So things are settling down as I find my rhythm, and I thought it would be a good time to talk about the changes I’m making. I’ve been fielding a lot of questions, and while I don’t have all the answers, I’m learning lot more each day. Going indie as an author throws a definite learning curve, but I’m a quick study and I’m spending a lot of time reading and listening. I found a number of talented mentors and frankly, I may be a little scared, but I’m also excited about this new venture.
I’m going to answer some basic questions in a series of blog posts here. So, to get started:
Q: Why did you decide to go indie?
A: There is no one right answer for this. But here are some of the biggest reasons, pared down to basics to avoid long, detailed explanations:
- I write paranormal. Most traditional publishers aren’t buying much of it, and what they are buying, they aren’t paying a lot for (with a few exceptions). I was not given the option of continuing Whisper Hollow, Fly By Night, or Otherworld with Berkley and I really want to continue those worlds, as well as starting new ones—all paranormal. And Berkley is changing its format to focus on trade and hardcover, and I don’t fit in that category.
- I want the freedom to introduce my readers to worlds I’ve been dreaming of but have had no outlet for—like the Fury Unbound series. I want the freedom to write and publish what I want, when I want to. Indie is the only way to do this.
- I want lower e-book prices on my books, and higher earnings for me. I can potentially make so much more publishing indie (and to continue my career, I need to increase my readership), while still pricing the books lower, which means a win-win situation for both my readers and me.
B: You always pushed pre-orders, why aren’t you doing so on your indie work?
For several reasons, but it has to do with ranking and the fact that I’ve just started in on this and I know that there can be glitches and I don’t want to incur any glitches (or as few as I can), so instead of hoping you will all pre-order, I’m just hoping you’ll buy the books when they come out. There’s a lot more to it than that, but for now, leave it at: I don’t want to suddenly realize the internet went out when I needed to upload a book and oh crap, it’s not going to be up there in time. *grins*
C: You said you’re going to be putting out more releases. How will we know when they come out?
- Well, the top best ways to stay in the loop are:
- My newsletter. (And read it! And since sometimes it goes into people’s spam filters, make certain you check there).
- You can sign up to follow me on Bookbub—when I have a new release, I’ll post it there and for anything novella size or over, they will send out a new release announcement. Unfortunately, for short stories, that won’t happen (but my newsletter will).
- Follow me here on the blog—I’ll post when I have new releases. I also plan on blogging more so you’ll get to read other things.
- My website—will always have all releases/books listed.
So there’s part one in a multi-part blog I’m calling Yasmine Goes Indie…later on, I’ll write more about my new writing schedule, about books I’ll be putting out (including the upcoming Fury Unbound series—one I’ve wanted to write for awhile), and so forth.
Until then, have a happy week, and here’s a gratuitous kitty picture!