Porirua au­thor flour­ish­ing in dig­i­tal world

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Pukerua Bay au­thor Diana Fraser is one of the seven New Zealand writ­ers in­volved in the ebooks set Sec­ond Chances, exclusive to the iBooks store.

Fraser has con­trib­uted her con­tem­po­rary ro­mance The Play­boy’s Re­demp­tion, and is be­hind the dig­i­tal ini­tia­tive, a strat­egy writ­ers are be­gin­ning to use to pro­mote their work.

The bun­dle of e-books is sold at a bar­gain price – Sec­ond Chances is on sale for 99 cents and in­cludes seven nov­els that would nor­mally sell for about $3 or $4 each.

With many au­thors grow­ing frus­trated by the long waits and re­jec­tions as­so­ci­ated with tra­di­tional pub­lish­ers, in­de­pen­dent pub­lish­ing is be­com­ing more ap­peal­ing.

‘‘It is in­cred­i­bly sat­is­fy­ing to have com­plete con­trol over your book – from the con­tents, to the cover, to how its mar­keted, it’s down to you,’’ Fraser said.

‘‘It’s hard work, al­though you don’t have to do ev­ery­thing yourself.’’

She self-pub­lished her first book in 2011 af­ter re­al­is­ing how well writ­ers – ro­mance writ­ers in par­tic­u­lar – were do­ing pub­lish­ing di­rect to Ama­zon and through Smash­words, who dis­trib­ute to iBooks.

Pre­vi­ously she’d trav­elled a fa­mil­iar route of win­ning writ­ing com­pe­ti­tions and hav­ing manuscripts re­quested then re­jected.

‘‘I’d never hit the bulls­eye. But I be­gan to hear how other ro­mance writ­ers had made it big with read­ers on Ama­zon, so I thought I’d give it a go.’’

Fraser now has 11 books pub­lished, in­clud­ing three me­dieval novel­las writ­ten un­der an­other pen name.

‘‘What I’ve learnt is that most ro­mance read­ers want a re­ally good story.

‘‘If you can write one, and you’re pre­pared to work hard, then self­pub­lish­ing is a great way to go,’’ she said.

The boxed set can be pre-or­dered on­line through iBooks or through a link via ki­wi­indies.com.


Budding au­thor: Diana Fraser’s writ­ing ca­reer has flour­ished as she has moved into the area of self-pub­lish­ing.

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