I have so much to be thankful for this month! I’ve been published in traditional commercial fiction for twenty-two years now so I had to go kicking and fighting into Indie publishing. That word “independent” has taken on a whole new meaning as I venture into this new territory. But I have to admit it’s fun and a definite learning experience.
First, I want to clarify that I will always publish traditionally (unless no one wants to publish my work anymore.) I write for Love Inspired and that imprint has given me a wonderful career writing the stories that I love. But I’ve learned how to roll with the punches and follow the publishing trends. We all do this because it’s part of being a published writer. But learning about Indie publishing brings a whole new world to light. You have to be your own boss even more! It takes discipline and an almost around the clock vigilance that requires marketing, technical knowledge, editing knowledge and a strong sense of public relations. You learn all the jargon and you learn all about the major players. But you also learn that this is really fun if you can get over your jitters and learn how to hit the right buttons.
So … now that I’ve had a year of so of this new venture, I think I’ll continue to publish a few Indie projects here and there. But right now, I want to celebrate two projects that I’ve been part of by showing off the covers of both. Rodeo Knights is a three book series with my friends Lisa Mondello and Margaret Daley. Mine is Book 3: One Knight In Vegas. The other project is a multi-author anthology from Redbud Press. You might recognize some of the other names on this cover. In the meantime, I’m celebrating my 60th book with Harlequin with the release of “Cowboy Who Came for Christmas”. So I want to give away a copy of that book to one of you. Just leave a comment and tell me what you think about independent publishing? Love or hate? Do you read both traditionally published and independently published books? Or do you have a preference? I’m beginning to love both. That must make me a hybrid author!