Seasons of Magick: Spring here for a Coffee Chat.
About Season of Magick Series
Welcome to Morrigan's Cauldron! But be careful what you ask for because this little Greenwich Village shop can deliver your heart's desire. Or your greatest nightmare.
Season of Magick: Spring
Tessa McClain's life has spun out of control. Thanks to her con artist ex, she's lost her job, her money and her reputation. Desperate, she talks her way into job at a local New Age shop. There's just one problem – Adrian Holloway, the hunky store manager. The last thing she needs is another bad boy in her life. But her body hungers to break her brain's ‘no men' rule.
After the death of his wife, Adrian abandoned his Wall Street world and found peace in the quirky Greenwich shop, Morrigan's Cauldron. Or he did until an April wind blew smart-mouthed Tessa McClain through the front door. While he's ready to take another crack at love, convincing Tessa may be more trouble than he bargained.
Instead of serving Danish, we're going to dish about some of the things it takes to make it as an ebook indie author and publisher.
Suzan's ebook is a volume of Erotica. Since that's such a popular genre, and because Suzan's a good writer, I fully expect her book to fly off the cyber shelves.
Now, here's Suzan to tell you what she thinks is vitally important for anyone who wants a career as an indie author and publisher of ebooks.
Suzan Harden: In Her Own Words
As soon as I had an e-book up for sale, I was hit with questions. So, following Joan’s Takeaway Truths, here’s mine: Have a business plan.
“But why? Writing is art.” Um, no. Not exactly. Not if you want to publish and make money.
The minute you decide to publish, no matter the route you take, you’ve just become a small business owner. Which means you need a business plan.
It doesn’t have to be some fancy, perfect-bound 500-page opus. You’re a writer, not a Fortune 100 company. (Though I think J.K. Rowling may be considered both.)
My business plan is written in a $5 journal I picked up in a bookstore. My husband and his partners wrote theirs on a cocktail napkin. (Seriously. He still has the napkin.) Scribble it on the back of your kid’s detention slip if you have to, but have one.
First thing to write down? Your ultimate goal. Mine is to make a sufficient yearly income through my fiction writing to cover living expenses and put my kid through college should something unfortunate happen to my husband. I have the specific number in my journal.
Your goal can be anything your heart pleases. Write yours down. Now. Don’t stop to think about it.
How are you going to make that goal? Looks a little overwhelming, doesn’t it? Don’t think of doing it all in one chunk. Break it down. I estimate I’ll need at least ten novels and twice as many novellas through three different e-retailers to make X dollars a month.
Still have that drowning feeling? Break it down further. Start at the beginning. Do you have a completed novel? If not, how will you schedule time to finish? If the novel’s completed, is it edited? Are you planning to self-publish or will you submit the manuscript to a traditional publisher? Add additional steps to your plan for each track you plan to follow.
Make your little goals as specific as possible. My first two novels were literally written two pages a day during my lunch hour because I was practicing law full-time. Yeah, it took a whole year to write each one, but that tiny goal of two pages a day got me started.
Now, add in editing and marketing steps to your business plan. Regardless of the route you take, you will be required to do these yourself. If you go the self-publishing route, don’t forget cover art and formatting.
And now you have your very own business plan. Just remember your plan isn’t written in stone. Unless you actually did chisel it into a piece of granite. In which case, keep the chisel and hammer handy for alterations. At the rate the publishing business is changing, you may need a whole new plan tomorrow.
Readers, just in case you'd like to know, Seasons of Magick: Summer is Suzan's work in progress. She's aiming for publication in late summer of course.
Thanks, Suzan. I, and all my readers, wish you many sales.
If you find this advice given by Suzan Harden worthwhile -- and, trust me, it is very good advice -- buy a copy of her book. If you don't read erotica, buy it anyway. After all, it's only $.99, and that's less than a cup of coffee.
(If you have a buck left, buy my book too! Since I've become an indie author, I'm shameless.*G*)