Mandy's FAQs (General)
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what I'm doing:
series/title page has a FAQ section at the
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A general guide for my
in mind I started as an e-first
published author, with small
presses. My word count guidelines
are from years of working for them.)
Long Novella: 25,000 –
Category: 35,000- 44,000
Novel: 45,000 – 70,000
Long Novel: 71,000 –
Plus Sized Novel: 91,000
– 120,000 words
As a general rule of thumb, I do
not like putting any of my books that are
under 45,000 into print. I made an exception
for Tactical Magik because of the demand for
it to be in print. It is also prices much
lower than my other print books.
Where can I buy your books?
Each book page on my site has direct
buy links to that title. Also, you
can find my books at the following
Versions of my books can be found here
Versions of my books can be found here
For a printable list of Mandy
M Roth print titles
Unsure what format you need?
Check out this helpful website.
Will your ebooks be
That depends on the book length.
Certain lengths are too short to go
to print on their own and require an
anthology, be it series, single
author or other.
Why are only some of your books
offered for free and for a limited
time while others never get offered
for free at all?
I'm really amazed how often I get
asked variations of this question.
The answer is really simple--this is
my job. This is my career. This is
not my hobby. Honestly, its way too
time consuming to ever be a hobby
and if I couldn't make a living at
it I would have to find something
else to do and I would stop writing.
That would mean, no more books in
series, no more Mandy books at all.
Frankly, I'm thinking that sounds
like a dull world. So, in answer to
the question, because its my job.
What is Raven Books?
A publishing house that is co-owned
and operated by the lovely Michelle
M Pillow and myself. To learn more
The Raven FAQs.
Are you still writing
for publishers other than Raven?
Yes, I write for Harlequin Spice as
well. I'm also writing for the
Mammoth Books as well.
I’m an indie
bookseller and I carry your print
titles why aren’t I listed?
Email me your info and a link to
your website and I’ll list you.
Why doesn’t my local
bookstore/library carry your books?
Damn fine question. Take the ISBN
numbers of the print books you want
them to carry into them and demand
they start carrying them. When they
ignore you, demand it some more
until you become such a pain in
their ass they do it to shut you up.
Then, know you will have my eternal
I’m a bookseller and
I’d like to start carrying your
Raven Print titles. Where can I get
Yay and here you go.
Your releases have
slowed way down this year. Are you
I am. I spent a large part of last
year reacquiring rights to my
backlist titles and now that the
lion’s share of that is complete,
I’m able to focus on the future.
Will you be
continuing the series I love?
Depends on the series. Several
series are being discontinued
because of piracy. When too many
books are pirated and not enough are
sold I cannot afford to continue a
series no matter how much I love it.
If the book doesn’t sell through
more books in the series cannot come
to know when a new release comes out , what
contests I'm holding or what I'm working on
Click here to join mailing (email
here to join the online yahoo group
update my Coming
Soon Page every time ANYTHING changes in
my life as far as work goes.
What are you
currently working on?
I always have multiple projects in
Would you be willing
do an interview/radio show/etc for
my web/blog/radio show?
I'd be happy to consider it. Email
me more information.
I’m having a charity
event, will you donate to my event?
Donations request can be placed
through the following
email addy. Unfortunately, due
to the sheer volume of requests I am
unable to give to every charity that
seeks a donation. That doesn’t mean
I don’t care but I’m already heavily
involved with charities close to my
heart and give a considerable amount
I think we’re soul
mates and I can’t live without you,
will you marry me?
No, but my lawn needs mowed, my
house needs painted, the backyard
needs pooper scooped and I’m pretty
sure I can come up with some heavy
lifting for you. Thanks for the
How should I promote my books?
I have a helpful blog post
Can you recommend anyone that I
can hire to edit my work?
Yes I can.
Rhonda Helms. She is an author
AND she is an editor at Carina Press
who also offers freelance editing.
More editors for hire (I cannot
recommend any of these. It is merely
a list I found online)
Can you recommend a good
freelance cover artist?
Creations by Kendra! Great cover
artist who also does work for hire.
Angela Waters, another FAB cover
I’m an aspiring
author, will you read my manuscript?
As much as I’d love to both time
restrictions and legal restrictions
prevent me from being able to do so.
Can you tell me your
Not really, mainly because I haven’t
figured them all out myself. All I
have to say is get out there and
research the market and all you can
about it. No one person can tell you
the answers. Also, it’s not for
everyone. If you’re thinking self-pubbing
or pubbing in general will make you
rich, you’re going to be sorely
I will say this. If
you don't take pride in your work,
your cover, the editing process (and
not editing by you for your book or
by your friend or relative who isn't
qualified), your formatting,
your blurb, and your web, then how
can you expect sales?
What tips do you have
for aspiring authors?
Read. Read. Read some more.
Research. Research. Research some
more. Write. Write. Write some more.
And totally embrace rejection. It’s
a way of life for a writer.
I'm an author and want to
self-publish my books. Will you help
me or walk me through the process?
As much as I love helping out other
authors, sadly, my expertise isn't
in this area. I co-own a fully
functional, independent, small,
e-first publishing house. That means
I out source--pay people to do many
of the tasks involved in publishing
a book and have many, many, many
various contracts with them and
third party distributors. In short,
nope, can't help.
I have a story idea,
can I send it to you?
Sorry, but no. Any story ideas sent
to me will not be read and will be
deleted immediately. I’d suggest if
you have a story idea, write it!
Will you publish my book?
Can you recommend a publisher to
No. You have to do your own leg work
here. You need to narrow down which
publisher fit your needs and if you
fit theirs. I can't help with that.
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Why do you also write under pen
Because the work is different from
my Mandy M Roth books and I feel its
important to separate it. Rory
Michaels has books that are
threesomes, M/M/F, contemporary
westerns erotica. Kennedy Kovit is
contemporary westerns wither only
M/F and last but not least Regan
Hawk is futuristic/Sci-fi Erotic
Romances. Darby London is Erotic
To read a blog post about my pen
Do you write
Do you mean do I work a separate
full time job outside of writing?
No. Writing is my full time job and
I approach it as such. If you treat
writing as a hobby that is all it
will be to you.
Are you a pantser or
I’m a little of both. The idea hits
and I panster it onto the screen
(meaning I just go with where it
takes me to start with), then as it
evolves I stop and plot it out
How do you come up
My mind is a scary place. I don’t
try to look too hard at it for the
sheer fact it would frighten me.
Do you ever use real
people or people you’ve known in
Legal says I should say no here. So,
What do you want for
Hunky, barely dressed Italian males
ages 25-35, who speak no English,
smile when spoken to and look hot
doing my laundry.
What’s your favorite
Black. (You’re shocked, I know.)
What did you do to
lose weight? What tips do you have
It took me 18 months to lose the
weight and I fight daily to keep it
off. For me, I ate multiple small
meals a day (6), keeping my calorie
intake around 1500-1800 and I walk
daily. My suggestion to anyone
trying to lose weight is to seek
advice from your doctor. I’m no
medical professional and I don’t
want anyone dropping dead because
they thought my way would work for
Do you listen to
music while you write?
I sure do. I actually can’t write
What does a normal
day consist of for you?
Wake up, make a cup of coffee, check
email, facebook, twitter. Wake lil
ones up, get them off to school and
then write, write, write. Then I
usually do some form of edits or
marketing, phone calls for work and
Have you always
wanted to be a writer?
No. When I was little I wanted to be
a performer on SNL. Now I’d settle
for being a writer for them.
How did you meet
Michelle M Pillow?
We were both rejected by an online
dating service under the explanation
that we were not compatible with
anyone else. We then formed a cover
band called Lonely Hearts Club Band.
I was the front man, Michelle played
lead harmonica. It failed miserably
so we decided to try our hands at
writing instead. *total lie*
How much money do you
make a year being an author?
*I cannot believe how much I’m asked
this* I don’t discuss money. I make
enough to do this for a living. I
don’t make enough to own my own jet,
to have an entourage or my own
island. Sometimes, I can spring for
pizza. Mostly, I have to let others
As a reader what can
I do to help promote you?
You can wrap your arms around
yourself and hug yourself from me. I
mean it. The fact so many of you
email to ask me how you can help
spread the word about me/my books is
awesome! The best way to help is by
asking your local
bookstores/libraries carry my books.
Another awesome way to help is by
taking the time to write a quick
online review of my books—Amazon,
Barnes and Noble, ARE, they all
offer spots for readers to write
reviews. I have to say, it tickles
me to no end when readers go the
extra mile and write a review (good
or bad). I understand fully
that taking time out of one's busy
day to comment about my title is
important, again, good or bad
Talk about my books
Post about my books.
Blog about my books.
Put up online reader
reviews (always honest, if you hate a title
say so, we won't hold it against you... if
you love it, say so)—It should be noted that
The Raven Books already has a set number of
“professional” review sites that it
automatically sends to and we have a person
in charge of this who tracks and logs all
ARCs sent for review to professional sites.
reviews already posted on various vendors
Hit the LIKE button on my titles at
Agree or disagree with TAG words on vendors.
If you see someone is reading an author who
is similar to me, suggest they try me
(politely, of course... but we know this
goes without saying).
Anything online is the single MOST important
thing you can do to help me. Why? Simple,
because the majority of my sales have ALWAYS
come from ebooks. And with the market shift
moving towards ebooks more and more each day
this is becoming so for many authors. Not
If you would like some promo goodies
(bookmarks, etc) to pass around to
your friends, local bookstores,
reading groups and libraries please
email me mandyATmandyrothDOTcom with
subject header PROMO GOODIES.
Include your name and snail mail
addy in the email. I can't promise
when they'll be mailed out or how
many will be sent. It depends on
what I have on hand and how often my
personal assistant is able to get to
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I have all your
ebooks and want you to sign them.
this link to see which ones I
can digitally sign.
Will you give jacket
My schedule is fairly tight. You can
email and ask, I can’t guarantee
I’ll have the time.
I won a book from you
in a contest, what do I do now?
Depends on the contest. Each contest
clearly states how the winner should
I’ve found your books
being pirated on a website, what do
I do now?
First off, you f-ing rock for taking
time out to make me aware of the
illegal activity and thank you for
NOT taking the easy route and
downloading it for free. Secondly,
you can send the direct URL to the
email addy and a takedown notice
will be send to the site/server.
I found an error in
one of your titles, what do I do
error in my book? Let's face it, errors
happen. Even after three or more rounds of
edits the occasional error will slip by.
Please know its not just me reading these, I
have paid, trained professionals--who yes,
sometimes miss something--they aren't
robots. They're real people, so yeah,
perfection isn't always a total option.
Reporting an error in one of my titles? List
the title name, format you found it in
(example: ebook, pdf) the page number, the
error (sentence it appears in) and where it
was purchased. Please only submit errors for
the newest editions of my work as the old
editions are no longer for sale NEW anywhere
and have been revised, re-edited and