Self-Publishing in German: How to Translate, Publish and Market your Books by Skye B.MacKinnon

Self-Publishing in German: How to Translate, Publish and Market your Books by Skye B. MacKinnon

The German e-book market is growing rapidly and readers are hungry for more books – your books.

Translations are no longer just reserved for big publishers. More and more indie authors follow suit, commissioning their own translations and diving into a lucrative market. It’s a logical step for any successful author: you’ve already written the book, now find new ways to expand your reach.

In this book, you will learn how to go about translating your book, what to look out for when choosing a translator and what legal issues you have to consider. For example, did you know titles in Germany are protected and you can’t use one that already exists?

Once you have your finished translation, you will have to decide on how to publish the book. Direct with retailers, through a distributor or a mix of both – we’ll take a detailed look at all of the options to help you make an informed decision.We’ll also discuss how to produce print and audio versions of your book to give you maximum exposure.

The thing that may be most daunting for authors who don’t speak any German is how to market your book. How do you market in a foreign language? Where to get reviews? How do you access retailer promotions? Is there a German version of Bookbub?

This in-depth guide contains interviews with experts, insider tips from other authors as well as case studies that will help you succeed with your German self-publishing adventure.

Download a FREE printable English/German self-publishing dictionary at perytonpress.com/skye_b_mackinnon!

Complete Contemporary Romance RH 1 #amreading

Finding Their Muse Series

My dream of becoming prima ballerina is dead.

Dropped by the Royal Ballet, I return home to my empty house in Cornwall with nothing but ghosts, and memories of a past I am desperate to forget. It takes months of depression before I pull myself out of the bleakness and attempt to start living again.

With a new job as an assistant to the wealthy but elusive Sachov family, I find myself caught up in a tangled web of desire, pain and sexual awakening that will either destroy me entirely or bring me back to life.

My name is Rose, and I am their muse.

COMPLETE SERIES – READING ORDER AS FOLLOWS:#1 Steps #2 Strokes #3 Strings #4 SymphonyThis is a why choose romance for 18+ readers and contains suicide, self-harm and other topics that may be difficult for some readers. Read at your own discretion.***

Suburbia Series (Reverse Harem Box Set with Bonus Scenes)

SECRETS, BETRAYAL, LOVE…

Your favorite contemporary RH series of dirty little secrets newly edited with bonus materials! 

Books 1 & 2

In the small suburbs of Atlanta, a close-knit community normally welcomes new members. But are they that welcoming to Samantha when she moves in? And what secrets are hiding behind the polished homes and manicured lawns?

Samantha uncovers skeletons in closets, some in her own that are life-changing beyond anything she could ever imagine.

Jake is the sexy neighbor who uncovers lies in his own marriage, ones that bring in his best friend Stuart. But what are the two men hiding themselves?

Mario has his own past that makes him keep women at arm’s length, until he meets Samantha, a woman like no other. But his own past comes to haunt him and could destroy the relationship he’s always wanted.

Follow the lives of the four lovers as they navigate their unconventional relationship in the face of dangers and drama that tries to tear them apart.

Book 3

Samantha has been keeping a couple of secrets from her parents. Not only her unconventional relationship with her three men, but also a baby on the way. 

When her mom guilt-trips her into leaving the city to come home to their small town for Christmas, she knows she has to find a way to reveal her secrets. 

Will her three husbands be able to win over her bearish father? Especially when everything they try to do goes seriously wrong. 

Enjoy this comedic Reverse Harem Holiday Romance.

Book 4

A prequel to Suburbia that shows the life of Suburbia’s most hated characters. Find out what secrets from their past shaped them to be the women they are. Can they be redeemed and finally find the happiness they deserve?

*Please note the trigger warnings. This does not need to be read in order to complete the series.

Bonus Material

Find the inside scoop on some of the favorite characters, questions answered on what happened to a certain ex-wife, and much more of Samantha and her guys!

The Reapers Series

Morana Valdis was born into a life of crime. Mobsters and murder were apart of her daily life. After losing the most precious piece of her, the monster was unleashed.

Named after the Goddess of Death, Morana became the darkness they always tried to keep caged.

The Reaper was born. After a mysterious package is delivered to her, holding key pieces of evidence in the murder of her twin brother. Morana and her Reapers set out to seek revenge, as an unknown evil begins to close in.

Can The Reapers make it out of Sanorah alive?

*The reapers series is a dark new adult, crime syndicate suspense story, with a sexy reverse harem, and will be a four-book series.
** Triggers including violence, graphic murder, assault both sexual and otherwise, please proceed with caution.
***The Reapers series must be read in order.

Burnout Series

Ever make it your life goal to stay far, far away from sexy men who live and breathe vehicles? No? Just me?

Most of my life has been spent hiding behind one of the West Coast’s most infamous players in the automotive industry.

But when he unexpectedly dies and the family business falls under new management, I’m forced to step from the shadows. After being relocated across country, they demand I infiltrate the local street racing scene, find out who runs it, and aid in a takeover.

I convince myself there’s no other choice. Failing to carry out these demands will result in the unraveling of my darkest secrets… the unraveling of me.

Then, I meet them — the men who bring light into my otherwise spiraling dark existence.

They are intoxicating, dangerous, and irresistible. And, as if things aren’t complicated enough, they’re my only leads to the underground world of fast cars and dirty money.

Will I be able to unearth enough information to keep my secrets buried without losing these men who are quickly stealing my heart?

Buckle up for Fast & Furious meets Driven in this high-octane, edge-of-your-seat Reverse Harem Romance!

Perfect for them Series

Love is more fun when it is Forbidden.

My first kiss happened at a party and the
lights were turned off, so I’ll never know who kissed me that night.
I just know that no one ever made me feel like my mystery guy, no matter how many I kissed.

That summer, I fell for two hot twin brothers: Chase and Reid.
Everything fell apart when they became my stepbrothers and things between us had to change.
Our friendship ended and was replaced by indifference and distance.

Three years later I’m back in Star Cove and so are Chase and Reid with their two hot and friendly best friends Bryce and Parker. This is the summer before college and I’m stuck in the past, between my forbidden stepbrothers, the boy I’m dating and a kiss that’s lost forever.

Warning: This is a why choose story where the heroine won’t have to choose between her different love interests and has sexual scenes, swearing and mild violence. Suitable only for readers aged 18+

Gamer Girls Series

The last thing a broken girl needs is perfection.

Love isn’t something Dez has time for. Simply staying alive is too much work. Even worse, the thing trying to get her is something she can’t outrun: her own dark thoughts. Three years after the incident, she’s only getting worse. Even the thought of casually brushing up against another person triggers her panic attacks, yet everyone says she should be fine.

They call her a survivor, but this feels more like a downward spiral – until a random encounter brings her face to face with the one person who might understand. Chance needs a miracle, and he’s decided she’s the only thing that can save his crumbling game company. Her, the broken girl with way too many issues.

She agrees to help but has three conditions. First, no one will touch her – ever. Second, no drug tests, because she won’t pass. Third, when she’s done, he won’t try to stop her from quitting. Those are her rules, and to Dez, this isn’t just a game.

Except he has his own problem. Chance needs contact to feel whole, and she can’t handle the idea of being touched. There’s no way this situation can work. Plus, if her secrets come out, she won’t be the miracle he needs.

But can her flaws finally help?
Or is this game over?

The Gamer Girls series features strong women and the men who love them. Knowledge about gaming and/or gamer culture is not necessary to enjoy this story. Graphic language and situations that are suitable for a mature audience are included. FLAWED is a standalone novel that moves forward a larger story. 

TRIGGER WARNING: Discussions of rape and assault, domestic violence, addiction, suicidal tendencies, phobias, bullying, cyber harassment, violence, and more. This is a love story, but finding love isn’t always easy.

Losing My Heart Series

A hired gun is on the loose and has his sights set on the daughter of the most powerful drug lord in North America. Katie Rosemond just barely escapes with her life, but now, her future is in the hands of a ruthless man who would do anything to protect his asset. That man is her father.
After working his way up from being a simple drug mule to the inner circle of the Boss, Ramone becomes one of his most trusted men. That trust puts him in charge of Katie’s safety, and he is not going to let a spoiled brat ruin his ambitions. In fact, he will use it to his advantage. In a dangerous world where one wrong move can put his head on a pike, he isn’t counting on love to be the most dangerous of all.

Quintessence: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

She’s just a housekeeper. She has debts. She needs a job. 

They’re geniuses. They have money. They need a housekeeper. 

More importantly… they need her

A new job leads to a happily-ever-after Sascha could never have foreseen…

Read the completeQuintessence Collection, a timeless love story, in one volume for the first time ever. 

Over four-hundred-fifty thousand words! 

Contains never-before-published bonus scenes.

A Rotten Love Duet

Envy.

Such an ugly sin.

Yet, here I am guilty of it.

See, I envy you.

You who wake up in the morning not knowing what your future will entail.  A blessed uncertainty filled with hope and mystery, with the potential to make it whatever you aspire it to be.

Must be nice — to open your eyes and dream of such a promising existence.

I have no such hopeful misguided notions.

My fate has been written down on crumpled paper, made smooth and immaculate by bloody tainted hands for the outside world to behold, since the day I was conceived.

There is no happily ever after for me but I’ve come to terms with my gilded golden cage long ago.

It’s their destiny that keeps me up at night — the pieces of my soul.

They are the ones who I would defy the devil himself for and stare true evil in the eye, taunting it to do its worst.

There is nothing I wouldn’t do for them, yet I know the wheel of fortune is not in our favor.

So, yes — I envy you.

While you dream of your colorful tomorrow, I dread its grayish arrival. 

You see, we were all born rotten.

And rotten girls and boys don’t deserve a fairytale ending.

This is mafia #whychoose contemporary romance, full length novel.

*Recommended 18+ due to mature language, adult situations and sensitive content.

The Hell’s Rebel’s Collection

ALL SINNER

I’m aptly named. 
I’m Lucifer in the flesh: Lucie to those who love me, B*tch to those who loathe me. 
I have plenty of enemies, most of them in the clubhouse where I was raised. 
But I’m tired of being an outsider, tired of being on the outside looking in. 
I want to go home. 
And home?
Isn’t a place.
It’s with four men. Four bikers who own my heart and soul, and have done since I was a kid. 
Even if they betrayed me. 
But I’ll forgive them. 
I will. 
Only after I make them pay for their mistakes… 

NO SAINT

My family has enemies. Enemies that made us pay through my suffering. 
All these years later, after being kidnapped, I can only sleep in the arms of a biker my daddies would kill if they knew how he shielded me. 
And he isn’t the only one. 
Saint? Keys? Ink?
They’re more than just bikers, more than just brothers. 
They’re my sanity. 
I love them. 
And they love me. 
Now it’s time for them to realize we’re made to be together…

The collection contains an EXCLUSIVE scene that will never be released anywhere else. 

The Hell’s Rebel Collection consists of titles that were originally published as THEIR SINNER and THEIR SAINT. You can now enjoy both mother and daughter’s books in the one collection.

Author Della Roe #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Della Roe

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My name is Della Roe. I live in Texas with my two teens, 3 cats, 2 dogs and a fish named Neptune. All but one of my animals were named after a Goddess or God. It’s kinda my theme.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No, I fell away from books as a teen. I had always been a day dreamer though. When I picked up Twilight I devoured it, I searched for more books to sedate my new found love. The love of reading plus always having my head in the clouds lead me to writing.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

This book just kinda happened. I had no plans for it. I just wrote what came to mind.

What are you working on now?

I just am finishing up the edits of my first book. It’s about a girl who is struggling to survive. She gets fired from her job and gets possessed. It’s a romantic paranormal book. I’m not sure if it will be a ménage or MF. The characters haven’t told me yet.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I write at night. When I should go to bed, thats when I need to get the words out. I like to listen to music to space out the day. Reset my mind to go into creative mode.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes are to become a full time writer one day.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

I’m still a baby author myself and I’m still learning. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. And book people in advance! Good book designers/editors/etc are booked out far in advance.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I don’t have any followers yet, so maybe follow me and give my books a try 🥰

Author Cassia Briar #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Cassia Briar

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My name’s Cassia Briar and I write dark paranormal romance with reverse harems and couples who find their happily ever after. I grew up in Portland, Oregon and I’m still in love with the Pacific Northwest where I live with my husband and our kitties. I might be addicted to coffee. Slytherin. In my free time I like to read, watch Lucifer on Netflix, and take trips to the Oregon coast, especially when it’s stormy weather. 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

The short answer? Yes. I wrote my first story when I was eight years old. It was about a goat that got lost and the little girl who went to find it. Gradually, my writing turned to more fantasy with darker themes. I started my first real book when I was thirteen, but never finished it. Then school and life got in the way. I finally revisited writing in my mid-twenties, joined a critique group, and spent eight years working on my craft before self-publishing my first book in 2019.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

My current series is called Harem of Redemptions and it was inspired by the themes in Beauty and the Beast. That’s always been one of my favorite fairytales partly because of the darker storyline, enemies to lovers trope, and because of the idea of the beast within us all.

Of course, I had to turn it into a reverse harem romance. I was inspired by the different types of beast themes to play with for the characters. Multiple main characters and love interests made that work better and gave me plenty to explore!

What are you working on now? 

A few different projects. I’m working on book two in the Harem of Redemption series, Beastly Desires. I also joined a couple of multi-author anthologies this year. My current project is an MF vampire/human, enemies to lovers, revenge novella. I’m liking writing MF paranormal romance between my reverse harem books.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

Yeah, I need silence. I know a lot of authors write with music, but can’t do it. I also need a window to look out. For some reason that inspires me, or helps me think. LOL. And, I guess it’s a quirk, but I write better when I also take time to read. I try to read every evening for a couple of hours.

What are your hopes for the future? 

Well… I hope my author career keeps moving along at a steady pace. I have a ton of book ideas and I hope that I get to write all of them! One day, I’d like to get that USA Today Bestseller tag. That’s one of my big dreams.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world? 

Yes, lots. I think the most important bit of advice is that this is a long, slow process. It takes time and patience as well as hard work and dedication, so try to breathe and enjoy wherever you’re at on your journey. Celebrate each milestone.

Also, figure out early on if you’re writing just for the fun of it or if you want to turn your writing into a career. If it’s just for fun, then do whatever you want! But, if you want writing to be your career, then learn your craft, choose a popular genre and stick to it, and write to market. I just want to note here that writing to market does not mean having to write stories you don’t like. It’s also not “selling out”. Writing to market is writing in the genre you like and giving your readers what they expect, and love, from that genre. Simple.

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Thank you! My readers rock my world and I’m so grateful for each and every one of you. I, obviously, wouldn’t be where I’m at today without. You’ve made my dream of being a full time author a reality.

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Author Montana Ash #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Montana Ash

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I am an Aussie. I work as an embryologist and genetic counsellor by day and write books about sex and magic at night  I am a solo mother by choice with 2 beautiful, spunky daughters under the age of 4.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Honestly? Not really. I have always been a huge reader and also a writer of lots of miscellaneous things. I always liked to write as a hobby, but as a published author? I kind of did that by accident. I decided to write a full-length novel one day for fun. I then published it just for shits and giggles, and, well … turns out people liked it. And now I’m an author – which I love and am so grateful for. Best on-purpose-accident ever!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

It’s just whatever is in my head. I do love to read paranormal and fantasy, as well as watch sci-fi, so those definitely are a factor. But I tend to write whatever is in my daydreams.

What are you working on now?

I am working on book 2 in my Reluctant Royals series. It is about demons who have guardian angels and angel assassins. Sexy, funny, and just a tad violent 😉

Do you have any quirks while working?

I prefer to sit cross-legged on the floor to write – rather than at my really lovely, expensive desk. I also eat Nutella out of the jar quite frequently when typing!

What are your hopes for the future?

Definitely to get back into a strict release schedule. The last 12 months have been a nightmarish whirlwind (for lots of is, I know) and my releases have taken a toll. But I’m back on track with writing time now, so I hope to pump out lots of book babies this year.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Write what you love to read. If you enjoy what you’re writing it will show in your words, your characters, and your plot. And remember that character development is key to a great book. If a reader falls in love with your character, they will be loyal for life.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you for being so loyal and patient. I appreciate you all. Please come and hang out in my private Facebook group – Montana’s Maniacs. I’m there daily just chatting and hanging out, doing giveaways, uploading exclusive snippets, and always updating you. Much love xoxo

Author Zoe Ashwood #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Zoe Ashwood

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Well, I’ve always been a reader. I also have notebooks and little scrap pieces of paper scribbled with terrible snippets of never-finished stories and angsty poems dating back to the 90s when I was in elementary school. But I didn’t set out to be a writer until I had a book blog for a couple of years – and then I heard about NaNoWriMo from another blogger and decided to give it a try. That was in 2015 – but it took me until 2019 to publish my first novel. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Ooh, I’m so glad you asked. The Nora Moss series is inspired by my love of action-adventure movies and ancient civilizations! It’s a love letter to Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider, and Atlantis, as well as a steamy love story about a woman who fights for the people she loves. Cursed in Love, the first book in the series, takes place in Egypt – because the Ancient Egyptian civilization is my absolute favorite ancient culture. I had so much fun writing it!

What are you working on now?

I’m writing Captured in Love, which is Book 2 of the Nora Moss series. Nora and her guys are heading to Iceland next! 

Do you have any quirks while working?

I plot my stories obsessively because I hate editing! I also drink a lot of barley coffee with almond milk – I’ve trained my brain to have a sort of a Pavlovian response to it! So now barley coffee means work. It’s a strange but effective little ritual.

What are your hopes for the future?

Well, I’m about to become a full-time author, so my goal is to grow my author career to the point where it’s the primary source of income for our family! I’d love for that to become our reality. I want to write beautiful stories that my readers will enjoy.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

I would say: be kind. Don’t engage in drama (there’s always drama in the author world) and be a source of kindness and motivation instead. And work on your mindset too! I just started with that – and it’s so important! Other than that, just finish your book and/or series. If you don’t finish the first draft (which will invariably be crappy), you can’t edit it and polish it and make it into a finished product. You can do it! Take that story you love and make it shiny.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Oh yes! Thank you for being here! Another blogger recently asked me about my greatest writing success – and I said it was having actual readers! I fangirl over my favorite authors a lot, so having someone tell me that they loved my books is the best feeling. It’s so awesome to know that my stories are read by real humans. 🙂 

Author Rachel Angel #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Rachel Angel

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m Rachel Angel, and I like writing bold romances and thrillers that has a lot of steaminess, hot men, and strong sassy women.  My books have tons of twists and turns, and usually contain a mystery that is solved at the end.  My neurologist even says that she recommends my books that are especially steamy  because they are a great way to escape and use the imagination. It helps with pain relief and also Alzheimer. 

I am so grateful for my books being used as a way of escape and treatment.  

Also, one thing about me is, I am really the pen name for a million-selling author who writes in many genres. 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

Yes, I have since childhood.  I wrote fantasy adventure stories with animals as lead. Like Watership Down, but with squirrels.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I have several series going on right now. For the Ruthless Reign Series, which comes to a close at the end of June, the inspiration is cartel/drug tv shows like Ozark, but here, the lead is a young woman who suddenly becomes the head of her family’s cartel, which had been kept a secret from her. My other series that recently ended is the HOUSE Series, which was inspired by classic murder mysteries, but with a hot Reverse Harem, a will, and a mystery that has to be solved within the will.

What are you working on now? 

I am working on an urban fantasy called Fae-B.I. Series, that has a reverse harm of fae men, with the FMC is a FBI trainee who is trying to solve the crimes around Las Vegas, which seemed paranormal. This is a spin-off series from my Fallen Fae Academy Series with the same characters. The first book comes out in July and is a juicy one, called Fae-ther Issues.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I tend to write in spurts so I will sit for hours on end to get a lot written at once. This means I have all my snacks, drinks, and even music near me while I write.

What are your hopes for the future? 

To keep on coming out with addictive books for people who love reading steamy romances/thrillers!  I also have a few book series being adapted into tv series or films so we’ll see how that goes. I have some really good producers behind the adaptations so most likely it would happen, even if it takes a while.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world? 

Write what you love and even if it doesn’t fit the mold of a certain formula with a genre, do it because it may become a new way of telling the story in that genre. My books are a mixture and blend of different genres and don’t necessarily fit into one genre, but the readers who have discovered my books and loved them, it brings them a new enjoyment and escapism. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Yes, thank you for your support and love!  I appreciate you all!  Because of your support, I have continued writing the kind of books I write. 

Bio:

A USA Today and International bestselling author, Rachel Angel writes stories about Strong Feisty Women and the men they tame in RH, Bully Romances, Dark Romances, Fantasy, PNR, and sexy billionaire Romances.  Rachel Angel is a pen name for a million-selling author who worked as an executive at Fortune 50 corporations, in legal and production at cable television channels and at the Walt Disney Corporation. Beside being a full time author with various pen names, she appears in front of the camera as a television host, voiceover artist, and is a frequent guest on top 15 National Radio as an authority on women’s issues, the entertainment industry, and women empowerment. Her non-fiction books have been number one bestsellers, used by organizations such as the US Mental Health Association.  Pushing the edge of romance, books published under Rachel Angel explores the hidden, dark, and even deepest desires of human romances, while featuring strong female leads.

Author Jayce Carter

Please give a warm welcome to author

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a desert dweller, born and bred in Southern California. Before becoming an author, I was a stay at home mom, and still manage to keep my kids alive even while writing.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I know this seems odd, but I didn’t. I’ve always written, but the idea of becoming an author didn’t occur to me until I was in my early twenties (after a few years of college where I thought go into every job possible and switched my major enough for my parents to needed to sit me down). This is funny, because when I looked back at my awards from school, I got compliments constantly on my writing. It seems I was headed that way even when I didn’t know it. Of course, the path to becoming a romance and erotica author is an even stranger one, since I went years thinking I could never write sex. I thought I’d never be good at it. It was fanfiction that enlightened me there, that taught me I was not only capable of it but good at it! Then, my interest in female sexuality, in wanting to portray a positive view of it, really pushed me into focusing on erotic romance!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I don’t know if I have inspiration. I tend to play with what-ifs a lot, and when I’m driving, I enjoy thinking about storylines. This one spawned during one such time. I will share, at the end, a face claim for the characters! It helps to show readers how I view the characters, the images I used before writing so I could ‘see’ my characters. It’s always fun to have a face to put with the name.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the edits for Grave Concerns 3, Saving the World and Other Bad Ideas. It’s so much fun to get back into Ava’s world, but wrapping up the series has been a lot of work. This is my first ever trilogy, as opposed to stand alone stories, and tying up all the threads has proven to be a big undertaking. I am so excited to share it in September!

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have ADHD, which means focus is difficult for me. I really need routine to be successful (well, and Adderall). This means I’m very regimented. I also get up and work at 5am, so the house is quiet! Even with that, I love my noise cancelling headphones and my touchpoints to help keep me focused. I am a huge fan of lists, and I keep a bullet journal to keep myself on track. My favorite thing, though? My freewrite. It helps me to write, to stay focused and is much easier on my eyes for long hours than a regular screen.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to continue to grow as an author, to learn more about how to reach readers (marketing is hard and scary!), to get to branch out and try to write different types of stories that are outside of my happy little rut. I’ve enjoyed writing my Grave Concerns Series so much because it was such a departure from my Alphas series. I want to keep doing that, to not be satisfied with what I know so I can try out new things even when they’re scary.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

It takes time. That’s my number one piece of advice. Too often, we writers are in love with our own work, and we go into publishing with this belief that our book will be the exception. We will write the next best thing, that it will only take that one masterpiece for the masses to recognize our brilliance. In my experience, reality is far more work and a much longer and rockier path. For most of us, success will come from the slog, from creating and putting out story after story. I don’t say this to be demoralizing, but to prepare authors, because I’ve seen (and been) an authors who puts out their first books and feels hopeless when it flounders. It is so easy to give up at that point, to feel like a failure and think writing isn’t for you. So, my advice is to stick with it, to go into it knowing your first book is just that–your first book. Keep at it to see the benefits!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you so much! I couldn’t do what I love so much if it wasn’t for my amazing readers who support me. Readers are precious creatures who deserve all the praise and love!

Author Vivienne Hart #interview

Please give a warm welcome to

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

I have my MFA in Creative Writing, and I write all things magical and mysterious. Captivated by fairy tales from a young age, I gradually began to create my own worlds filled with fantastic creatures and monstrous beasts, and it’s my great joy to now share those worlds through my books.

In addition to spinning a good story, my loves include chocolate, reading good books, and taking as many bubble baths as I can. When I’m not writing, you can find me roaming around the southern U.S. with my husband and two very fluffy cats. I’m the redhead in pajamas.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

Yes. I love making up characters and worlds, and I think writing is the thing I’m best at. I’ve had a series of boring jobs, and I’ve also worked with books in various other capacities, including publishing, but none of it really spoke to me. My favorite thing is getting out a pen and paper and playing around with weird ideas, mashing up things that seem like they don’t go together, and finding ways to use my favorite words. I really love words, and I have a lot of fun molding them into tales.

I’m an only child with two creative parents: my dad made up endlessly hilarious bedtime stories when I was little, and my mom was great at helping me with unique homework projects, like creating board games and building dioramas. So I think I inherited that creative spirit, and because I was the only kid in my house, I spent a lot of time in my head, making up stories and worlds. I also saw a UFO when I was about eight, and I think that instilled a sense of possibility in the fantastic that has stayed with me. (I’m not saying I had an alien encounter, but I definitely saw something weird, round, and unidentified hovering in the sky!)

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I have a deep and abiding love for and interest in fairy tales. When I was getting my MFA, I did my graduate project on fairy tales and the enduring nature of retellings. Then I had the opportunity to explore alien romance, so I thought it would be really interesting and fun to take traditional tales we all know and give them a science fiction spin. Hence, my Interstellar Fairy Tales series was born. The first book, Aura Awakened, is out now. The second book in the series, Zella Unlocked, will be in Alien Embrace. It’s a space retelling of Rapunzel, complete with a xenophobic colony, a detention tower, and an alien military force. There are more books to come in the series, so interested readers should stay tuned to my newsletter or social media for updates.

What are you working on now? 

A few different things. Zella Unlocked releases in August 2021, so I’m busy putting the finishing touches on it and gearing up for promotional stuff. I’m also working on the other books in the Interstellar Fairy Tales series, as well as some non-SFR fairy tale projects and some standalone SFR books. I have years’ worth of books planned; I wish I could write faster so I could release them all right away. I’m working on epic fantasies, paranormal mysteries, urban fantasies set on other worlds, different kinds of retellings, and so much more!

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Do you have any quirks while working? 

I almost never work at a desk. I’ve always been this way, and I don’t really know why, other than I find desks/tables inherently uncomfortable. Instead, I make work nests. I’ll settle on the couch or bed with a bunch of pillows, my favorite throw blanket, and some water. I snuggle into my nest and get lost in worlds and words.

I also can’t write to music. I know a lot of authors like to create a playlist for each project to help them set the mood and tone of the book, but that doesn’t work for me. I’m so connected to words that I immediately get distracted by the lyrics, which interfere with the words I’m trying to write. I suppose I could write to instrumental music, but honestly, it’s just not for me. I will write to rain and storm sounds, though.

What are your hopes for the future? 

I hope that I can continue to do this as my career for many years to come, that I continue to find new readers, and that my books resonate with people. I love telling stories, and I genuinely hope that more and more people discover my books and love reading them.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world? 

When it comes to indie publishing, authors have a lot more control than they do in the traditional publishing world. You don’t have to get through the gatekeeping of agents, editors, and publishers, and you can (mostly) control royalties, covers, release schedule, and more. All of that is really alluring. However, indie publishing comes with its own challenges. You may have all the control, but you also have to do all the work. There are no agents or PR teams backing you and spreading the word. 

A career in indie publishing is about so much more than just writing. I was naïve when I started and thought that as long as I could tell a story and had solid writing mechanics, I could be successful. But if you want to truly succeed and make a living, you have to learn how to run a business. There are so many behind-the-scenes business factors to consider: popular trends, writing to market, bookfunnels, how and when to offer freebies and giveaways, newsletter networking, social media, marketing and advertising, and more. I’m still learning about the business part of the indie publishing industry every day. New authors should be aware of how much work it really takes!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

First and foremost, thank you for sticking with me and reading my books! I wouldn’t be able to write for my job if it weren’t for my readers, and I’m so grateful to them. I’m always encouraging readers to sign up for my newsletter, because I don’t spam and I do offer news, updates, cover reveals, giveaways, freebies, and more! I try to make sure my newsletter always has something valuable for the subscribers, to serve as a thank you for supporting me.

I’d also ask readers to take the time to review their favorite books, especially on Amazon. Positive ratings and reviews help authors immensely; conversely, three stars or fewer can be very damaging to an author’s career and visibility on the platform. If you don’t enjoy a book, that’s more than fine, but if you genuinely like it, I encourage you to go give it four or five stars. It’s more important and beneficial than many readers realize, especially for indie authors. Also, if you find errors or typos in a book, it’s best to reach out to the author privately. Reporting it to Amazon can get the book permanently removed from the site, which is something many readers don’t realize. They’re trying to be helpful, but might inadvertently damage the author’s platform. 

That’s part of what I meant before when I said that indie publishing as a business is more complex than many people realize. Authors can’t just write whatever they want and expect it to sell, and they’re often forced to rely on factors outside of their control — like reviews — to be successful. The relationship between authors and readers is a symbiotic one, so I always try to give readers the best bang for their buck, but also ask them to be aware of how their actions — even small ones! — can help or harm indie authors.

Author K. Williams #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author K. Williams

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Well, I’ve been married for way longer than I was single and most of my life. I have 4 grown daughters living in different places around the country. I write Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction and RH. 

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always written. I decided I wanted to write a book a few years ago. 12 books and five and a half years later, here I am. I love doing it. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I wanted to do a Rags to Riches, fish out of water type of book. Harlow spoke to me so much and I loved doing her book! It’s due out June 12!

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m working on the first in a three book series about triplets. The first book is due out in August. 

Do you have any quirks while working?

They change. I used to make sure I have a slushie before I would start writing. Now, I tend to write in the mornings after my run and before I have to get ready for work. And I also do a little writing before bed too.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future is to write a book that everyone wants to read. Or for someone to discover the books I’ve already written and tells everyone to read them. (Hey Oprah!)

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

You can’t write a book if you don’t start writing. You have to start someplace. Also, write what you want to read, if you want to read it, someone else does too. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you so much for reading my books!