Author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series and the Death Escorts series, Cambria Hebert “loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens.” Yes, those chickens, she assures us. She went off to school for a bachelor’s, couldn’t decide on a major, and left with a cosmetology degree. This, she says, guarantees that her characters “will always have good hair.” She now lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and children (“both human and furry”).
She got back all the rights to her books in the summer of 2012. That’s when she decided to go indie. She found it quite interesting that it didn’t seem to really require too much at all to get going as an independent publisher.
“Basically to get started you need a finished manuscript, a cover, a synopsis, and a bank account (to collect your royalties!). Then you can upload the book to various sites such as Amazon and Pubit (Barnes and Noble), set your price and sell! To further sales and to get your book out there even more, you can also upload to Smashwords who will then make it available to iTunes, Sony, Kobo and many more great sites.”
There you go, in just one relatively short paragraph, she pretty much covers all the keys and steps in the current electronic indie publishing process that takes others whole books (and $$$) to explain. Just as succinctly, she explains why the whole thing’s pretty darn cool:
“I enjoy the control that I have over the books and the fact that I can see my sales on a daily basis. I also enjoy the creative control I have over cover design and content.”
Article by Eldon Sarte