This week on the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop, we're talking about expectations. Leslie Hachtel asks:
If you're published, how is the business different than what you expected? If you're planning to publish, what are your expectations?
Did you join me from the multi-published S. C. Mitchell? Welcome!
As a published author, I can unequivocally say "Yes, the business is exactly the way I expected it."
Except when it isn't.
Ebooks and self-publishing has DRAMATICALLY changed the publishing landscape. My first two books (Mountain Fire and Chef d'Amour) were issued by a small press. I loved working with their editors, am pleased with the covers they provided and am certainly happy they dealt with all the formatting. I had hoped they would be able to provide more help on the marketing side, and done some specific promotion for my books. But they publish dozens of books a month, and that was certainly an unrealistic expectation on my part.
My third book (When Time Falls Still) was my first foray into self-publishing. I enjoyed the ability to schedule my own release, and taking full responsibility for the whole project (I might be a bit of a control freak). Luckily, I found a freelance editor I LOVE working with, and I have an in with a graphic designer (this cover is definitely my favourite, and I know it has sold the book for me).
I may also have had a bit of an optimistic expectation regarding how difficult it would be to get noticed. But the best way to be successful is to have a great book, so I keep writing and honing my skills, and maybe some day I'll be an overnight success!
Now it's time to hop on over and see what Dani Jace has to say!