Romance author Bella Andre makes leap to digital publishing
August 12, 2011 | 9:27 am
By Paul Biba
Here’s another one from GoodEReader:
After noteworthy success with several romance imprints of major publishing houses, Andre became one of the first writers to publisher her own ebook titles immediately following the launch of Barnes & Noble’s digital imprint, PubIt!, in the fall of 2010.
“Originally, I had put my ebooks up on Amazon because they were the only game in town, and I had some relative success with Amazon,” says Andre of her early attempt at ebook distribution of her titles. “But one day I searched on Wikipedia’s ebook retailer page and I saw all these other digital publishing companies. I realized if I could get sales with these other sites like Books.com and Ebooks.com, I could increase my sales. I wrote to all of them and it felt like ninety-nine out of one hundred turned me down. But Barnes & Noble actually wrote me back and told me they were about to launch their own self-publishing ebook platform in the next month or so. That gave me time to make sure I was ready. I was counting the days until the launch.”
“That first day when I was uploading my stuff on their dashboard, I saw it was clear and easy to understand for laymen authors to understand. It was actually fun to process through the dashboard. It’s fun and quirky and conversational. You’re having to make a lot of decisions about your book that as an author you may have never had to make before, like the title, the keywords, and the blurb, and the dashboard walks you through it,” adds Andre.
Andre was so pleased with her success on PubIt!, in fact, that she created an entirely different pseudonym, Lucy Kevin, in order to write a different genre with the sole intention of publishing the titles through the bookseller’s DIY platform.