peeps: Sandra Marton

Indie author Sandra MartonWordpreneur Peeps logoPassionate, emotion-filled novels featuring complex, sexy Alpha males tamed by smart, strong, independent-minded women were author Sandra Morton’s vehicles for success, using them to build a long and very fruitful writing career. A USA Today bestselling author, Sandra has more than 35 million books in print worldwide.

Accolades? No shortage of those either. Sandra has won eight Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Awards and the magazine’s Career Achievement Award for Series Romance. She was also a four-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award.

She now lives in Connecticut with her husband, her childhood sweetheart.

How Sandra Got Started Self-Publishing

The Prince of Pleasure by Sandra MartonSandra noticed that just as a growing number of her fans were communicating with her by email and through Facebook, they were increasingly reading her books in digital form as well.

The market, she could sense, was changing.

While on the verge of signing a new contract with her publisher, Harlequin Presents, in 2012, discussions over her royalty rates made her “hold off on that new contract and instead look into alternatives.” She was happy with Harlequin, but after considerable research, she concluded that it was time to test the self-publishing waters.

She did have an advantage over typical self-publishers: She had five old Presents novels available for her to use. She also held the rights to two of her single title romantic suspense novels, written for a different publisher. Armed with those seven, she was off and running!

Although the books did well, Sandra says that what really changed her professional life completely was publishing The Prince of Pleasure, a prequel to the Wilde family Saga and a novel she wrote specifically for self-publication. It sold so well, Sandra is now 100% indie! Her next book, the first in a new trilogy about the Wilde sisters, is due out late April.

Self-Publishing Tips

  • “Whether print or digital, your book will be one in a sea of thousands. It must be the very best book you can write or it will sink.”
  • “Offer a free book as an incentive to draw readers. My freebie, Until You, is still an iBooks and Kindle bestseller after more than three months.”
  • “Just as you treat your writing with respect, you should offer that same respect to the product. Those who read ebooks expect outstanding covers and clean formatting. So should you.”

Learn more about Sandra and her work by visiting her Amazon author page and her website. You can also follow her on Facebook.

Originally published: March 7, 2013