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, Denise Greenwood, UK author of dark, psychological drama. Have a look at her profile and books here.
Part 2 : Denise’s thoughts on the publishing industry
What route did you take to publication? I started my rounds to publishers in May of 2012 and submitted to 9 publishers. I received 3 offers of publication by October and then I had to decide whether to go with a traditional publisher or an Ebook publisher. But, I had put in some considerable time attending writer workshops in London, speaking with agents, publishers and other writers so that I knew something about the industry and what I had to do. I was lucky enough to be offered a contract by Aventura eBooks who publish my books on the various sites
What do you think the future of publishing will be? There will always be paperbacks just as there will be CDs and DVDs for those people who feel more comfortable with them. However, the population is aging and the OAPs of tomorrow will have had the benefit being savvy in their PCs, Smart phones and iPads. Paper versus electronic shouldn’t be seen as a competition as they should both go hand in hand.
Is there a role for agents in the future? An agent has experience within the industry and most are swayed by their own personal preferences of how they want to work. The traditional publishing world very often only considers work via an agent and so to go it alone means that an author has to be prepared to work hard to be both writer and publicist.
How do promote yourself? I have my own blog with pages for my books and inspiration. I’m a member of Goodreads and Authors Den. I also have author pages on Amazon sites, Tweet and I post to my Facebook where I have two pages – my Author’s page plus my own friends and subscribers page where I post about once a week on a more personal basis. I like to communicate with interesting readers and answer their questions. I do, however, look at my social media every day to ensure that I don’t end up with a massive list of things to do each week. I’ve also been lucky enough to feature in local newspaper articles and I’m currently in the spring edition of Style magazine (Rochdale). All authors should be prepared to take on their own publicity leg work, even traditional publishing houses do not target the authors local media. Regular press releases and letters of introduction are a must.
How do you keep yourself motivated? By reliving experiences and living new ones through my writing. I can be anyone, go anywhere and do anything – who else can boast of that?
In seven words or less, what’s your top tip for aspiring authors? Decide WHO you are writing for. First I write for myself, but every writer has to ask themselves if what they like will travel to a readership? I thoroughly enjoy the writing process but I aim to write for a younger version of myself, if that makes sense?
Read about Denise’s writing process in Part 1.