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 {Blaire Edens}: Part Two

oam-cover-finalHAPPY RELEASE DAY (to an all around awesome lady)!

Enter the Giveaway

Blaire brings An Officer and a Mermaid to our Falling in DeepCollection. Make your fins happy, and order the novella here. She’s a talented author and an all-around lovely lady.

What is your favorite writing music?

It changes with the book.  Strangely enough, with An Officer and A Mermaid, I started out with watery music, like Pachabel’s Canon in D, but my characters just weren’t that into it so most of it was written with Pink Floyd blasting in my ears. For longer books, I will develop a play list and listen to it while I work. Fergalicious was part of my playlist for a book I wrote in 2013 and I still know all the words. For better or worse. Ha. I also like to binge watch Netflix while I write. I need background noise. It’s hard for me to write when it’s too quiet.

Where is your favorite place to find inspiration?

I’m a hard core people watcher. I often get inspiration just from a phrase I overhear at the gas station. People are just plain fascinating. They say all sorts of things that just BEG to be explored and written. I’m also a bit of a Sporty Spice (nineties flashback, sorry) and I love to be outside. I hike and bike and walk a lot so I’d say nature is a big inspiration, too.

What was your inspiration for An Officer and A Mermaid? Tell me about your heroine.

When I was invited to write this novella, I found Mami Wata and I was hooked. For some reason, before I discovered the Afro-Caribbean version of a mermaid, I imagined all mermaids as being white, in cold water and somewhat passive. I have no idea where that perception came from but when I found Mami Wata, I knew immediately that she was a mermaid I could work with. The legends, most of which originated in Nigeria and moved to the Caribbean on ships and with slaves, cast as her a powerful force, totally in touch with and comfortable with her sexuality and gender. I like that in a girl. My heroine, Syreena, is the daughter of an eighteenth century sugar plantation owner. Because of imminent danger, a servant uses voodoo to transform her into a mermaid to save her life. In the two hundred and twenty plus years she’s forced to swim alone, she becomes her own sort of Mami Wata and the legend plays out in some expected ways. I like the idea of using legends that have been around for centuries to teach us things about our current world.

Any advice for new writers (like me)?

Write, write, write. Then repeat. For most writers, it takes thousands and thousands of words to find voice and style. Words on the page are never a waste. Even if the book is never published or ever seen by another human, we learn something every time we write. It’s okay to experiment, it’s okay to make a mess. Take constructive criticism graciously and use feedback as a way to get better and better.

Read Part One, and buy An Officer and a Mermaid.

Enter the GIVEAWAY (:

oam-cover-finalAn Officer and a Mermaid:

When a slave uprising threatens the life of Syreena, the daughter of an eighteenth century plantation owner, a servant uses voodoo to transform her into a mermaid. The spell will be only broken when she returns to the beach where it was cast. After three hundred years of swimming, she’s ready to trade fins for legs.  The only problem is she can’t find her way.

Dylan, a twenty-first century Coast Guard Officer, has sworn off love for the sea. When a wave throws him overboard, Syreena uses her amulet to ward off the sharks and save his life.

With Syreena and Dylan stranded on a remote cay, Dylan has the know-how to build a raft and navigate but his near-drowning has made him terrified of the water. Syrenna will use every charm she has to convince Dylan to take her home.

Even if it means falling in love. . .

About Blaire:

edens_blaire_600x600Blaire Edens lives in the mountains of North Carolina on a farm that’s been in her family since 1790. When she’s not plotting, she’s busy knitting, running, or listening to the Blues. Blaire loves iced tea with mint, hand-stitched quilts, and yarn stores. She refuses to eat anything that mixes chocolate and peanut butter or apple and cinnamon. She’s generally nice to her mother, tries to remember not to smack her bubble gum, and only speeds when no one’s looking.

Meet Blaire:

Website

Blog

Twitter

Facebook

Join Blaire’s Club


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 {Blaire Edens}: Part One

oam-cover-finalBlaire brings An Officer and a Mermaid to our Falling in Deep Collection. Make your fins happy, and pre-order the novella here. She’s a talented author and an all-around lovely lady.

Tell me about you. What do you write?

I write mostly Contemporary Romance for Entangled Publishing. My book, Wild About Rachel, was published last year and I have several upcoming projects with them in 2015 and 2016. I also write the odd novella and I’ve worked as a ghost writer, too.

When did you start writing? When did you start publishing? Is this your first attempt at self-pub?

I started writing very early. I wrote my first book in second grade. Not only did I write it but I also illustrated and edited it. I published it using discarded wallpaper samples from the local Sherwin Williams and pieces of a shoebox. I’ve always been able to best relate to life and other people through stories so writing is the way I interface with the world. It’s also the way I figure out things like relationships and religion. The big stuff. When I don’t write, I feel like I can’t breathe.

Has there been a progression through genres in your writing?

I started in literary fiction. I have three manuscripts under my bed that I may, or may not, ever shop around. I think I started there because I was in that post-college phase where everything looks foreign, and well, frankly, way too adult. I love those books and I poured my heart and soul into them but in some ways, they’re way too personal to release into the wild. I love writing romance because it’s fun, every couple is different and it keeps me connected to my femininity in a way that nothing else does. Romance makes people smile. We all love “love” and the idea of finding love in unexpected places and situations.

What authors do you like to read?

I hope you’ve got a while. *smiles* Let’s do it by genre. Fantasy: Patrick Rothfuss, Jennifer Fallon and Robin Hobb. Romance: Eloisa James, Rae Ann Thayne and Patience Griffin. Mainstream Fiction: Susanna Kearsley, Barbara Claypole White and Kate Morton.  Mystery:  Jenn McKinlay and Karen MacInerney. I read a lot and I read widely. I’m constantly learning something new from other authors. The very best part of being a professional writer is that I get to meet my literary heroes on a fairly regular basis. There’s nothing like meeting an author you admire and finding you enjoy the person as much or more than the books. I will seriously read anything. Anything.

You have something coming out very soon. Tell me about that.

An Officer and a Mermaid, my installment of in the Falling in Deep Collection, is out July 21. I’m so excited about this book. I felt so much creative freedom since it was being published without the limitations that sometimes come with larger publishers and more distance between the writer and the end product. It feels like it’s *totally mine* and that is a wonderful feeling. I also got to work alongside some of my favorite writers. There’s just something about working in conjunction with other incredibly creative and talented folks that makes a project magical.

Watch for Part Two of my interview with Blaire Edens on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

oam-cover-finalAn Officer and a Mermaid:

When a slave uprising threatens the life of Syreena, the daughter of an eighteenth century plantation owner, a servant uses voodoo to transform her into a mermaid. The spell will be only broken when she returns to the beach where it was cast. After three hundred years of swimming, she’s ready to trade fins for legs.  The only problem is she can’t find her way.

Dylan, a twenty-first century Coast Guard Officer, has sworn off love for the sea. When a wave throws him overboard, Syreena uses her amulet to ward off the sharks and save his life.

With Syreena and Dylan stranded on a remote cay, Dylan has the know-how to build a raft and navigate but his near-drowning has made him terrified of the water. Syrenna will use every charm she has to convince Dylan to take her home.

Even if it means falling in love. . .

About Blaire:

edens_blaire_600x600Blaire Edens lives in the mountains of North Carolina on a farm that’s been in her family since 1790. When she’s not plotting, she’s busy knitting, running, or listening to the Blues. Blaire loves iced tea with mint, hand-stitched quilts, and yarn stores. She refuses to eat anything that mixes chocolate and peanut butter or apple and cinnamon. She’s generally nice to her mother, tries to remember not to smack her bubble gum, and only speeds when no one’s looking.

Meet Blaire:

Website

Blog

Twitter

Facebook

Join Blaire’s Club


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

Never miss a release! Join our newsletter for behind the scenes information and release updates:

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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

Never miss a release! Join our newsletter for behind the scenes information and release updates:

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Interview with {Melanie Karsak}: Part Two

Read Part One

I met Melanie Karsak when I joined Falling in Deep. I’ve read the first two books in the Airship Racing Chronicles, and I really love the depth to her character Lily. Melanie’s new novella, Ink, is available TODAY!

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Happy release day, Melanie!

WInterviewMelanieKarsakImage.docxhat authors do you like to read? Favorite saying about writing?

I’m a really eclectic reader. I read A LOT of nonfiction, probably a book a week. I’m always trying to learn something new. Some of my favorite steampunk authors include AW Exley and Elizabeth Watasin. In terms of the dark stuff, I love Margo Bond Collins’ vampires and Peggy Sue Martinez’s zombies. But I like romance too. Staci Hart is one of my favorite romance/erotica authors.

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

My writing music definitely changes from book to book. My mermaid book required a lot of weird instrumental music as I figured out how it would be to exist underwater. My zombie stuff is usually dark. My steampunk books take me all over the place!

Tell us about Ink: A Mermaid Romance

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As I mentioned, I moved to Florida about five years ago, and I was really inspired by all the sights on the coast. We’ve taken trips to Miami on a few occasions. I enjoy the architecture, but dislike the vibe of the city. It’s the same vibe Ink feels when she is there (sorry, Miami). I live on the Space Coast, not far from NASA, and I love this area. We are close to Cocoa Beach which has the feel of a “once-happening” place. There is a quaint charm to its faded, sea-side glory. I adore Cocoa Village, a quaint downtown area. There are lovely little shops and old oak trees with Spanish moss. It was the perfect setting for Ink’s eventual rendezvous with a good friend.

I think looking at the water every day made me really feel the vibe of the ocean—and yes, go ahead and imagine I’ve said that in the most hippie way possible. It probably doesn’t hurt that my daughter had me watch The Little Mermaid about 1000 times on summer. Watching Ariel turn herself inside out for a life on land made me really wonder: was it all it was cracked up to be? What if mers were more like vampires, dark and hedonistic on land…no Prince Eric’s here. Then what would a poor mermaid do? I think I played with that idea in Ink.

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

Keep your expectations realistic. Study what successful authors are doing. Don’t give up. You will make mistakes, and you will learn from those mistakes (I say as I sit here realizing I need to recover and rebrand my Lady Macbeth line). Expect things to go wrong: bad reviews, slow sales, typos that slip through. These things happen. Don’t let them discourage you. Fix whatever is wrong and move on. Remind yourself you are in this for the long haul. Write.

READ PART ONE of my interview with Melanie Karsak

A bit about Ink:

A mermaid princess destined to wed a handsome king… 

It sounds like a fairy tale, but the reality is far murkier. 

Ink, Princess of the Florida Atlantic mers, is slated to wed the ancient enemy of her tribe, the King of the Gulfs. After years of war that led to countless mer deaths, as well as the genocide of aquatic shapeshifters and the freshwater mers of Florida, Ink’s marriage will bring lasting peace. 

Or so it seems. 

Mere hours before she’s supposed to leave the ocean for her customary year as a drywalker, Ink meets Hal, an alligator shifter who warns her that a storm is brewing. There is malicious intent behind Ink’s marriage—and worse, meeting Hal has also caused a storm to rage in Ink’s heart. Nevertheless, loyal to her tribe, Ink will put aside her feelings and journey to Miami to marry the decadent King Manx. 

Ink soon learns that her only hope of surviving the crashing force swelling around her is to tap into a power deep inside—a forbidden power that might destroy them all. 

InkAbout the author: Melanie Karsak is the author of the Amazon best-selling The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, and The Saga of Lady Macbeth. She grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

Keep up with Melanie: Blog  Twitter  Facebook Pinterest  Email

Make your library happy: order INK here


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

Never miss a release! Join our newsletter for behind the scenes information and release updates:

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Interview with {Melanie Karsak}: Part One

I met Melanie online when I joined Falling in Deep. I’ve had the opportunity to read some of her previous work, and I really enjoy her character, Lily. In preparation for Melanie’s new novella, Ink, I was able to catch her mid-run and ask a few questions.

Unrecognizable human with face covered by hairs in the deep cold water.

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

I have three series. The Harvesting Series is my dark fantasy/horror series. It is a zombie/fantasy mashup. It’s a fun series and takes the genre in a different direction. My other series is The Airship Racing Chronicles. This is my steampunk romantic adventure series. I totally adore the characters in this series. Lily, my airship pilot, is a hot mess. An opium addict, Lord Byron’s lover, and an airship racer, she’d a great character to write. I also have my Scottish series on Lady Macbeth, retelling the classic Macbeth tale from the perspective of Lady M.

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

I’ve written since I as a kid. Like many other authors, I’ve been to the rodeo with literary agents, had near-misses with publishing contracts, etc. In the end, I opened my own publishing imprint and got serious about my works. I invested in me. The hardest thing about writing for me is simply having time. With two small children and a full-time job, finding time to write is tough.

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

I mentioned Lily previously, and she really is my favorite character, but I also loved writing her lover George Gordon, Lord Byron. He was interesting to write because 1) he was a real person 2) I had to fictionalize this real person and 3) he is a he. I generally don’t write men very well, but there was something about Byron that was special…maybe because Byron is special. I also enjoyed writing Grandma Petrovich from The Harvesting Series. It was fun to write the bossy grandma type. Ink, my new character, was fun to write because I’ve just never even thought about the perspective of a mermaid before. It was fun to get inside her head.

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

I can barely contain all the ideas floating around in my head. It’s maddening at times. They come from anywhere and everywhere. Much of my steampunk is inspired by steampunk visual arts. My mermaid was inspired by my environment. I moved to the coast of Florida 5 years ago and the landscape just sucked me in.

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

Well, I really see myself as a fantasy writer. I just write in different subgenres of fantasy. I think readers see my line tend more dark fantasy/steampunk as I go forward.

Part Two of my Interview with Melanie Karsak will post on June 2, 2015!

A bit about Ink:

A mermaid princess destined to wed a handsome king… 

It sounds like a fairy tale, but the reality is far murkier. 

Ink, Princess of the Florida Atlantic mers, is slated to wed the ancient enemy of her tribe, the King of the Gulfs. After years of war that led to countless mer deaths, as well as the genocide of aquatic shapeshifters and the freshwater mers of Florida, Ink’s marriage will bring lasting peace. 

Or so it seems. 

Mere hours before she’s supposed to leave the ocean for her customary year as a drywalker, Ink meets Hal, an alligator shifter who warns her that a storm is brewing. There is malicious intent behind Ink’s marriage—and worse, meeting Hal has also caused a storm to rage in Ink’s heart. Nevertheless, loyal to her tribe, Ink will put aside her feelings and journey to Miami to marry the decadent King Manx. 

Ink soon learns that her only hope of surviving the crashing force swelling around her is to tap into a power deep inside—a forbidden power that might destroy them all. 

Ink
Aaaah! Love this Mermaid (:

About the author: Melanie Karsak is the author of the Amazon best-selling The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, and The Saga of Lady Macbeth. She grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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Pre-order Ink here


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

The Water is Sweeter by Eli constant

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

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 {Pauline Creeden}: Part Two

I met Pauline Creeden earlier this year, and she graciously agreed to an interview. Pauline’s release, Scales, a mermaid novella, is a part of the Falling in Deep collection and is available TODAY. (Be sure to enter the giveaway!) Wooo!

Read Part One

A woman standing in the deep waters with her head above the surface.

What is your favorite writing music?

I usually choose 2 or 3 songs by Red and play them on loop. If you’ve never heard of Red. Here’s a sampler.

Where is your favorite place to find inspiration?

While I’m working – like mucking horse stalls – it’s quiet and takes little thought, so my mind wonders and creates worlds.

What was your inspiration for Scales? Tell me about your heroine.

The 80’s movie Splash starring Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah was my inspiration once the Blazing Indies decided to do a summer mermaid novella. So Verona uses television to help her understand humans better. She is a beautiful, smart young woman who was told she’s ugly and stupid. So she has to overcome these issues and find herself.

Does Scales lead into another novella? When will Salt be out?

Salt was my original story for the Falling In Deep Collection, but it’s turned into not one novel – but two and a prequel novella. I’m hoping to finish the first draft of Salt this month – so that it can be released before the end of summer.

Any advice for new writers (like me)?

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, and the journey of a seventy-thousand word novel begins with one word. Keep typing and get your stories on paper. Don’t worry about what you can sell, and what will even make it to market. Everything is a learning experience, even when the editor makes your manuscript bleed red.

Read Part One of my time with Pauline Creeden.

Scales is live TODAY!  Make your library happy! (:

Here is an excerpt from Scales:

TO KEEP FROM SCREAMING, I bite hard on my lip. The copper mixture of blood and saltwater mingles on my tongue. Mer claws rake against my back. The barnacles on the post to which I’m tied stab me in the chest. Pain sets my body on fire. Everything burns. I squeeze my eyes shut tight and keep my silence.

“Ugly.”

“Repugnant.”

“Unsightly.”

“Ignorant.”

“Bottom Feeder.”

Each word cuts as deep in my flesh as the physical wounds my clan inflicts. It can’t last long. I can endure this. As soon as the sharks catch scent of my blood they will come, and the Mer will scatter.

The world spins around me like a whirlpool. My breaths come quick and shallow, my heart pounds faster in my ears. Each second is an eternity, until I realize fresh wounds are not adding to the burning in my skin.

The elder’s sharp tongue whispers in my ear. “Now you will be measured.”

My wrists fall free of the post as he cuts the ties.

Exile. My Reckoning has begun.

Seriously... Look at this gorgeousness!
Seriously… Look at this gorgeousness!

I was able to get my hands on an ARC copy – you’re going to love it! 

About the Author:

Pauline Creeden is an award-winning author, horse trainer, and overall book ninja. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Gold Award for First Place YA Horror Novel.

Keep up with Pauline!

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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.

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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.

 Enter the Giveaway

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

The Water is Sweeter by Eli constant

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

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

Never miss a release! Join our newsletter for behind the scenes information and release updates:

Join the Mermaids!