Publishing is going to change again, and fast. It's good to be aware of and involved in what's going on - Meet award-winning, multi-genre, hybrid author renee field
The Heart of Family is an emotional story where guilt, forgiveness and the power of love will make you cry and laugh as two middle-aged sisters tackle life's obstacles with grit and determination.
Why did you decide to self-publish? Did you have any doubts?
I stared self-publishing in 2014. Yes, I had doubts but wanted to try something new. I also felt that the long haul to go the traditional route, which can often only pick books based on trend, wouldn’t work for me. I was writing nitty gritty young adult novels at the time and new I’d probably try another genre later on, and that’s exactly what I did. In the last few years I’ve been working on writing women’s fiction and if I had gone traditional that would have limited my voice.
What did you like best?
I actually liked the control over the entire project. I liked learning the new genres I was writing, learning the marketing aspect and controlling the end product – from story, cover to distribution.
What was the hardest part?
Learning all the tech stuff – not simply the uploading to Amazon, but how to format your book from e-book to print, how to do the marketing, and juggle all that with writing. Time management is key and I was dealing with a lot of family issues, like becoming the primary caregiver for my mother and that fine balance for writing, being creative and getting the book to the right audience was stretched thin. To be honest, it’s still stretched.
Would you do it again?
I’m still doing it - so yes. I feel like publishing, especially with all the AI stuff taking place is going to change again and fast. Authors didn’t need to have social media channels a decade ago and now publishers and agents won’t even look at you until you have dedicated followers. You spend so much time building that audience why should you give that away to a third party? Publishing is going to always change so I think it’s good to be involved and be aware of what’s taking place in the industry.
What advice do you have for authors just starting?
Join a writing group, local or online and be aware of what’s taking place on the tech side of things when it comes to publishing.
Renee is an award-winning Canadian author who writes a variety of genres. The Heart of Family is her first women's fiction novel. Renee started writing this novel as she also began the journey of being a caregiver for her mother who suffers with dementia. Writing was her way to escape.
Renee also writes romance for HQN Spice Briefs and sensual paranormal romance, and new adult novels. Her first romance novel, Rapture, in 2008 received an EPPIE Award for Best Paranormal/Fantasy Romance for an e-book.
Renee loves to hear from fans. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on her writing check out her website at https://www.reneefield.com/
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