Friday, October 22, 2010

Interview & Giveaway with H.P. Mallory



Good Morning! I hope you have a nice warm mug of coffee or tea and are ready to enjoy a wonderful sit down with the very talented H.P. Mallory! She is here to talk about both of her July releases, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble and To Kill A Warlock. She is also here to share with us a little of what moved her to become an indie or self published author. So please come on in, join the fun and leave a comment along with your email, and you will be entered to win a copy of one of her books! There will be two lucky winners! Good Luck! ;-)


Welcome to Bookin' It Ms. Mallory!


Hi! I’m H.P. Mallory and Talina has asked me to write a guest post about self publishing and what it means to be an indie author. My story starts about three years ago when I was living in Cambridge, England. I’d just finished my first book, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (a paranormal romance) and my critique partner, Lori Brighton, had suggested I try to find an agent. I sent out some query letters (the initial plug that gets an agent interested or not) and I got a ton of responses requesting the partial or full of the book!

After a few months, I’d received a bunch of rejections but also two offers for representation, one from my dream agent! So, at this point, I’m thinking I’m made. I’ve nailed one of the best agents in New York and I’m well on my way. I was elated, thinking this was it, I was definitely going to be published now and I’d become a huge and successful author! So, my agent sends the book out to about five publishers and no one bites. Meanwhile I’ve started writing my second book, To Kill A Warlock (an urban fantasy).  After another three or so publishers reject Fire Burn again, I notice my agent isn’t returning my phone calls or emails. Well, this continues for maybe three months and then I realize she isn’t interested in representing me anymore (I’m a little slow! LOL ). 

I sat on both books for about two years, in which time I’ve moved to Edinburgh, Scotland so my husband could get his MBA. Then we move back to Southern California and my crit partner tells me about a few indie authors who are killing it on Amazon, namely Zoe Winters and Amanda Hocking. So, I think to myself, hmm, what have I got to lose? My books are just sitting there collecting dust. Why not do something with them? 

In July 2010, I uploaded both books to Amazon with the hopes of selling a few hundred total. And, bam! I was shocked to find my books totally took off. So, then I start thinking—I can really make something of myself as an indie. I have two solid books and the response on both has been awesome. Maybe I should really push and try to get them out there…I find a bunch of bloggers who read the genres I write and I send them all emails introducing my books and myself. And, wow, they actually want to read my books! Pretty cool. And what’s even cooler is that the majority of them really like my work!

At this point, it’s been a couple of months and my books are competing with my traditionally published counterparts on Amazon and now on Barnes and Noble and doing really well! I’m so thrilled I made this decision and I haven’t looked back since. To learn more about my books and me, please visit my website: www.hpmallory.com



Jolie Wilkins Series Book 1
A self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead. A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover. A six hundred year old English vampire with his own agenda; one that includes an appetite for witches. The Underworld in a state of chaos. Let the games begin.
Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat and a quirky best friend. 

Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life!

Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand. 



Dulcie O' Neil Series Book 1
The murder of a dark arts warlock. A shape-shifting, ravenous creature on the loose. A devilishly handsome stranger sent to investigate. Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch.
Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator—a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world.  
When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth before she’s either deported back to the Netherworld, or she becomes the next victim. 
Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie. Between battling her attraction to her self-appointed partner, keeping a sadomasochistic demon in check, and fending off the advances of a sexy and powerful vampire, Dulcie’s got her hands full. 
As the body count increases, Dulcie finds herself battling dark magic, reconnoitering in S&M clubs and suffering the greatest of all betrayals.


My writing career began about two years ago, after I started reading and loving Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series andLaurel K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series. Thinking I, too, had a story to tell, I began writing my first urban fantasy / paranormal romance series, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble followed by To Kill A Warlock.
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After leaving a comment for Ms. Mallory, you can find my review for Fire Burn Cauldron Bubble just below. I'll have my review for To Kill A Warlock up within a week! So check back soon! 


Ms. Mallory is also offering one lucky winner a spot in her next novel for the Jolie Wilkins series, Toil and Trouble on her blog. The rules are easy to follow and well, who doesn't want to be a cool character in a paranormal romance! Check it out HERE! While you’re there skip over HERE and read the first chapter to Toil and Trouble, coming this January. ;-)  

12 comments:

  1. Great interview! I love stories like this too--authors who don't give up. Good for you!! And all of your books sound fab. I hope you sell zillions of them. :-)

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  2. Great and inspiration story, H.P. As a newly published author with an e-publisher, I'd love to pick your brain about your promo and marketing strategies. Also, I know Lori Brighton. I follow her blog, and have won books in a contest on her blog. She's a very warm person, and very open and encouraging, as you are with your story. Congrats on your success, and may you have much, much more!

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  3. sorry--that was supposed to be 'inspirational' story. it's been a long week...

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  4. Great interview! As a writer just starting out, its great to find hope knowing that other writers didn't give up and succeeded in what I want to accomplish. Can't wait to read your books!

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  5. Forgot to leave my email:

    readerrecommended@yahoo.com

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  6. Thank you to everyone! If any of you have questions about self pubbing, please feel free to drop me an email at: hpmalloryauthor@yahoo.com
    I'd be happy to answer any questions.
    Thanks again!
    HP

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  7. Love the interview as well. Thanks for stopping by Open Book Empty Cup, I'm also following you as well.

    Have a good weekend:)

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  8. Ms. Mallory, I do have a question for you. When do you know it is time to chuck the conventional and go with self-publishing? I have been writing for 6 years, I have several manuscripts and even more rejections. I've gotten excellent feed back from crit partners and know I have quality work.
    Any advice would be great! I loved your post BTW ;-)
    sweetpeawriting(at)yahoo.com

    Oh, Talina, I love your blog!

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  9. I enjoyed H.P. Mallory's honesty -- that finding an agent does not ensure an authors will find a pub. Reading about an author who demystifies the pub biz is a pleasure.

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  10. H.P. Mallory, can you tell us a little about the process of self-publishing. What do we need to do first after our manuscript is written and polished? How do we design the cover and who is willing to advertise self-published authors? do you have a site that has all the links that self-published authors will need?

    I know that is a lot to answer but I am sure we would all love to hear what you have to say!
    And congratulations on making it. Just to hear that you are getting good reviews is great news. I read your review done here on Bookin' It and I am looking forward to buying your books.
    Thank you!

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  11. Hi Ms. Sally Ann,
    I think you need to ask yourself if you are finished with trying to get an agent or a publisher interested. After sitting on my books for two years, I had reached the point where I just wanted to put them out there and see what happened. So, if you are at that point, I'd say just do it!
    Also, I should mention that agents are less likely to want to consider a manuscript if it is self published. On the flip side, if it's selling crazy well, then they will be interested. I think the rule of thumb is if it sells 10,000 copies, they will want to know about it. I was considering getting an agent to look at mine again but decided I'd be more successful at this time just continuing with what I'm doing.
    Hope that answered your question!

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  12. Hi Peter,
    Well, to start with, do not put out anything until you are sure it's as good as it can be. That means grammar is correct and layout is correct. Once you are happy with it, go to Amazon DTP and upload it. Also go to Barnes and Noble, Pubit. My sales ranking on pubit is blowing kindle out of the water so currently I'm a big fan of B&N. LOL
    As to cover art, I can't really help there because I designed my own in photoshop. I bought some stock images and then turned them into what I wanted them to be. But, having said that, if you aren't good with photoshop, do not make your own cover!!! Find someone who is familiar with it (I would probably contact design students at your nearest university) and have them make something for you. I can't tell you how true it is that people judge a book by its cover. I have had countless people tell me they bought my books just based on the covers alone. So do yourself a favor and make sure your cover is as good as it can be.
    OK, now if you write in paranormal romance or urban fantasy, I can add you to a website I created for indies in these genres. Just visit: www.indieurbanfantasy.com
    Some other ideas, get onto the Writer's Cafe forum for Kindle. You will find invaluable info here.
    Also, get yourself a good website with a ton of information on it becuase your fans will want to consume as much info about your books as they can. To give you an idea, check out my website: www.hpmallory.com
    Um, get a blog and update it constantly. Sign up for a Facebook account and a Twitter account so you can stay in front of your fans!
    Hope that helps!!

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