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Guest blogger: HC Brown

20 October 2013

HC BrownThe big picture

Writing is an art and for most of us this ‘art’ takes a long time to perfect. In fact, any author will tell you they are never satisfied with their work. An author’s greatest gift is to take the reader on a journey to experience the story with them. To create a world where readers can lose themselves is an author’s dream.

How do authors achieve this and satisfy a publisher’s demand for perfection? With hard work and experience.

There are people who frown at e-authors. How wonderful to have the opportunity to have landed an agent and now have trillions of books out with the big six, but in the real world this is a rarity. In fact, many people will tell you if you epublish, this is an immediate rejection for an agent. This may have been true years ago but now with the explosion of the ebook industry we are seeing NY agents contracting books for cross-over publishers.

I had my first book published with a print-only publisher and I landed an agent. However, in all honesty, working with the variety of editors for over 40 ebooks with publishers like Ellora’s Cave, Dreamspinner Press and Total-E-Bound has given me the experience and guidance I required.

I’ve developed my style, have confidence in my abilities, and have had success with a wide variety of genres written in three or more distinct voices. However, the desire to remove myself from the erotic romance genre and write sensual historical romance has become overpowering of late.

Do I want my stories published in print with the big six? Of course I do, but the seven years in ebook publishing has been my training.

This year I re-invented myself, took a pen name and embarked on writing sensual/spicy historical romance in the Georgian and Medieval eras. I have one in submission now.

BooksWill I succeed? Well, time will tell. Nevertheless, most importantly, I’m doing what I enjoy most and that is immersing myself in history.

The moral of my story is if you’re an unpublished author don’t be disheartened by constant rejections by agents. Submit your books to e-publishers, have the joy of publication and learn your craft. Make your own destiny.

I have a new ebook release On Fire, a story about Aussie firefighters available here.

On 15 November, Rooster & Pig Publishing NY is releasing a science fiction romance titled Cyborg Doms, a story about two cyborgs who escaped their master and find love on Earth. You can read about it here.

Happy reading,

HC Brown
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HC Brown is a multi-published, bestselling, award-winning author of historical, paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, BDSM, time travel, action adventure, and contemporary romance. In 2011, she was delighted to received nomination in three categories in the 2011 CAPA Awards: Favourite Author, Best GLBT Romance, and Best Science Fiction Romance. HC writes about strong alpha males in complex settings and all her stories have happy endings. She married her childhood sweetheart and lives close to the beach in Queensland, Australia. Her interests include art, music, and reading romance.

  1. 21 October 2013 5:02 pm

    Thank you. I know I did. 🙂

  2. 21 October 2013 1:00 am

    Hello, H.C.,

    Like you, I’ve had a good number of novels published in hardcover and reprinted in paperback by major publishers. But I am very much looking forward to Steam Ereads publishing my prize-winning historical romance novel as an ebook November 15th. There is a publishing revolution going on now worldwide. I believe authors should join it. I believe you made a good decision! Best wishes.

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