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The Stigma of Self-Publishing

I’ve been self-publishing my novels for just over a year now. My anniversary was July 29th. Book three, Demons of Bourbon Street, comes out in a week or so and Influential Magic (the first of a new series) will be coming out late November or early December. My journey has been filled with challenges, triumphs, and a lot of support. Over the last year, I’ve only had one person give me the obvious pitying look when I say I’m self-published. Everyone else thinks it’s awesome I’m following my dreams. If not, they’ve been kind enough to keep their opinions to themselves.

I’ve seen the negative tone of self-publishing online, but mostly it comes from people entrenched in traditional publishing.  I get it. Change is here. And that makes people uncomfortable. Since I don’t know a lot of people in traditional publishing (those I do know have embraced self-publishing), I’ve been shielded from the negativity.

When I read that my fellow authors are experiencing such negativity from friends and family, I’m shocked. Really? Really!? These are people who love you. They should be supporting you. I can’t tell you how mad that makes me. Writer friends, I’m here for you always. I’ll be your biggest cheerleader. Promise.

I know I live in a creative bubble. Being a glass artist, most of my friends are also glass artists. Many of them are entrepreneurs themselves.  And my family? I suppose my life is already kooky enough they are no longer surprised by the paths I walk. When I was twenty-nine, hubby and I  quit our corporate jobs, sold our house, and moved into an RV to work our way across the country at RV parks. Two years later, I became a full-time artist after having never shown much interest or talent in any art form before. Self-publishing must be tame by comparison.  Maybe I’ve conditioned them. :D

But the point is, not one of them has told me I’m wasting my time or stupid for writing and self-publishing. Not one. Even when my friends read my first drafts that were filled with plot holes, passive writing, and atrocious typos and grammar, did they ever do anything other than encourage and support me.

I’ve got a confession to make. Even with all that love and support, I still feel the stigma of self-publishing. Maybe it’s because when I started my writing journey I was told over and over by the industry, “Do not self-publish.” It was the fastest way to harpoon any sort of writing career. Maybe it’s because I’ve read a number of traditionally published authors bash the self-publishing movement. Maybe I don’t want anyone popping my happy bubble. So when I went to my first local writers’ group this last weekend, I was scared to tell anyone I’m a self-publisher. I sat quietly, listened to the meeting, chatted with my neighbor, gave my opinion about the importance of using Twitter and Facebook, and then quietly slipped out when the meeting was over. They were a good group. I liked them. Still, I wasn’t ready to confess my sin.

I’m a self-published author.

And to date, I’ve sold over 30,000 copies of my two books, Haunted on Bourbon Street and Witches of Bourbon Street.

It’s funny. In my daily life, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. I’ve learned a lot. I never hesitate to give anyone who asks my opinion of the industry. I answer emails and threads about business questions as honestly as possible, often giving real numbers. Yet, put me in a room full of authors I don’t know, many of them traditionally published, and I become a wallflower.

I hope to remedy that at the next meeting. I’ve accomplished something  pretty amazing, I think. Am I a NYT bestseller? No, not yet. But my books are regularly on the top 100 genre  lists on Amazon, and that’s nothing to sneeze at. Next meeting, insecure self-publisher girl is staying home and proud author is going in her place.

Boxed Set~Jade Calhoun Series~Two Books for $1.99

Hello everyone,
My new boxed set release, Jade Calhoun Series, is 67% off at both Barnes and Noble and Amazon for a limited time. I’d love your help in spreading the word. Here’s the deal:

Tweet, Facebook, Blog, Google+, or anywhere you have social media (forums of any kind) about the limited time sale. Email me Dkchase12 @ gmail.com with the subject line JCS. In the body of the email mention all the places you spread the word. For each unique place you get one entry. Friday (4/6) morning I will pull two winners, both will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Here’s an easy message to use:
Great deal on the two book boxed set, Paranormal Romance~Jade Calhoun Series by Deanna Chase. Only $1.99 on Amazon http://tiny.cc/pr46bw and B&N http://tiny.cc/ip46bw for a limited time.

For Twitter:
Great deal on the 2 book set, Paranormal Romance~Jade Calhoun Series. 1.99 on B&N http://tiny.cc/ip46bw & Amazon http://tiny.cc/pr46bw #books

 

Thank you all! I really appreciate the help spreading the word.

Audiobook~Haunted on Bourbon Street Now Available.

This weekend was exciting! First of all, I was out of town at Bead Fest in Santa Fe. As always when I’m at a bead show, I got to visit great friends. Some of them I see at a lot of bead shows, others I only see once every few years. So in addition to selling beads, it was great to catch up.

While I was there, I got the confirmation that Haunted on Bourbon Street is now available on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon. Since I only had my Kindle Fire, I wasn’t able to copy links and blog about this exciting news. I love audiobooks while torching (and I know a lot of you do too). So, for those of you who have been waiting, Haunted is finally available. Witches will be released on audio in July.

 

Haunted Gets Nominated-Best Paranormal Romance-Ghost 2011

Just wow! Haunted on Bourbon Street has been nominated for Best Paranormal Romance-Ghost 2011 at The Romance Reviews.

The Romance Review

Go here to vote and to see all the nominees in all categories. Congratulations to everyone! Some of my favorite authors of all time are nominated in their respective categories. Adrian Phoenix, Richelle Mead, Ilona Andrews, Kim Harrison, Jeaniene Frost. It’s truly humbling to even be listed on the same page as these amazing authors.  Voting opened today and runs until Nov 30th.

You know, I was just thrilled when The Romance Reviews picked my book up to be reviewed. I never imaged it would be nominated for anything.  Is this my cue to say it’s just an honor to be nominated? Na. Go vote! :D

The Romance Review

Radio Silence Has Ended

It’s been over a week since I posted. Most of that is because I was out of town last weekend at Hottime on the Mountain in Asheville, NC. I was fortunate enough to be asked to demo one of my murrine ring beads.

I made one like this but added butterflies. It went pretty well, despite using a smaller torch than I am used to (which is pretty much always the case in these settings and is totally fine). It just means the poor attendees had to spend a lot of time watching me wait for glass to melt.

However, on Sunday morning many of them showed me their class beads and everyone did super awesome. I know what it feels like to be scared of using murrine. Greg (the hubby) is a master and it still took me years to get comfortable with trying. It’s really not that hard, I promise.

Anyway, I came home with a pretty nasty head and chest cold. This is what happens when one doesn’t have kids and rarely spends a bunch of time with the general public. Our immune systems just aren’t up to fight off the latest germ de jour. Hopefully I don’t infect Greg. Two of us sick just won’t do. Especially since I’m feeling pretty pathetic right now.

One bright spot in my day however is a five heart review I just found on Sizzling Hot Book Reviews of Haunted on Bourbon Street. It’s the first book blogger review I’m aware of and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Haunted on Bourbon Street is a wonderful debut novel for Deanna K Chase with a well developed plot, strong characters and a multi-faceted story line with twists and turns to keep you thinking.Haunted on Bourbon Street  is sultry and sexy with just enough tension to want the reader to scream, yet enough details to leave the reader satisfied that they aren’t guessing what’s going on. I have to say, pick up Haunted on Bourbon Street and just enjoy it for the paranormal mystery romance that it is.”

Yay for a pick me up!