peeps: Cambria Hebert

Cambria HebertAuthor 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”).

Her first two books in Heven and Hell, Masquerade and Charade, were initially published by a small traditional press. But only a few months later…

How Cambria Got Started Self-Publishing

B008RG09SM Masquerade (Heven and Hell) by Cambria Hebert…the press closed its doors.

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.”

Self-Publishing Tips and Observations

  • “Indie publishing is not without its challenges. It is a rapidly growing and ever changing trend. Independent publishers need to stay current on the market and the publishing rules which can change rapidly and frequently.”
  • “Due to the influx of publishers choosing to be independent, it is important to be able to stand out in a crowd. Know who and where you are marketing too.”
  • “Never overlook the power of a great cover design. They say ‘never judge a book by its cover,’ but people do.”
  • “Get a great cover and invest in a good editor. You can win sales with a cover but the story is what keeps people coming back, so make sure it’s edited well.”
  • “Personally, I want someone to look at my book and not be able to tell if it came from a big publisher or just me. I want them to be so intrigued and excited about the book they don’t even care.”
  • “Another thing not to overlook is networking and marketing. Writing the book is the easy part. You have to tell people about it — make people excited for it — so they will go out and buy it.”
  • “It can be daunting but it is also doable. Start with one thing at a time and then watch your success and popularity grow.”

Check out Cambria’s books on Amazon. To learn more about her, visit her website and follow her activities on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads and YouTube.

Article by Eldon Sarte