This fantastic lady’s success story makes me truly envious. Who wouldn’t love to have writing be their full time job? It certainly proves that in this day and age there are so many ways to achieve the dream. Be sure to check out Ruth Cardello’s One Month Promotional Challenge at AQC, where she shares tips on getting yourself and your work out there. It's really worth a look.
A little over a year ago, I had just about given up that my book, Maid for the Billionaire, would ever find a home. I had written it as a category romance, but the lines I had written it for passed on it. Each pass said about the same thing, “Good writing, but it’s not what we are looking for right now. Do you have anything else?”
Maid for the Billionaire was the first book in a series I intended to write, but when it wasn’t selling – I wasn’t sure if I should continue the series or start a new one.
A self-published author came to our local romance writer’s group and discussed how her rejections had been the best thing that could have happened to her. After hearing her story, I thought – why not? It’s free and might provide me with the feedback I needed from readers.
I put my first book up for free and held my breath.
I never dreamed that it would be as well received as it has been or that self-publishing would bring so many wonderful people into my life. Within months, over 200,000 people had downloaded it and my reviews were mostly positive – creating a good base of readers for the release of my second book.
Self-published authors don’t get “the call.” We don’t usually have agents or contracts. It’s difficult to feel published -- difficult to know when to celebrate. For me, the moment I celebrate is when my second book cleared $100,000 in the first six months.
After some soul searching, I finally left my day job to write full-time. My third book, Bedding the Billionaire, is expected to be released mid-July. The best part of writing full-time? More time with my children. I write every day from 8-3 then I close my laptop and am simply MOM. No more waking up at 5 am to write before the kids wake up. No more sacrificing my own sleep to find time to write after everyone has gone to bed. Weekends are time for family, friends and relaxing again. I couldn’t be happier.
There is an ongoing debate in many circles regarding the best route to publication. The only thing I’m sure of is that change is ongoing and inevitable. What this will all look like a year from now, five years from now – I have no idea, but I pray I’m still a part of it.