The Exciting World of Self-Publishing
I have to start this post by saying that I love my editor at Harlequin Mills & Boon – I’ve worked with her on eight books in two years, and I trust her implicitly. That alone meant that working on a book without her was quite a daunting challenge, even though I had the support of my literary agent, as well as her editing expertise. But where my editor tells me what she loves about my work before gently suggesting what needs to be revised, my agent just says it like she sees it (no hand holding there!).
Even though I’m a “needy” author though, I’m also a businesswoman, and that meant I was desperate to try self-publishing. I have no intention of not writing for my publisher, but I like the idea of writing some slightly different stories that I have full control over. Earlier this year I self-published a young adult novel, and I’ve loved watching my Amazon rankings and checking my sales each day.
So anyway, that’s how The Navy SEAL’s Promise came about – a novella that is slightly different to my “sweeter” Harlequin Romance books, but very similar in that it features two fantastic military characters. Something I’d been thinking about for a long while, knowing it wasn’t quite right for Harlequin Romance, but wanting to write it regardless. The hero is a sexy Navy SEAL, and the heroine a strong yet feminine soldier.
And I have to issue a warning that this story is a little hotter than my regular readers might be used to, and I issue full blame to my agent. She encouraged me to amp up the love scene a little, and even though I blushed A LOT when I wrote it, I think it works for the story J
Self-publishing has presented authors with a great opportunity to produce more work and take control of their writing, but no matter how enjoyable it was to work on this project, I wouldn’t give up my editor for anything!
The Navy SEAL’s Promise will be available FREE on Amazon from 7-11th October!