peeps: John A. Heldt

Wordpreneur Peeps logoIndie author John HeldtCurrently a reference librarian, author John A. Heldt was an award-winning sportswriter and newspaper editor and only took up writing fiction a few short years ago. Since 2012 he has produced and published three books in his Northwest Passage series of time-travel romances, with a fourth one, The Fire, scheduled to be released this fall.

With degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, he now lives in Montana with his wife and three children.

How John Got Started Self-Publishing

The Show by John A. HeldtEmmy-nominated writer-producer and romance novelist Maureen Driscoll was a college friend, and her encouragement got him to try his hand at writing novels back in 2011.

Soon after the release of his first novel, The Mine, early in 2012,  he quickly learned how valuable and indispensable bloggers and reviewers were in quickly establishing one’s credentials as a novelist, reaching a new audience and developing a reader base. “Sales… soared after positive treatments in the book blogs of USA Today and Library Journal,” he reports.

At the very least, John now plans to write and publish at least a book a year.

Self-Publishing Tips and Observations

  • “I’ve learned many things as an independent author, including the importance of properly editing, formatting, and marketing ebooks.”
  • “Writers should never cut corners in bringing a work to market. Even those on limited budgets can produce and sell a book by making the most of the resources around them.”
  • “I consulted friends with backgrounds in editing and graphic arts, as well as proofreaders with subject expertise, in producing each of my works. Most everyone knows an English teacher or someone skilled in Photoshop. If you do, put them to work.”
  • “I have not ruled out pitching current and future novels to agents and publishers, but I have no immediate plans to abandon my present course. It has never been easier for new authors to publish and sell their works and get a reasonable return on their considerable time investment.”

Learn more about John and his work by visiting his Amazon author page and his blog. You can also follow him on Facebook.

Originally published: August 2, 2013