C.E. Hansen is on her blog tour celebrating the release of her new book, Act Accordingly. Today I have the pleasure to host a blog post of hers. She’s writing about the benefits and challenges of self-publishing in an article which aspiring authors will find inspiring:
“Self-publishing. Sounds simple right?
Write a book, and when you’re done, with a few clicks on your keyboard, you slap it up on Amazon.
Writing a book. Sounds hard right? Where do you start? What is selling? What do people like to read and what do you like to write?
In this author’s humble opinion, it is far easier to write the book.
For me, I sit down, a clean slate in front of me and I let my fingers type what the characters inside my head tell them to. I let my creative juices flow, and with a bit of luck, before I know it, I’m weaving a story, creating memorable characters, building tension, adding some humor, and when I’m finished I have what was once a blank page, that has now morphed into a manuscript. I smile, proud of myself. Have that celebratory drink and give myself a good pat on the back. After all, I’ve just written a book that I’m pretty confident people will want to read. I’ve just got to get it in front of a few people, then they’ll tell two friends, and they’ll tell two friends and… before I know it I’ll have created a fan base. I mean, someone out there has to like it right?
Therein lies the problem. Getting said manuscript in front of those potential readers.
With the ever-growing numbers of self-published writers and books hitting the open market, it is like sitting on top a thimble in the middle of a vast ocean waving your arms in the air. Who sees you? No one.
Unless you have an agent, or a publishing company waiting in the wings, who will take your book and run with it, you are on your own.
Don’t despair; there is a lot of free and really useful information out there to help a new author find their way around the world of self publishing. You just have to look.
Social Media will become your best friend.
It is out there, in the social media universe—Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.—that you will begin building your army of readers.
You can, if persistent enough, connect with bloggers and reviewers, who will work hard to promote your book, and if you keep at it long enough, you will eventually find said army of readers.
This is not to say that you will be the next E.L. James, or Stephen King. A lot of it is luck, but you won’t get lucky if you don’t do the work.
Some of pros.
The market has expanded so much you are not restricted by what the ‘traditional’ publishers are looking for. You have the control. You can write about whatever you want, erotica, fantasy, historical fiction…there are so many genres and very few restrictions. But you have to keep in mind if you like writing about birds that eat certain insects, you will narrow your fanbase. You need to be true to yourself, but you also need to be realistic.
Money. The royalties are much more substantial than those you will receive from traditional publishers. You will retain up to 70% of your books’ sale price.
The challenges can be many. At first it can be a bit difficult getting the mechanics right, but once you’ve done it once or twice it becomes a lot easier. Formatting the manuscript, finding a good editor (a must!), getting a good cover. (This is very important, because this is the first thing that catches the readers eye, make it good.)
Getting those reviews. This is the biggest challenge for me. You won’t sell books without reviews. You need to get it out there. Send gifted copies to bloggers (most have a submission page you can fill out), take the bad with the good, you can only learn from your bad reviews.”
By C.E. Hansen
Release Date: July 16, 2014
Paperback, 472 pagesGenre: Erotic Romance/Adult/Fiction
Twenty-six-year-old Nic Maretta is having a bad year.
She just found out that the man she was in love with and planned to marry is just that, married. So she does what any normal woman would do. She gets drunk, brushes herself off and swears off love forever.
She is thankful to have a best friend that not only loves her, but accepts the new ‘Nic’. This new Nic has decided to live life on her own terms, mocking convention; as well as her own situations. It’s goodbye heartache and hello sexual freedom. After all, what’s good for the goose, is good for the woman who likes sex! Or something along those lines.
Until she accidentally bumps into Brendon…
He is immediately taken in by her beauty and tenacity. She is instantly turned on by his good looks and sex appeal.
One crazy night, one too many champagnes and way too many phone contacts, Nic throws caution to the wind and calls Brendon. To her surprise he comes running.
C.E. Hansen is an American writer who wrote her first romance novel at age fourteen when she discovered writing about boys and girls was way easier than actually having a relationship of her own. Since that time, her communication skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her writing has. After earning an associate’s degree in literature from WC, she worked in a bus company, a law office and a wine/gourmet food shoppe, but she never abandoned writing.She’s a proud mother of a beautiful daughter, lives in New Jersey with her husband and Maltese Zoe, and if she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching cable television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to chocolate.C.E. Hansen’s debut novel IT’S A CRIME was released May 2013, her follow up novel IT’S A SHAME, was released November 11th, 2013.Her latest, ACT ACCORDINGLY, takes a turn from her normal. Instead of a thriller/suspense, it is a romantic comedy with a healthy injection of spice!
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