It’s Monday, which means it’s time for another self-published interview! This week, I’d like to introduce you to my good friend, Nicole North, author of sizzling hot erotic romance. Her most recent release, Guilty Cravings, was HAWT, and I was so pleased to be able to read it and give a cover quote. Just loved it!
What was the deciding factor in self-publishing your book(s)? Did you decide on ebook or print only or both?
Since my newest novella and my self-published short story are so short, I’m doing them in ebook only right now. I might eventually put Guilty Cravings into print since it’s 41,000 words. In length, it’s sort of on the line between novella and novel. Or I might create an anthology for print. As for the deciding factor, I wanted to keep complete control of my story, Guilty Cravings. I wanted to be able to decide on the title, the character names, the cover, what went into the book and what didn’t. If you’re with a publisher, often they will want lots of changes that have nothing to do with the quality of the story.
What inspired Guilty Cravings and your hot, bad boy undercover cop hero?
I love bad boys! There’s something sexy, irresistible and forbidden about them. We were always warned to stay away from them. Bad boys ignore the rules, seduce the good girls and do whatever they want. They don’t really care what others think of them. Nick Sullivan, the hero of Guilty Cravings, is like that. He’s an undercover narcotics detective so, of course, he obeys the laws but he still bends or breaks a few rules from time to time. He probably ticks off his boss fairly often with his unconventional methods or risks he takes. Nick was inspired by those bad boy rock stars from a few years ago, and he uses a rock band as a cover. Nick reveals that he’s been a hell-raiser his whole life and had a hard time staying out of trouble as a kid and teenager… always breaking windows, crashing cars, being suspended from school and the like. That’s part of the reason he’s never been able to please his upper-class parents. They didn’t approve of his choices, even if his main objective now, at twenty-eight, is to keep kids away from drugs so they won’t destroy their lives before they’re truly old enough to make such drastic decisions. Nick may be a bad boy, but he has a personal code of honor, a heart of gold, and he believes in treating a woman like a princess.
What did you do to promote your work?
I’ve been giving away my erotic romance short story, Storm of Passion. It may still be free from some ebook sellers such as Amazon, Kobo or iTunes. If so, please grab a copy.
Can you list some Pros/Cons of self-publishing?
Pros: Control! If something about your book is not working, change it. We’ve all heard the rumors of someone’s book from a publisher failing because of a bad cover. Well, guess what, they don’t get a new one. Bad blurb? Sorry, you have to keep the one we created no matter how it affects sales. With self-publishing you don’t fall into that trap. If the cover is not connecting with readers, buy or create a new one. Bad blurb? Write a new one and upload it in seconds. A problem with the story comes to light? Edit it and upload a new version. Publishers often will price books very high. With self-publishing, you can price the ebook low and still earn more money because the royalty percent is higher. You have complete freedom.
Cons: There are expenses associated with self-publishing. If you don’t have a bunch of very skilled editing friends and critique partners, you’ll need to hire an editor. If you can’t design covers or format, you’ll need to hire someone for those jobs. But I haven’t found any of this to be a big deal. I’ve learned how to make covers and format.
What advice can you offer to anyone deciding to self-publish?
First, make sure your writing is ready for publication. I’ve heard of a few people being interested in self-publishing who have not been in the writing trenches very long. Make sure you have your craft down and that you know how to write a good story before pursuing self-publishing. I had been writing for many years, had entered and finaled in several contests, judged contests, taken dozens of workshops, taught workshops, been in several critique groups, received dozens of rejections from editors and agents, had six books published by reputable publishers all before I published on my own. I’m not saying you have to do all that. Just be sure your book is ready.
What genre(s) do you write in? How many books do you have out? Titles?
I write erotic romance set in various time periods and locations. Generally, they have either a lot or a little paranormal. My two self-published books, Storm of Passion and Guilty Cravings, are contemporary. I have six books out from publishers: Devil in a Kilt, Red Sage Secrets Volume 27 Untamed Pleasures; Beast in a Kilt, Red Sage Secrets Volume 29 Indulge Your Fantasies; Scoundrel in a Kilt, Red Sage Secrets Volume 30 Desires Unleashed; Kilted Lover (Red Sage); Laird of Darkness (Carina Press); Blade of the Wolf (Ellora’s Cave)
Where can readers find you?
Where can readers find your books? Print/Ebook?
Storm of Passion (check to see if it’s still free!) at Amazon: http://amzn.com/B0056396E2
Guilty Cravings at Amazon: http://amzn.com/B009PXTCQ6
These and my publisher books (both print and ebook) are also available at most other book sellers such as B&N, Diesel, Kobo, Book Depository, etc.
Guilty Cravings: To Detective Nick Sullivan, Emily Grant was a forbidden temptation from the first moment he saw her three years ago…when she married his brother, Jared. Even after their divorce, Nick kept his distance, unwilling to betray his brother. But now that Jared’s been murdered because of an ancient erotic artifact and someone is threatening Emily, Nick can’t stay away.
Even though Nick’s a bad boy undercover cop, Emily, a wedding coordinator, knows she can trust him above all others to protect her and catch her ex’s murderer. Although Nick is determined to keep his hands off her, and Emily knows a fling with him would be insane, both find it impossible to ignore the scorching attraction that burns between them. She’s been fantasizing about him handcuffing her to a bed for three years. Could she handle it if her fantasies actually came true? Although Nick is resistant to crossing the ultimate boundary and claiming Emily for his own, when magical erotic forces come into play, neither can deny what they’ve craved for so long.