99 cents as well. I can’t wait for it to come out – and hopefully my readers are excited too.
This is the great thing about self-publishing. It allows us authors to provide our readers with more books to choose from. And though I don’t want to go strictly to self-publishing, I do like having the option.
In celebrating that option, I’m going to give away my first two self-publishing books (A Very Sexy Christmas and Indulgent Pleasures) to one lucky commenter. Just leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve read any self-published books lately. Are you liking them? Loving them? Hating them? Not even trying them?
I’m reading Bella Andre’s new self-pub’d series right now (I’m on book two and I’m reading it slo-o-o-owly so I can savor it. Because damn it, I don’t think the next one is out until November!). Talk about a self-publishing success story. She’s done very well in the self-pub’d waters and she’s traditionally published. I love her!
Share with me your latest self-published reads and you’re entered! Good luck!