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 and I sometimes list signed paperbacks in my Etsy shop, Wylde About Books.
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 4-6 items.
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. It also means libraries don’t have access to those books. All of my titles are submitted to Overdrive, which means you can request them from your local library.
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.
However, my publisher has recently started adding my titles to a subscription service called ScribD. You can find my ScribD page HERE. Scribd rotates the titles available with their service, so what’s available will change from month to month.
How long are your books?
My older MC romances were around 40,000 – 45,000 words. The ones I’ve written for 2020 are 50,000 or more words. 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. Those are also based off 8.5 x 11 pages and NOT the same as a paperback print page count. Paperbacks always have a higher page count. 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?
I would like to write at least a few more, maybe in 2021. Some of the Reapers’ kids are old enough to pair off. Venom’s daughter, Farrah, is paired with Demon (Devil’s Fury MC) and others will be coming soon.
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. I know I’ve taken a bit of a break while I get Hades Abyss and Devil’s Fury caught up, but I plan to circle back to Devil’s Boneyard in 2021.
Are you still releasing Hades Abyss and Devil’s Fury?
Yes! I’m nowhere near finished with either of those series.
Will any secondary characters who aren’t part of an MC get their stories told?
Yes. Casper VanHorne (Isabella’s father) has a book in the Bad Boy Romance series called Naughty or Nice. 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). When you read Titan, you’ll meet Delilah, the daughter of Gwen and Lance from Grease Monkey (Bad Boy Romance).
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. Think of it this way. Would you go to work if you were only going to make $0.15 or less? Probably not. Royalties on a $0.99 cent book, when an author is signed with a publisher, means they make anywhere from $0.05 to $0.15. Most authors don’t make enough to write full-time — in fact, studies have shown most authors make less than $15,000 per year — but even the ones who do write full-time aren’t millionaires like a lot of people seem to think.
My publisher, Changeling Press, does offer sales from time to time, so watch for those! They have a $0.99 page that changes month to month.
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 on some swag pieces. I also have colors for Devil’s Boneyard and Devil’s Fury, both created by my artistic husband.
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 do have an ARC Team, but it’s currently full. My publisher has a set number of team members I’m permitted to have. If someone has to leave the ARC Team, it opens up a slot, but it doesn’t happen often. If you’re a book blogger and would like to request an ARC, you may contact the review department at Changeling Press at email@example.com.
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 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 Johnny’s book (aka Saint) 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 kicked off the Devil’s Fury MC), and also in Tank and a few other books.
As for non-white characters, I do actually have some. 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. But in the true spirit of diversity, my non-white characters won’t all be African American.
Will you be attending any conventions like RWA or Lori Foster’s RAGT?
I will be going to at least one book signing per year, as long as I can find one that works with my family’s schedule and I can get there easily enough. Check my Signing Events page for updates.
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 18,000 (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. Not to mention, I have over 100 partially written books, so I’m not always starting from the very beginning.
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. There’s also a monthly giveaway on this site, which you can find under Extras.