How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a teen. Over the years, I filled random notebooks with books started but never finished and outlined tons of story ideas and characters…but I didn’t find the courage to hit publish until January 2013. Now I can’t stop myself, by the end of the year I will have published four books!
Is your first book the USA Today bestseller?
Belong to You is the second book I published. It went live in April and did well on its own, climbing its way to number eight on the Amazon Erotica Best Seller list. But it was when the second book in the series (it’s a two part story) hit, that they both took off. Belong to You hit number one in Erotica and number thirty-one overall on Amazon, reaching the USA Today, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Best Seller lists. It’s beyond anything I could have ever imagined.
Did you do any tricks or tips learned from/shared by others that really helped?
I don’t have any real tricks, but the best advice I can give is:
- Do not underestimate the power of a good cover. Yeah, I know, none of us judge a book by its cover, right? Sure we don’t. A good cover will call attention to your book and get it noticed. There are some great stories that never get the attention they deserve because they just don’t catch the eye. If you spend on anything, spend on a good cover artist and editor!
- Bloggers can and will spread the word on your book like wildfire. Give out ARCs, organize a blog tour, do a cover reveal, share excerpts. They are bookworms, just like you and I, and most love helping new authors. Don’t be afraid to ask!
- Publish more books. Each time you publish a new book, readers that like your new work will seek out your other stories. It’s the best marketing you can do for yourself!
- Build interest in your book before you publish, introduce the cover a few months before the book goes live, share excerpts, do a raffle, countdown the days to your launch using social media. Just stop hiding and get yourself and your book out there! It really is exhilarating. I’m kicking myself in the ass for not doing it twenty years ago!
Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!
What have you been working on lately?
Made for You was just published on June 30th, it’s the second part of a two part series that began in Belong to You. But right now I’m in the final editing stages of a book I hope to publish in the fall, Worth the Fight. It’s pretty different from the first three I already published. Gone are the wealthy businessmen from my first three stories, and now I’ve moved onto MMA fighters. Big muscles and tattoos…yummy! It’s also a bit different for me because I wrote it in the alternating POV of both characters.
What does your typical writing day look like?
I work a full time job outside of writing, so most of my writing is done after 7pm and on weekends. Although I admit there are some days when I get up at 5am to write for a few hours before I get ready to go to work too. And then there are definitely days that you can find me furiously writing in my yellow legal pad at my desk in my office, but I’m secretly writing a scene that just popped into my head or jotting down thoughts. I know there will come a day when I hand the wrong legal pad to someone at work and they get a big surprise!
What motivates you to write?
I love to write because it is an escape for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love my life and my kids, but writing gives me the ability to escape them for a while and be somewhere else….be someone else. I absolutely love doing it and I usually have a yellow legal pad filled with notes or scenes that come to me at random times.