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Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:38 pm Post

I must be too much a guy. I just don't 'get' romance novels. But success there isn't that different from success in other areas, so you might want to read Digital Book World's interview of bestselling romance novelist Marie Force at:

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/an ... id=2643450

Here are samples:

Self-publishing is the single most important key to my success. The ability to release books frequently has helped to raise my profile with readers in a way that never would’ve happened without direct publishing access to Kindle, Nook, iBookstore and Kobo, in particular. I also credit Facebook with giving me a daily conduit to readers who have supported me throughout my career and continue to do so today.


Maybe I should give Facebook some attention. This is a bit depressing though:

The workload is a bit staggering. I won’t deny that. I work seven days a week, three hundred sixty-five days a year. A day “off” usually consists of three or four hours of work in the morning, followed by household stuff that gets neglected while books are being written and published.


That makes me wonder if she has time for romance in her own life. And here is what she says is one key to her success:

My career got a nice boost from a freebie offered by my first publisher in February of 2011, and I’ve been on a roll ever since then. Releasing the first three McCarthy books, “Maid for Love,” “Fool for Love” and “Ready for Love” in April, May and June of 2011 also helped to give me a big boost. I had four more McCarthy books out in 2012 and offered book 1, “Maid for Love,” as a freebie for the last half of 2012. I had more than 500,000 downloads of that freebie and hundreds of thousands of sales of the subsequent books in the series.


In other words, freebies to draw them in and a series to keep them coming. Then there's this advice:

Job one in my world is quality. Every one of my books undergoes rigorous beta reading, copy editing and proofreading as well as other quality control steps. My covers are professionally designed, and my ebooks are interactive with live links to purchase other books that are customized to each individual retail platform....

Job two is quantity. The authors who seem to be doing the best in the digital space have one big thing in common—we’re all prolific. We produce numerous high-quality books each year, and we keep readers happy because they don’t have to wait six months or a year for our next book. With so many things competing for consumer attention, keeping the product coming is critically important to building—and keeping—a readership....

Third would be listening to readers and giving them what they want. My readers are very vocal about what they like and don’t like in my books.


And yet despite all that work, she still closes with this:

I’m having fun every day, and I’m just getting started. This is the best time EVER to be an author, and I couldn’t be more excited about the future!


--Michael W. Perry, Hospital Gowns and Other Embarrassments

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Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:23 pm Post

Wow - interesting article. Type of books aside (they're not my thing either but I do know some guys that read them - truly!), I think she's done the hard work and is reaping the rewards.
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Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:56 pm Post

The only group sadder than romance writers...
Are romance readers.
We know someone who reads one a day.
Needless to say, not happily married. :idea:

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Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:13 am Post

I’m having fun every day, and I’m just getting started. This is the best time EVER to be an author, and I couldn’t be more excited about the future!


Well, she's making a living, apparently. So did galley slaves.

:D

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Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:22 pm Post

druid wrote:The only group sadder than romance writers...
Are romance readers.
We know someone who reads one a day.
Needless to say, not happily married. :idea:


Droo's posts always read like poetry to me. I can imagine someone reading them out loud in a smoke-filled(*) jazz club during open mike poetry night, sipping Lagavulin and wearing a dark oyster beret. Not grey, dark oyster.

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Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:02 pm Post

He's norra poet!! :shock: He's a cranky old fecker!!
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Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:06 pm Post

pigfender wrote:Droo's posts always read like poetry to me. I can imagine someone reading them out loud in a smoke-filled(*) jazz club during open mike poetry night, sipping Lagavulin and wearing a dark oyster beret. Not grey, dark oyster.


Gosh, move over Rod McKuen. :shock:
I would write in haiku if I could

The apparition of these scribblers in a crowd
Petals on a wet, black bough.

The funky residue of a bad Compile sequence
My words rot in swill, the revenge of Amber.

Thanks, PF, thee of a noble name 8)
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Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:07 pm Post

vic-k wrote:He's norra poet!! :shock: He's a cranky old fecker!!


Humph. LOOK who's talkin' ! :twisted:

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Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:12 pm Post

pfrrrttt!!!!!
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Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:04 am Post

SAy what you will about the genre, but some of the most supportive people I've met of new and unpublished writers are romance novel writers. *shrugs*
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Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:19 am Post

Every man cannot become a professional writer because every person don't have this quality. Few person are selected for special task. I am not professional writer. I have tried to do this job but unable to continue it because of my busy scheduled

Try to get suggestion from a sucessful writer. But keep in mind that you will follow his/her all advice. Then these things help you to become writer.

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Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:46 pm Post

InklingBooks wrote:I must be too much a guy. I just don't 'get' romance novels.


I didn't either, until I read that "romance is just pornography for women." Very simple, isn't it? We're not so different after all!

InklingBooks wrote:But success there isn't that different from success in other areas, so you might want to read Digital Book World's interview of bestselling romance novelist Marie Force at:

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/an ... id=2643450


Thanks for sharing. Duly noted!

InklingBooks wrote:Maybe I should give Facebook some attention.


I wonder about that, too. I am passionate about my favorite authors but I just don't see myself being a "groupie," even if only online and on occasion!

InklingBooks wrote:That makes me wonder if she has time for romance in her own life.


Ah, I wouldn't worry about it. She's doing it 'cause she wants to. Sure she's busy, but she could be busy flippin' burgers, too. Don't feel sorry for her! :wink:

InklingBooks wrote:In other words, freebies to draw them in and a series to keep them coming.


Yeah, well, that's been like forever; freebies at the library, traditionally, and a series, yes, and series characters who change over each installment. Just like daytime TV!