A Novel Idea: We Could Be Villains

So some of you may already know, and some may not, but I published a novel this week.

A lot of writing advice boils down to: write the book you want to read. So that’s what I did with We Could Be Villains. It’s primarily a lighthearted action/adventure story, with elements of superheroes, sci-fi, heists, and chick lit. (If you’ve read any of Scott’s books, you already know that ours is not a household dealing in super-serious dramatic works.)

At first I referred to it as “a geek girl beach read,” but half of the early readers were guys who enjoyed it. Plus, beach reads were more of a thing back in June, when I started writing. Anyhoo, if it sounds like something you might enjoy, the book is currently available on Kindle, with the paper version coming in the next week or two (it takes more time to get the print formatting just right). And it’s available through Kindle Unlimited as well.

We Could Be Villains

This was my first foray into the self-publishing world. I actually didn’t even consider going through the process of trying to get a literary agent, who would then try to get a book deal at a big publishing house. Self-pubbing means keeping all of my rights, and getting better royalties.

I’d watched Scott go through the entire self-publishing process a couple of years ago, when he first put out Off to Be the Wizard. But I didn’t really pay close attention to all of the necessary steps, from cover design to layout to formatting to uploading. So I got to learn most of the steps through my own trial and error, and by using tutorials and blog posts online.

I figured I’d add to that pile of blog posts, since they’re what I found the most helpful. I’m putting together a list of topics — things I had to learn in order to get this book out to the masses — and I’ll be doing some posts on those topics in the near future. If there’s any part of the process you’ve wondered about, let me know!

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  1. Hello! I’ve been reading Scott’s comic for a number of years, and have thoroughly enjoyed his literary works so far. I purchased the non-dead-tree version of your book when Scott announced it on BI the other day, and I wanted to stop in and give you an opinion of a random person on the internet!
    It was great! I’m a guy, and I enjoyed it, so there’s that too.
    I was really envious when you were describing the resort. It was at that point that I was hooked.
    Are you planning on continuing the story? About halfway through, I thought “I can tell that however this ends, I’m going to be wanting more immediately”
    Anywho, great job on your first novel!


    missy Reply:

    Hi, Jamie! Thanks for reading it, and I’m glad you enjoyed it! Oddly enough, the opinions of random people on the internet seem to carry more weight than the opinions of my friends, since random people have no stake in staying on my good side. 🙂

    I’m currently in the planning stages of another book in the same universe, and hope to start writing in December. So you haven’t seen the last of this team!


  2. I really enjoyed “We Could Be Villains”. Being a geeky girl (well, a “girl” is a bit of an understatement) myself I found it very tech-believable and I loved the interaction between people. Anything else you ever decide to write, let me know and I’ll buy and read it. (If you have openings for draft readers, I’d love to get in. I can audition by giving you the three spots where there are typos / grammatical issues in the book.)


    missy Reply:

    I’d love to get the three problems you found! That’s the beauty of Kindle — I can update and make changes on the fly. If you like, you can email them to themissy@gmail.com.


  3. Hi,

    Just wanted to say that I just finished the e-read of your book and found that I really like it. It is an amusing read and very ‘light’ in that it didn’t really deal with the bad side of life. The worst you have is a (insert jock insult here) ‘hero’ that honestly read more as the villain. Yes your main characters really did steal stuff and hurt people but they never permanently did damage unlike (jock insult again) did.

    Personally I think it would be interesting to see if there was a ‘underground’ news that covered the heroes without all the ‘worship’ behind it that it seems that your universe portrays. They would show how they really are and possibly speculate on some of the ‘better’ things the various villains did so the villains would read more anti-hero then villain.

    And I really am curious about the baby heroes that you touched on. Could there be a way that Nate and his group could find the supers before Alpha and his crew does? There are so many ways you can go in this series and I can’t wait to read the next book.


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