'Indie' Author Reaps Success with the 'Right Mix and Message'

Apr 08, 2013, 10:05 ET from Tandem Media

BUCKS COUNTY, Pa., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysa Smith, author of The Adventures of the Poodle Posse series, a completely self-published and award-winning juvenile fiction series, has just passed sales of 7000 books – a volume that many beginning authors struggle in reaching.

'That's a great number,' says Smith, who relates that many authors she knows struggle with low sales and small royalty payments. 'Self-publishing is a two-edged sword,' she adds, 'While you have much control on the front side of the process, there's not so much on the marketing side.' Smith believes that the field of self-publishing is still in its infancy, and many doors open to traditionally-published authors still remain closed. 'For me, it was a matter of putting in great love and effort in creating virtuous, fun stories, and having something to show for it,' she claims.

Smith, who spent about two decades writing features for regional and national magazines, turned her attention to her own 'posse' of miniature poodles for inspiration.  'Thanks to an age group that's strongly focused on reading, the topic of dogs, stories with positive messages (sharing, bullying, patience), an author visit fee that's quite reasonable and books that are priced under $10 has contributed to the success,' says Smith.

She visits more than two dozen schools annually and sells her books via school visits, her website and Amazon.com. A winner of a Mom's Choice Award for excellence in family-friendly juvenile fiction and a top pick on Amazon's Children's Bookshelf, Smith is beginning to book schools for the 2013/14 school year and adds, 'I always knew writing was fun. Now, the school visits make it all that more rewarding.'

More about the author, her series, reviews and school visits on www.wellbredbook.net.

SOURCE Tandem Media