1. I No Longer Write For Adults
My first three novels were written for the adult market. One and two were romantic comedies, and the third, THROWN, was a suspense novel. Now, I write for kids and teens.
2. It was a Business Decision
I recently heard an agent warn that you should not self-publish just because you’ve been turned down by every agent in America. I can happily say that this novel was only turned down four times. (That’s nothing in publishing!) I decided not to pursue an agent for this book because I no longer write for adults. (See number 1.) I was only interested in agents who rep kid-lit authors and those agents were not interested in my adult novels.
3. A Stranger Loved This Book
Here’s what an agent sent me in an e-mail… “Just a quick note to let you know my intern is reading THROWN and really loving it. I am going to try to dig in this week and be back to you with thoughts.” Yes, the agent turned it down. But still, someone loved it and I hope this book finds its audience.
4. I Have High Hopes
I have high hopes that I’ll earn enough to cover my monthly Starbucks tab. I’m very realistic about what most self-published authors earn.
5. I Wanted to Design My Own Cover
I modeled the cover off of Lisa Gardner’s books. I learned a lot about Photoshop—like I can waste three hours choosing a font.
6. It’s Fun
From making the cover (see number 5), to selecting the price, to rereading/editing something I finished over a year ago, I enjoyed the journey. There’s something rewarding about controlling all aspects of your project. Unlike children, who grow up and you have less and less control.
Remember, Amazon Prime members can read THROW for free. (And I still make money.)
If you do read the book (and enjoy it), please review it on Amazon. If you don’t like it, you can send me a scathing e-mail.