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Book Publishing Secrets with Regency Romance Author A.S. Fenichel

A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back.

A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.

Multi-published in historical, paranormal, erotic and contemporary romance, A.S. is the author of The Forever Brides series, the Everton Domestic Society series, and more. With several books currently contracted, A.S. will be bringing you her brand of edgy romance for years to come.

Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the Southern Missouri with her real-life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, puttering in her garden and spoiling her fussy cat.

Her latest book is the regency romance novel, A Lady's Virtue.

Website Link: http://asfenichel.com

Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/asfenichel

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/A.S.Fenichel

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Thank you for your time in answering our questions about getting published.  Let’s begin by having you explain to us why you decided to become an author and pen this book?

A.S.: I became an author because I had stories in my head. I wrote the for years and years, seventeen to be exact, getting rejection after rejection. I hoped one day I would hone my skills enough and connect with an editor who loved my stories as much as I did. Eventually that happened. J

I love to write empowered women regardless of the time period the book is set in. It’s easy to write an ass kicking woman in modern day, but Regency times demanded women be meek. Or did they? Even Jane Austen wrote about women with minds of their own and the ability to make their own decisions. She herself did as much. I created the Everton Domestic Society so that my ladies would have a safety net where they could become the magnificent women they’d been written to be.

Is this your first book?


A Lady's Virtue

A.S.: No. A Lady’s Virtue is my nineteenth published book.

With this particular book, how did you publish – traditional, small press, Indie, etc. – and why did you choose this method?

A.S.: I’m traditionally published with Kensington Books in their Lyrical Press line. Kensington is a mid-sized publisher. Not as big as the big 5 but quite substantial.

I prefer traditional publishing because it gives me more time for writing and editing. I’m not fond of the work required for self-publishing, though I admire writers who do it all and do it well.

Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey?  The pros and cons?

A.S.: As I mentioned earlier, I attempted to get a book deal for seventeen years before I succeeded in 2011. I have had some success, though not great as of yet. It can be a very humbling industry. Very few people are overnight successes and roadblocks are plentiful. I always ask myself during the dark times, “If you knew right now that you would never publish another word, would you still write.” As long as the answer is “yes” I’ll keep at it.

I enjoy writing for Kensington. They are like family to me and have done much for my career. I signed with an agent last year and have high hopes that together we will push my career to the next level.

What lessons do you feel you learned about your particular publishing journey and about the publishing industry as a whole?

A.S.: If being an author is what you want, never give up and grow a thick skin. You will need it.

Would you recommend this method of publishing to other authors?

A.S.: I don’t think one way or another is better. It’s a personal choice, a matter of finances and control of your work. I trust my publisher and am happy to hand over that side of the business to them. Each author must make this determination for themselves.

What’s the best advice you can give to aspiring authors?

A.S.: Don’t give up, hone your craft and find a group of like-minded writers to support you.

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