Barbara Freethy: Romancing the ebook
Successful romance author Barbara Freethy’s out-of-print titles are finding new life – as self-published ebooks. And what a life! In June, her ebook Summer Secrets hit #1 on the NY Times ebook bestseller list, overshadowing another Freethy title, Don’t Say a Word, which hit #24 on the same list.
Cathie Beck: “Cheap Cabernet”
After spending four years writing her book and four more trying to sell it — Cathie Beck had one overriding thought about her writing career: “I was like (expletive), I should have gone to law school.” And who could blame her? The publishing business is notorious for bringing writers to their knees.
Jo Myers: “Good to Go”
Writing her self-published book was the simple part, says author Jo Myers. Then came the hard work of getting it out into the world. “My head became a hat rack for author, self-publisher, distributor, businesswoman, promoter, market, producer and speaker, all rolled into one — the me that I needed to become.”
Scott Nicholson: Finding a sweet selling spot on Kindle
It might be difficult to peg Scott Nicholson’s preferred genre — he writes everything from mysteries to children’s stories to horror. But one thing you can say with certainty: Nicholson’s writing career, no matter its variability, is thriving. The author, 48, was recently listed on J.A. Konrath’s blog, “A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing,” as one of the top Kindle sellers.
Sally Shields: “The Daughter-In-Law Rules”
Sally Shields’ self-publishing success came from a simple dilemma: “Like most women, I got married and got a mother-in-law. But after a couple of years, I was left scratching my head, thinking, “Where is the manual for this?!” When she didn’t find one, she wrote it herself.