1.What got you into writing? Tanya Sands is the pseudonym of a stay-at-home mom who, having written but not published short stories for years, finally took the leap in 2014 and published her passion. When she’s not writing she’s raising her 2 young boys and 4 furbabies in the Dallas, TX area while her husband supports them all by driving all over the country as a long haul truck driver. She is the youngest of 6 and a proud vet of the US Air Force.
Plans for a spin off series and even some standalone books are in the works.
2.Can you tell us about your latest self published release? Feel free to include the blurb and purchase links. My latest book, Captured Pleasure, is a military inspired MFM, interracial ménage. Bradley Michaels (son of Randa from book 1) is reunited with his best friend, Ayden Jones after they both decide to be reassigned to their home state of California. Kellee Drake is a photographer they both meet when they volunteer to pose for a calendar to raise money for an organization which aids military veterans, Honor the Sacrifice. This book is special to me because it allows me to give back to my brothers & sisters-in-arms. Every bit of royalties from the sales of this book I donate to Honor the Sacrifice. Here is the purchase link and the link to Honor the Sacrifice (if anyone is willing to donate):https://www.amazon.com/Captured-Pleasure-Chasers-BBW-Book-ebook/dp/B01MA1EFU7 http://www.honor-the-sacrifice.org
3.What made you self publish and not go down the traditional route? I did a short stint with a small publishing house, but it wasn’t the right move for me so after about 6 months I left and went back to self-publishing. Unless one of the big publishing houses take me on, I’ll stay self-published. I like the control.
4.How long does it take you to write a book? My writing time has varied. I’ve published 5 and finished 7 books. The finishing times have ranged from 1 month to 8-9 months.
5.How did you know when your manuscript was ready to be published?For me, I give myself a goal of 80K in words. The finished product depends on how vocal the characters are. But more importantly, when I’ve hit my goal of word count I send the completed manuscript to my betas and rely on them to let me know if what I’ve got needs more work or if it’s good the way it’s received.
6.When it comes to formatting, cover design, uploading of books, do you do it yourself, or hire someone? If you hire someone and wish to promote their services, you may do so. I don’t hire anyone to help me with any step. I’m fortunate enough to have a best friend whose husband has computer graphic knowledge and has created some outstanding covers for me. Formatting, editing and such is done by a friend who is dedicated to the book world and only wants to help me put out the best product possible for my readers.
7.Which websites / programs / apps can you recommend in respect of getting a manuscript published to an eBook and paperback?I use Calibre to convert to different formats. Then I upload the books to 3 different sites (although I’m looking at a 4th). I use Createspace to do print copies which sell through Amazon.
8.Do you have any tips for a self published author getting their books in stores?Wow, I wish I knew. I’ve tried contacting my local non-chain ones but so far have been unsuccessful.
9.What are the pro’s and cons of self publishing?Pro’s – You have all the control. Everything is done to the way YOU like it, no compromises. But it’s ALL worth it even if 1 person tells you how much they liked reading your work. That goes a long way in boosting self-morale.Cons – You have all the control. LOL Everything is on you from the writing to finding the right people to help with beta reading, proof reading and so forth.
10.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time?I read a lot. LOL Believe it or not, it helps me hone my craft. I also make patchwork quilts for gifts when the need