Kathy Lynn Harris has had success as an indie author with her book, Blue Straggler. She talks about why self-publishing was an attractive alternative to the traditional model and the role pricing has had in selling her books.
1. Pretend for a moment I’m a reader looking for my next book. Pitch me your book in five to ten sentences.
Ah, the elevator pitch! Here you go: being a 30-something, fairly directionless single female in South Texas is a world all its own. Kathy Lynn Harris’s Blue Straggler is a laugh-out-loud, yet poignant, exploration of that experience — from the quirky, memorable characters who make up Bailey Miller’s circle of family and friends to that feeling of your makeup sliding right off in the humidity. You will easily identify with Bailey’s sometimes humorous, often semi-tragic, choices that eventually lead her out of Texas, to a small mountain town in Colorado, and back. Along the way, she searches for not only herself but also answers to long-held secrets from her “legitimately unbalanced” great-grandmother’s past. Bonus: She may even find love with a moody mountain man along the way.
2. What motivated you to become an indie writer?
With the help of traditional literary agents, I shopped two of my novel manuscripts around. All the big houses told me the stories were “too quiet.”
I travel for my day job and saw that more and more people were using e-readers. I knew Amazon and Barnes & Noble had programs for publishing e-books. I revisited my main goal for my writing: to simply have others read my work and enjoy it; not to have my name on a blockbuster published by Simon & Schuster. So, I thought, why not just put the book out there? It’s been such a great experience.
3. Have you been traditionally published?
I have had numerous works printed in traditionally published anthologies. And now, thanks to the success of the e-book version of Blue Straggler, an independent publisher, 30 Day Books, has picked up the book. The paperback version comes out March 1.