Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard this from an author: Rachel K. Burke credits her love for R.L. Stine’s murder mystery novels as a youngster for inspiring her to start writing her own stories.
She also loved music. In 2008, she combined that passion with writing and began freelancing with a music column in Massachusetts’ Worcester Magazine, and became a music journalist for Starpulse News Entertainment and Jamsbio Magazine, as well as a fitness journalist for Prevention Magazine.
After getting her B.A. in Communications and Media Studies from Bridgewater University in 2011, she released her first novel, Sound Bites: A Rock & Roll Love Story, the following year, which quickly got ranked an Amazon Kindle Top 100 Bestseller in the Girls & Women category. She followed that up with Finding Mia, another Kindle Top 100 Bestseller in both Women’s Fiction and Literary Fiction. She is now working on her third novel, Love Bites, the second in her Sound Bites series.
She actually finished Sound Bites in 2009 and signed on with a literary agent. While it was being shopped around, Rachel went to work on her second novel. Her agent, however, who primarily represented non-fiction work, was unable to break into the fiction market. So in January of last year, after reading a bunch of success stories from authors who were in a similar situation and had successfully taken the Indie route, Rachel decided to publish and market both books on her own.
“[T]he way the industry is now, with everything being digital, the Kindle store has been a huge success,” she observes. But she did have to cut her teeth learning what she could about ebook marketing. Judging from her bestsellers in various fiction genres, looks like it worked! “It was incredible.”
Learn more about Rachel and her work by visiting her Amazon author page and her website (where she also gives a lot of good advice and tips for Indie publishers). You can also follow her on Twitter on Facebook.
Article by Eldon Sarte