Sadly, I don't have a lot of time to answer questions about how to get published, but I have some general guidelines about what I did.
1. Joined Romance Writers of America (Before ebooks and self-publishing, that made sense. I'm not a member now.)
2. Wrote a lot of books
3. Sold to a small press (Before self-publishing, that made sense. I wouldn't do that now.)
4. Got a copy of Writer's Market (check your local library for a copy) and followed the guidelines for how to submit to the publishers of my choice. (Before self-publishing...)
5. Got rejected many times. Finally sold to Dorchester Publishing. When they rejected my third Spark Series book, I submitted to other publishers and racked up a lot of rejections. Heard about Smashwords and publishing on Amazon. Thought it might not do much, but finally decided that any money coming in might help.
6. Made lots of money.
If you want to self-publish ebooks, Google how to publish books with Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords, or go to those sites for directions.
Write a lot.
Find critique partners or proofreaders. Listen to them and your gut. Take what you need, discard what you don't.
Write a lot.
If you've made enough money, hire a good cover artist. I like Phatpuppyart.com.
Gimp is a free graphic program you can use to design your own covers, and Shutterstock is one place to buy cover art.
Hire a proof reader. I use Judy Stone: email@example.com
Learn to write short and sweet blurbs (book descriptions).
Find a really good tax preparer. You’ll need one.
Hire an IP lawyer, not an agent to go over any contracts. One time fee vs. 15% for life of contract? Hm...
I'm sorry to say that I don't critique anyone's work.
No, I don't have an agent. At this time I handle my own affairs.
Starting with the Fire, Stone & Water series, all of my books are being edited for heat reduction. The story will remain virtually the same, except all the romance will fall under the "sweet" designation.
New year, new me, new style.
All the book descriptions will be updated with "sweet" as I finish the edits.
When Sparks Fly
No Words Alone
Anthology for the Mammoth Book of Time Travel Romance:
Iron & Hemlock
Iron & Hemlock Series:
Iron & Hemlock
Gargoyles in the Attic
Rowen & Gold
Dark Lands Series:
Dark Lands: Homecoming
Scent of Danger
The Golden Bell
Ghost in Her Heart
Dark Lovers Anthology (includes The Golden Bell & Homecoming)
Dark Warriors Anthology (includes Ghost in Her Heart & Beast Wars)
Ladies in Waiting:
The Woman Inside
The Other Woman
Through the Looking Glass
Ride the Stars
Careful, He Bites
Aliens Do it Better: Anthology featuring Careful, He Bites and Interstellar Lover
Under the Bridge
Women, Whiskey & Gold
Fire, Earth & Water Series:
One Night to Burn
When the Sea Burned
American Gluten Free Cookbooks:
American Gluten Free