Monday, September 7, 2015

S.D. Skye's Hell or High Water 365-Day Blogathon Day 87 -- Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday -- An Author's Story 

Today's author started out getting a degree in communications and then worked in public relations for some time before getting bitten by the writing bug. 

She was fortunate enough to begin her career in traditional publishing--writing books for Harlequin, Harper Collins, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster. She wrote a lot of books and found some success...but not nearly as much as she would find once she decided to venture into indie publishing. 

She published her backlist of titles along with a couple of new ones. Your backlist consists of out of print books in which you can have the rights reverted back to you. It was really her backlist that got her best-selling career started--women's fiction, contemporary romance, and romantic suspense--always HOT genres. And she has like a gazillion books. No, really. A gazillion. 

Few, if any, indie authors are as prolific as she. 

Immediately, she developed a brand so that her fans would know what to expect from her novels. She created an email list of devoted readers and she did her own marketing. 

Within weeks, she was an Amazon Bestselling author. 

Since then she has had 18 books hit the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists. She is the biggest selling KDP of all time AND the first indie author to sell 1 million books on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 

Her name is Barbara Freethy.

And her bestselling books include Don't Say a Word and Summer Secrets. 

What was my major takeaway from her story? 

1. If I had to do a series all over again, I would write three or four books together before I released the first one. Then I would release them back to back so they could gain momentum and keep it. Publishing a year between books is only good when you already have a huge following. Then your audience has the patience to wait. 

I may wait and release the final books in the J.J. McCall series back to back. We'll see how the outlining goes for Book 5. 

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