Amanda Howard

unnamedAmanda Howard understands the pros and cons of self-publishing, as well as the need to effectively market your book. Learn what kept her going when she felt discouraged in her writing efforts.

1. Tell me briefly about your latest book – what is it about and what motivated you to write it?

My novel, The First Gift of Christmas, is part of a series called the Maple Ridge Holiday Series. I am planning on writing at least six books in total. I am a dancer/dance teacher/choreographer, which was the main inspiration behind my book. My love of classic novels played a lot into how I write and develop my characters. Hallmark was also a huge inspiration as I wanted to write something that would be different from what they typically publish/film, but with the basic components of a really great Hallmark story.

The First Gift of Christmas is about a young dance teacher who is well-known for her annual Christmas performances in the small town of Maple Ridge, Massachusetts. This year, not only is she being considered for assistant choreographer with the prestigious Boston Ballet, but there is also a handsome newcomer that has captured her attention. She must struggle to focus on impressing the company while overcoming sabotage and her attraction to Maple Ridge’s newcomer.

2. How have your sales been?

I sold all my on-hand copies within a month and I’m still selling copies on Amazon.

3. You’ve chosen self-publishing. How have you liked it so far? Talk about some of the positives and negatives you’ve encountered.

I chose self-publishing because it was the easiest option for me at the time. My books are available as print-on-demand to keep costs down. It is nice to not have to pay an agent; I’m blessed to have my publisher be under the family business which means I get great royalties; and I am learning marketing tactics.

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Web site profile: SPBRoundup

Patsy Porco runs spbroundup.com, a Web site specifically geared toward indie writers.  Read about her site below and contact her for more information.

1. What is your site about and why did you start it?

SPBRoundup is a site for self-published books (SPBs). Any author who is self-published may submit information about his/her book(s) to me for inclusion in the site.

2. What are your favorite types of books?

Mysteries, classsics, historical fiction, chicklit, novels, funny memoirs, funny anything.

3. Any writing projects on the horizon?

Just some short stories and my blog: patsyporco.wordpress.com.

4. Tell me about the sort of authors you’ve “met” through your site.

They’ve all been enthusiastic writers who are eager to discover new ways to market their books. They’ve been very supportive of my site since its start a month ago.

5. What have your learned about indie writing through your web site?

That both sane and crazy people write books. And some of the books are great and some are less great. And with self-publishing, there’s nothing preventing all kinds of writers to find an audience.