First off, thanks so much to Tempeste for offering me space today! I really appreciate it.
When I set out to write Three Hearts, it was a story I hadn’t even intended to publish, at first. I knew my main publisher, Dreamspinner Press, wasn’t likely to want it, since it was mpreg. So, I did what I don’t often let myself do anymore: I wrote it just for me.
After I’d finished it, I’d put it away, thinking it would likely never see the light of day again. Maybe I’d break it up and offer it for Free Fiction Friday or something. But a few of my friends (including Tempeste) convinced me to self-pub it.
Self-publishing is a daunting process. There is so much to keep track of, so much to remember. Digging up editing and proofreading. Finding a decent cover artist. There was formatting. Then figuring out where to distribute it. Then there was publicity.
I nearly quit before I got started! It certainly gave me pause. It was so overwhelming.
Luckily, I had an in-house cover artist. My daughter has been working with another publisher on cover art and doing most of my advertising and blog tour graphics for a while. She’s even done work for Tempest. So, that was the easy part.
But I quickly learned how expensive everything else can be. Editing alone is hundreds of dollars. O.O It took a bit, but I managed and got to work with the amazing Tricia Kristufek (who I have had the pleasure to work with often and is incredible!). And she was so helpful and did my formatting for me too.
I’m pretty sure I gave myself at least two headaches as I worked out the distributors. Amazon was a no-brainer. Createspace for paperback was easy. But that still left a lot of distribution channels and I had no idea where or when or anything like it.
In fact, when I went to set up Amazon for my pre-order, I nearly messed up the release entirely! I tried to submit for a pre-order, but ended up making it live immediately. Well, then I canceled it, only to be told I’d lost the privilege of setting up pre-orders for a year! Some panicking with Tempest over Facebook IM, a scrambled email to Amazon customer service, and a lot of praying later, I got a response that reinstated my ability to set up pre-orders and I could put it in place for the right dates.
As of the writing of this, I still haven’t set up the other channels and am a little scared of those! Hopefully, they’ll go more smoothly than Amazon did.
Now, I’m fairly well used to setting up a book release. I’ve done the blog tour, planned the giveaways, and handled the cover reveal. But I’d never stopped to consider how to request reviews. My publisher had always done that for me. Yet another stumbling block.
I’ve learned a lot in the process of setting up my first self-pub novel. I have a new appreciation for everything a publisher goes through for getting a book ready for release. Hopefully, I’ll manage much better on my next one.
Thanks again to Tempeste for giving me space on their blog today! Be sure to keep up with the rest of the tour for lots of chances to win giveaway prizes!
Published by Grace R. Duncan
Release date: March 3, 2017
Cover artist: Jess Small
Liam Scott is sick. That’s not supposed to be possible. As a wolf shifter, he’s supposed to be able to heal. The omega gene he was born with means he’s capable of carrying shifter young and Liam is worried that whatever is wrong will mean his one-day hope of having pups will be dashed. But despite the fears keeping him away from the doctor until now, he knows he needs to go.
It turns out the sickness is temporary, but the treatment causes a whole other problem.
Mason’s alpha gene means he’s one of very few wolves who can impregnate an omega male. For two years, he’d been watching Liam, but things kept getting in the way. When Liam shows up in heat, Mason recognizes the opportunity he needs and doesn’t hesitate make to Liam his mate and the father of his pups.
But Liam has old wounds and fears to work through which the pregnancy is only making worse, and Mason isn’t sure how to get past them to show he’s serious about making a life together as loving mates. It’s not until a female wolf decides Mason should be hers that Liam makes his biggest worry known—and Mason can finally put the fears to rest.
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Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.
A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.
As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.