Introducing Ivy Nelson

Part of my enjoyment of on-line writer communities comes from getting to know new and evolving authors who bring enthusiasm and a fresh point of view along with their talent.

Ivy Nelson is a 30-year-old romance/erotica/mystery writer living in Houston, Texas with her husband. Ivy has been writing for as long as she can remember and read her first romance at the age of fourteen. You could say it was love at first site. Since then, Ivy has read anything she can get her hands on. While she has always loved writing, she let that hobby sit on the back burner while pursuing a degree in political science and higher education. The love for writing never left. In 2015, Ivy decided to give up her day job and focus on writing the type of thing she loves to read. Her first book will be available for purchase in the Fall of 2016. In her free time, Ivy enjoys cooking, travel, wine tasting and singing really old country music at karaoke bars. You can find her at:

http://www.Ivynelsonbooks.wordpress.com

https://twitter.com/Ivy_Nelson_

I had a chance to ask Ivy a few questions.

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DH. Your blog page is really cute and topical. I see you are participating in Camp NaNo (A summer version of National Novel Writing Month). What are your feelings on NaNoWriMo?

IN. NaNoWriMo has a very special place in my heart. I participated for the first time in 2013. The story I wrote was awful but for the first time, I actually finished something. I now participate in the November event every year and I also take part in both the April and July camps. I think NaNoWriMo works for me because it brings out the competitor in me. I’m not competing against anyone but myself  though so there are no hard feelings. It’s also a very social event if you want it to be. I attend write-ins when I can and I always take part in the word sprints that are hosted on Twitter. This camp I’m working on a brand new series that I’m really excited about.

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DH. So, what have you written?

 IN. I have written a handful of short stories that are currently being workshopped before I publish them. The series of short stories I’m most excited about is my wine and sex series. Each story is a piece of erotica that involves a glass of wine. I explore a number of sexual themes and I’m excited to start publishing them. I’m also in the editing phase of a novel that is the first of three romantic thrillers set in Washington D.C. There is a heavy BDSM theme and there is plenty of action (in every sense of the word). Finally, I am working on a series called Vegas Vigilante. I’m not ready to reveal any major details on that yet.

DH. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

IN. During NaNoWriMo, I aim for at least 2,000 words a day. The rest of the time I just aim to write something every day. I’ve found that if I force myself to sit down and start writing I’ll always hit at least the 1,000-word mark.

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DH. Do you prefer to write series or stand-alone novels?

IN. So far everything I’ve written has been in series form. I’ve got a 50 novel plan in which all of the novels will be connected in some way. The cool thing about them is that readers won’t have to read them in a specific order. There will be some that could be considered trilogies within the set of 50 novels. When they are all done, they will take readers on a fun journey across the U.S. and around the world.

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DH. Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

IN. I haven’t officially published anything yet but I am planning a big launch and some kind of press release. I’m also trying to get a blog tour together.

Thanks, Ivy, and thanks everyone for reading. I’ll be back on Thursday.

Hybrid Authors Are Not Paranormal

We get so used to reading romances where the characters are part wolf or part demon or all vampire. They could be considered hybrids. When we talk about a hybrid author, however, we are referring to a traditionally published author who decides to self publish, or self published author who is picked up by a traditional publishing house. Continue reading “Hybrid Authors Are Not Paranormal”

Happy Authors are Happy

Last summer I so wanted to get a bunch of great people together, pitch an anthology idea to them, and get some great, sexy stories out there to be read by the public. My idea became a reality, and we had a total of ten great sexy stories ready for a winter release date. However, my fault lay in not realizing my editor and husband didn’t have the free time needed to edit that many stories. Winter fell apart, some of the authors thinking that putting out erotic stories was a bad idea and others just not having the time to put in so that they were truly proud of their product. Continue reading “Happy Authors are Happy”

The Con Game

I want to share with you the wonderful authors who made up the rest of the panel at ConDor about Self-Publishing: What Really Happens. I had a great time with the very interactive audience, and three very smart writers of a nice selection of books. And they are all self published.

Doug Welch I had met on my first day at the convention as he sat in on the panel with me and discussed “You got Monsters in my Romance.” He’s a man who writes romances, but of a paranormal bent. He took the path of self publishing so he could throw his books out and see what happened. He found out that people really like his writing, and his books are all top sellers. He also did not go with the Kindle Direct Koolaid, and has his titles available in many different places, as well as easily created in physical form. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4526587.Doug_Welch

The moderator of the panel turned out to be Dr. J. L. Doty, but he also goes by Jim. He writes some pretty heavy paranormal adventures in the SF and F category. He self-published all his books, and they are so good he didn’t need to do much marketing. The science fiction fans are pretty hungry for hard science stories and they love to share new finds with each other. A lot like Romance readers. Jim claims that science is a passion, but writing is an addiction. And while he does contemporary urban fantasy, he won’t write vampires. He was very obliging to me when I wanted to say something or ask the audience a question. http://www.jldoty.com/misc/aboutjld.html

Last and certainly not least, Kevin Gerard helped define self publishing for young adult fantasy authors. His amazing series, Diego’s Dragon, is the first YA story featuring a hispanic boy as the main character. Kevin stated he bugs Oprah and any celebrity of similar status who might be interested in spreading word about these great stories. http://www.conorandthecrossworlds.com/authorinfo.html

We talked about Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/, Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/partners, Facebook, Twitter, and a Mother-Daughter Book Review site. http://motherdaughterbookreviews.com/ Mailchimp also came up in the conversation. http://mailchimp.com/ The point is, there are so many tools out there for self published writers, you can get all the help you need to promote your work.

The first step is to write a good story. All of my fellow panelists have done this. After that, everything will fall into place. Don’t hesitate. You might be like Amanda Hocking, a self-published writer who sold millions of books, to the point where the traditional houses took note. She received a two-million dollar contract from St. Martin’s Press, and is still going strong. Her Tyrelle Trilogy is being optioned for movie rights. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_Hocking

Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Sunday.