A handful of traditionally-published romance authors have recently announced that they’re trying their hand at indie publishing. Kristen Callihan, Beth Revis and Nalini Singh are all self-publishing romances this fall, and Cora Carmack and Jennifer L. Armentrout, who have already found success self-publishing, also revealed that they're returning to indie publishing for winter releases.
Kristen Callihan, author of the Darkest London books, paranormal-tinged historical romances, will be launching her new contemporary NA series with The Hook Up, releasing this September. The story follows a college football star as he chases after a girl who refuses to make anything of their heated one-night-stand. The author's decision to self-publish The Hook Up relied heavily on the demographic she's targeting: "I decided to self-publish The Hook Up because it's a football story. If I went with traditional publishing, I'd have to wait months to get the book out. Whereas doing it on my own meant that I could have a much shorter production schedule and take advantage of the college football season. I also believe that indie publishers of NA have perfected the marketing and pricing of their genre. I hope to learn from their experience and apply it to my own."
Beth Revis isn’t venturing far from what she’s known for writing — sci fi YA — with her new self-published book, The Body Electric. Protagonist Ella is able to enter people’s dreams with the help of technology created by her mother, but when she’s recruited by her government to spy on rebels, she starts seeing the impossible and realizes her memory has been altered. Not to mention one of the rebels, a guy she’s never met, is convinced they use to be in love. Beth told us she chose to indie publish this book " ... in order to get it to my fans as quickly as possible. I still have books coming from my traditional publisher, Penguin/Razorbill, but I wanted readers of my first series to get this novel sooner rather than later. Beyond that, though, I also just love the freedom of self publishing. This book is entirely in my control, and is my way of thanking my readers for sticking with me. It feels very personal, as if I'm giving it to them directly."
Nalini Singh, beloved for her Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series, is releasing her first contemporary in years (she wrote contemps for Mills & Boone), Rock Addiction — about, what else, a hunky rock star hero who falls for a girl who’d rather be anywhere but in the spotlight.
And finally, Cora Carmack announced that she will be indie publishing her paranormal NA series beginning this December with Inspired, featuring an immortal muse heroine who’s sick of jumping from one artist to the next, and a human hero in danger of becoming obsessed with his new love interest. In her blog post the author claims impatience is the result of her self-pubbing her upcoming series: "For ages, I’ve been talking about wanting more New Adult paranormal and fantasy books. And like a good little author, I continued working on my contracted books, waiting patiently for that big breakout paranormal book that would get the tide rolling and start the paranormal boom that I so desperately wanted. I waited and waited and waited, and then I got tired of waiting."
Jennifer L. Armentrout, who catapulted into the spotlighter after her self-published NA book, Wait for You, climbed bestseller lists left and right, is revisiting indie publishing. After several series with Harper Collins, Entangled Publishing, Disney-Hyperion and Spencer Hill Press, Jennifer's self-publishing Wicked, the first in a paranormal New Adult series set in New Orleans, also releasing in December. The series will revolve around faeries using a mythology Jennifer largely created herself. Listen to her talk about the new book and series here.
There’s no one right way to publish a book, but it’s interesting to see traditionally published authors take a leap into something new, while Carmack and Armentrout return to a method that was previously successful for them. Indie or traditional, we’re looking forward to reading more love stories from these authors.
Do you plan on reading any of these fall/winter releases? Let us know!