Once More With You is first book in the Fable Notch series where (retold) fairy tales come true in the mountains of New Hampshire. Featuring a steamy second chance and tons of small-town charm.
Why did you decide to self-publish? Did you have any doubts?
After being published by several small presses since 2007, I made the switch to self-publishing in August of 2022 to have more control over all the parts of the publishing process – pricing, distribution, release dates cover, etc. I was already responsible for my marketing with those houses, so that’s not new, but having access to my books as the publisher means I can determine when and where I’m putting my marketing efforts.
Doubts? Sure – all the time, but I had those without self-publishing. You can never know what the market will want and it’s a long process with no guarantees.
What did you like best?
I like that I get to make the decisions – when to release, wide or KU (I’m wide), the look of the series, how to build my newsletter. Sure, there are days when I wish someone else was handling it all, but like many self-published authors, I like that I can make decisions that work for me and how I write. Recently, I had a book take longer than I thought it would and it was easy to look at my schedule and change things around.
What was the hardest part?
Finding an editor in my price range who I felt could do a great job with my book, helping me to make it the best it could be. It’s also challenging managing all the moving pieces – there’s a lot involved in getting a book ready and uploaded for sale – and doing that while also writing the next book… it’s a lot to balance at times.
Would you do it again?
Would I? I am! After releasing 3 books in 5 months, I have another book scheduled for May and more releases every three months after that (hopefully).
What advice do you have for authors just starting?
Take your time. Learn everything you can. Join groups like 20Booksto50K on Facebook, listen, ask questions. And discover what is right for YOU. It’s not the same for every writer – there is no magic formula, no one way. I know writers who make six figures a year releasing six books a year and writers who make the same releasing two a year. You have to find what works for the way you work or it won’t be sustainable
Elena Markem writes emotionally rich contemporary romances about dreams, love, and taking a chance on both. Her stories reflect her belief that life is about the passions we pursue, the people who support us along the way, and never giving up on what we want.
You can find her and her newsletter at www.elenamarkem.com
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