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Monday, January 9, 2012


Going the Indie Route
Berengaria Brown

It’s a few years now since my first books were published, so the earliest contracts have come up for renewal. For an author with an established fan base, going indie, self-publishing, seems to be a no-brainer decision. The author already has people looking for her books, so why pay a publisher to do the work an author knows how to do herself. With self-publishing the author has full control of cover art, release dates, and other areas that often cause disagreement.

I also had a book with a publisher which ceased trading, and the wait and worry to get the rights back was not something I wanted to have happen again.

But there’s a lot of work involved in self-publishing. The book still needs to be edited thoroughly. A cover artist has to be chosen who will make covers the author likes. Then there’s all the paperwork to publish the book on the various third party etailing sites, and formatting for all the various devices. Or paying someone else to do all that.
I decided to self-publish two books, as a sort of trial run. I had a good relationship with several of my editors, so re-editing was not a problem. Cover art was a bit more difficult, and took me longer to finalize. Filing in the paperwork for the various retailing sites was annoying. I think I filled out every lot twice, maybe even three times.

Then there is the issue of ISBNs. One ISBN costs $125 and a publisher needs one for every different publishing format. Buying in bulk is a lot cheaper, but it’s still not cheap. Added to the costs for editing, cover art, and formatting, this was starting to become an expensive trial.

I decided to publish on Smashwords because they provide an ISBN and make the different formats for the self-publishing author. Their formatting rules for submission of the original book are strict, but they provide a “how to” manual.

Will I self-publish some more books as my contracts expire? Maybe. I’ll see if these books sell any copies first!


Noticing Nigel

Matthew is singing in a choir for a special Christmas presentation of the oratorio, “Messiah” by Handel. He’s a tenor soloist. But his eyes are on one of the basses, Nigel, a deliciously muscular and well-built man with sparkling eyes and golden-brown hair.

Matthew takes his courage in both hands at the full-dress rehearsal, and invites Nigel out to lunch, then to dinner.

But can this be more than a one-night stand?

Sappho’s Sisters

Lady Eustacia Lumley is the only child of the Earl of Wentworth. It’s her duty to marry well and ensure the succession.

Margaret Durrell is the fourth daughter of a gently born, but near penniless Vicar. She has no option but to marry a man who can provide for her and possibly for some of her sisters as well.

Both young women are very interested in Sappho’s poetry and ideas. One evening, Margaret has a headache and Eustacia offers to massage her scalp. This leads to sex, and Margaret’s very first orgasm.

They fall deeply in love, but is there any hope for them? Or will they both have to conform to the rigid rules of Regency society?

About the Author: Berengaria is a multi-published author of erotic romance: contemporary, paranormal (ghosts, vampires, fairies and werewolves) and Regency-set historical. She loves to read all different kinds of romance so that is what she writes: one man/one woman; two women; two men; two men/one woman; three men, two women/one man…. Whatever the characters need for their very hot happily-ever-after, Berengaria makes sure they get it.

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Debby said...

Good Luck with your new endeavor. Many authors are trying this and it seems it would be a great decision.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Berengaria Brown said...

Thank you, Debbie.

Lelani Black said...

Good luck, good luck Berengaria. And thanks for sharing your thoughts. I read about the publisher debacle you and other authors suffered through. I love how new venues have opened for authors to take more control over their works, their goals and their destiny.

Tara Lain said...

Hi Berengaria-- I appreciate the details on what's involved in self-publishing. I know how much time is involved in publishing a book with a publisher--doing it myself is still daunting. Thanks for the great post. ; )

Berengaria Brown said...

Thank you, Lelani. Indie publishing is hard work, but so is writing, and, as you say, this way authors have more control of their books.
Tara, thank you for your kind words.