It’s Tuesday again. That wonderful day when it isn’t Monday and the week is still full of promise. Some of you have noticed that I like to have my interview on Tuesdays. I am in the middle of doing a promotional series of my own publishing house of eTreasurespublishing by interviewing some of the authors there. Today the Marketing Director has given her time to join us. I feel very lucky to be able to feature her. Her name is Patricia Bates. Grab your mocha and sit a spell. You’re in for a treat. Her genre is romance and she has written over eight books, four of which I’ll show here today and four next Tuesday in part two of our interview. (I break it up in two parts because we are all so busy and it’s easier to read this way.) 🙂
Thanks, Patricia. Here’s a start
1- What books are currently published and by who? Can you tell us a little about them?
I have a number of books. All of them are romance books, ranging from 8th Century Ireland to paranormals, contemporaries and m/m titles. Some of them are written under my pen name Elise Whyles and others are under my real name.
A complete list is available on my websites – but here’s an abridged one lol
Master’s Mistress, Love Thy Neighbor, Viscount’s Prize, and Claiming her Dream is through CBG
The Cowgirl’s Christmas is through Beachwalk as well as **The Forsaken Series – a paranormal erotic series featuring mythological creatures and various mythologies
The Preacher’s Outlaw is through Decadent Publishing
**Five Alarm Lust and **Real Good Man are through Liquid Silver Books
Bordering on Love, Sin’s Bite, and **Gillian’s Christmas Wish are all self-pubs. The Books with ** are under Elise Whyles
Phantom’s Pleasure and Firecracker are through Passion in Print
2- Did you go the traditional route? Or consider self publishing any of them? Why? Why not?
Most of the books are actually published through e-publishers though I have self pubbed a few of them due to length, or inability to find a home due to getting rights reversals. When I started my journey a few years ago I never imagined how much I’d learn and what I would like.
3- How long does it take to write a book for you from idea to finished product?
It depends entirely on the length and heat level. If it’s a full length novel say around 45k – and I don’t have a deadline staring me in the face – I can punch it out in three months…if I have a deadline I need to get it in by – as little as three weeks. If it’s shorter (something I don’t like to do because as someone who knows me – I’m a word hog) it can take as little as a week.
4- You are the promotional arm for eTreasures publishing are you not? Can you tell us a little bit about this job and what you do?
Its one of the hats I wear here at eTreasures, yes. Promoting a publishing house is a lot different then a single author brand. I’m constantly looking for ways to reach readers of all the genres, using the social media I have available can be tricky but its something I really enjoy. I book things like blog tours, readers groups on fb, and do the newsletter for the house. Looking for review sites, organizing contests, and sales are all part of it. I do work closely with the authors as well, to ensure that they get a chance to promote because marketing can be scary for someone who hasn’t done it before.
5— How can people get in touch with you? What is the name of your blog and tell us what you blog about?
If people want to get in touch with me they can check out both my websites www.patbatesromances.com orwww.elisewhyles.com. As well they can check out my blogs – http://ofinkandquille.blogspot.com andhttp://charactersandcoffee.blogspot.com
Of Ink and Quille is my blog about a little bit of everything, my writing, my journey, things that I feel strongly about and a spotlight for other authors. Characters and Coffee is my character interview blog..
Reading has been such a large part of my life. I cut my literary teeth on such author’s as Louis L’Amour, Nora Roberts and Janet Dailey. For me it wasn’t such a jump from reading the wonderful tales these authors’s spun to imagining my own.
Soon I was writing poetry, short stories and by junior high I’d written my first full length romance novel. Since then I’ve taken my love of history and my passion for writing and combined them into what I hope will continue to prove a successful career.
Thanks so much, Patricia, for letting me feature you on my blog. It has been a pleasure! Next week we’ll have part two of this interview with Patricia Bates, author and promotional editor of eTreasurespublishing. It is the very same house that published my children’s picture book, “Annie’s Special Day.”
I bet you didn’t know this house was so diverse, did you? Do you think you might read any of these romances? Why or why not? And we just adore questions so ask away and we’ll meet by the old tree called comments. :)
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