This month marks the official one year anniversary of my debut book REAL’s release into the Indie world. I can’t even explain what a rollercoaster this year was for me! I’m no stranger to writing at all. Since I was thirteen, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I took workshops, began a thousand and one books that I never finished, tried my hand at short stories, entered a few contests. Then…my health became a little bit compromised and for several long years, I couldn’t write a single thing.

Years later, when I was finally able to get my health back on track, I started writing again. One of my dearest author friends, Monica Murphy, told me how she’d self-published her amazing story ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND and was amazed at how supportive and receptive the Indie community was. “Open a Twitter account, Katy! Open a Facebook account! Talk to a couple of bloggers and send out your manuscript for their review….and get REAL out there. People have to meet Remy, that growly beast!”

Scared out of my mind, I did just that. I thought if ONE person got to feel what I felt writing REAL, I’d be in heaven. So, weeks before the official release date of April 8th, I sent REAL out to some amazing bloggers who I now consider my friends, and slowly, their reviews came back. “The sexual tension is killing me! Remy is so freaking hot!” And my favorite “Katy, please tell me Brooke is getting thrusted soon?!”

People were loving Brooke and Remy as much as me and I was overwhelmed, overjoyed, emotional, and scared, because the day before release, a bunch of important bloggers seemed to get “wind” of the buzz REAL was making. They read it, and piled up tons and tons of 2 and 3 stars on me. Just a day before I clicked publish. I was sad – heartbroken. I wondered if I had the courage to just go out there and bleed….because REAL is such a personal story for me. Remington is my LOVE. I wanted to protect him and Brooke, to protect my “art”. I knew not everyone would understand it like I did. I knew REAL wasn’t for every reader that picked it up.

But at the advice of all my friends, they told me to man up, and share it with the world.

So I braced myself, clicked publish, and released REAL. It did…phenomenal. More than my wildest dreams could have prepared me for. It did so well that within a week it was #3 on Amazon, hit #5 on the NYT, hit the USA Today, the Wallstreet Journal, the Indie bestseller list. I cried many days during that week. I was supposed to be celebrating, true, but it was both moving and scary that my story would be read by so many people around the world. Did all these people understand my characters and their imperfections and passions like I did? Was I even ready, emotionally, to deal with the pressure that came with writing the next book? And the next? And then the next?

There are days when I still ask myself that. There are days when you want to slink back in your writing cave and mourn because you accidentally read some feedback that really, really hurt you and your muse. And there are other days when I get emails from people like Remy, or who live with someone like Remy, or who just understood Remy and Brooke the way I do, and I cannot ever, ever, regret the day I just went all in and Indie published REAL. There are some readers that just INSPIRE you to keep writing stories that will, hopefully, touch their hearts. And that’s exactly what I hope to do.

The market has been changing radically since I released. There are tons of new authors, releases every single day. I’ve signed with a publishing house, which is exciting, but at the same time, also limiting because I cannot control my release dates, some content decisions, even some cover decisions. In the end, this is all because you want to make the best decision for your books, make them available so that, if you’re lucky, as many people possible get to fall in love with your characters like you do. Self publishing your baby is an act of courage, hope, and belief, and I applaud every Indie who goes out there and does it, every day. Not only Indies – every author, who labors behind the computer screen, unseen by the world, digging deep into our souls to find the story within. Thank YOU, readers, because without you, our stories wouldn’t become Real. They wouldn’t be a real, tangible thing on paper, on your kindle….in your heads, inside your very hearts. So thank you for your love of books and support of authors, who crave to touch readers like you.

And thank you to everyone who has supported, read, bought, reviewed, REAL, MINE, REMY; any of my books. I have no words to express how grateful I am to have shared, and continue to be sharing, this amazing publishing experience with you. You have made a dream of mine come true, and you keep doing it, every day. God bless you AND happy reading!

About Katy Evans

My Life in 8 Words: “Hectic, wonderful, complete; everything I ever wanted.”

Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…

About REAL

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A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents...

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.

I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.

If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?

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  1. Thank you, Katy, for sharing your experiences. I had NO idea Real was originally self-published; I first saw it in a bookstore. To read about you persevering despite last-minute negative feedback is really inspiring. Congratulations on all your success!

  2. What a beautifully real and honest post! Thank you for sharing your heart and soul with us, Katy!

  3. What a beautiful story! Thanks so much for sharing it. I'm really looking forward to starting this series.

  4. Katy!!! You're going to make me cry, love! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog :D


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