#WWoW! Just Do It!

Welcome to this week's guest author, Thiana D, who comes to quell some of new writer's doubts and offer encouragement.

WOW Wednesday – Just Do it!

As an author in this new age of self-publishing, sometimes it is difficult to know what to do or how to do it. As someone who has been published, let me be blunt (and borrow a catch phrase). Just do it!
Most of us look at our work and think… 
Is it good enough? Would anyone really like to read this?
It is almost absolute that there is an audience for your book. If you like it, someone else will too. 
Then you may ask...
Should I self-publish? Or get an agent? Or submit directly to a publisher?
The answer to all three? Go with your gut. 
  • If you query and are signed by an agent or publisher, you do have a little backing as it gets published. BUT – you also lose some of your creativity. If they say something needs to be changed, you usually have to change it. But you still do have to do some of your own marketing! 
  • Now, as for self-publishing. It is a great opportunity for writers now. It truly is. Places like Amazon and Barnes and Noble make it extremely easy to upload a manuscript and within a day have your book for sale. There is also Smashwords, which will put your manuscript into many different formats and then, as an aggregator, push it out to multiple eRetailers. Added to that? You do get a larger percentage per sale. 
Most of what everyone talks about when they discuss the ease of Self-Publishing nowadays is eBooks, but did you know it is almost as easy to self-publish a print book? CreateSpace, an Amazon company, is amazing to work through. 

They have templates to help you format the interior and cover of your book; they even offer a free CreateSpace ISBN if you list them as your publisher. The cost? The tiny amount to order your proof. As soon as you okay a book going to print, it is sent to distribution areas you accepted. Automatically, Amazon, Amazon Europe, and CreateSpace are available. You can also pay $25/book to have it also available to bookstores and libraries. (Caveat – if you want it available to libraries, you must use a CreateSpace ISBN. They will not distribute a book from a different publisher ISBN to libraries.)

The fact is: there is so much opportunity for the writer now. You can query publishers, agents, publish your own… the opportunities are out there. So finish your novel, get it edited, and then put it out there. With each one you will get better and better. 

Go make a name for yourself. Just Do It!
Thianna D has written her entire life, but it wasn’t until she started writing erotica that she truly found her passion. She writes both het and gay erotica (m/f & m/m), many with BDSM themes. Currently, she has a gay bdsm erotic series The Blake/Dusty Chronicles, of which 8 of the 10 are published. The last two will be released Spring 2013. There are 4 Library Tales with more on the way, and one paranormal erotica called Twice as Nice: Anya’s Tale. The newest Library Tales is featured below: 

Through the Library Door
Length: Novella
Genre: Paranormal BDSM Erotic Romance
Series: The Markham Library, Library Tales
Format: ePub, Kindle, paperback, Large Print paperback
Release Date: February 7, 2013

"Deep within the library there are secrets untold, hidden within the pages of the books it protects. Some say it is old magic, some say it is a curse, but they all say that once a generation, the door will open and the one who enters will live out the story in one of its novels."

18 yr old Landria expects to spend a dull summer at her aunt and uncle's house. That is until she stumbles upon a dusty, unused library and finds her way into the pages of an erotic novel. Attacked within moments of entering the story, she is rescued by the hero, Lord Nicholas Waring, who intrigues her more than she wishes. Once she finds herself back home she cannot forget him. When he follows her into her world and they fall in love, will they be forced apart by the words already written or can they rewrite their story?

Through the Library Door is the fourth Library Tale, but it is also the first in The Markham Library series. Library Tales are tales involving erotica and libraries. Some involve BDSM, some do not. The first three are between 4,000-15,000 words.

The Markham Library series is about a private library belonging to the Markham family. Within this library the heroine or hero of each novella/novel finds her or himself thrust into the storyline of one of the novels it contains. 

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  1. Great advice. One day I will self-publish. First I need to get through my debut in May!

  2. I agree 100%...JUST DO IT!

    Having gone both with a publisher and self-published, I can say that I love both worlds. At this point I'm not looking to have an agent but if one came across my path I wouldn't turn them down! ;)


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