Ellie’s Insights: Stacey Komosinski

Today on Ellie’s Insights I spoke to Stacey Komosinski author of contemporary romance novel ‘Finding It All’. She grew up in Hellertown, a small town in Pennsylvania, USA.

You can follow Stacey on social media at the link below.

https://msha.ke/staceyakomosinski/

Tell us a little about your writing.

I have published one contemporary romance novel. It is the first in a series about three women searching for all the great things in life AND finding them. I have the second book written and ready for editing, with the third book partially written. I enjoy writing books with friendship, family, love and happy endings.

Where can we find your work?

My novel, Finding It All, is for sale on Amazon with the new cover as both an ebook and paperback book, as well as an ebook at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple and other locations.

When did you start writing?

I contemplated writing a novel for almost ten years. I even drafted a few paragraphs here and there, but nothing stuck. I started writing Finding It All in January 2020.

Tell us about your writing style.

I write in third person with multiple points of views. I also include thoughts from the female and male main characters.

What is your biggest writing quirk?

I love using traits of people I know in my characters. I pull one or two things from people I know and combine them to create a unique character. It is probably why I fall in love my characters because they remind me of people I know.

What made you self-publish over traditional publishing?

When I researched the pros and cons to each method of publishing, I found more pros for self-publishing than I found with traditional publishing for my personal situation.

What do you think are the pros and cons of self-publishing?

I liked the idea that with self-publishing you keep all creative rights. There isn’t anyone asking you to change your intro, your main character’s personality, a scene, the cover or really anything else. You can also control your timing for releases, there is no contract with a deadline you must meet. I am not ready to stop working full-time in the pharmaceutical industry, so this was an important pro for me. I found overall all my stress level increased with everything I read about traditional publishing. Traditional publishing doesn’t mean that once you sign a deal, you are done with your part and you walk away. Depending on what is written into your contract, there are likely still obligations you owe that publisher. Publishers may require you to do more edits and revisions, complete promotional activities, or maintain a certain level of social media presence. All of which are done on their timetable, not yours. I found the most difficult part of self-publishing is that you foot the bill for everything and while you don’t have anyone telling you want to do, sometimes you wish you had someone to tell you what to do.

What platform do you use to self-publish? KDP, Ingram Spark or any other? and why?

I initially published with only KDP. Amazon is the largest online bookstore, so it made it an easy first choice for self-publishing. After a few months with only Amazon, I decided I didn’t like the idea that all my eggs were in one basket. I recently branched out to use Draft 2 Digital and go wide with my ebook.

What is one thing you wish someone had told you when you started your writing journey?

You will spend more time after the book is written then when you were drafting it. Between editing, cover designing, releasing and promoting I have easily spent two times the number of hours it took for me to draft my first novel. Sweat equity is real.

Who is your favourite Indie Author and why?

I love Gretchen Galway. One, I love her covers. She does them herself. Two, she responds to her fans. Three, her books are well written with depth and creativity.

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