It’s time to take a quick break from promotional posts for Investigation, Mediation, Vindication! Earlier this year, I was fortunate to be interviewed for an indie author spotlight by Jess Carpenter, author of the forthcoming romcom, Les is More.
What’s my writing process like? Why do I write in the SFF genre? What’s my favorite reaction to See These Bones? The interview covers all of that and more. I’ve included a small excerpt below:
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
First, I take care of my social media obligations (marketing, social networking, and any blog entries I might have queued up), and then I focus on my current work-in-progress. I start by reviewing the previous day’s work, often editing it as I read, and then I try to average at least 1k new words a day. (The emphasis there is on ‘try’… consistency very much remains a work in progress!) On Thursdays, I take a break from fiction to write poetry instead, and whenever possible, I reserve November/December for writing short stories/novelettes, which allow me to experiment with different writing styles without the mental baggage of a full novel.
What’s the best thing a reader has ever said to you?
I had one review whose heading was “this book will be the death of me”. It was a very positive review, but that headline cracks me up everytime I think of it!
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned through self-publishing?
Self-publishing is work, and writing’s only one piece of that work. Wrangling beta readers, commissioning covers, handling all aspects of the release (from editing to formatting to ARCs), the never-ending task of marketing… it’s not enough just to write a book. You need to allocate time, energy, and brainpower to do all the stuff to make sure your book reaches as many people as possible!
The full interview is available to read here. Please check it out! You can also follow Jess on Instagram and Twitter.
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