I’ve been getting some questions over the last few months and thought I’d put the answers all in one place. If you have a question for me, you can message me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If I don’t respond right away, it sometimes takes me a few days to get through my messages, especially when I’m on a deadline. Promise I’m not ignoring you 🙂
Is it possible to get signed paperbacks, bookmarks, or other items?
I sometimes do giveaways for signed paperbacks, but I also have bookplates I sign and can send out with a swag pack. Swag packs are given away through the Harley Wylde Facebook page, as well as the Wyldlings group. There’s also a Harley Wylde/Dixie Reapers shop at Cafe Press. If you don’t have a Facebook account and would like some swag (signed bookmarks, buttons, pens, or whatever I have stocked at the moment), please contact me. Swag packs typically have 4 items.
How long are your books?
Most of the MC romances are 40,000-46,000 words long. As far as page count, that’s a bit trickier. A title that Amazon shows at 142 pages will show as nearly 160 pages at Kobo, and even higher at iTunes. Each retailer formats their page counts differently. Any book priced at 3.99 or less will be a smaller word and page count.
Will there be more Dixie Reapers books?
Yes!! I have a few partials that I will hopefully wrap up sometime this year, but the series will continue to have releases through the end of 2019 and hopefully into 2020. Book 11, Flicker, will release May 2019.
Will there be more Devil’s Boneyard books?
Definitely! I know it took me a while to submit the first book in the series, but Jackal, book 1, actually released October 2018 and there are currently a total of 5 books in the series available through Changeling Press.
Are you still releasing Hades Abyss and Devil’s Fury?
Yes! The first Hades Abyss book will release this June. I’ve actually started it already. I’d prefer not to juggle more than 3 MC series at the same time, so I probably won’t start Devil’s Fury until one of the others comes to an end. Not that they’ll really be over since there’s character cross-over between the series.
Will any secondary characters who aren’t part of an MC get their stories told?
Yes. I’ve actually started a book for Casper VanHorne (Isabella’s father), and have notes for Lupita Montoya’s story. I also plan to write one for the two DEA Agents first mentioned in Jackal (Devil’s Boneyard MC). They will be part of the Bad Boy Romance series and not part of any of the MC series. Cowboy, who was a Dixie Reaper once upon a time is also part of that series. Officer Daniels, mentioned in the Dixie Reapers, already has his own story — Cuffs and Kink (Bad Boy Romance).
Why aren’t the books in Kindle Unlimited?
I’m not a self-published author. The bulk of the titles in Kindle Unlimited are from authors who are not contracted with a publisher. While my publisher does put titles in Kindle Unlimited every now and then, it isn’t something they do frequently. In order for a book to be in Kindle Unlimited, it cannot be listed for sale anywhere else. Not on the publisher’s page and not on other sites like B&N, iTunes, etc. That’s not really fair to the readers who don’t like Amazon or don’t have a Kindle, so most publishers offer their books across multiple platforms.
At this time, there is one Harley Wylde title in Kindle Unlimited. It’s a collection of short stories in the Dixie Reapers world called Dixie Reapers Encounters Volume 1.
Why aren’t the books $0.99?
There are a lot of reasons not to price a book at $0.99, mostly that it’s not cost effective considering how much goes into writing and producing a book — which I’ll explain in a moment. With my books, I have no say over the price because I’m published with a publisher. Pricing with a publisher is usually based off a scale and the authors have no say in the pricing on those titles. Self-published authors set their own prices and usually choose a fee they feel is fair based on the amount of time and money they put into their books. Editing alone can cost hundreds of dollars, depending on how long the book is. Some book covers can cost over one-thousand dollars. I’ve actually seen a few covers over the years that were closer to $3000 — for one cover!
To give you an idea of what goes into a Harley Wylde title, it takes weeks for me to write one (sometimes longer). And that’s 4-8 hours per day, 5-7 days a week, at the computer to pull that timeframe off. Then the book goes through 2 round of content edits. It goes to at least if not two proofreaders, and then goes to line edits. After all the proofing and editing are completed, it’s formatted and then the various file formats are created (Kindle, Nook, iTunes, etc). Somewhere in the midst of all that is when a cover is created. Production time for one book can be anywhere from 2 weeks to a month. That’s a lot of man-hours, not just for me, but for everyone else who handles the book during the process.
A $0.99 book earns around $0.30 in royalties, but the author (if they aren’t self-published) won’t even receive the full $0.30. They may receive $0.15 for that one purchase, if they’re lucky. Some will receive much less. So $0.99 for a book that takes a lot of time and money to create and produce just isn’t feasible.
My publisher, Changeling Press, does offer sales from time to time, so watch for those! If you join their mailing list, you’ll be notified of any future sales.
Why don’t your MC books have the club logo on the cover?
I think that’s a Changeling Press thing. Each book has the series title on the cover, but I don’t believe any of the MC romances at Changeling have a club logo on them. I do have colors for the Dixie Reapers, designed by Bryan Keller, and I have it some swag pieces.
What is a multi-author series?
A multi-author series, like Roosters, is a set of books that have something in common to be considered a “series” but are written by different authors. In the case of Roosters, the commonality is that the heroes are alpha, arrogant men who think women (or men) fall at their feet. The Roosters books are all Contemporary Erotic Romance, but will have different pairings (MF, MM, MFM, etc). The books do not interconnect in any other way, so each can be read as a stand-alone. Some, like my Ryker, will tie into a series the author has already written. In Ryker’s case, it ties into the Dixie Reapers even though it isn’t an official Dixie Reapers book.
Do you have an ARC team? And how do I sign-up?
I used to have an ARC team, but it was too much work to try and figure out who had posted reviews and who hadn’t. There’s also the issue of piracy. While I know that most people would never post a gifted book illegally, there are those who do such a thing.
Why are all of your books an older hero and a younger heroine?
I think I end up writing older heroes with younger women because I’ve always been attracted to older men. My husband is quite a bit older than me (I’m in my 30’s and he’s getting close to 50). I’m not saying all of my characters will have a 15-20 year age gap, but they will likely always be 10+ years apart in age. There will be some cases when that doesn’t happen, like when Johnny (aka Saint) gets a book since he was so young in book 1 of the Dixie Reapers.
Are you going to write any curvy women? Or non-white characters?
I do have a few curvy heroines sprinkled in my series. There’s one in Badger (a Roosters book that will eventually kick off a new series called Devil’s Fury MC), and also in Tank.
As for non-white heroes, that’s been a bit trickier. I do actually have some characters in my MC series who aren’t white, but finding stock photos on the site I’m permitted to select from hasn’t been easy. Not that they don’t have a diverse selection of models, but finding ones in poses that work or dressed appropriately for a biker hasn’t been all that easy. Especially men who look older than early to mid-twenties. I always check the stock photo site before I start writing a book because I want to make sure they have an image that’s at least similar to my character. But stock photos are added all the time, so I keep checking to see what’s new. It’s getting harder and harder to find biker images of older men at all because I’ve either used them, or other authors with my publisher have used them. My publisher will never use the same model on a cover unless it’s a series that has the same character in each book.
However, in Tex, Kalani is Hawaiian and Tex is Hispanic. In Zipper, the heroine is Korean. Book 8 of Dixie Reapers, Wraith, has a half-Japanese heroine. Tank’s love interest is Hispanic. For Devil’s Boneyard, the second book, Scratch, has a heroine who is mixed race (half-African American). Irish and Cinder both have non-white heroines too. So there are some characters popping up through both series, and there will be more to come.
Will you be attending any conventions like RWA or Lori Foster’s RAGT?
No, I’m afraid I will not be attending any conferences at this time. I have two children who are still school-age and I need to be here for them. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any conferences in the Memphis area, which would be close enough for me to attend. I also suffer from severe anxiety and have a fear of large crowds, so I would need my husband to attend with me. I joke and call him my safety blanket, but he really is. The only time I go somewhere alone is if I go someplace in my small town, and it took me two years of living here to be able to do that without having an anxiety attack. I’ve seriously considered getting an Emotional Support Animal.
How can you release a book or more a month? Do you use a Ghostwriter?
I do not use a Ghostwriter, I just write really fast. I can typically finish a book in about 10-14 days because I write anywhere from 3,000 to 8,000 words in a single day. My highest word count for a single day is 15,000 (so far). Writing is my full-time job, so I can write whenever the mood strikes me. I also type about 1,000 words every 10-15 minutes when I’m able to focus properly. So a word count that might take someone 1-3 days to accomplish, might take me 1-2 hours.
Do you ever have giveaways?
Quite frequently. I’ve given away anything from gift cards to swag items, ebooks or even a signed paperback. Every now and then, I’ll send out a giveaway in my newsletter. Most of the time, you’ll find them on my Harley Wylde Facebook page. I try to do at least one per month, usually around release time.