Yeah, yeah, I know everybody’s doing it. Self-pubbing that is. (for the record, I never have and most likely never will use the term Indie pubbing b/c the fact of the matter is, I as in self am publishing my own work, not an independent publisher, which when you think about, aren’t they all? Even if they’re conglomerates they are still independent of other publishers…).
I do have four self-pubbed stories out there, but two of them, BAD TO THE BONE and REBEL ROSE were written for a multi-author anthology I was invited to be a part of. Most of the production work was out of my hands in that it was pretty much handled, as was the post production of getting the work into cyber book stores. I did commission the cover for BAD TO THE BONE and REBEL ROSE when they came out as stand alones, as well as A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER, which was written as a teaser read to promote MASTER OF CRAVING, the last Blood Sword Legacy book I wrote (more of those hot knights to come!), and completely produced by my NYC publisher. Then there’s YOU’VE GOT MURDER, a collaboration with the witty Edie Ramer. Truth be told, she did most of the work, and I just smiled and let her.
THE DARE, chronicle one in The Chronicles of Katrina quartet, releases June 11th. Writing the story was the easy part, putting together an exceptional production team not so easy. You see, I made the decision that when, not if I were to begin writing stories to be self-published, that they would have to stand up to not only the story quality of my New York published books but the production quality as well. Not only was it going to take time and money but it was going to mean that I had to be the director so to speak, and while it is my story, I much prefer to just be the author. So, being the director of the story as well as the producer of the product, meant finding an editor who edited. Someone who loved and understood the romance genre. Someone in the business. Someone who got it. I found her. I have always needed a heavy-handed copy editor. I found an amazing one. Formatting isn’t just about getting a file right to upload, formatting is about design and layout. It’s about making every version of the story look like the other. I found a great formatter who is also an art designer. A perfect marriage! Packaging is very important. Which brings me to the cover. I didn’t want the tired and boring. Nor did I want an image on the cover depicting something that had nothing to do with my story. Nor did I want my cover to look like a version of all of the other covers out there. My editor had a brilliant idea, one I hope my cover artist can pull off. Finally, I needed a proofreader to catch what the rest of us didn’t catch. The final eyes so to speak. I have a wonderful one.
I also needed to resurrect my Street Team. Well, not me, but someone who loved my work as much as I do! I found that lovely and she is a delight to work with, as is my whip-cracking marketing director (see? I told you, a village!).
Other production costs included the purchase of an ISBN # (I bought a dozen or so, much cheaper than one at a time) a spot at Net Galley (a digital arc site) as well as marketing costs.
Every book I have written for my New York publishers has taken a village. Because of the cost of production and the time it would take to research and then beg said qualified professionals to populate my village, I have avoided doing so. But THE DARE, which started off as a little ditty of a scene, morphed into something that I knew I had to share.
It’s classic Karin gone wild! ^_~
Hot cop? Check.
Feisty heroine? Check.
Intense emotion? Check.
Unbridled passion? Check.
Heat level off the charts? Check-check and triple CHECK!
So for me, the only way I could share this roller coaster of a ride story was if I had a village to take what I had written and make it sing, and then get it before readers.
I’m exceptionally proud of this story and the people who made it happen. I wish I had a cover to show you today, but alas I do not. Perfection cannot be rushed! J
Look for THE DARE, story one in the Chronicles of Katrina quartet, coming soon wherever quality ebooks are sold!
And if you would like to hang out with the cool girls join my Street team!