Monday, June 12, 2017

Interview with Scarlett Scott, RECKLESS NEED



Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
My latest, Sweet Scandal, is Book Four in the Heart’s Temptation series. It’s the story of Helen, a self-declared spinster reformer, and Levi, an American business tycoon who is battling Thomas Edison on the forefront of the electricity revolution. When Levi buys the reform journal Helen writes for with plans of shutting it down, Helen isn’t about to watch quietly as it happens. The clash is as instant as the attraction.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
Yes I did. I first published with a publisher in 2010 and went on to publish 13 titles with them.

Are you currently under a traditional publishing contract for future books or do you have manuscripts that you will self-publish? Are you doing both?
I’m currently quite happily self-published and incredibly grateful for the readers who make it possible. At the moment, I have no desire to contract with a traditional publisher.

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
My publisher went out of business in an ugly process, leaving the rights to my books in limbo for about a year, not to mention unpaid royalties I’ll never receive. When the dust settled, I decided to self-publish because I wanted to regain the control I lost with my former publisher. I had no control over cover selection, release schedules, or pricing and sometimes was even forced to change book titles and character names. Now I call the shots for my books, and I love it!

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
My cover artist is truly amazing. I give her an idea of my vision for the cover, and she brings it beautifully to life every time. I let her know specific elements I’d like to see included based on the book, but the creation is hers.
 
Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I do hire an editor, and I’m very fortunate to have a wonderful editor who is not only talented and sharp but also a delight to work with. Having an editor is incredibly important for every writer. No matter how many times we read our own work or think we’ve got a clean manuscript, a good editor will always catch many things we’ve missed.

What have you’ve learned during your self-publishing journey?
I’ve learned just how much goes into publishing a book and how much harder I need to work as a self-published author. For me, self-publishing for the first time was a bit like starting over, but I learned that no matter how daunting that felt, it was also totally rewarding.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
As of now, I’ve chosen to be exclusive with Amazon because I like being a part of their Kindle Unlimited program. I think it’s a fantastic way for new readers to find and try my books! Of course, I’m always open to new avenues, so I may list with other sites in the future if there’s enough of a demand from readers.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
I highly recommend reading The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing: Updated & Revised Second Edition because that is exactly what I did at the urging of a friend when I decided self-publishing was the right move for me. It’s a must-have resource. I don’t personally know any of the authors who wrote it—this is just me telling you it’s a great book. Also, it’s essential that you are prepared to make your book as professional as possible. Be prepared to invest a substantial amount of money in doing so. You don’t want a cover you made yourself landing on Cover Snark at Smart Bitches. Also, invest in a good editor. Your readers will thank you, and doing so will give you more readers in the long run.

What’s next for you?
I’m writing Restless Rake, Book Five in the Heart’s Temptation series and rewriting and re-releasing some previously published books from my backlist as well.


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BLURB:

A staid duke

Heath, the Duke of Devonshire, has been living a passionless life of penance after losing the woman he loved. Determined to do his duty, he’s in search of an innocent bride with a sterling reputation. A bride who’s nothing at all like Tia, Lady Stokey.

A bold lady

The Duke of Devonshire may be handsome, but he’s as boring as a bowl of porridge. Or so Tia thinks until he carries her to her chamber and undoes half her buttons while kissing her senseless.

A decadent desire

The moment he scoops the delectable Tia into his arms, Heath wants her in his bed, and he’ll stop at nothing to have her there. When they unleash the scandal of the century, they must face consequences that are deeper and far more dangerous to their hearts than either of them imagined. Will they find love, or was the reckless need between them doomed from the start?

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Award-winning author Scarlett Scott writes historical and contemporary romance with heat, heart, and happily ever afters. Since publishing her first book in 2010, she has become a wife, mother to adorable identical twins and one TV-loving dog, and a killer karaoke singer. Well, maybe not the last part, but that’s what she’d like to think.

A self-professed literary junkie and nerd, she loves reading anything but especially romance novels, poetry, and Middle English verse. When she’s not reading, writing, wrangling toddlers, or camping, you can catch up with her on her website www.scarsco.com. Hearing from readers never fails to make her day.

Scarlett’s complete book list and information about upcoming releases can be found on her website, www.scarsco.com.

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