Monday, March 3, 2014

Author, author... A Guest Post by Ute Carbone

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Please welcome Ute Carbone to A Passion for Romance...
The Crossroad
Deciding how and where to publish a book is like standing at the crossroad of a busy intersection. Signs point every which way, cars whiz by, and the poor author is scratching her head, wondering which direction to take.
What you choose, and why you choose it, has a lot to do with who you are as a person and a writer.
Back when I first put pen to paper, there weren’t many roads for a writer to follow. The route to publishing was simple—get an agent, preferably one with good New York connections, and let the agent shop the book around to the publishing houses.
By the time I was ready to think about getting a book published, the landscape had changed considerably. E-books had come into play. The big New York houses were merging into giant conglomerates until, at last count, there were only five left. Some authors were, with varying degrees of success, publishing their work themselves on Amazon. What was a writer to do?
I thought long and hard about the decision I made. I wanted, like most everyone, to get my books into the hands of readers. After much pondering and a few mistakes, I decided to give small houses a try. There were quite a few of them, popping up to fill in the  holes the big publishers left behind. From where I stood, they were (and are) well positioned in the market, able to be selective about the work they took on while still being flexible enough to take on projects the bigger houses might reject because they feared sales would not please their accounting departments.
Through more trail and tribulation, I found two small houses that I love writing for—Champagne Books, a Canadian publisher of genre fiction that has become a home for my quirky comedies and, lately, the historical romance series I’m writing, and Turquoise Morning Press, a primarily romance and women’s fiction house that has been a great fit for my upmarket women’s fiction, who recently published Dancing in the White Room. I like what these houses offer—great editing, good covers, and a supportive group of fellow writers. I like that they are small enough for me to talk to the publisher directly if I need to and to be known and recognized by the publishing house staff. 
I grew up in a small town, so maybe the small is beautiful model works for me. There are other choices you can make. You could, as a writer, take a shot at landing an agent and a big house contract. If you can manage it, you’ll likely see your book carried at all the major bookstores. You’ll get great editing and covers and a marketing department to help with promotion. You’ll get an advance, yours to keep no matter how small your sales. There is a downside. The first being the large conglomerates like big names and big sales. Unless you deliver, they aren’t going to be happy with you. If things go south, you might not be given a second chance. And big company authors aren’t getting big advances anymore. Their contracts aren’t as lucrative as they used to be.
Or, you could go in the other direction and publish yourself. You have complete control over your product and you don’t have to share any of the profits. Trouble is, you’ll also be responsible for making sure the book is well edited, so you’ll have to pay an editor. And you’ll have to hire a cover artist and you’ll have to get someone to format for you—or learn to do it yourself. All that means an outlay of cash,  money that may be very difficult to make back. You’ll be swimming in a sea of unknown writers all trying to get noticed, and you’ll be swimming without any sort of a life jacket at all.
Now, small publishers have a downside as well. They don’t have big promotion budgets and so a lot of promotion will fall on you. They don’t have the clout of big houses, so your book probably won’t be featured at the front of big book store. You’ll have to work hard to be seen. But, unlike self-pub, you won’t be going it alone. For me, that translates into more time to spend writing the next book.
So, there you are, standing at the cross roads, trying not to get hit by an oncoming bus. There are lots of choices. My best advice—think carefully, consider who you are and what you need.  Then make the choice that best suits you.
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Dancing in the White Room
Ute Carbone
New from Turquoise Morning Press
Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Dancing in the white room is slang for skiing or boarding in deep powder snow. The dancer is PD Bell, one of the best extreme skiers on the planet. Mallory Prescott, the woman who lives with him and loves him, is used to Bell’s exploits. A patrol woman at Whiteface Mountain near Lake Placid, New York, Mallory is no stranger to risk. But this time Bell is taking on the West Rib of Denali, highest and most dangerous mountain in North America. It’s a descent that has never been done, though it’s been tried. Five years ago, Bell had tried it. The attempt nearly killed him. Five years ago, he promised Mallory he wouldn’t try it again.
     Over the six weeks in which he’s gone, Mallory begins to question her relationship with Bell. Does he really love her? Is he in it for the duration? What has loving him cost her?  Mallory’s life choices are thrown into stark relief when her daughter Emily takes a terrible fall. Together with her life-long friend Creech Creches, she must work her way through a maze of uncharted territory at a hospital miles from home.
          Dancing in the White Room is the story of the love we keep, the price we pay for that love, and the forgiveness it takes to hold on to what is precious. 
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About the Author:
Ute (who pronounces her name Oooh-tah) Carbone is an award winning author of women’s fiction, comedy, and romance. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, where she spends her days walking, eating chocolate and dreaming up stories.
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