Rebecca Lynn, author of the soon-to-be published Descendents Saga, talks to She Writes intern Isabel Farhi about self-publishing, internet publishing, and her genre choices
You have written books of all different genres, from urban fantasy to high fantasy to historical fiction. Does one speak to you more, and do you think one speaks to readers more?
The simple answer is yes, historical fiction speaks to me more, however often times my characters or story lines of the others have just as great impact on me.
My most popular work to date has been Descendants, a YA fantasy novel. However I have seen my readers connect and engage cross-genre with my books. My goal is to show strong feminine role models to every reader. And to convey that strong does not have to mean tough. I think this translates across the demographics of my readers. Those who do not like fantasy can relate to my characters or relate to a situation and vise versa for those who don’t like historical fiction.
It seems that many of your works started their life online. What inspired you to take the leap into paperback form, as you have done with the Descendant’s Saga?
When I first started writing I did so for fun. I always have had the dream to write professionally, but was just too afraid to embrace it. I thought because I loved it, that it couldn’t possibly be a career. But as I continued to write, my novel quickly rose in the reader rated polls to becoming one of the top rated books on multiple sites. Around the time that happened I had publishers and companies approach me about publishing my book. That opened my eyes, and made me realize it is ok to follow your bliss, and when you pour your heart into something people recognize that. If I won the lottery today I would continue to write, that’s how much I love it. And that is what proves that it is what I should be doing with my life. Because my writing career was established online it is so important for me to sell online. But at the same time I have had fans begging to have hard copies as well. That is why I am doing a parallel marketing campaign with both traditional and online sales platforms.
Having gone through both e-publishing and traditional publishing, what do you think are the pros and cons of both? Do you prefer one or the other?
I am just in the process of both so I cannot fully answer this question. But from my experiences I think a cross platform would be the most successful. The traditional-publishing sector knows what they are doing and, when they want, can really push a book to success. But at the same time, new ideas and venues are bringing new opportunities that not all the traditional publishers are tapping into. History shows us we need to not forget our past but to embrace the change of the future at the same time. I think that is translatable to the book industry as well.
Much of your marketing and publicity is taking place online. Do you have any advice for other authors trying to use social media and the Internet to get news of their e-books out there?
Yes I do! I am passionate about social media marketing as that is how I was discovered. Actually I am writing a blog for She Writes that will better outline the reasons why. But in short, understand your audience, and utilize the social media outlets that target them the best.
What are you working on now? Make a shameless plug for your next project!
I am an interactive author so I write and post as I go on various author/reader sites. This way my fans can become invested into the project from the beginning and give their input from the beginning. It has been a very useful tool for me. My latest project is called Daughters of Hedone.
The god Cupid fell in love with, and married, a mortal girl named Psyche. Their relationship did not receive Venus’s blessing, and she threatened to destroy their love. In fear of Venus using the arrow to turn his love away from Psyche, Cupid did an unusual thing. He hid the magic of the arrow in Psyche’s womb. But little did he know that Psyche was pregnant and his action would change the world forever.
The arrows magic infused into their unborn daughter Hedone, giving her a gift like no other: the ability to steal a man’s will with her kiss. Hedone lived to command legions, puppeteer governments, and destroy families as she indulged in her gift. Men who fell victim to her kiss would do whatever it took to please her, even if it meant death. Those who were against her power had her executed as an example to all. Yet the gift did not stop with Hedone’s death. Somehow, it had passed on to her offspring.