Sable Grey has been writing sensual and erotic romance since 2004 and is multi-published in both print and electronic formats. Also a publisher and a cover artist, Sable spends what little spare time she has in the small town of Clinton, Mississippi with a houseful of furry children. When she’s not writing, she enjoys watching movies, reading, playing video games, and singing karaoke poorly.
- Passion of the Wolf, historical/paranormal erotic romance
- Latharian Review, sci-fi erotic romance
- The King’s Sword, fantasy fiction
- Read your contracts! It sounds silly, I know. I’ve always read my contracts but didn’t realize until I also became a publisher that many authors don’t. They are so excited to be published that they just sign their name and send the contract back so they can get on with opening that bottle of champagne. But it’s important to read contracts so you know exactly what kind of partnership you are entering into, for how long, and the details of ending that partnership if you need to in the future.
- Listen to your editors! I’ve read in many writing group sites that editors are trying to change voice and style during editing. In 9 years and 34 books, I’ve never had an editor do such a thing. If you do your homework and submit your work to publishers with good reputations, you will not run into an issue of an editor doing anything but helping you become a better author. On a side note, style guides are not the same for every publisher either. Each publisher has their own style guide. So while one editor might allow you to head hop a little, another may not.
- Keep writing! Don’t wait around to see how one book is going to sell or stress over what reviewers are saying about your book. Move on to the next project. That’s how you will build up a following for your name – by getting another title out there.
- Ignore asshats! They are out here in hordes in the publishing industry. They bash your books on their blogs. They tear you apart in reviews on Amazon. No one is safe. Do not respond to them. I repeat, do not respond. It’s what they want because it only fuels the nastiness.
- Don’t be the asshat that people ignore. Focus on your career as an author and don’t worry about what someone else is writing. Once you start bashing other authors and books, that’s all anybody is reading. You drive attention away from your own work. And authors are readers too so you lose those sales as well.
- Promote, promote, promote! Once you are published, you will need a website. But that’s not enough. Get yourself into all the social media sites. Build yourself an author page at Amazon’s author central, Shelfari, Google plus, etc. The more places your name pops up the more readers you get and the more people begin to recognize that name. This industry is HUGE and it’s easy to get lost if you don’t stay on top of your promotion and marketing.
- Temptation & Honor http://www.amazon.com/Temptation-Honor-Redleigh-Books-Volume/dp/1481863770
- The Vampire Oracle http://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Oracle-Eliza-Gayle/dp/1600883540
- Latharian Lust (written under the name Amon Bieste) http://www.amazon.com/Latharian-Lust-Elloras-Amon-Bieste/dp/1419967266