peeps: J.S. Scott

Wordpreneur Peeps logoIndie author J.S. ScottJ.S. (Jan) Scott says, “I am a very normal, average person.” If by that she means someone who studied to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist and worked for years in the field, and with no professional writing and publishing experience to speak of becomes a successful author, then yes, she’s quite normal and average. She does admit, however, “I’ve been writing my entire life, but never thought anyone would care to read my stories.”

Well, considering the results of her self-publishing efforts, results that came pretty quickly at that, not only are there people who care to read her erotic romances, a lot of them do! How many? Enough to make her a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, that’s how many.

Sounds pretty normal and average to me.

How Jan Got Started Self-Publishing

Heart of the Billionaire by J.S. ScottJan decided not too long ago, just April of last year, to publish and put a few of her short erotic romances up on Amazon “just to see if anyone would actually read them.” An experiment, really, something she was completely expecting to fail.

“I put together my own bad covers and edited the stories myself. (Big mistake!) I used KDP Select when I first started and offered up the stories for free, alternating the freebies. To my surprise… I actually started selling some books.”

Considering her background and obvious lack of experience in the field, she pretty much had to learn everything as she went along. But whatever she was learning, well, it was working, with her platform steadily growing larger with each new book release.

Then she really hit it when she started working on a serial romance trilogy that readers started to follow enthusiastically — The Billionaire’s Obsession, which she eventually packaged into a “complete set” last February, selling the lot for one very low price. “I was lucky enough to have the book sell very well… well enough to hit the USA Today and NYT Bestsellers. Since then, I’ve written complete novels that have also done well.”

Did you get the part where she only started indie publishing April of last year?

Self-Publishing Observations and Tips

  • “I think new self publishers can probably learn from my own bumbling and mistakes in the past. DO get an editor. It’s almost impossible to self-edit. Your brain sees what it wants to see.”
  • “DO get someone to design a nice cover. I’ve learned that potential readers do judge a book by the cover. With so many new books constantly hitting Amazon, a good pro cover can make a difference.”
  • “And DO listen to your readers. They can and do tell you what they want to see happen in the future with your books. Mine haven’t steered me in the wrong direction yet and I’m grateful for every single one of them. “
  • “I love being self-published and never have sought a traditional publishing deal. I’m not sure what the future of publishing will be, but self-publishing is the right direction for me. I don’t want to have to raise the price of my ebooks for my readers, and I like the freedom of self-publishing. “
  • “My story is really pretty simple… I tried… I learned from my mistakes… and kept on trying to get better. I feel very blessed that I can actually make a living doing what I love to do. Reaching the bestseller lists is still pretty surreal for me and I’m not sure it has really completely sunk in. I’ve been too busy writing.”

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

Originally published: September 5, 2013