peeps: Addison Moore
Addison Moore writes contemporary and paranormal romance novels and is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. Her Celestra series — now at Book 7.5 (number 7’s a two-parter) — has also been optioned for film by 20th Century Fox.
Addison lives in the West Coast with her husband, four children and two dogs, where she says she “eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late.” Her website also mentions that she is often “fueled by Dr. Pepper.”
How Addison Got Started Self-Publishing
Addison initially followed the traditional path, spending years writing and begging agents to give her a chance. She had her sights set on one agent in particular and did everything she could to get that agent’s attention — and she did. Rachelle Gardner took her on in January 2011. Addison, however, published her first indie title in March of that year, without Ms. Gardner’s knowledge. Addison finally confessed and told her agent about it and — surprise! — Ms. Gardner became Addison’s biggest cheerleader ever since!
“The reason I decided to self-publish was partially due to the fact I really wanted to put out a lot more books than the traditional world was going to let me,” says Addison. In the two years she’s been self-publishing, she’s put out 10 titles, something none of the publishing houses would have ever done. “It’s simply logistics on their part. But on the other side of the fence, in the indie world, there was no limit to how fast I could put out a book.”
Does she regret making that move even though she seemed well on her way to making a name through traditional publishing channels? “I don’t regret a thing. Doors have opened for me that I’m not sure would have opened in the traditional world, or in the least, they opened a little bit faster.”
She sold the Celestra series to Fox after her second book went out. And shortly after putting out Someone to Love, her 10th, it hit the New York Times Best Seller List. “Those are spectacular and humbling events, and for sure they validate that the indie road was the right one for me.”
“I think in the future more authors will opt to do both if possible, going both the indie and traditional route,” Addison reflects. “I believe as writers we’re past the ‘us or them’ mentality and are embracing a new era where the author is in much more control of their destiny than ever before. I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”