Happy anniversary, Genre-istas! How time flies. I will always be grateful to Romancing the Genres and its blog queens for what they taught me about myself as a writer and the fun and discipline involved in blogging regularly. Thank you so much for inviting me back!
I refer to 2015 as my whirlwind year. I signed my first traditional publishing contract with Avon/Harper Collins to release a three-book Victorian historical romance series for their digital-first Avon Impulse line. Now those books—One Scandalous Kiss, One Tempting Proposal, and One Dangerous Desire—are in the hands of readers. Between March of 2015 and 2016, I gained a publisher, developed a relationship with my fabulous editor, signed on with an agent, and even made the USA Today bestseller list due to a mix of crossed fingers, all the stars aligning, and a successful price reduction-paid promo combo. Currently I’m working on the first book, Rules for a Rogue, in a new three-book Avon Impulse Victorian historical romance series. Whew. Yep, definitely a whirlwind.
Looking ahead, I believe 2016 and beyond is about finding my path in the larger hybrid world of publishing. If I consider this process as an equation, I have to admit that I don’t yet have the answer, but I know it involves finding balance between my goals, time, and commitments. Before I signed with Avon, I’d published three stories independently as part of my Whitechapel Wager series. I still plan to continue that series, as well as begin new ones.
The most exciting aspect of being an authorpreneur—a term coined, I believe, by Romancing the Genres’ own Kris Tualla—is the opportunity to forge our own unique paths as authors. The current publishing landscape presents us with lots of options and myriad challenges. To that end, I’ve learned to try new things, like joining the February 2016 boxed set, Passionate Promises, with several authors from the Embracing Romance group blog.
Learning how to be a better writer, marketer, and manager of my own time and author platform is now my full-time occupation. As a former teacher, the opportunity to continue learning thrills me, even if the possibilities sometimes feel overwhelming. Whatever path I settle on has to allow me to embrace challenges gracefully while never ever losing my love for the writing itself. If my whirlwind year taught me anything, it is that writing engaging and emotional stories trumps everything else.
What do you do to find a balanced path in your life? If you’re writer, do have any tips on juggling the multiple demands of authorpreneurship?
Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, USA Today bestselling author Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time.
A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there's nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.