Within the Indie Author Hub, you can learn about other authors, their thoughts and opinions, what makes them tick and how their writing process works for them.
All this week I will be releasing segments of an interview I conducted with fellow author, Shannon Thompson, a highly motivated and inspiring 21 year old. Check her profile and read about her books here.
Part 2 : Publication and Motivation.
How did you get your novel published? Eagle Publishing signed my first novel, November Snow, under author T.L. McCown who found my work and believed in me. I couldn’t thank her enough. However, I am releasing an e-book, and that will be up to my readers to decide whether it’ll be on Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble NOOK.
Do you think that Indie Authors are still looked down on by their traditionally published counterparts? No. I don’t think they are looked down upon, but I think they’re looked at differently. It depends on the author how they are looked at.
Indie Authors are being found more and more on the NY Times Bestseller lists due to readers finding them and spreading the word virally – do you think it is better for a reader to choose what they read or a publisher deciding what a reader should read? I think the reader ultimately does choose what to read. A publisher may sign a book and put it on the shelves, but hundreds of those books never get picked up (often.)
What do you think the future of publishing as a whole will be? I don’t see electronic publishing being as big as people think it will be. I know this sounds crazy, but, the more people I talk to, the more I hear they ultimately prefer the physical novel and/or the electronic devices can break or hurt their eyes. Readers still want a bookshelf in their house. I think electronic readers will always be around, but I think more rules will be put down. I also think you’ll start seeing bigger markets for sub-genres, especially New Adult Fiction.
Is there a place for the traditional publishers anymore? Yes. But their role may have to change.
How do you think they can keep up with ebooks and indie publishers? Again—and I know this isn’t the usual viewpoint right now—but I think ebooks and indie publishers need to keep up with publishers still. Look at it this way: if you publish an ebook, and it does go viral, a publisher still comes to you, offering to print your paperback, and you still sign with them. A great example is “switched” by Amanda Hocking. This is why I really think traditional publishers definitely have a place. They still have the abilities to do wide distribution, printing, and economic organization that many authors couldn’t do by themselves. It’s a lot of work to write, let alone publish, distribute, market, and organize sales.
Is it necessary for Authors to have an agent these days? It isn’t necessary, but I’d still recommend trying to get one, because they have publishing connections that you may not, because you don’t live in NYC or wherever you’re trying to contact a publisher.
Do you have an agent? I’m currently working with a great group of people, but I haven’t ultimately signed any paperwork.
How do you deal with rejection or a less favourable review? They’re necessary. I don’t take it personally. In fact, I’m flattered they took the time to read my piece. If I get a review, whether it’s good or bad, I immediately take a step backwards, try to step into their shoes, and look at my work as they did. That’s where I learn the most vital things I’ve ever learned about writing and publishing, because I remove my emotions, and I’m able to analyze it effectively.
How do you keep yourself motivated? My passion keeps my motivation going.