Jayne Conway interview with David Alan Binder
Post date: Mar 13, 2016 3:48:53 PM
Jayne Conway interview with David Alan Binder
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- Where are you currently living?
- Rhode Island
- What is the most important thing that you have learned in your writing experience, so far?
- I’ve learned that writing is about persistence, not perfection. If you have a story in you, get it out! Worry about editing later.
- What would you say is your most interesting writing, publishing, editing or illustrating quirk?
I am a ruthless editor with my own work. Most writers get attached to scenes and are reluctant to hit delete. When I’m editing, if it doesn’t move the story forward it’s gone. I don’t feel bad about it at all.
- Tell us your insights on self-publish or use a publisher?
- I self-publish. I don’t have the patience to write query letters and wait for responses. My goal was to just get my stories out there for others to enjoy. Also, I like to have some control over my work and from what I see; publishers aren’t very responsive to writer’s needs.
- Any insights eBooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?
- I sell most of my books online, but there’s nothing like holding a hard copy of my work in my hands! For the purposes of selling in bookstores and at book fairs, signings, etc...I need to print and use Createspace for that purpose. They print on demand so I’m not stuck investing tons of money on inventory. I order what I need and bookstores can order through their distributors.
- Do you have any secret tips for writers on getting a book published?
- Secret tips? Not really. It’s work no matter what avenue you pursue. If you’re anything like me, just do it yourself. Unless you’re signing with a huge publishing house who will take on publicity and distribution, you’ll end up doing most of the work yourself anyways!
- How did you or would you suggest acquire an agent? Any tips for new writers on getting one?
- I don’t have an agent. The whole process is rigged against new writers. Publishing houses won’t look at you without an agent and agents won’t look at you unless you know someone. So, if you know someone who has a good agent, ask for a referral!
- Do you have any suggestions or helps for new writers (please be specific and informational as possible)?
- Don’t force the process. I try to write 1000 words a day. Some days I write 7000, others 500. If it’s flowing, go with it. If you feel done for the day? Stop and do something else. Chances are you’ll find inspiration from being out and about.
- What was one of the most surprising things you learned your creative process with your books, editing, publishing or illustrating?
- I was surprised how easily writing came to me and how quickly it sunk in its claws. I’ve only been writing for 18 months and I’m on my third book. It just flows and the stories take on lives of their own. I’m just recording what I see in my head. Apparently I have a very vivid imagination!
- How many books have you written?
- I’m currently on my third book.
- Do you have any tricks or tips to help others become a better writer (please be as specific and information as you possibly can)?
- Read. A lot. Whenever I have the opportunity, I read. One, it gives me confidence (“Yeah! I can do this!”). Two, I learn what I like and don’t like from others. Three, don’t listen to Stephen King. Adverbs are not your enemy!
- What makes your or any book stand out from the crowd?
- I write contemporary romance and what makes my books different, I believe, is that my books are gritty and honest looks at love. Relationships are hard, love isn’t easy, and honoring yourself in a relationship is the hardest thing of all. My books have been called â€˜emotional roller coaster rides’ and they are. Because life is a roller coaster ride.
- What are some ways in which you promote your work?
I’ve promoted my work primarily on Facebook and I’m doing a Goodreads giveaway right now. I’ve gotten a lot of local press which is wonderful and I do as many readings and book festivals as possible. Join your local author’s association! They are very helpful.
- What is the one thing you would do differently now (concerning writing or editing or publishing or illustrating) and why?
- I would have done more research about different publishing avenues before I dove in and published my first book. Amazon isn’t the end all be all! As a matter of fact, they are horrible to indie authors/publishers and make it almost impossible to get reviews posted. Go to Draft2Digital and upload to Barnes and Noble, iBook’s, Kobo, Scribd, etc...
- What would you like carved onto your tombstone? Or what saying or mantra do you live by?
- On my tombstone: She touched many lives.
- My mantra is: Live the life you’ve imagined.
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