We are Sian Jones and Jan Harvey and we have been on an amazing adventure as co- authors. Calling ourselves Harvey Jones we have had two novels published in 2015, HookUp and it’s sequel, Legacies. Both novels fall into the erotic romance genre and tell the story of Macy, Tobias, Emma and their friends, and also promote acceptance and tolerance for all, regardless of gender, sexuality, race – we are who we are and we love who we love as long as no-one is hurt or coerced.
Neither of us had written novels before and we really just followed our instincts. From the very beginning we were authors in the digital age as we used our mobile phones and tablets to exchange ideas – Jan particularly would send me her ideas and inspirations and I would edit and build upon them.
Then of course we had to get them published – a minefield for novice authors like ourselves! We used the services of Rowanvale Publishers who help authors to become self – published. The first big shock came when I had to use Track Changes to edit our text – I’d never come across it before and it took me a while to understand it! It became very familiar quite soon and now it is a tool I couldn’t be without.
Then came the really hard part – marketing our published novels and getting them ‘out there’. We were both keen Facebook fans and soon used our own sites to advertise our work, and it didn’t take us long to set up our own Facebook page, Harvey Jones. And then there was Twitter ——– Well that was a whole new ballgame! Neither of us had Twitter accounts and we battled with setting up a joint one and learnt about targeting groups and individuals to follow and get to follow us, we have now built up a following of nearly 700, not too bad in a few months for two Twitter virgins – we keep plugging away.
Jan goes on local radio to talk about the novels
We also tackled setting up our Amazon author page and profile.
Luckily we had the help of a young friend who is a media student to set up and use this webpage, again another huge learning curve.
We were completely unaware of groups on Facebook for authors, so BooksGoSocial authors group was a real revelation for us and we have learned so much from the group, it has been an invaluable source of information and support. Someone we have met in this group has introduced us ( two Welsh women! ) to an American DJ who is broadcasting an MP3 we have recorded about our books – another new experience of the digital age we have learnt about, recording an MP3. Sharing links, videos, recordings etc has all been a new and eye opening experience which we’ve had to utilise in this digital age.
So, becoming authors in the digital age has been a breathtaking and huge learning curve – but an immensely enjoyable one!
We give a talk at our local town library on ‘Our journey through self-publishing’
Link for the Steve Caresser show, on which we talk about HookUp and Legacies