Kindle Your Romance

From passion project to published—

supported every step

Ready to turn your romance-writing hobby into a bill-paying business?

It’s an amazing time to be a romance author.

It’s never been easier to indie publish since the tools and resources, that in years gone by only traditional publishers had access to, are available to anyone!

Becoming a published romance author is now almost as easy as an accidental pregnancy in an instalust romance. 😳

But to become an earning romance author takes more than writing a kick-ass love story. It requires a strategy

Published romance writers who pay the bills are authorpreneurs. They’re business people who master—to some degree or another—marketing, promotions, launch and pricing strategies, reader engagement and about six-thousand-forty-seven other skills to reach readers and build superfans who’ll one-click their next book boyfriend from their fave romance authors.

It took me years between having my first manuscript edited and ready for publication to actually available and getting reviews. Years of wasted time since I was overwhelmed by all the decisions I had to make … confused by all the contradictory advice I was reading online … and terrified if I made the wrong choice all my hard work would be for naught.

And, for a few years, it seemed to be, since I didn’t have a strategy for my fiction writing. And without a strategy, I was working without a map and my publishing career was going exactly you’d expect: nowhere fast! 

But in 2019 that changed when I invested in a mentor. In 2020, I pulished three interconnected romance novels. In 2021, I became the USA Today bestselling author. By 2022, I had published five novels, three novellas, and three fun romance-related books. And—I was earning enough to quit my day job. Not a ton—not six figures, but enough to know that the path was taking me where I wanted to be.

Where do you want your romance writing to take you?

"I hadn't done any writing in over six months. Once I started Danika's challenge, I was in motion again and that is really exciting."

~ Rori Fichette, pre-published romance author

The Kindle Your Romance program provides hands-on, shoulder-to-shoulder romance publishing support with community membership to make sure you reach your romance author goals.

We’re an intimate community with enough author peers to support you, but not so many as to get lost in the crowd. And once we reach one hundred members, we’ll pause there to make sure everyone is getting what they need.

Here’s what you get as a member of the Author Ever After community:

  • Your cohort will become your author besties—giving you support and accountability to keep you moving toward your publication date.
  • The program is divided into action modules so you can focus on one element of the path to publication at a time. No more overwhelm. Hooray!
  • Every masterclass is recorded in case you can’t make it or want to go over parts again.
  • We have guest experts join us to share high-level training on topics of interest—like how to create an author brand you can be proud of, what to consider when writing interconnected stories (to get readers hooked into your world), email mastery for fun (and profit) … and so many more.
  • You’ll find other authors to share pages for beta reads and to get feedback on promotional content you create like all your author bios and your book blurb and website content and email automations … because by the end of your tome with us, you’ll have all that and so much more in place.
  • Attend weekly office hours to troubleshoot and discuss actions you’re taking (like writing your website content, social media bios, etc)
  • Bring your mindset challenges and brainstorming needs to the weekly motivation and accountability mastermind
  • Engage with your peers in live writing / work sprints where you can schedule time to work quietly and then chat with your author friends.
  • I’ll create a website for you using one of three dozen modern templates that are perfect for pre-published authors. You choose the layout, write the words, find the photos you like, and together we’ll get that site up and published in a 90-minute meeting. ($250 value if you hired me as a non-member)
  • If you join for a quarter or annual membership, I’ll development edit the first 25 pages of your manuscript for you at no charge.
  • Publication in an anthology—so you can grab and finesse all your important author profiles before you’re ready to publish your first stand-alone title. (This may not sound exciting now, but it will when you’re ready to put your pre-order up for sale!).
  • And, one of the best parts is that the community space where you’ll connect with your new romance author pals, is not in a Facebook group! Halle-freakin’-lujiah! 


What you get in the program

During each six-week learning module

  • One 60-90 minute live masterclass on one author skill or tool
  • Weekly office hours for troubleshooting what you’re implementing
  • Weekly 60-minute motivation & accountability mastermind (two a week, if there’s demand)
  • 2 (or more) weekly writing/work sprints to connect with your peers & quietly work together
  • Unlimited asynchronous connections and support in the Author Ever After community

Between each learning module

  • Weekly 60-minute motivation & accountability mastermind (two a week, if there’s demand)
  • 2 (or more) weekly writing/work sprints to connect with your peers & quietly work together
  • Unlimited asynchronous connections and support in the Author Ever After community

    Concrete deliverables

    • An author website (spring 2023)
    • All your social media profiles looking great (spring 2023)
    • A prequel novella to get readers onto your email list (and excited about your first novel) (summer 2023)
    • Email automation for your reader subscribers (autumn 2023)
    • Publication in a professionally edited romance anthology (winter 2023/24)

    Stick with us and within 12 months you’ll have:

    1. An overall strategy for your romance writing—and career if that’s your dream
    2. All of your social media assets looking great—even if they’re just placeholders
    3. Clarity on who your perfect readers are—and how to delight them with every book
    4. An email automation sequence to start collecting your soon-to-be fans
    5. A novella to use as the “cookie” to get folks to join your email list
    6. A simple and styling website that matches your author brand
    7. Clarity on how to pick the best cover for your books and readers
    8. Titles, tag-lines and blurbs to entice readers to click on your book
    9. Clarity on whether it makes sense for you to publish exclusively on Amazon or wide
    10. A whole set of author profiles to use in all the places readers will be looking for new books
    11. A strategy for how to connect your second, third, fourth and future titles so readers can’t stop when they reach “and they lived happily ever after.”
    12. A book launch strategy
    13. A plan to get your first 25 reviews
    14. A killer Amazon author page (and Bookbub and Goodreads pages, too)
    15. Spreadsheets and to set yourself up as a smart authorpreneur so the taxman doesn’t break your heart
    16. Spreadsheets to track income, royalties, and profit
    17. A strategy to determine when it makes sense to run ads
    18. Your novella published in an anthology

    And so much more—the confidence, resources, contacts, friendships, and anything else you need to pursue earning an income as a romance author.


    The calendar for the year

    March 13 to April 21: The Meet-Cute—Getting ready for your author spotlight

    May 8 to June 16: Falling in Love—Preparing to launch with brains and beauty

    September 5 to October 13: The Grand Gesture—Reaching your perfect readers

    October 30 to December 8: Your Happily Ever After—Maintaining a romance author career

    Accountability 🥳

    No lover left behind—or love story writer. That’s our motto. When you declare your intention, whether that’s to spend five minutes a day with your lovers or to write 2,000 words of their story in the next week, your HEA Den mates will hold you accountable, cheer you on, boost you up, and kick your butt if that’s what you need.

    We understand that sometimes you need chocolate to motivate you. And sometimes you need that chocolate as a reward after you finish what you’ve started. We are your chocolate givers and holders in the form of cheering peers.


    Confidence 👑

    Virtually every author hits the wall at some point in their work-in-progress. We doubt our story and our characters’ ability to become three-dimensional. We question our writing process and our own ability to complete what we started. We regret every life decision we’ve made since we turned nineteen.

    Left on our own, we authors spin wicked tales about our lack of ability. But in the company of the right people—other romance authors, who’ve been there, done thatwe become queens of confidence.

    Community 🥰

    Sure, the people in your life love you. But, do they get you and your romance author ways?

    As helpful as my government bureaucrat husband tries to be, he just doesn’t understand what it takes to be an author—from the commitment to write and edit 100,000 words or more, to becoming a small business person who wears all the tiaras—from bookkeeper to marketer to tech support …

    Let Stephen King and his lot write alone. We are romance authors and we thrive in community!

    The Author Ever After pinky promise

    We provide one-of-a-kind mentorship and community support to early career romance authors who want to stop breaking up with their manuscripts and feel the twitterpation of excitement every time they think about spending time with their lovers.

    In other words, we make a commitment to stand beside you, to hold your hand (even when it’s sweaty), for better, for worse, through rich metaphors and poor cliches, when stymied and when in flow, to support and encourage, until publication do us part.

    Learn beside me

    I’m Danika, your friendly, neighborhood USA Today bestselling romance author.

    When I’m not torturing bands of brothers and the women who bring them to their knees, I spend my time supporting members in our Author Ever After community.

    I can’t help you become a published author with a pre-recorded course because I won’t know exactly how to be helpful until I meet you and learn where you are in the writing-editing-publishing process.

    The best way for me to support you on your journey to publication is through an ongoing relationship.

    A place where I can share everything I’ve learned (and am still learning from romance authors a few steps ahead of me) since I started this “let’s become a published author” journey in 2006.

    In addition to the scheduled masterclasses, office hours and mastermind sessions,  I’m active in the Author Ever After forum and in direct messages. I will be right beside you for a full year, to answer all your questions, shoulder-to-shoulder (with the help of Zoom!).

    Inside the Kindle Your Romance program I will personalize your experience and my insights for you and your specific situation. I love it! I know you will, too!

    "You were such a caring guide and facilitator. You brought so much heart and love to the community, it felt like you were there just for me."

    August challenge member

    Ready to meet your people?

    All the love—none of the drama

    Since 2016, I’ve been a tireless cheerleader for authors—and romance authors, specifically—sitting as a volunteer board member of two romance organizations that used to meet in real life, and in the last four years, as a cofounder of a multigenre online community where I host weekly mindset masterminds.

    People who work with me become my extended family since these relationships go deep. That’s what happens when people learn and grow and cry in both frustration and celebration together.

    And that’s what happens when romance authors join their heads, hearts and hands to support one another. So much falling in love!

    Make writer friends to support your true love story!

    Writing a romance is a big undertaking with dozens—if not hundreds—of decisions to make. And not just about the color of your lovers’ eyes, their meet cute, their breakup, and the swoon-worthy way you bring them back together. 

    Oh, no. There are decisions about editors and book covers and early readers and how you’ll publish and if you’ll create large print and audio versions …

    Not only that, odds are pretty darned high you’ll face doubt monsters, both from inside your own head and from naysayers in your circle of family and friends who don’t respect romance or think writing romance is a silly hobby or a dumb next career.

    It’s no wonder so many people who start to write a romance never finish. Which is more heart-breaking than a hero who cheats after the break-up. (We hates him, we do).

    Author Ever After was created to support new romance writers at all stages of the creative and publishing process. It’s a community where you can get help from other romance authors who are either going through or have experienced the same struggles you are or will be. This is your equivalent of Central Perk in Friends, or McLaren’s Pub in How I Met Your Mother—it’s a space where everyone knows your name and is glad you came. Because sometimes, that’s where you want to go!

    Inside the Author Ever After community, you’ll get the one-on-one and small group support, motivation, and accountability you need to write your own happily everboth for yourself and the couple in your story.

    Sample weekly schedule

    So, how does this work?


    Each week, during the four 8-week modules, you’ll get access to a live masterclass, often led by an expert in the field who would charge $100 or more for an hour of their time.

    Each masterclass is focussed on one topic to help you achieve one very specific goal by providing manageable steps to success in that area. The masterclasses are recorded in case you can’t attend live or want to rewatch specific parts.

    And there’s no need to worry if you miss a class and fall behind since there is no falling behind! The office hours discussions are designed to cover every topic that’s been delievered up to that date.

    Office hours

    Two days after each masterclass you’ll have a chance to ask questions about the work you’re doing, to troubleshoot blocks, to get feedback on what you’re created, and to connect with your romance author peers to see how they’re tackling each challenge.

    These office hours will

    Motivation & accountability mastermind

    Every week, we meet to help you develop and keep a successful romance author mindset. How?

    Celebrate a win: Science proves that we remember the things we celebrate so we start every mastermind with a quick, round-robin of everyone sharing one writing win from the previous week.

    Brainstorm a couple of challenges: Members are invited to have the group help them troubleshoot something they’re struggling with. It can be about mindset or title ideas or the best tools to achieve a specific goal … If it’s something that will help you progress with your manuscript, it’s fair game to discuss. We usually get through three questions in the hour.

    Set a writing target for the week: Your community wants you to succeed and will help you stay accountable. We end each meeting with every participant declaring one thing that will bring them joy to accomplish with their work-in-progress—and we cheer you on.

    Feedback from other romance authors

    Feedback is essential. The myth that authors write alone is silly. Perhaps you write the words on your own (though writing sprints are very popular), but moving through the stages to become a published author is not something one wants—or needs—to do in isolation. 

    The feedback you get from me and other romance authors inside the HEA Den is unlike what you’ll find in many Facebook groups where you’re not sure if the person sharing their thoughts has your best interest in mind and at-heart. 

    In the Author Ever After community can you feel confident that the feedback you’re getting is sensitive to your needs and desires since we’re a small community of honest and empathetic romance writers, just like you.

    Everything you need in one safe and fun space

    1-to-1 guidance

    Between the twice-weekly masterminds and the community forum, I’ll answer every question you have—or find an answer for you

    Member forum

    Full access to our community,
    real-time chat, and always
    open video sprint room

    Focus challenges

    Stay sane and supported as you create all the things you need to have in place before you publish your first romance

    Author AMAs

    Directed by members, meet accomplished romance authors in a private, live Q&A to answer all your “How’d you do it?” questions


    From beta readers to critique partners to co-writers to launch pals, relationships will be developed—it’s inevitable and beautiful

    Goal setting workshop

    Once a quarter, spend two guided hours focused on creating your tailored author work plan for the next twelve weeks

    Ready to meet your people?