peeps: Laura Eno
Author Laura Eno lives in Florida with a very tolerant husband, three skulking cats and two absurdly happy dogs. After spending years immersed in English Literature courses but never figuring out what she wanted to be when she grew up, she now writes novels late at night with the help of muses from the underworld.
She is the author of fourteen novels and novellas, ranging from romance to fantasy to horror, and has stories included in nineteen published anthologies.
Strange imagination? Decide for yourself. Here’s the Amazon book description for her Demon in the Basement:
A time-traveling Chevy, an ancient church of evil, a house possessed by black magic. Stories to fill you with dread, draw you into places you’d rather not go, smack you in the face with ironic possibilities.
Meet the monsters of myth, the creatures that lurk under your bed, the phantoms you thought didn’t exist. Travel to the real Atlantis, strap in for the Bermuda Triangle. Terror lurks in the ocean, while an asteroid hides a secret.
Leave a nightlight on before you go to sleep. Something’s coming for you.
How Laura Got Started Self-Publishing
Early on, Laura decided that self-publishing clicked with her independent nature and tendency to write across genres. Like a kid surrounded by shiny toys, she couldn’t settle for just one. Indie publishing allowed her the freedom to decide not only the content of her stories, but also the covers, the prices charged, and when they would be released. And that suited her fine
She acknowledges that with the need to wear more hats, there is a lot more work for the self-publishing author — work such as finding a good editor, cover designer, and promotion — but the benefits far outweigh the extra effort involved.
It also doesn’t hurt at all that the 70% of cover price royalties she earns from Amazon for each sale is considerably higher than what a traditional publisher pays. With self-publishing, “in essence,” she says, “I run my own business the way I see fit.”
Self-Publishing Observations and Tips
“eBooks are here to stay,” reflects Laura, “perhaps evolving into something even better, but never disappearing. There’s a greater variety of reading material than ever before, which is helping create a renaissance of new readers. I see more people coming back to books because of the affordability of ebooks and rediscovering the joy of a good story. Anything that encourages people to read is okay by me.”
As for any advice or tips for the budding self-publisher, Laura zeroes in on the very core of the exercise: “Publishing ebooks is a simple matter — okay, maybe you knock your head on the desk a few times, but it becomes simple with practice. The important thing is to live your dream, and now, more than ever, you have the chance to achieve it. Go forth and publish!”