Now, Jasmine Haynes is an author of over 35 “classy erotic romance tales,” a two-time Holt Medallion and National Readers Choice Award winner, and a Rita Finalist. For over 20 years, however, she was an accountant. Which explains why many of her novels are set in the business world — the protagonist of her self-published Max Starr series, for example, is also an accountant.
She’s no stranger to mainstream publishing though — she’s published a number of books through the years for Berkley Jove and Harlequin HQN, under her own name and her pseudonym, Jennifer Skully. Maintaining a traditional publishing presence is still very much a part of her author career mix, giving her membership in that small but growing club of “hybrid” authors.
How Jasmine Got Started Self-Publishing
Jasmine’s friend, author Bella Andre, turned her on to indie publishing. “She opened my eyes to the world of opportunity,” Jasmine says. It became quite clear to her that she could take what she’s learned from 8 years of traditional publishing and put it all to work pumping out the books herself. “I’ve produced both new material and formatted my backlist, making available to readers books which have long since been out of print. I love being able to finish writing a book and have the almost instant gratification of seeing it available for sale.”
But she points out that indeed there was a learning curve to tackle. The good news: “[O]nce I mastered uploading to Amazon, all of the other sites were similar. They’re user friendly.”
She’s trying her hand at audiobooks as well with She’s Gotta Be Mine, one of her Jennifer Skully titles. “I’m an avid audiobook listener, and I see audiobooks as the next wave for self-publishers.”
Self-Publishing Tips and Observations
- “I recommend you find yourself a good team to work with. In traditional publishing, I have an editor, a copy editor, a cover artist, a blurb writer, a publicist. In self-publishing, I have to build that team myself.”
- “It goes without saying that you need to write a fantastic book that will wow your readers, but that’s not the end of it. A fabulous, professional-looking cover is essential, as is a properly edited manuscript.”
- “Once your book is up and running, your job isn’t finished yet! You’ve got to have that next book in the pipeline. Keep writing! The best marketing is the next book you put out.“