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Big, Meet Britches

I just realized that I haven’t done any sort of “Let’s wrap up 2018 and plan for 2019!” post yet, so let’s take a look backward. In fact, let’s go back further to September of 2017.

You may remember my trip to San Antonio and the second-fanciest hotel room I’ve ever been in. Probably not, though. I was hiding from the world in one of my eel holes for like a year. Anyway, that was around the time I was in the Every Rogue’s Heart box set. It was an awesome experience getting to know the ladies who have become my little author fam and the set did really well! They gave me hope, advice, and a place in the Enduring Legacy series. Thanks to them, I decided to do the thing and take the plunge into self publishing.

In March of 2018, I took a flying leap out the window and published the first book from Frozen Flame Press, Drowned History. I had no idea what I was doing other than having a nice cover and an ad on Facebook. I was so excited and so proud of myself for selling a couple of books, but I also learned how to set up preorders, format for print, and a whole slew of other things.

Fast forward to September of 2018 (and an even nicer hotel room!) where I was still losing my mind over the fact that The Search for Sam broke the top 100 in 20th Century Historical Romance. I had learned a bit more about promo since my first book, and the series helped get me some exposure too. I also participated in Facebook parties and made new friends and fans. I was riding high.

Then, there was October. Sales were down a little but still steady and what on earth should happen? I got accepted to an author event where I did my first book signing! I met even more new people, signed books, and had the joy of seeing my books on a real shelf at a real bookstore, something I was told rarely – if ever – happens for an indie author. I thought nothing could possibly get better than this. Surely this was as high as you got your first year of writing independently, right?

Hold my butterscotch tea.

My very first Christmas novel came out in November and did better than I could ever hope. I not only debuted at #1 on the Tudor Historical Romance new release list, I also made it to #4 in the overall category! I was so close to being a bestseller but I’m still floored at just how far up the charts I made it. I love this book and I’m so glad that other people seemed to love it too, if we are going by the reviews. I was so excited after everything that had happened in 2018 I was sure that nothing could make it better.

I submitted The Search for Sam to the Read Freely 50 Best Indie Books of 2018 competition, not expecting to win or even place. Like I’d said four or five times this year, there was no way an indie author with only a year of self-publishing under her belt would get anything. I still asked people to vote for me and promoted the contest, because I figured at least I’d get my name out there for next year, when I’d be a little more seasoned. Imagine my surprise when I came in at number 47!

Everything that happened in 2018 writing-wise felt like a huge surprise, and like it was happening to someone else. There was no way it could be happening to little ol’ me! It’s still a lot to take in.

So what’s on my plate for 2019? I’ve already put out my first full-length contemporary, a romantic suspense that is already getting great reviews. In April, I’m writing a bit of a follow-up to The Search for Sam that I’ll tell you more about in a few weeks. I’m planning on another contemporary in June, a pirate historical in the fall, and a super-secret holiday project! Stay tuned to my blog and social media to find out what, where, and when, and let’s hope that 2019 is just as good as 2018 – or maybe better!

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Interview With Gabi Grace

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I was interviewed by Gabi Grace about Drowned History for her blog! Head over there and read it to hear about how my husband and I got back together after 14 years apart, and the most romantic thing that was ever done for me.

Gabi Grace’s Blog

Not gonna lie, it’s pretty sweet. My husband is a total keeper. He even does silly Snapchats with me.

Drowned History is only $1.99 for Kindle, $8.99 in paperback, or FREE with Kindle Unlimited! Get your copy today here.

What’s that? You want proof of the silly snaps? All right, but don’t tell him I showed you.

Drowned History – Free This Weekend!

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My new book Only a Rogue Knows is now available on Amazon for Kindle and in KU! To celebrate, I’m offering Drowned History for FREE this weekend! If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, now is the time to do it.

If you haven’t read any of my work and want to check it out, the book will be free on Amazon from Friday, June 15 through Monday, June 18! Tell your friends, too, the more the merrier!

If you do pick up a free copy, be sure to leave me a review and let me know what you thought about it! And if you absolutely hate it, let me know too. I don’t offend easily and appreciate constructive criticism. It wasn’t my favorite part of my English minor but it really helps develop a thick skin because college can be petty.

Follow the links below to get your free copy of Drowned History, and pick up a copy of Only a Rogue Knows while you’re at it! Don’t forget, The Legacy’s Origin is also available to preorder at any of your favorite retailers!

Drowned History – FREE

Only a Rogue Knows – $0.99

The Legacy’s Origin – preorder for $0.99

 

Non-Stop

This year is going to be really huge for me. I had a book release in March, another coming out next month, and another pair of projects for later in the year.

My boss told me the other day that he’s impressed that I’m so prolific. I explained to him that I’d written the majority of Drowned History a few years ago and only polished it at the end of last year for release in March. Only a Rogue Knows was written as part of the Every Rogue’s Heart box set, it only needed a bit of expansion and another edit or two. The two I’m working on at the moment are ones I’ve written (or in one case am still writing, the other is almost in edits), so technically I’m only writing two this year, possibly three so I have one for next spring.

I had hoped to release a historical and a contemporary each year, but it seems that this year I’ll be completely focused on historicals. I have a contemporary written that only needs to go for edits, so I suppose I could release that in the spring, and I’m hoping to start my vampire series next year too. I’ve got some Western romances I want to work on too, so I’ll probably do some of that too.

Amusingly enough, I got an amazing idea a few weeks ago for a contemporary about a bodyguard and the son of a mob boss and I’ve spent the last week or so outlining it for later. I’m thinking about doing it for my Camp NaNoWriMo project in July, or possibly November. If it turns out halfway decent, off to editing it goes. I’ve also been thinking about rewriting At Her Pleasure, the pirate novella I wrote last year, as a full length novel. There’s so much I could still write about Bronwyn and Gregory!

This is one of my favorite Ra Ra Riot songs, and one I like to listen to when I want to get pumped up for what’s ahead. Because to quote the song, I am absolutely crushing everything.

Preorder Only a Rogue Knows Today!

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I’m very excited to announce that the preorder for Only a Rogue Knows is now live on Amazon! It’s $0.99 for the first month, then $1.99 after that. It officially releases on June 12, and of course I’ll be reminding you about it.

Preorder your copy now!

As an added bonus, I’ve also reduced the price of Drowned History to $0.99 until the release of Rogue! If you haven’t bought it yet, this is the perfect opportunity!

Get your copy here!

Next month I’m going to have some very exciting news, including a free book for my mailing list subscribers! If you haven’t signed up for it yet, this is the time. Everyone loves free stuff, right? I don’t plan on sending a newsletter more than once a month, so I won’t be cluttering up your inbox either! It’s super easy to subscribe, just go to this link and fill in the blanks.

Now…head on over to the Kindle store and preorder Rogue! If you like historical romance set in the Edwardian era with handsome men, talented women, and a shocking surprise, it’s definitely up your alley.

Paperback Are Here!

I’m super excited to announce that after a couple of hiccups, one of them involving an unexplained delivery delay, the print copies of Drowned History are in my house and being inspected carefully by my QC department. I’d like to thank Strider, Pitti-Sing, Wasabi and Lemondrop for their hard work in making sure everything looks and smells good. They wanted to taste them as well but I put a stop to that.
IMG_7590There are a couple of things I’d like to change for my next book, but I really am happy with the way they turned out. Nothing against Createspace, but the colors on the cover came out much better on the ones I got from KDP.

I’m going to the gym in a little while but plan on picking up some mailers on my way back so I can start sending these off to people as soon as they send me the money. I’m very excited!

On a related note, one of our clients at the clinic where I work came in yesterday and I made sure to thank him for buying a copy of my book. He seemed genuinely excited to read it! I really hope he enjoys it, I’m so grateful to all our clients who bought a copy. My boss was so excited that he put me on our Facebook page and the post was one of the ones that got the most likes ever. Here’s hoping he puts me on the page again when Only a Rogue Knows comes out!

If you would like a signed copy, please email me at beccalovebooks@gmail.com and let me know! They’re $8 and no shipping if you don’t mind media mail (otherwise shipping is $3). You can also buy a copy on Amazon, or the ebook for Kindle. It’s still only $0.99 for another couple of weeks!IMG_7591

I’m off to sweat off last night’s chicken fried steak. This will be my first spin class in over a year, so I’m mentally preparing myself for how sore my butt is going to be afterward. Cross-training. I just keep telling myself it’s going to pay off later.

Why Self-Publishing?

This is a question I’ve been getting a lot lately, and with my new book out I thought it was a good time to write a (really long) post about it.

I wrote The Detective’s Brother some years ago and was very proud of it. I polished it, edited it, and sent off dozens of queries to agents and editors. None of them picked it up, though a few did show interest. Disappointed but not ready to give up, I shopped it around to some small presses, especially ones that were focused on romance novels.

img_0113It wasn’t long until I found a very small publisher called Sinnful Books that was just starting out. The publisher loved the book and wanted to sign me at once. I was excited and the terms were good, so I signed and sent it off. He set me up with a beautiful cover and the book was headed to the editor with a tentative release date. Then, out of nowhere, he emailed all his authors and said that the company was shutting down. All rights would revert to us, we were no longer bound by the terms of the contract, and were even free to keep our cover art if we wanted to cut out the imprint.

At that point I considered self-publishing, but thought I’d give the whole small press thing another try. I submitted my book to Booktrope because I felt like it would give me more creative control – small press marketing with indie control, what could be better? They also wanted it with some slight edits, so once I got it into the system and picked out my team my book went into edits.

img_5455My editor whipped it into shape, teaching me some very important lessons along the way, and I credit her with The Detective’s Brother turning out so well. Once it was a book we were both proud of, we set it up to be published! Then, about two weeks after it was released, Booktrope said it was shutting down at the end of the month. Unlike Sinnful, though, we were left with the options of either paying back our cover artists and editors or selling them and divvying up the royalties as per the contract. My cover artist decided to just give us the art, but my editor preferred a payout. Of more than a thousand dollars, which would be her fee for my manuscript If I’d gone directly through her.

Since it’s rare for me to even get one paycheck of that sort of money, The Detective’s Brother has gone back on the shelf until I can pay her or the contract runs out in five years. I really do want to pay her and was willing to do it in installments, but then my husband became disabled and I became the breadwinner of our family. As for The Detective’s Brother, I can sell the last few copies I have but that’s it.

treasured Love coverI was pretty depressed about the whole thing. What was the point, I thought, to signing with these small publishers only to have them go under? Thankfully, Tammy Andresen had contacted me before Booktrope shut down, asking if I wanted to be part of a pirate-themed historical box set. As depressed as I was, I had already agreed to it so I wrote the novella for Treasured Love and had a great time. I was also included in Every Rogue’s Heart, another box set with them.

The box sets, as many are, was self-published and consisted of mainly self-published authors, most of whom are very successful. After firing a zillion and one questions at Dawn Brower, I decided to take the plunge and self-publish Drowned History.

I don’t yet know how things will turn out, but I’m pleased with how the book is doing and love the way it looks. It would be nice to have a publisher deal with the marketing and such, but I don’t have to have one to validate me. If there’s one thing I do know, though, it’s that I love writing and I’ll never sell myself short again.