Talented and prolific Romance author Catherine Bybee shares with us her views about Romance, indie publishing and much more…
1) Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
A little of both I think. My mother and sister read romance when I was growing up. My parents divorced when I was young and I always wanted to believe that happiness in a marriage was possible. Reading books, although they were fiction, gave me hope that one day I could find my prince among the frogs. It was a natural progression for me to move from reading romance to writing it.
2) Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
The late Kathleen Woodwiss wrote the books I grew up with. So whenever this question is asked I have to mention her name. It’s hard not to be inspired by Nora Roberts who lives and breathes romance. I’m amazed at her output. There are plenty more authors I enjoy but these two stand out.
3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.
Wife by Wednesday is my first straight contemporary romance. I decided to self publish this book in an effort to find more readers through a smaller price tag. Not something I could do through a publisher. My goal worked and this is my number one selling title. I think Wife by Wednesday marries the historical tombs of Kathleen Woodwiss and puts it in a contemporary setting. This combination has resonated with readers.
I have more time travel books under my writing belt than any other genre and I’m about to release my 4th full length Highland Time Travel next month. For the readers who have been following my series, they will be happy to know that I’ve moved on to the children who have all grown up and are ready to find their life’s love.
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
I don’t have an agent. Actually, it wasn’t until I had a successful title that agents started to pay attention. The old publishing model of finding an agent then soliciting publishers is fading fast. I tried that in the beginning but found myself very frustrated. What comes first the chicken or the egg. Some agents wanted to know your publishing credits, and some publishers wouldn’t talk to you unless you had an agent.
Was it difficult? Yes… and no. Yes in that it took time for me to find a small press publisher that I wanted to work with. Most of my work is published through The Wild Rose Press which has been a great publisher to work with. I am now, however, going solo. Yet just like the agent question and answer above, publishers are now coming to me asking to look at my work. That is a very unexpected turn of events.
5) What’s your opinion about this e-book revolution? Would you consider the indie route?
Obviously I did. My overall feel about e-books and self publishing is this. Any time a small handfull of people want to dominate an industry they are going to choke out possible talent to go with what makes them money. They have to, it’s their job. Writers are a creative lot. Some of them finish a book in 200 pages but traditional publishing didn’t have a place for this. Now with e-books and self publishing, authors can tell the story as it should be told. No sagging middle of the story or ending that is too rushed. This is going to open the doors for all writers. I do see paperback books going the way of CD’s and Reocrds. There will be some paper books, but most will be digital.
6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use social media a lot to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your thoughts?
If you want to write books and no do the social media part… then your name had better be up there with Nora Roberts and Dan Brown. Sorry folks, if you want to sell books you have to get out there. If e-books are the readers choice of format, then you need to reach those readers through online exposure. I don’t care if you’re writing for New York or you’re Indie… you have to work hard to see results. The days of a person writing a book and sitting back to write the next without a advertising and media platform are simply over. Video killed the radio star and all that!
Thank you for this interview, I do hope you readers will look me and my books up.
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Info about the author:
USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Catherine Bybee has been addicted to romance since her teens. After spending a decade of her life working as an RN in urban emergency rooms, Catherine is now dedicated to writing happily-ever-afters for the world to love. Catherine is married and raising two sons in Southern California.
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