What inspired you to write Orenda?
I wanted to write a fantasy appropriate for middle grade as well as young adults. I loved the show Fringe and how they brought a parallel world into the mix. I wanted to do something similar and yet completely different with fairies, dragons, and magic.
Do you love eBooks or paperbacks more? Why?
I love paperbacks, especially my collection of signed indie books! You can’t sign an eBook (and no authorgraph is not the same thing). However, I’ll buy an eBook if it’s $5 or less.
As a reader, how do you feel when a series ends?
I need Happily Ever After’s in books. At least at the end of a series, if I invest my time in 3+ books I expect a happy ending. At least somewhat happy. If you disappoint me, I probably won’t read your book again.
What is your Favorite Writing Website?
YA Highway is a fantastic resource for all writers. You don’t have to be just a YA writer to find it beneficial.
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I wrote a book. Now what?
Get a publisher. Seriously. You can self-publish but you’ve got to have it professionally edited, formatted properly (study similar books and look at text size/font/format), and market the crap out of it. Even then, you still won’t have all the resources of even a small press company. It’s tough, I’m not going to sugar coat it.
I’ve picked up a lot of indie books at author events, comic con, book fairs and let me tell you if your book isn’t formatted properly it’s obvious. If your font is too small no one will read it. Maybe it’s too crammed together or spaced way too far apart. That gives readers headaches.
Growing up in school you probably learned to put two spaces after a period. Great. Guess what. It’s wrong in the publishing world. Only use one space. Always justify your text in a book. With eBooks there’s some leeway but not in print. These are just a few of the obvious issues I see all the time with indie books. There’s also head hopping, show don’t tell, active vs passive voice, I could seriously go on, but I won’t.
Ten things I’ve learned since I started writing
1. Build an author platform
2. Social media is key.
3. Read books daily (especially your genre or target market)
4. Write reviews for other books. Understand what you like and don’t as a writer.
5. Build a website or better yet a book blog
6. Create a Street Team. Recruit your fans
7. Attend author events (UtopYA was AWESOME)
8. Don’t listen to every bit of advice you receive. Write for you. Otherwise you’ll make no one happy.
9. Keep a notebook handy near my bedside. As I’m tired and start to fall asleep, sometimes I get worthwhile ideas for where to take the next chapter. By morning I’ll forget it if I hadn’t written it down.
10. People will inevitably forget to tell you that they saw you dedicated the book to them.