Deciding to Publish

Making a decision that could… or could not change my life.

About a year ago I met a new friend. As an adult I have to admit, I’m not one to make friends often, but we had some shared experiences that pulled us together and we became friends. When we first met I knew she stayed at home with her son but after some time I was shocked to find out that she was a published author. In a conversation one day I admitted I had six romance novellas just sitting on my computer. Her first response was something along the lines of “Are you going to do something with them?”

I didn’t really know how to answer. When I wrote The Heroes of Calvano Security the books were for my own entertainment. I would reread them from time to time, but I never thought I would share them with anyone else. They didn’t even have titles! I just had them each saved on my computer by the name of the main characters. For example, Unbelievable was simply titled, Jason and Christy. I enjoyed writing but the idea of doing it and making money was a foreign concept to me. After a long talk, over a long walk I learned enough to make me interested.

Like most potential authors I loved the idea of someday having my books on my own bookshelf. Unfortunately, they were short and messy and there was no way I would be able to find a publisher. On our walk I learned about Indie publishing, going wide verses just selling through Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. I was learning bit by bit that there was a lot more I needed to learn. When it came down to it I realized that writing didn’t have to be a painful difficult process. I could keep control, hire out what I wanted, and publish my own books right online.

The Romance Genre

One of the most important things I had to decide was how I was going to start this out. As a romance reader and writer I had a interesting perspective. Romance readers, like me, plow through books in record time. Once I realized what Kindle Unlimited was and how it worked I fell in love with reading online. Don’t get me wrong, I have a massively large bookshelf filled with books, but when it came to my favorite genre I could read a book a day and not need to worry where to store them or running out. I knew after some additional research that sticking to a digital medium was going to be the best option for me.

For someone who didn’t make a conscious decision to write, I had a lot to consider if I was going to try and publish. Once the decision was made there was no turning back. I found videos, articles, podcasts and everything I could get my hands on to learn more about self-publishing. My inner control freak was immediately smitten with the ability to make all the decisions for myself. Traditional publishing is great for so many people, but for me self-publishing was the direction I wanted to go.

Now, I have my first book edited (by myself, which may have been a bad idea… more on that another day) and it’s with my first ever Beta Readers! Needless to say if I don’t make it past this I’m already pleased with how far I’ve come. Only time will tell how the next chapter of this adventure works out. But I promise to keep you all updated here.

Happy Reading!

-Nikki Rome

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Published by Nikki Rome

USA Today Best Selling Romance Author Nikki Rome has been a romance junky since a young age. As a girl she reached for book after book, looking for that happily ever after she always believed in. She loves all forms of romance and you can find her latest read not far from her reach. Nikki writes contemporary romance with a touch of danger and kink. Her love of realistic characters who face real problems provides a story that touches the hearts of many. As a writer, reader and lover of words, it only made sense that she publish her stories. Now years letter she owns and manages Smut Lovers: The Community. A group of like minded individuals that come together to talk about their love of all things smut. You can find her hosting Smut Lovers: The Podcast or running Smut Lovers: The Conference. Either way you know she'll always be talking about her love of books.

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