Throughout the month of October (2016), KDP is doing something truly fantastic: They are celebrating the hard work of Indie Publishers and the "great writing" of authors by featuring a select group of titles on their #PoweredByIndie web page.
Among the titles chosen to appear on the landing page ~ Dragons Realm by Tessa Dawn.
Yeah, that makes me smile.
Writing is hard work, and so is marketing, publishing, and gaining recognition. To have an industry giant such as KDP stop and take notice; well, that's just fantastic.
For those who don't know my history as an author, I'm what they call a "hybrid." I started early in life, penning novels for fun; publishing poetry for greeting cards; contracting non-fiction academic curricula; and writing as a "ghost" for various publications. In other words, as long as I was writing, I was a jack of all trades: getting paid on the fly (one work and one contract at a time).
Then, when I decided to return to my fiction roots, to my inborn love of storytelling, I went the "traditional" route with small presses. My books were cross-genre: Dark Fantasy and Gothic Romance. I wanted to explore the shadow themes of good vrs evil and love vrs hate in a way that wasn't neatly "mainstream." And I tended to tell a longer tale (about 105,000 words on average, rather than 85k). All of that meant I needed a publisher who would share my vision, give free-reign to my muse, and allow me to write my own, unconventional brand of heroes, heroines, and edge-of-your-seat suspense (vampires, dragons, and celestial gods...oh my!) wrapped in a familiar blanket of Gothic-style romance.
Love must always win in the end. :-)
That opportunity came from smaller presses:
- I was able to get my feet wet.
- I was able to build up a readership.
- And I was able to learn the ropes - all while being supported by amazing editors, talented cover artists, and promotional assistance that allowed me to reach my target audience.
I did it by entering the chaotic, often-stressful - but highly-rewarding - realm of Indie Publishing.
And it has been a wild ride!
The learning never ends.
The need to improvise, adjust, and improve never let's up.
And the challenges never stop coming...
But having partners like KDP - visionary business models that understand and support small publishers and authors, folks who recognize and support hard work - has made all the difference. They have helped to level the playing field, so a good story can do what it's meant to do: reach its intended audience and entertain.
And through this simple - but revolutionary - platform, Dragons Realm became a #1 bestseller in numerous categories, a #1 Hot New Release, and a #1 Most Wished For book: I even got to "sit" next to my hero, Stephen King (well, virtually, that is). LOL
For that reason and more, I am truly honored that Dragons Realm was chosen for the KDP #PoweredbyIndie distinction (you can find the title included HERE), and I am deeply humbled (and totally thrilled!) that it is being celebrated as "great writing."
Thank you, KDP!
About Dragons Realm
When the iron resolve of a dragon prince clashes with the stubborn will of a slave, bonds will be broken, alliances will be tested, and a kingdom will be set ablaze.
DRAGONS REALM by Tessa Dawn
The Dragons Realm Trailer
Other books by Tessa Dawn
(THE BLOOD CURSE SERIES)
Blood Genesis (prequel)
Blood Betrayal ~ Coming Soon
Daywalker ~ The Beginning
(PANTHEON OF DRAGONS)
Zanaikeyros ~ Son of DragonsAxeviathon ~ Son of Dragons (Coming Soon)
What's coming next?
Coming October 31, 2016 (HALLOWEEN)
ZANAIKEYROS - Son of Dragons
What would you be willing to sacrifice for a chance to live…and love…forever?
To be healthy, perfect, and whole?
Would you accept vampiric-dragons as brothers; ancient lords as masters; demons and shadow-walkers as enemies? Would you enter the sacred Temple of Seven and submit to rebirth…by fire?