How to Upload to KDP (Basic)

  1. This is Kindle Direct Publishing. Sign in with your Amazon username and password at https://kdp.amazon.com/.

A few years ago, ebooks were uploaded to Kindle through CreateSpace. These days, however, the two platforms are different interfaces. CreateSpace is usually used to create print copies of books while Kindle Direct Publishing is how your book is uploaded in ebook form.

When you upload through CreateSpace, you will be given the option to turn your print file into an ebook version, but you are routed to this website to upload. It is important to note that the formatting for an ebook is slightly different than the formatting for a print version of your work.

And if you are ready to upload, this means that you have been through beta reading, content editing, line editing, copy editing, and multiple proofreading passes.

Before I am ready to upload, I pay a formatter since I love all the snazzy designs and artistic interpretations I get from Inkstain Interiors (http://www.inkstainformatting.com/). Nadège Richards rocks.

However, many authors learn to format their own work for both print and ebook versions.

Also, if you choose to go live on both platforms (CreateSpace and KDP), Amazon will link the ebook and the print version. If they miss it, you can contact Amazon through your Author Central page and ask for the two versions to be linked so that when a potential reader finds your title, both the ebook and the print form are offered under formats and editions.

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  1. This is your KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) Bookshelf.

After you sign in with your Amazon information, you should see this screen. If this is your first time to upload to Kindle Direct Publishing, your screen will be blank below the words Your Books.

Click on the rectangle that reads Create New Title.

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  1. Enter Book Details.

By this point, you’ve probably come up with a snazzy title. Enter that under Book Name.

A subtitle is not required. I pretty much ignore edition numbers as I just revisit this page to re-upload the document if I need to make corrections or edits, but you can assign editions and numbers and subtitles until you’re satisfied.

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Under Description, I copy and paste the backcover blurb that I usually spend days weeping and gnashing my teeth over. Many authors feel that it is easier to write a whole novel rather than boil it down to a reader-tempting blurb, so, trust me, you’re not alone in your heartache.

Click on Add Contributor and list yourself. You can use a pen name or however you would like your name to appear in the title information. There’s a drop down menu to the right. Select Author. You can also add others to this list and assign them varying titles. I am unaware of a limit to contributors, but I have not participated in a great number of anthologies.

Verify your Publishing rights. If this work has been drafted through your own blood, sweat, and tears, please click on the second option. You’re creative. This better be your own work. Don’t plaigerise. It’s illegal. Mmm-kay, pumpkin?


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Target Your Book to Customers. Click on Add Catagories. You are only allowed to select two, but don’t worry too much over this. You can sign back into KDP and adjust these as often as you like. When you do, your title will not be removed from the Kindle Store, but it can take up to 24 hours for any changes or updates to take effect. You can select Age Range and U.S. Grade Range, but if it’s a New Adult title or an Adult title, I just select 18+. Be sure to pick keywords that apply to your work, but choose keywords that are not words that are listed in your title or description. Separate these keywords or phrases by commas.

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Select Your Book Release Options. If you want to make your book available for pre-order, Kindle requires at least eight days BEFORE your planned release date. If you are like me and always late to the party, you’re probably just hours before your deadline. In that case, choose the first option. If you haven’t been living fast and loose with your impending deadline or you’re trying to create some momentum, pick the second option and choose a date at least eight days after the date that you are uploading.

If you create a pre-order, all the pre-order sales will apply to your ranking on your selected release day. Many authors finish a book, upload it and select a date 60-90 days from the date they uploaded. They spend this time letting their friends, book reviewers, and hype-makers (such as PR firms) know about their new release. Again, all pre-order sales apply to your book’s ranking on the day of release. This means that if you do a smashing job of momentum building, your book will climb the rankings and possibly receive more exposure from Amazon.

Upload or Create Book Cover. Again, I hire this out. I am not a graphic designer, and I am definitely not a book cover artist.  Click on Browse for Image. You can select the eye-catching book cover your graphic artist made for you. You can also Launch Cover Creator. I don’t have much information about the second option as most successful authors that I know usually pay graphic artists that manipulate the selected stock images.  (Or, even better, those authors hire a photographer / graphic designer for a unique-to-their-book photo shoot with images that will never be used again.)

Upload Your Book File. That yellow button is where your interior document is uploaded. Make sure you select the correct file. There is nothing more embarassing than realizing all those pre-sales orders received your first draft on release day. For good measure, on my next one, I plan on naming the file “PICK-THIS-ONE-YOU-IDIOT” so there’s less chance of getting caught without my edits.

On the DRM (Digital Rights Management), I always choose “Do not enable digital rights management.” I may change my mind later on in the self-pub portion of my career, but you choose what you think is best for your work. You can also read up a little on this if you hover over that “What’s This?” option.

After all this, click that yellow button that reads, Save and Continue. If you’ve missed anything, KDP will let you know.

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  1. Rights and Pricing.

I select Worldwide rights – all territories. Some only wish to have their work available in the USA or the UK – author’s preference.

Set your price. It’s important to note that a book must be at least $2.99 in order to select the 70% royalty option.  At $0.99, you receive the 35% royalty option. You can select $0.99 initially and raise the price later by signing into KDP and changing the price in this section of your book’s information.

As a side note, I don’t know what that KDP pricing support is. I’ve never clicked on the button that reads View Service.

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I don’t select Kindle Match Book, but it’s an option that allows a reader to purchase the ebook version for a lesser price after purchasing the print version. You can also select Kindle Book Lending so readers can loan your book to others. These options are author’s choice and can also be added at a later date.

See that box? Check that little square and then click that big, beautiful, bright, yellow button that reads….

Save and Publish.

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  1. If you see this screen, your book is being uploaded.

You may click on Back to Your Bookshelf.

Congratulations!

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  1. Your Bookshelf.

You should now be able to see your title listed under Your Books. And you will receive an email notification when your title is available for purchase in the Kindle store.

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***As of 11/19/2015, this is what the KDP upload process looks like. If I become aware of any changes, I will attempt to adjust this How To accordingly. Thank you. 🙂


 

Screenshots taken while uploading

Cold Water Bridegroom.

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Interview with {Eli Constant}: Part Two

Woot, woot!  Eli Constant is in the house. She’s releasing The Water is Sweeter as a part of The Falling in Deep Collection. Here is Part Two of our interview!    (Get This Now)

The Water is Sweeter Cover with FiD logoWhat is your favorite writing music?

Quiet. Ha-ha. Yeah, I’m not really into having music on while I’m writing. Sometimes, I’ll stick a favorite movie on the television- one I’ve seen so many times that it just becomes a background hum, but rarely do I listen to music.

Where is your favorite place to find inspiration?

There’s no magic place for me – it happens whenever and wherever it wants. Quite frustrating actually – to be sound asleep and get an idea, to be driving down the highway with no way to jot it down, desperately fumbling with your phone to hit the sound record function, to be in the shower soaking wet and suddenly have a brilliant notion pop into your noggin. I wish I did have a special place that inspired me. Life would be easier.

What was your inspiration for The Water is Sweeter? Tell me about the story.

Female empowerment. Finding the will to improve your life, even if it’s daunting and scary and hard. Realizing that love, although imperfect and difficult, is not ugly and cruel.

Here’s the blurb actually:

When the land becomes a desert, the water will quench your soul

Orphan Lena McMillan used to think that what she shared with Truman Kent was real. Now she sees their relationship for what it really is- controlling and abusive.

She has to choose to die slowly from ‘love’ or say goodbye to the family she’s always desired. Leaving scares her though, so much so that dying seems like her only option.

But fate won’t let her quit life and Truman won’t let her quit his love. Not without a fight.

Under the layers of a lonely childhood and an adulthood romance gone wrong, a starfish holds the key to Lena’s parentage and the answer to the mesmeric ocean dreams that haunt her.

If she can find the strength to leave the only life she knows, Lena will discover the truth. And she will find a new world, one that will cleanse her of the memories of false love and abuse.

One that will finally lead her home.

Any advice for new writers (like me)?

Keep at it. If you stop for a while, force yourself to get back in the saddle as soon as possible. Don’t take crap from anybody. Just because you’re a new author – that doesn’t mean that you don’t have an opinion or perspective worth listening to, that doesn’t mean that your voice isn’t good enough already. I will agree that the more you write, the more you work at it, the better you’ll get- It is talent and skill combined, not one or the other. Getting better doesn’t change the core of who you are as a writer, it simple hones your voice and makes it clearer, so people can recognize it through all the other noise.

Be honest with yourself too, on the things you know need improvement. Again, this doesn’t detract from your God-given talent, it doesn’t mean you aren’t good enough, but what it does mean is that you’ll keep working and pushing yourself. And pretty soon, you won’t be ‘new’ at all; you’ll be an old hat giving others advice (and probably feeling awkward when you do, because a good writer should retain a modicum of humility. It makes them more real, human and approachable).


Blurb:

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When the land becomes a desert, the water will quench your soul

Orphan Lena McMillan used to think that what she shared with Truman Kent was real. Now she sees their relationship for what it really is- controlling and abusive.

She has to choose to die slowly from ‘love’ or say goodbye to the family she’s always desired. Leaving scares her though, so much so that dying seems like her only option.

But fate won’t let her quit life and Truman won’t let her quit his love. Not without a fight.

Under the layers of a lonely childhood and an adulthood romance gone wrong, a starfish holds the key to Lena’s parentage and the answer to the mesmeric ocean dreams that haunt her.

If she can find the strength to leave the only life she knows, Lena will discover the truth. And she will find a new world, one that will cleanse her of the memories of false love and abuse.

One that will finally lead her home.

Make Your Library Happy ❤


EliConstantAbout the Author:

Eli attended USC-L, Columbia College, Texas A&M, & George Mason University. She studied everything from Mariculture to Differential Equations. Settling on Biology, Eli participated in research fellowships in Texas and at NIH, worked a few random jobs, and finally settled into a Virginia lab where she focused on mastering diagnosis procedures and implementations of histology and pathology.

Choosing to be a dedicated homemaker after the birth of her first child, Eli rediscovered her passion for writing. She’s never regretted the decision. Not only are her kids the most amazing creatures, but writing fulfills her soul the way science never did.

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Eli is the author of Dead Trees, Dead Trees 2, Mastic, DRAG.N & Z Children: Awakening. She is a contributing author to Let’s Scare Cancer to Death, State of Horror: New Jersey, State of Horror: Illinois, & Fading Hope. Her books are available in eBook, paperback, & audio formats.

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Eating Rotten Tomatoes: Guest Post {A.R. Draeger}

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When a Reviewer Throws a Rotten Tomato: Moving Past Your First One Star Review

By A.R. Draeger

Learning to take, let alone welcome, constructive criticism was a hard lesson for me. Writing is a very personal endeavor, and although we do our best to distance ourselves from it, our ego is wrapped up in every word we leave on the page. For some of us, it takes years to lower our defensive walls.  Some of us never do, and this is in response to words that, for all intents and purposes, are meant to grow our abilities, strengthen our stories, and build us up on the whole to be the authors we have it in us to be.

Yet it still stings.

The day comes when you throw your first book out into the wide open world, and it’s terrifying. Your stomach will twist in knots, and despite however many times you have reminded yourself that you will keep writing regardless of what people think of you, your heart will skip a beat when it comes to your attention that someone has left you a review.

Don’t read reviews. Don’t pay attention to them. There’s a reason celebrities don’t Google themselves.

You repeat this mantra, but still, the temptation is there, feasting on each incoming review until you can no longer help yourself. Perhaps you were trying to get ACX set up for an audiobook audition when you looked down and realized your star rating was lower than you last checked on Amazon, as was my case. Perhaps your mom calls you from four states away to tell you, as was the case for another author.

You click, and you find it. Maybe there’s more than one. Maybe there is a whole mess of them.

They are one-star reviews, and they are ugly. They will have subject headings, such as: “Awful! Eye-gouging horrible!”

You’ll find hate-spewing, author-bashing, insult-flinging trash. Those are the more polite ones. The rude ones will spoil everything they can possibly find in your book, deride you for issues that – had they actually taken the time to read the book – would not have been ‘issues’, and proceed to blast not only you as a writer, but every writer that you may or may not be associated with.

The ones that are belligerent are the easiest to digest. They feel little more than bullies on a kindergarten playground. The better written, more eloquent ones are a bit of a gut-punch when you look over them. When you are new to the writing world, those are the ones that take you by surprise – the ones that punch you in the gut, that make you wonder and doubt if you should be writing at all.

It’s those you have to dust off, and believe me, it’s not easy.

How do you recover? How do you cross the bridge when the trolls come out to play?

Simply put: one foot in front of the other.

  • Write, and don’t stop. Why should you care about their opinions? Why should you care about anyone’s but your own? Write because you want to. Publish because you want to. They can hate it, they can love it, whatever.
  • Realize that you may have touched a nerve. Everybody has baggage, and their reactions to you may be from the stuff they are carrying and not what you’re writing.
  • Remember everyone gets bad reviews. Look up the classics. Yikes.
  • Perceived value may also play a part. More independent writers are noticing that when they place their books on sale at $0.99 or give it away for free, it attracts more negative reviews in proportion to the positive. The more we pay, the more we tend to value something.
  • Also remember that the internet provides a mask for bullies. People who are jaded, perhaps failed writers themselves, too afraid to strike out on their own or try again, that hide behind the anonymity of a screenname. Feel sorry for them. I guarantee you they spent more time drafting that so-called review they left you than what they spent reading your book, or what they probably even spend smiling in a day.

The truth of it all is that this situation will come about with every work you release. With time and perseverance, your skin will thicken to the point that you’ll find such reviews completely laughable – and with any luck, you’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.

In the meantime, look up authors reading their bad reviews online and know, with pride, that you have joined a club of sorts that not many have the dedication, determination, or courage to join: that of published authors. So let them throw their rotten tomatoes. They can’t take away your books, nor your hard work, and truth be told?

They just wish they could be you.

Keep writing.

Author Amber (A.R.) Draeger

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~ Of Ocean and Ash ~

Of Ocean and Ash on Amazon now.

AmberHeadshotA.R. (Amber) Draeger resides in rural Texas with her husband, Josh, and son, Logan. When not writing or reading, she is watching reality TV shows or tromping through the nearby woods.

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Interview with {Ella Malone}: Part One

With our Falling in Deep Collection: Ella Malone’s The Mermaid’s Den releases on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. I caught up with Ella, and she agreed to answer a few questions. Watch for Part Two on June 30, 2015!

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 1.20.38 PM Tell us about you. What are some of your previously published projects?

This is my first publication for public sale. I write a lot, but mostly for people I know. I’ve been commissioned to write a few poems here and there, and I write marriage vows and speeches when asked, so I feel like I’m a part of a whole lot of love!

When did you start writing? When did you start publishing? The hardest thing about writing?

I started writing in high school. I had a hard time expressing how I was feeling and grabbed a pen and notebook. I found journaling soothing and it helped to record good days and look back to them when I had bad days.

As for the hardest part… starting! Finding that first paragraph is tough. I usually start in the middle.

What has been your favorite character that you’ve written so far?

I really like the character I wrote named Cora. Her story doesn’t have a title yet, but she’s a recent college grad who decided to take one last summer to break out of her shell before settling into the business world. With a job lined up in the fall, she escapes her roommates and parents by spending the summer researching in Italy. She comes alive!

Where does your inspiration come from? What do you do to break through a block?

Inspiration can come from anywhere. I find a lot of it comes from things I see or hear. Listen hard the next time you’re in the store. People forget you’re standing there and say the darnedest things. Most can be easily turned into a story.

Has there been a progression through genres with your writing, or do you mostly stick with one genre?

I write chick lit and some sexier stuff. I don’t do dark generally. I like writing to be about passion and relationships, things I actually enjoy in life.

Watch for Part Two of my interview with Ella Malone on June 30, 2015.

PRE-ORDER The Mermaid’s Den here.

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 1.20.38 PMBlurb for The Mermaid’s Den:

Laura and Tom Flynn married after she fell for him hook, line, and sinker — literally. Finding Laura in his fishing net had been a shock for Tom, but one he came to embrace as they quickly fell in love. For fifteen years, they have lived and worked by the sea, and Laura hasn’t thought once of what she left behind when she chose to marry Tom. She doesn’t regret giving up her mermaid form. It wasn’t a sacrifice. It was a good decision, and one she had to make to survive.

Now, with Tom missing at sea, Laura faces a decision she swore she’d never consider. In order to search for Tom and his crew, she must become a mermaid again and face the demons of the deep that she eagerly dodged when trading in her tail. Or she can stay on land and continue her life, but without Tom?

Does she enjoy her future alone, without the man she loves, or face her fears and her past in the ocean? Either way, nothing will be the same for her again.

About the Author:

An avid believer of the saying “YES”, Ella Malone works to make the most of life in every way. She is a lover of all wonderful things: cherry blossoms, red lipstick, city skylines, snow covered country sides, the finest chocolate, a man’s hands, a woman’s back, vodka, and high heels. She has worked in public relations, advertising, and restaurants and recently decided to make her way doing what she loves, capturing the passionate moments of life on a page.

Ella Malone is the author of “The Mermaid’s Den” and the “Hot in the City Series” releasing in 2015.

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Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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Interview with {Carrie Wells}: Part Two

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Carrie L. Wells is bringing an awesome tale to the Falling in Deep Collection: At the Heart of the Deep – releasing TODAY, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (Novella details below)

Read part one of my interview here.  On with the interview!

What authors do you like to read? Favorite saying about writing?

I read so many writers. I wish I could go back in time and steal F. Scott Fitzgerald from Zelda, but I’ve been reading a lot of indie writers lately.  Most of them are my Falling in Deep friends. Melanie Karsak and Margo Bond Collins, Pauline Creeden and A. W. Exley are just some of my go-to indie authors.

My favorite saying is one that a Composition I class of mine came up with: There is no right way to write, but there are some wrong ways!

Favorite writing music? Does it change from project to project? Favorite color? Hobbies?

The music I listen to changes with every project. The one thing that remains the same is that I am always writing while listening to my kids laughing, arguing, playing, or just generally making noise. Moments of complete silence are few in this crazy house.

My favorite color is yellow. Most people hate it, but I love the sunshine of it. It perks me up and reminds me of flowers.

As for hobbies, I don’t have many. My time is spent enmeshed in whatever my kids are into at the moment. Right now that would be football, scouts, and the park.

Tell us about At the Heart of the Deep.

At the Heart of the Deep was initially a pirate story, but I realized there was far too much to fit into the novella. So the pirates will have to wait. Instead, we meet Anya, an independent mermaid who is researching the strange goings on around her tribe’s island. She runs into Luke McCallister, a Matthew McConaughey-inspired dreamboat of an oceanographer. He and his team are working against the clock to see why the sea floor off the coast of Florida is shifting.

It came out a bit more typical than I intended, but I suppose there are reasons for the whole “kid rebels against father” story after all.

Do you have any advice for new writers (like me)?

Being that I’m new to fiction publication, I don’t have much to offer yet. However, I can tell you what I did. I found some support and went for it.

RELEASE DAY!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Read part one of my interview here.

Be a mermaid! Pre-order the novella here.

About At the Heart of the Deep Heart cover

Oceanographer Luke McAllister races to figure out why the ocean depth is changing off Florida’s Treasure Coast. But before he and his crew discover what’s transforming the deep, he stumbles upon an even greater mystery. Leagues below the waves, he swears he sees…a mermaid?

Anya isn’t allowed to get close to humans. But when a golden-haired researcher gets too close to her island, she can’t afford to stay away.

Together, this unlikely pair will seek to discover what’s causing shifts in ocean floor. While their new alliance is forbidden, Anya will risk everything to save her beloved ocean. The only problem is, she’s not sure what’s really luring her in, her love of the sea or the tempest Luke has stirred in her heart. Either way, Anya knows that the dangers facing the sea are nothing compared to what will happen to her when her father learns she’s broken the merfolks’ most sacred law.

Can Anya and Luke discover what lurks at the heart of the deep before it’s too late?

C. WellsAbout the Author:

Carrie L. Wells crosses genres, writing everything from newspaper editorials and textbooks to paranormal romance novellas. Her first fiction publication, The Heart of the Deep, will release in June 2015, followed by Playing with Magic in October 2015. A New England native, she spent her childhood on the beach and inland, fishing and dancing, before moving to Florida. And while she doesn’t tan, nothing keeps her from a walk on the beach.

Carrie earned her Master’s degree in English with a minor in Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. With a love of chocolate, books, and her family, Carrie braves the world and chaos only children can bring. She currently lives in Florida with her fire-medic hubby and three children. She is an English instructor at Eastern Florida State College.

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Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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Interview with {Carrie Wells}: Part One

Heart cover Carrie L. Wells is bringing an awesome tale to the Falling in Deep Collection: At the Heart of the Deep – releasing Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (Novella details below)

On with the interview!

Tell us about you. What are some of your previously published projects?

While this is my first fiction work, I co-authored as kick butt technical writing book. Other than that, I’ve written for newspapers and in public relations.

When did you start writing? When did you start publishing? What is the hardest thing about writing?

I started writing as a kid. I loved stories so much that when I ran out of interesting things to read, I wrote my own. The hardest part is not writing the whole world at once. I want every story to encompass all of the ideas I have in my head and I have a hard time limiting what happens.

What has been your favorite character that you’ve written so far?

I’m in love with my YA fiction character Alex Montoya from my forthcoming Sugar Skull Chronicles. She’s a nerdy teen who finds herself with paranormal abilities. She is everything I wish I had been in high school!

Where does your inspiration come from? What do you do to break through a block?

Inspiration is in anything. I love looking at pictures and writing from those. Or songs. Songs can drive my writing in one direction or another. As for writer’s block, I talk. I talk to my super successful writer friends and my husband. He’s worked out quite a few plot lines for me.

Has there been a progression through genres with your writing, or do you mostly stick with one genre?

I write what comes to me. Most of my writing has a romantic element to it because relationships are a huge part of life in my world.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015: Watch for Part Two of my interview with Carrie Wells.

Be a mermaid! Pre-order the novella here.

About At the Heart of the Deep Heart cover

Oceanographer Luke McAllister races to figure out why the ocean depth is changing off Florida’s Treasure Coast. But before he and his crew discover what’s transforming the deep, he stumbles upon an even greater mystery. Leagues below the waves, he swears he sees…a mermaid?

Anya isn’t allowed to get close to humans. But when a golden-haired researcher gets too close to her island, she can’t afford to stay away.

Together, this unlikely pair will seek to discover what’s causing shifts in ocean floor. While their new alliance is forbidden, Anya will risk everything to save her beloved ocean. The only problem is, she’s not sure what’s really luring her in, her love of the sea or the tempest Luke has stirred in her heart. Either way, Anya knows that the dangers facing the sea are nothing compared to what will happen to her when her father learns she’s broken the merfolks’ most sacred law.

Can Anya and Luke discover what lurks at the heart of the deep before it’s too late?

C. WellsAbout the Author:

Carrie L. Wells crosses genres, writing everything from newspaper editorials and textbooks to paranormal romance novellas. Her first fiction publication, The Heart of the Deep, will release in June 2015, followed by Playing with Magic in October 2015. A New England native, she spent her childhood on the beach and inland, fishing and dancing, before moving to Florida. And while she doesn’t tan, nothing keeps her from a walk on the beach.

Carrie earned her Master’s degree in English with a minor in Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. With a love of chocolate, books, and her family, Carrie braves the world and chaos only children can bring. She currently lives in Florida with her fire-medic hubby and three children. She is an English instructor at Eastern Florida State College.

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Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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