Grace Kilian Delaney – a new-to-me author – is my guest today, talking about her self-publishing journey and with a story in tow that’s tickled my interest. Why? The main character is a stunt man…. and no way am I going to walk past that one and leave it unread. <3 Enjoy!
Thanks Jackie for letting me stop by your blog today. I’m Grace Kilian Delaney and I thought I’d talk a bit about self-publishing.
There’s nothing like the feeling of typing THE END after months (or years) of working on a story. But just like in writing, we have to ask, “And then what happens?” Every author probably will tell you something different. We each have our own process, and sometimes how we approach the steps after finishing a book changes as we grow and learn and make connections.
In the beginning of my writing career, I went with independent publishers, and what I learned about book publishing and marketing schedules from them was invaluable. Indie publishing was a good start, but I felt like I could and should self-publish Living on a Dare to have more control over every aspect of my book and make more money in return.
I studied music business and worked in offices, recording studios, and taught music lessons. What I know about story structure and writing has been self-taught, and let’s just say I’m on a learning curve. But I know business and treating the book release like any other business launch was something I was confident I could do.
What was critical to the book release was creating the best possible product with the abilities and funds that I had. I figured out my expenses (editors, book cover designers, promoters) and weighed the benefits of going wide verses Kindle Unlimited, and what the book sales and page read profits were. It was discouraging to see how many books and page reads I would need to break even, but I viewed the expense as an investment in my business and went forward with my plan.
Asking for help was a huge stumbling block in the beginning. Reaching out to strangers? I got nauseous by the thought. I forced myself, though, and not only am I grateful I overcame that fear, I’ve made some good online friends who are authors and readers alike.
After getting the story in shape, I searched for an editor. The right editor is a godsend. I found one I love and I’m not letting her go. Nope. I’ll consider sharing, though. I’m also not a graphic artist, so I hired one whose work I love and thought fit well with the humor and upbeat nature of Living on a Dare.
The next step was marketing. I knew I would be doing a lot of grassroots promotion in addition to hiring a company for a blitz, blog tour, ARC reviews, and giveaways. My book combines the troupes of friends to lovers with a fake engagement, and its style is lighthearted humor. I targeted my campaign to the readers who enjoy those troupes and found authors who were willing to do a promotional swap on social media and/or exchange book reviews. I also held giveaways asking for people to sign up for my mailing list or join my Facebook group
I try to give back to those who’ve helped me. I share the books that I love by them on FB and Twitter with a quick one or two sentence review. If a blog has reviewed my book, I thank them and promote their review, which helps us both! Beta reading has also been a great way to make connections and gain fans.
There are a million different ways to make a book launch successful, and it’s worth taking the time to research what authors you admire have done and pick and choose what works for you, your genre, and your budget.
Living on a Dare
Genre: MM Romance / Bisexual Romance
Buy at: amazon Available on Kindle Unlimited
Stuntman Draven O’Connor never turns down a dare—even if it means getting down on one knee to propose to his former college roommate and friend. The same man he’s been crushing on since the first day they met. The same man that has grown distant over the past year. And the same man who just agreed to be his fiancé.
Julien Bouchard is tired of living a lie. He spent the past year exploring his sexuality in secret, enduring countless dates with women to appease his mother, and dodging his best friend, Draven, who knows everything there is to know about him, except the one thing that could change their friendship. Ready to face his friend, he meets him at a bar and is greeted by an unexpected marriage proposal. The dare isn’t surprising; it’s the scorching hot kiss that sends Julien’s head and heart in a tailspin—and gives him an idea for the perfect plan.
But his plan hits a bump when news of their fake engagement spreads to their families as fast as a wildfire, forcing them to confront their true feelings about each other and hope they don’t get burned.
About Grace Kilian Delaney
Grace Kilian Delaney writes sweet, sexy, LGBT romance with a touch of naughty. She grew up near Boston and relocated with her husband to Southern California, where the snow stays on the mountain and looks fantastic from far away. She is ruled by an ancient cat who is alive by sheer will alone, a dog that demands his walks, and plot bunnies that leave messes all over her kitchen table.
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