SFFMP 113: Advice for Newer Authors from Successful Paranormal Romance Author Anna Lowe
Today we chatted with paranormal romance author Anna Lowe. She got her start in 2015, made $26,000 that first year, and then made more than $50,000 in 2016. We asked her about what it’s like for those starting new, and how she’s broken into a fairly competitive genre.
Here are a few more specifics:
- Writing stories that can cross genres (Anna’s books can be filed under Romance > Western as well as paranormal romance) and perhaps appealing to more than once audience.
- Focusing on shorter novels in genres that are accepting of them, so that you can publish more often, even if you’re not a super speedy writer.
- Anna’s thoughts on jumping into a competitive genre as a newer author.
- Tropes that people expect in PNR and whether it’s okay to turn some of them on their heads.
- How she’s had good experiences with short stories, despite advice to ignore them in favor of writing novels.
- Getting involved with Facebook author and fan groups as a way of finding people to network with and also potential ARC reviewers.
- Putting together a solid ARC team and following up to make sure people are actually posting reviews.
- Setting daily writing goals to keep the books coming out, even when you’re busy with a full-time job and a family.
- Experimenting with audiobooks and figuring out how to market them.