Thank you to Laurie for having me over to her awesome place. I’m going to talk a bit about my new book GLIMMER and why I chose to self-publish it.
I have about 17 books out from various big publishers like Avon, Kensington, Harlequin and a couple at reputable epublishers like Samhain Publishing. So I’m definitely not a new author. I’ve been around for about six years. I’ve found some success especially from my Valorian Chronicles series published by Harlequin Nocturne, but not nearly enough to call my career set, or lucrative. It’s hard out there for a mid-list author.
For the past three years, I’ve been writing new stuff and trying to get in at another publisher. I get weepy when I think about how many times I’d almost gotten the deal. How many times I’ve heard “I love this…but we just bought something similar.” Or “I love this…but not sure where it will fit.” Just like numerous other authors out there, it’s been so close but yet so far, for whatever reason.
Now I don’t harbour bad feelings toward publishers. They have a certain list to fill with certain types of books that they know will sell. I get that. Absolutely. They are in business to sell books and make money. An editor has to love your book and know they can sell it to take a chance on it. It’s tough out there for editors too. And for agents who agonize with the author when they don’t get that deal, when they can’t sell the book. It sucks for everyone.
But now there’s this beautiful thing out there called indie e-publishing. Now, I, and authors like me, don’t have to let that book go. We don’t have to hide it under the ‘bed’ and move on to something else, something new. Now we can get it out there to the readers and let them decide whether it’s good or not or if it deserves a spot on the virtual bookshelf. It’s never been a better time for authors or readers alike.
Now there are 1000s of new books to choose from almost every day. Books that may have never been given a chance before. And on top of that, a reader can get these books at amazing prices.
For me it wasn’t a hard choice to self-publish Glimmer. It just made sense. The book made the rounds at the big publishers and couldn’t find a home. But to me, I’ve always believed it deserved to be out there and to let the readers decided if they wanted to read it. So with my agent’s blessing I dusted it off, prettied it up, got a cover designed, got it professionally edited and put it out there.
And I couldn’t be happier by the results
Av ailable February 15, 2011
"Vivi Anna's smart and always unique take on urban fantasy makes her a must read!"
— Lauren Dane, author of Inside Out
"GLIMMER rocks in so many ways! Nina and Severin are one hell of a sexy couple and stand out in a world that's rich with detail, danger and intrigue!"
— Juliana Stone, author of the Jaguar Warriors and upcoming League of Guardians
"From start to finish, GLIMMER's one wild ride. I can't wait for the next Nina Decker story!"
— Megan Hart, author of Selfish is the Heart
Although Nina Decker's father is one hundred percent human, her mother is not. She belongs to an ancient and rare race of people called the fae. But these fae are not those written about in fairytales, with pretty gossamer wings and fairy dust, no they are sinister, malevolent and unkind, dwelling in another realm called Nightfall. More prone to destroy than to create. Abandoned at the age of ten, to be raised by her father, Nina has never forgiven her mother for that or for ruining her father. A man of only sixty, he appears to be closer to eighty with a frail body and mind. He's been fae-struck and is slowly fading away to nothing. This is one of the reasons why Nina has never gotten too close to any one man. She doesn't want to seal his fate like her father's has been.
But she can't deny her fiery connection to Severin Saint Morgan, a sexy as hell werewolf and the alpha of the Vancouver wolf pack. He's an Australian immigrant working at the university as an associate professor, and the publicized face of the werewolf species. He makes her blood boil with desire and makes her tremble with fear. But its only when her mother reappears with startling revelations about an upcoming war between the fae and the werewolves that Nina realizes that she may be a pawn for both sides.
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