Book Smart Romance: How Penny Reid bypassed gatekeepers to create her own niche market. Penny discusses the ways in which writing romance is revolutionary, why creators today appear to be more accessible and why authors should always strive towards authenticity in their work. She also uses the magical power of math and science to provide detailed insight into the recent controversies of the romance community.
- Penny talks about how traditional publishers created the need for a niche market for the types of romance stories she writes.
- Penny gives advice to new indie authors starting out in 2019:
- Treat publishing as a business.
- If you love your book, other people will love your book. “The question is not, is my book any good?” but “How do I read my readers?”
- Traditional publishers are interested in making money and taking chances is not something they can justify. Which is why indie authors can write outside the box.
- She talks about how the smartest move she made for her business was creating a marketing plan and modifying the plan each release.
- She also follows the rule of “Treating [her] current readers with respect and not looking over their heads for new readers”.
- And more!
Links of Interest
Romance Books for Non-Romance Readers:
Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan (Hoops #1) https://www.kobo.com/audiobook/long-shot-32
Kulti by Mariana Zapata https://www.kobo.com/ebook/kulti
The Hooker and the Hermet by Penny Reid and L. H. Cosway https://www.kobo.com/ebook/the-hooker-and-the-hermit
The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmonhttps://www.kobo.com/audiobook/the-bird-and-the-sword-1
Want more recommendations from Penny? Check out her list here: https://pennyreid.ninja/f-a-q/pennys-book-recommendations/
Penny’s Latest Series:
Motion (Law of Physics Series #1) by Penny Reid
Beard Science by Penny Reid
Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full-time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.
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