Thanks so much, Brent, for inviting me here today! I'm so excited to share my new book ROUGE with readers. It's my "wild card" book in that I could never have predicted the path it has taken.
You asked me to talk about self-publishing and why I decided to go indie with my books. It was a decision I never thought I'd make when I wrote my first book in the fall of 2009 and started querying.
As most writers know, the query process can take years. I was actually querying The Truth About Faking when I wrote ROUGE. Then I entered the first 250 words (of ROUGE) in an online contest hoping to get some feedback on the opening when I ended up with offers from two different agents--one for each book!
I decided to go with #2, and we started the submissions process. Ultimately, I did get a book deal. But in the meantime, at the encouragement of friends (and my agent), I self-published TTAF and it did very well!
That shocked the pants off me. But what surprised me even more was how much I liked being independent. I loved being able to connect with readers, I loved the abbreviated timeline. Most of all, I loved having control over my work--how it would look, when it would be available, the content…
When things started changing with my publisher, I decided to take a chance and ask if I could be released from my contract. I was happily amazed that they said yes, and after taking a few months to get ROUGE back to my original vision, I'm so happy to be sharing it with readers.
Important note: self-publishing is NOT easy. Indie authors say it all the time, but it really is like having three full-time jobs.
The hardest part, of course, is writing a book people will want to read and tell their friends about. But even after the book's written, rigorous editing, proper formatting, finding an attractive cover… all of these details are hugely important. They're subconscious elements readers pick up on that influence the perceived quality of your work.
And then the marketing begins… which involves things like this post! Making friends, visiting, talking with readers, reading and sharing other books. It's all part of the process. But for now, it's a process I'm really enjoying.
I hope you all love ROUGE. Please feel free to send me feedback on what you think. And thanks again to Brent for having me here!
Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, a freelance editor when time permits, a caffeine addict, a chocoholic, a beach bum, a lover of YA and new adult romance (really any great love story), and occasionally she sleeps.
-THE TRUTH ABOUT FAKING is her debut young adult romance.
-ROUGE is the first book in her mature-YA/new adult romance series.
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